World Health Organisation (WHO) representative in Zimbabwe, Dr David Okello has called upon African countries to enhance research development and innovations in order to provide solutions to diseases affecting people in many countries.

The annual Medical Research Day, which was held in Harare, brought together representatives of organisations and tertiary institutions to interact and compare notes with policy makers.

In an interview, Dr Okello said the biggest challenge in many countries is funding, hence the need to come up with innovative ways of mobilising resources.

Health and Child Care Permanent Secretary, Dr Gerald Gwinji said the annual Medical Research Day is all about sharing, putting evidence on the table and identifying the gaps in the health sector.

Zimbabwe has registered success stories in medical research and will continue to build on its capacity to better equip its human resource base.

University of Zimbabwe (UZ) Dean of the College of Health Sciences, Professor Midion Chidzonga noted that investment in technological research is important in the face of the ever changing environment.

The annual Medical Research Day started as a faculty research day and later broadened to ensure wider participation of health practitioners.