Vice President and Minister of Health and Child Care Honorable General (Rtd) Dr. C.G.D.N. Chiwenga officially re-opened St-Anne’s Harare Hospital after a 5-year closure for repairs and maintenance where he acknowledged the role which is being played by the church in complimenting government’s efforts in the provision of health care services in the country.
Speaking at the event Vice President said that he is very much aware of all the contributions which are being made by St Anne’s Hospital to the Health Care system in Zimbabwe and he expressed his gratitude and appreciation to the work of the Harare Archbishop, His Grace Robert Christopher Ndlovu, the sisters of the little company of Mary and the different stakeholders who worked tirelessly to bring back St. Anne’s Hospital to functionality.
‘It is my sincere hope that as we re-open St Anne’s Hospital as a General Hospital, we will continue to work together in the realization of our common goal which is the expansion and modernization of our Public Health Facilities’, he said.
Health Minister added that St Anne’s has been at its best in providing quality health care services considering the hospitals it has given birth to which include Mt. St Mary’s Hwedza, St Peters, and in Buhera Murambinda Mission Hospitals among others.
‘I want to acknowledge the services that have been rendered by this medical institution for the past eighty (80) years, and most recently at the onset of the Covid-19 Pandemic’, he added.
Meanwhile, St Anne’s hospital will be operating on a referral basis, it is now open to both Covid and non-Covid-19 patients and it has six theatres that accommodate a wide range of surgical cases.
The Vice President also took the opportunity and addressed the confusion which was circulating in the public domain where he alluded that the vaccination is still on course and he also passed a warning to private sectors who are charging Zimbabweans for jabs as vaccination is for free.
‘If they are not ready to participate in the vaccination programme on terms and parameters set down by the Government, they are advised to look elsewhere for profitable services, not around vaccination’, he said.