Two government hospitals, Parirenyatwa and Mpilo are seeking private players to partner them in upgrading and equipping the institutions as the government works towards improving health service delivery.

According to the Minister of Health and Child Care, Dr Obediah Moyo, Parirenyatwa Hospitals’ expression of interest to venture into a public private partnership (PPP), that was issued two months ago with the aim of courting investors, has been receiving very impressive responses.

Mpilo Hospital has also followed suit and is seeking to engage a firm or consortium to refurbish and re-equip some sections of the hospital.

The expression of interest was published in the Government Gazette last Friday.

The goal is to build on existing infrastructure to make it functional and enhance its capability.

We are looking into joint venture partnerships with potential investors who are in a position to provide high quality medical care. Parirenyatwa is part of our 100-day plan. We want to do it in phases. We have had some favourable responses for Parirenyatwa,” said Dr Moyo.

The upgrades and new investment created by the proposed PPPs is expected to enhance health service delivery, while costs will remain the same.

“We want to bring about super specialisation in our hospitals. The costs will not be affected but it is important to realise that it is not just a matter of partners for the sake of partners. It will be partners who are coming to also train our people, set up high quality parameters within our hospitals,” Dr Moyo added.

Meanwhile, a 17-member delegation comprising stakeholders drawn from Gambia’s health sector are in the country on a study tour to learn how the Results-Based Financing (RBF) Model is being implemented in Zimbabwe.

Besides the RBF, the delegation is also interested in understanding how the proposed PPPs will be implemented so that the hospitals remain public health facilities.