Nyore Madzianike Eastern Edition
ZIMBABWE has written a successful script in its national health programmes and is a role model on the African continent, a delegation from the Gambia that is in the country has observed. Led by the Gambian Permanent Secretary in the Office of the Vice President and Ministry of Women Affairs, Ms Nancy Niang the delegation is on a fact finding mission on how Zimbabwe is managing to run a progressive primary health delivery system.

The delegation, which is being hosted by the Ministry of Health and Child Care, started its tour with a courtesy call on the Minister of State for Manicaland Provincial Affairs, Cde Mandi Chimene and is expected to tour the province and other parts of the country, as they seek to learn how their counterparts are successfully providing health services.

Speaking soon after being received in Manicaland by Minister Chimene, Ms Niang said: “The purpose of our visit to Zimbabwe is to understudy your ways and means of doing business and financing the health sector. You might not know that you are a leading example of success stories in that area. This is why we are here to learn from you,” she said.

Ms Niang said they decided to pick Zimbabwe ahead of other countries in Africa after considering the monumental achievements the Southern African state had made in its health sector.

She also said Gambia had noted that Zimbabwe was ahead in financing health programmes.

“The delegation is made up of 19 people and is being led by three permanent secretaries from the Ministry of Health, Finance Ministry and myself, as the chairperson of the steering committee in the financing of the health sector. I am sure my government will certainly come back here after this visit and learn more on how Zimbabwe is doing it. I am not sure as of now if my government and your government have agreements in health sector but what I must do is to make sure my government is back here” she said.

In her response, Minister Chimene challenged the Gambian Finance Ministry to allocate more funds to the health sector saying primary health care was a key factor in nation building.

“Primary health care is crucial. We also have it here and we cannot thrive as a nation when primary health care is not taken care of. I would also like to say you should give a fair share of attention to the primary health care in your country,” she said.

The delegation later visited Nyanga District Hospital.

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