ZIMBABWE’S Vice President Kembo Mohadi on Thursday toured the Baines Intercare Medical Centre to foster and strengthen public private partnerships in the country’s healthcare delivery.
By HeathTimes Reporter
Addressing journalists at the healthcare facility the Vice President said he was pleased with what he saw.
I was invited by one of the people working here that they are doing something here, something which is happening in other countries and upmarket sort of health facilities. What we havedone is the tour and we appreciated what we have seen,” VP Mohadi said.
VP Mohadi added that they are keen on strengthening PPPs.
“We have always considered the private sector to be very important that is why sometimes we have these PPPs because we consider them to be very contributory to what we offer as government. When we have specialized services being given by the private sector we feel very happy. I was asking some few questions, just probing. He was telling me that some units here are available at government hospitals which is a very good thing,” he said.
Health and Child Care Minister Dr Obadiah Moyo said they envy what is being done at Baines Intercare.
“We are going into private public partnership arrangements. And you have already started floating tenders for Parirenyatwa hospital, Harare Hospital in fact all our central hospitals. That is the way to go. Without PPPs you find that you will be lagging behind.
“We want to come up with facilitie similar to this one. So this one is an eye opener. We want to come up with facilities where we will be able to come up with super specialist hospitals, inviting all our experts in South Africa, Namibia, England and India. We want them to be able to come back here and provide services. What they are requiring is a superspecialist hospital,” he said.
Specialist Physician and Head of Consortium of Clinicians at Baines Intercare Group Dr Wilson Ngwende said the hospital was officially opened in September 2015 with the construction starting in 2013.
“What we wanted to inform the government is what we are doing as the private sector and how we can contribute to the 2030 vision the government is looking at. Whilst the government is doing what it can in the public sector we also have to complement as the private sector,” he said.
Dr Ngwende added that the hospital has two phases with the first one already completed as they await to finish then second phase. He said the first phase has diagnostic services and emergency rooms. The second phase will be a superspecialist hospital having subspecialist units including open heart surgeries.
“So the idea is to provide surgical theatres handling the most sophisticated surgical interventions. So that when our experts come, the diaspora, the local based surgeons, we avail the facility where they can actually do their job.
“The neuro-critical care unit, the neuro-sciences centre, the strokes and neurological condition s, interventional radiology services, will include mechanical clot retrieval in patients who would have had strokes.
“It also encompasses a cardiac-catheterization laboratory so that when someone has a heart attack, they go into the laboratory, the clot can be identified and that area with the clot can be opened up in the shortest time possible. So it has a wide range of uses and currently in the country there is no cardiac-catheterization labs right now,” he said.
The Intercare group financial Director Mr Norman Gwangwadza said they plan to have the superspecialist hospitals within the next eight months.