The government has reaffirmed its commitment to improving the health delivery system through ensuring that hospitals and clinics are well resourced to deliver quality services.

This came out during the official handover of an ambulance worth about $15 000 to Manama Mission Hospital in Gwanda South constituency.

Manama Mission Hospital serves as a referral centre for clinics in Gwanda, Matobo and Beitbridge districts, as such the need for the institution to be adequately resourced cannot be over emphasized.

It is against this background that Gwanda South legislator who is also the Minister of State for Matabeleland South Provincial Affairs Cde Abednico Ncube sourced a new ambulance for the hospital, as the institution had one vehicle which was used as an ambulance and for administrative purposes.

Speaking during the handover ceremony, Cde Ncube said the gesture is part of government efforts to address challenges faced in the health sector.

“Under the capable leadership of President Mnangagwa, efforts are being made to improve the health sector by ensuring that our hospitals and clinics are capacitated to provide quality services to communities,” he said.

The hospital’s reliance on one ambulance meant that during a break down patients would be forced to use public transport.

Manama Mission Hospital Medical Superintendent Dr MacDonald Hove said the well equipped ambulance will ensure a swift response to emergencies.

“I would like to thank the minister for fulfilling all the promises he has made to this hospital. The ambulance will certainly go a long way in ensuring that we provide an efficient service to the local communities,” said Dr Hove.

The ambulance which was donated by Southern Trading Company follows a recent donation of linen by cement manufacturer PPC and renovation of the hospital’s mortuary by Moonlight Funeral Services, a show of commitment by the private sector to help improve service delivery in public institutions.