The government is taking corrective steps across the board to scale up health research, particularly concerning rare diseases.

This was revealed by the Minister of Information, Media and Broadcasting Services Dr Chris Mushohwe in Clair, Odzi.

Addressing the Odzi community during the International Rare Disease commemorations held at the Mount Olive Hospital in Clair, Dr Mushohwe conceded that the country is lagging behind in as far as research in rare diseases is concerned.

Dr Mushohwe, who was represented by the Mutare District Medical Officer Dr Admire Maravanyika said lack of research in muscular dystrophy is a major concern that has caused the general healthcare inequalities to be prevalent.

Mrs Tapuwa Muchemwa, widow to the late national hero, Retired Brigadier General Felix Muchemwa, said there is need for more information to be made available if the country is to make an impact in alleviating the plight of children suffering from muscular dystrophy.

The District Outreach for Care and Support (DORCAS) patron Mrs Pennlope Mushohwe said government should provide more support to people suffering from muscular dystrophy, with the chief executive officer Reverend Togara Mapingure saying there is need for resource allocation to meet the special needs of people suffering from duchene muscular dystrophy.

Through DORCAS which is spearheading the establishment of the first ever muscular dystrophy centre in the country, building structures that had dilapidated have since been renovated.

The centre is set for a major transformation as DORCAS is spearheading the construction of a new state-of-the-art muscular dystrophy centre.

So far 22 people suffering from duchene muscular dystrophy are housed at Mount Olive Hospital.