BY PHYLLIS MBANJE
RENOWNED Zimbabwean paediatric cardiologist Norman Nhamohainavazhinji Musewe, who is based in Toronto, Canada, is pushing for the twinning of Mutare city with a satellite city of Greater Toronto.
Musewe, who has been in Canada for the past 40 years, is passionate about provision of quality healthcare and in the past has donated to local clinics.
He previously mobilised medical drugs and accessories worth US$30 000 for Highfield Polyclinic where he was born in 1950. On that occasion, he personally came to Harare to hand over the donation.
Musewe, in pursuance of his proposed twinning arrangement which will link up the City of Mutare with Markham, a satellite city of Greater Toronto, will fly down to Zimbabwe in mid-May.
Musewe said he is also planning to see children with heart conditions in Harare with a view to arranging for some of them to travel to Canada for surgical correction through the Herbie Fund that has facilitated the treatment of babies and children from all over the world.
Musewe’s efforts will go a long way in bringing the much-needed relief in the health sector which has been on the downhill for decades.
Most public hospitals are operating in emergency mode without basic drugs and sundry. This stark situation was highlighted by senior doctors during a recent protest they staged at Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals.
They told of shocking incidents where health personnel were forced to recycle bandages.
What was most clear from their pleas was the need for more resources and beefing up of supplies to ensure quality healthcare services which meet global standards.