United Arab Emirates (UAE) has committed support for the country’s health sector by pledging to particularly set up a pharmaceutical plant to improve the availability and accessibility of medicines in Zimbabwe.
This was said during during the official handover of another consignment of equipment and surgical sundries worth about US$2 million at Natpharm last week.
In his address, President Emmerson Mnangagwa was grateful for the support that UAE is offering to the country’s health sector.
“I am happy that His Highness, the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi is willing to establish a pharmaceutical plant in Zimbabwe to manufacture the drugs which we need,” he said.
Mnangagwa said Government will accelerate the health sector reform agenda, expand the range of healthcare services and improve affordability and accessibility of pharmaceuticals.
“The cost of these drugs to our people should come down. I am happy that besides the UAE, we are also receiving cooperation from India,” he said.
Mnangagwa thanked the UAE assistance will go a long way in improving service delivery in operating theatres, neonatal care, anaesthetics and dialysis.
Health and Child Care Minister Dr Obadiah Moyo commended President Mnangagwa for being personally involved in reviving the health sector.
Last month, the health sector received two other huge consignments of medical equipment firstly from the UAE and secondly from the Government of Zimbabwe.