The country’s health delivery capacity is poised for significant growth with the Chinese government pledging support into new areas of cooperation.

Chinese top diplomat to Zimbabwe, Ambassador Huang Ping paid a courtesy call on the Minister of Health and Child Care Dr David Parirenyatwa to explore new areas of cooperation.

Ambassador Ping says it was prudent that he meets with the Minister after his re-appointment to the health portfolio and engage on how the existing relationship can be further enhanced under the new dispensation.

The Chinese government has since 1985 been sending medical personnel to Zimbabwe and have provided funds to the health sector over the years.

Dr Parirenyatwa said they agreed with the ambassador that there are other areas where cooperation can be explored for the betterment of the country’s health delivery system.

Most laboratory and diagnostics equipment in the country’s state-run institutions were procured using a US$100 million loan facility availed in 2015 from the China Exim Bank.

The Chinese government has also built a modern hospital with a capacity to admit 129 patients in Mahusekwa among other initiatives.