Minister of State for Midlands province Senator Larry Mavhima has appealed to the First Lady Auxillia Mnangagwa who is also a health ambassador to take the fight to ensure everyone has access to health care higher by starting a debate on the issue.
Addressing delegates at the official handover of Corporate Social Responsibility projects by Zimasco (Pvt) Ltd and Sable Chemicals at Kwekwe General Hospital, Senator Mavhima said they are getting more medical specialists in the Midlands province.
“In line with vision 2030, we are getting more specialists in the province and it is our wish for Gweru Provincial Hospital to operate as a central hospital.
“The First Lady, your vision for health is very clear, you have articulated this for many times and the country has seen that you are committed and dedicated to the provision of health care to all citizens of Zimbabwe.
“First Lady, l want to bring a challenge to you that using your capacity, initiative and strength you will be able to start a debate going on about the provision of National Medicare programme for all Zimbabweans so that everyone will be able to walk into the hospital to get treated for a very little amount of money,” he said.
Meanwhile First Lady Auxillia Mnangagwa has called for Private Public Partnership within the health sector.
“Government this year committed around $695 million towards the health budget which will go a long way to attain quality service delivery. However, government alone is not able to go it alone and hence needs Private Public Partnership initiatives to attain its goal.
“Sable Chemicals and Zimasco have shown appreciation of such policies and came forward to assist Kwekwe General Hospital in a big way,” she said.