Cimas Health Group to invest US$8million in health care infrastructure this year

By Phillipa Jaja

Cimas Health Group is expected to invest eight million US dollars in healthcare infrastructure this year as part of its drive to improve healthcare outcomes and attract inward medical tourism.

The health care service provider invested five million United States dollars in the same venture last year.

Government has sound health care initiatives such as the Health Resilience Fund (HRF) and the National Health Strategy (NHS) 2021-2025 aimed at improving the health of the population of Zimbabwe.

Addressing the ZITF International Business Conference, which Cimas co-sponsored, Cimas chief executive Vulindlela Ndlovu said investing in health care infrastructure was an ongoing exercise.

 “We see this trend continuing for the foreseeable future. Most of the money is invested in physical infrastructure and technology,” he said.

“The ultimate goal is to ensure that the country can have state-of-the-art healthcare infrastructure that can contribute to improved healthcare outcomes and attract inward medical tourism. We have great skills in the country that can make this a reality,” he said.

He said Cimas welcomed government’s efforts in promoting Public Private Partnerships and looked forward to partnering government in some of these initiatives. Mental health, he said, was an area of interest for Cimas.

“One of the important issues in health is health equity, i.e. ensuring that everyone is able to attain the best level of health,” he said.

He said Cimas knew that government would like to see an improvement in the level of medical aid coverage to include everyone, not just the 10 percent currently covered.

“We would like to be part of a solution, working with government and other stakeholders, to increase medical aid coverage. There are some promising leads that this could be reality and one of the enablers for this is technology,” he said.

Technology was, he said, a game changer in improving access to healthcare, lowering costs and improving health outcomes.

“Now, with online platforms, mental health coaching is proving to be quite impactful in reaching wider services,” he said.

Meanwhile, Cimas this year gave back to society by facilitating the entry of 80 underprivileged learners from Mashonaland East and Matabeleland North provinces to the Zimbabwe International Trade Fair (ZITF).

Twenty of the children came from Ndlovu Primary School in Matabeleland North Province and 20 from Jotsholo Secondary School in the same province.

Forty children came from various schools in Wedza, in Mashonaland East. There were 11 from Mukondwa Primary School, six from Maruta Primary School, 11 from Matsine Secondary School, three from Wedza High School, one from Mount St Mary’s, six from Wedza Primary School and two from Destiny Kids School.

Cimas paid for their transport, accommodation, entry into the trade fair and meals.

Mr Ndlovu said he hoped the children’s attendance would give them the exposure to commerce and industry.

“We hope that this will have some impact on their lives and will motivate them to pursue careers that they never believed could be possible for them,” he said, adding that Cimas was inviting the business community to join in this initiative in future.

The trade fair ended on April 29.

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