President Mnangagwa on Friday officially opened the country’s first paediatric orthopedic facility in the country’s second largest city, Bulawayo
The Bulawayo Orthopedic Hospital is only the third such facility in the southern Africa region.
The hospital will focus on treating for free, children below 18 years with severe deformities and referred for specialist attention from public hospitals.
President Mnangagwa described the opening of the hospital as a “huge step” towards helping children in dire need of such medical attention.
“For too long, Zimbabwe’s children have suffered from poor access to orthopaedic healthcare,” President Mnangagwa said.
The hospital administratively opened in January and a month later was fully licensed to begin its operations.
President Mnangagwa also opened a COVID-19 isolation and treatment centre – the United Bulawayo Hospital also in Bulawayo – which is expected to boost the country’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The opening of the two facilities is a boost for a nation whose public health system has faced a number of challenges in recent years including several doctors’ strikes and shortages of medicine and equipment.
President Mnangagwa had pledged to revamp health services and guarantee universal health coverage for all Zimbabweans.