Switzer­land pledges sup­port for Zim­babwe

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Front Page - Fari­rai Machivenyika

SWITZER­LAND has pledged to sup­port Zim­babwe’s eco­nomic re­form process as part of ef­forts to strengthen bi­lat­eral ties be­tween the two na­tions.

The pledge was made by the head of the Fed­eral Depart­ment of For­eign Af­fairs of Switzer­land, Coun­cil­lor Ig­nazio Cas­sis, who was in the coun­try yes­ter­day.

He toured New­lands Clinic in the cap­i­tal Harare.

The clinic pri­mar­ily of­fers HIV and Aids treat­ment, coun­selling and re­search.

It is op­er­ated by the Ruedi Luthy Foun­da­tion founded by Pro­fes­sor Ruedi Luthy and re­ceives fi­nan­cial sup­port from the Swiss govern­ment.

Ad­dress­ing jour­nal­ists soon af­ter meet­ing Health and Child Care Min­is­ter Dr Oba­diah Moyo, Mr Cas­sis said his govern­ment was also will­ing to pro­vide sup­port to the coun­try’s health sec­tor.

“We are here in Zim­babwe with our em­bassy and with our Swiss Devel­op­ment Agency and we will sup­port the ef­forts of the Min­istry and of the new Govern­ment to sta­bilise the sit­u­a­tion and put into place the re­forms, the eco­nomic re­forms you plan to do and just to have a good re­la­tion­ship with Zim­babwe,” he said.

Govern­ment is im­ple­ment­ing var­i­ous pol­icy ini­tia­tives aimed at im­prov­ing the coun­try’s busi­ness cli­mate and at­tract in­vest­ment.

Mr Cas­sis com­mended the work be­ing done at the clinic to as­sist HIV and Aids pa­tients.

“The con­cept of car­ing for per­sons here is a holis­tic con­cept of car­ing for the peo­ple. It’s a com­pre­hen­sive ap­proach of deal­ing with per­sons who are suffering.

“I en­joyed very much to see the ef­forts be­ing made on the many is­sues the clinic is deal­ing with. I have heard that more than 10 000 peo­ple have been cared for here and more than 6 500 of them are HIV and Aids pa­tients,” he added.

In his re­marks, Min­is­ter Moyo com­mended Pro­fes­sor Luthy for his ef­forts in com­bat­ing HIV and Aids in the coun­try through pro­vi­sion of lat­est tech­nolo­gies to deal with the dis­ease and also train­ing of med­i­cal per­son­nel.

“I was also happy that you are supporting this clinic through a grant and I was say­ing to the min­is­ter (Mr Cas­sis) we would like to im­prove our re­la­tion­ship and to see more in­vestors com­ing into Zim­babwe to in­vest in the health sec­tor.

“We would want to see the es­tab­lish­ment of phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal in­dus­tries here in the health sec­tor in Zim­babwe and the min­is­ter has in­di­cated that they are go­ing to look at those pos­si­bil­i­ties and that he is here to cre­ate a con­ducive work­ing en­vi­ron­ment be­tween our two na­tions. We are happy that you have cho­sen health as your num­ber one,” Dr Moyo said.

Dr Oba­diah Moyo

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