Zimbabwe

Japan supports child health care

Fiona Ruzha

THE Government of Japan has pledged to contribute towards strengthening maternal and child health care at Harare Children’s Hospital through the provision of state-of-the-art and high-quality pediatric equipment.

Yesterday, the two governments signed the Exchange of Notes for the procurement of the hospital equipment amounting to US$ 2. 75 million.

The state of the art equipment will comprise of bedside Intensive Care Unit (ICU) monitors, an ultrasound scope, operation and examination equipment, a portable X-ray system, bedside Coronary Care Unit (CCU) monitors, emergency ventilators, multi-channel electrocardiographs, an anaesthesia workstation, artificial resuscitators, Automated External Defibrillator (AEDs), and portable vein finders.

Speaking during the signing ceremony, Minister of Finance and Economic Development Mthuli Ncube said this support will assist in reducing the infant mortality rate as well as providing health care to mothers and their children.

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He said that the Government has committed itself to a 90-day Rapid Plan which will look in to the urgent and immediate requirements of Harare Central Hospital through an allocation amounting to $US5 million and the project will be decentralized to other hospitals in the country after finishing with Harare Hospital.

“The intervention by the Government of Japan is in line with our national priorities as enunciated in the Transitional Stabilisation Programme (TSP).

“The project also assists in achieving Social Development Goal (SDG) number 3, which focus on good health care and well-being,” he said.

Japan, through the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), is also currently providing technical assistance to the hospital staff through the 5S-Kaizen-TQM project to ensure efficient management of the hospital and a cleanly and organized environment.

“The Government of Japan continues to show their unwavering support towards the health sector, with particular emphasis on Harare Children Hospital given their past support with the Canadian Government in the construction of the hospital in 1998.

“Furthermore, in 2014, the Government of Japan donated anaesthesia machines, bedside monitors, gastrointestinal fiberscopes, infusion pumps washing machines and water heaters and this equipment assisted in the smooth running of the hospital,” said Minister Ncube.

He added:

“They also have previously supported us towards infrastructure projects in agriculture, transport and education.

“These include: the road improvement of the Northern part of the North-South corridor project which is one major project that the Government of Japan is currently supporting and the project is worth US$ 20.77 million in 2018, the grant aid for economic-social development project for the procurement of cyber security equipment valued US$3.58 million also signed in 2018, the grant aid for economic-social development project for the procurement of Bitumen valued at US$5.3 million and the development of Nyakomba irrigation scheme in Nyanga amounting to US$15 million for the rehabilitation and construction of irrigation system an area measuring 674 hectares. The grant was signed 2015 and the project completed in 2019.

“So I want to thank the Government of Japan for its continued support to the people of Zimbabwe.”

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Speaking at the same occasion, Ambassador of Japan to Zimbabwe Toshiyuki Iwado said he hoped that the new equipment will improve in quality of health service deliver.

“Harare Children’s Hospital has been playing a pivotal role in the hospital network of Zimbabwe by taking care of patients from all walks of life including the less privileged.

“The Maternity Unit is one of the busiest referral centres in the country and receives some of the most complicated cases,” he said.

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