Zimbabwe-Australia cooperation in the health sector is set to be strengthened under the new dispensation through exchanges between doctors and nurses of the two countries.

This was revealed by the Australian Ambassador to Zimbabwe, Mrs Bronte Moules after meeting with the Health and Child Care Minister, Dr David Parirenyatwa in Harare this morning.

Dr Parirenyatwa revealed that there is a long history of cooperation with Australia in the health sector especially with Harare Hospital’s paediatric ward and that he would want to see the relations being further enhanced in the new dispensation.

Ambassador Moules said she is hopeful to do more with great potential in the health sector describing the cooperation as very practical and fruitful especially in relation to the exchanges between doctors and nurses of the two countries.

In this regard, she announced that her embassy will today donate US$65 000 worth of respiratory equipment for newly born and premature born babies for Harare Hospital paediatric ward.

Zimbabwe and Australia used to share common membership in the commonwealth, the club of former British colonies and the country is making steps to rejoin the club following after almost two decades of absence.

Meanwhile, Dr Parirenyatwa has given an update on the ebola virus saying every precaution is being taken to prevent an outbreak in Zimbabwe through tight monitoring of ports of entry.

The Democratic Republic of Congo is currently grappling with an ebola outbreak which affected dozens of people in the densely populated city of Mbandaka.

The virus has so far killed 25 people across the central African country.

Dr Parirenyatwa assured Zimbabwe that so far there is no ebola case reported in the country.