The President Cde Emmerson Mnangagwa says government has secured an Indian investor for the resuscitation of the 156 bed Ekusileni Hospital in Bulawayo which has remained closed since its construction in 2001.
The President announced that the investor, Sharda Group of Hospitals will on the 15th of July be on the ground to install equipment.
President Mnangagwa’s first port of call was at Ekusileni a health facility that embodies the vision of Umdala Wethu the late Father Zimbabwe Dr Joshua Mqabuko Nkomo, as he wanted the hospital to serve the needs of the general public.
Speaking during a briefing with the leadership of Bulawayo, the President said the vision of the late Umdala Wethu must be preserved hence the invigorated thrust to have the health facility running.
He said the appointment of Sharda Group of Hospitals to run the facility is a way of bringing in specialist services such as brain and spine surgery, liver and kidney transplant for the benefit of locals where the doctors from India will partner the local health professionals to offer world class services.
Mrs Thandiwe-Nkomo Ibrahim, daughter of the late national hero Dr Nkomo said she is happy that President Mnangagwa has committed his government to opening the facility.
A representative of Sharda Group of Hospitals, Mr Vijay Merkle assured the country that they have the capacity to bring in state of the art services and will work with local doctors to offer world class health care.
President Mnangagwa toured the facility to appreciate the investment that has been underutilised for years.