23 April 2018
HARARE CITY COUNCIL has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Belvedere Maternity to construct additional wards at Wilkins Hospital.
The Director of Health Services Dr Clemence Duri reported that the construction of the wards was abandoned due to lack of funds more than 20 years ago and the City has been looking for partners since then.
“It was open to various funding models including partnerships, built operate transfer, rental, lease and any other models except selling.
“The project had been publicised through the Zimbabwe International Trade Fair, Zimbabwe Agricultural Show, the City website, the Departments Annual Report, and the Department’s Project Prospectus,” read the Education, Health, Housing and Community Services and Licensing Committee Minutes.
The Committee noted that Belvedere Medical Centre has shown interest in developing the site into a centre of medical excellence capable of performing advance surgical and medical procedures that are currently not available in the country like organ transplants, cardiac catheterization and other tertiary services.
“Belvedere Medical Centre had an agreement for the transfer of skills and technology with Apollo Hospital, one of India’s largest private healthcare group that has been providing high quality health services for the last 34 years in areas such as liver and kidney transplantation, corneal transplantation, heart transplant, intestinal and Gl transplant surgeries. Among many other procedures.
“In terms of funding, the African Century Limited had expressed interest in investing into the project. The Ministry of Health and Child Care had lend its support to the project ad when fully functional the project would be used in promoting medial tourism and earning the country and the city foreign currency,” read the minutes.
Following discussions, council approvedthe MOU between Belvedere Medical Centre and City of Harare, City Health Department for the completion of Wilkins Hospital Wards and the setting up of Medical Tourism Hospital.
“Council also notes that the MOU is a precursor to a Memorandum of Agreement that will be negotiated and brought to Council for approval.
“Council notes that the Wilkins Wards have been idle for over twenty years and Council currently has no resources to complete the wards and the Department does not require extra inpatient bed capacity now or in the foreseeable future.
“Council notes the envisaged project will assist by providing health care services that are currently not available in the country and would promote Medical Tourism,” reads the minutes.