Zimbabwe’s healthcare system is in urgent need for an overhaul in order to create a system that is fit for the 21st century and the country’s middle income status by 2030.

Setting out his vision for his portfolio, the Minister of Health and Child Care, Dr Obadiah Moyo promised to establish an efficient primary health care system where there is universal health access by all Zimbabweans.

“It is unimaginable to achieve vision 2030 if the health sector lags behind,” Dr Moyo said.

Dr Moyo decried a situation where the tertiary health care system is overloaded because patients have relegated the clinics just for immunisation and child weighing.

“More hospitals will be constructed in major cities and the existing ones will be refurbished. A bill will soon be passed in parliament to stop medical aid companies from operating clinics,” the Minister added.

Dr Moyo was the guest of honour at the Zimbabwe College of Public Health Physicians workshop in Harare this Saturday.