Vice President Kembo Mohadi says the government acknowledges the complementary role being played by the private sector in developing the country’s health delivery system.

Vice President Mohadi, who was speaking after a tour of Baines Intercare Medical Centre in Harare this Thursday said the government recognises the challenges being faced by the health sector.

He, however, said he is optimistic that the private sector, through Public-Private Partnerships, will complement the ongoing initiatives to improve the sector.

“We acknowledge the role played by private sector investment and this facility is very unique in that it provides specialist services which were being sought outside the country,” Vice President Mohadi said.

Accompanying the Vice President was the Minister of Health and Child Care, Dr. Obadiah Moyo, who indicated that tenders have been flighted to upgrade major public hospitals to provide specialist services.

“We are working flat out to ensure that we have a functional public health delivery system and we have identified partners to upgrade all the major hospitals throughout the country so that it is at par with the private health institutions,” he revealed.

Speaking at the same event, Finance and Economic Development Minister, Professor Mthuli Ncube revealed that the 2020 National Budget will prioritise the health sector to improve the welfare of health professionals.

“I acknowledge the challenges we are facing in the health sector, but I’m confident that I have set aside sufficient resources to improve the welfare of doctors and other health care workers,” Professor Ncube said.

Baines Intercare Medical Centre is a one-stop health facility that has a cardiac catheterization lab, an interventional radiology suite and a neurosciences centre among other services.

The centre is a joint venture between a consortium of pension funds and a group of medical practitioners.