The First Lady Amai Auxillia Mnangagwa is attending a summit for first ladies on access to improved innovative health care and well-being of people.

The summit organised by Merck Foundation attracted more than 18 countries and seeks to spearhead research and scientific innovation in the health sector.

First Lady Amai Auxillia Mnangagwa

Improved access to health care is the priority of many progressive nations and Zimbabwe is making efforts to ensure all its citizens get access to basic and specialised health care facilities.

The First Lady Amai Mnangagwa is joining other first ladies attending the Merck Foundation First Ladies Initiative Summit in Dubai.

The summit comes as Zimbabwe is in need of support in oncology, fertility treatment, trainings and other specialised healthcare services.

The First Lady who is the ambassador for maternal and child care has been spearheading the free cervical and breast cancer screening and treatment programmes which saw more than 101 000 people going for screening in 2017 and more than 119 000 in 2018.

The challenge is now on strengthening treatment for those screened and found to have cancer.

It is through this summit that comprehensive treatment facilities and can be realised through support in training and equipment.

In Zimbabwe there are two centres for radiotherapy oncology and other centres for fertility in both public and private hospitals.