Japan provides US$3,8m for medical equipment

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THE Japanese embassy in Zimbabwe has provided US$3,8  million for the acquisition of medical and hospital equipment in a bid to assist the country’s response to the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic and
other diseases, the Daily News reports.
This comes as the government recently approved the Health ministry’s system overhaul strategy which will see it anchored on four pillars, including pharmaceuticals and biomedical engineering.

Speaking during the signing ceremony of the US$3,8 million grant, Japan’s ambassador to Zimbabwe Toshiyuki Iwado said the strengthening of the country’s health system would significantly contribute towards
economic development.

“The high-quality life-saving equipment provided to the ministry of Health and Child Care will include items such as the latest Japanese made digital x-ray systems, bedside monitors, defibrillators, electrocardiograms, blood gas analysers, laryngoscopes, and suction units as well as hospital beds, emergency carts, autoclaves, wheelchairs
and IV stands.

“It will be installed at four central and eight provincial hospitals where the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JAICA) is currently implementing the quality improvement of health services.

“The equipment complements additional medical and hospital equipment to be provided to Sally Mugabe Children’s Hospital through a grant aid of US$2,7 million signed in January this year. The equipment for Sally Mugabe Children’s Hospital will include among others X-ray systems, bedside ICU and CCU monitors, an ultrasound
scope, emergency ventilators, operation and examination equipment as well as beds, cots and operation and examination tables,” Iwado said.

He added that the two grants for essential medical equipment would enable the recipient hospitals to have increased capacity to treat patients with Covid-19 as well as other conditions.

“Through the new equipment, as well as the improved hospital management, I sincerely hope that the standard of health service delivery at hospitals will be much higher for as many patients as possible and for many years to come.
“In this regard, it is essential for the equipment to be used and maintained with the utmost care and I would like to strongly urge the Zimbabwean government to ensure this with the sound and effective functioning of the healthcare and medical systems,” Iwado said.

Speaking at the same event, Finance minister Mthuli Ncube said the equipment would be distributed to Parirenyatwa, Sally Mugabe, Mpilo and United Bulawayo Hospitals and Bindura, Chinhoyi, Gwanda,
Kadoma, Marondera, Masvingo and Mutare provincial hospitals.

“The pandemic has placed unprecedented pressure on economic activities as well as impacting negatively on the livelihoods of vulnerable people, including women, youth and the informal sector, in both rural
and urban areas. The support from the government of Japan will assist in assuring a healthy nation that can withstand the effects

of the Covid-19 pandemic,” Ncube said. “In view of the impact of Covid-19 on the economy, on its part government has come up with mitigatory interventions covering both prevention and support to productive sectors in order to save lives and livelihoods, as well as support of production to limit deeper damage to the economy,” he added.

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