Medtronic Africa, a Dublin, Ireland-headquartered has entered into a long-term partnership with Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals that will see heart surgeries being performed in Zimbabwe again. It has been a long wait, 13 years since the last operation was performed in Zimbabwe, but this announcement sees over 400 people breathing a sigh of relief as they will not need to make the trip to India (the usual stop for medicare internationally) or South Africa.
The Irish company will supply critical equipment needed in cardiac surgery, as well as ongoing training and sourcing of expertise to assist in complex surgeries, to the Parirenyatwa Hospital, College of Health Science.
Such partnerships are what Government should be forging ahead with not only in the health sector but in other key sectors such as energy, transport, security and water and sanitation. We’re not sure of the value exchange (whether the hospital actually pays for the equipment) but even if there is, this is a lot along the lines of “teach me how to fish” instead of just giving us fish.
Hundreds of people stand to benefit from such an initiative, as previously it was just the rich who could afford to travel and receive such services elsewhere.
If you or someone you know is in need of cardiac surgery it is advisable to get in touch with Parirenyatwa Hospital and enquire how you can get on the waiting list. We have reach out to them to find out what the process and procedure is and will update.