Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa has applauded the Seventh Day Adventist (SDA) church in Zimbabwe for its role in supporting the country`s health sector through various  initiatives the church carries out.

In a move that will see the improvement of health care service delivery at Masvingo General Hospital, the SDA church has funded the refurbishment of a private ward at the medical institution.

Funds generated from the private ward are expected to be used to improve services in the referral hospital`s general wards.

Cde Mnangagwa, who officially commissioned the state of the art private ward, said the gesture by the SDA church is a positive move, which speaks to the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), ZIMASSET and the  role of public-private partnerships in boosting the performance of the country’s health care sector.

“The new private ward here is a success story of collaboration and development. The SDA church is completely devoted to the service and well being of the people of this country,” he said.

Cde Mnangagwa challenged all churches in the country to preach peace and tolerance, saying this will help foster development.

SDA church in Zimbabwe President, Micah Choga said the renovations at the private ward were done at a cost of US$40 000.

“The renovations included tiling, putting a new ceiling, new windows and electrical fittings, among other issues that were fixed,” he said.

Masvingo General Hospital is the referral centre for the province and services a population of 1,5 million  people.