St Anne’s Hospital was closed in February 2016 for repairs and maintenance and in 2020 it was converted into a COVID-19 treatment facility.
Speaking during the ceremony, VP Chiwenga said Zimbabwe’s health challenges require homegrown solutions. He said:
I am very much aware of the contribution of St Anne’s Hospital to the Health Care System in Zimbabwe.
I say this because it is our responsibility as a Ministry to ensure that our people: fathers, mothers, our sons and daughters have access to quality Health Care services.
I want to acknowledge the services that have been rendered by this Medical institution for the past eighty years, and most recently at the onset of the COVID-19 Pandemic.
When the COVID-19 pandemic struck, it was providential that repairs and maintenance at the hospital were near completion, and as Government was grappling with the global pandemic, St Anne’s joined in sharing the burden with other Health Care Institutions in the country.
VO Chiwenga added that the hospital has given birth to several hospitals which include Mt. St. Marys in Hwedza, St Peters Mission hospital at Checheche, Murambinda Mission Hospital in Buhera and Mashambanzou Care Trust in Waterfalls among others.
Meanwhile, Sister Mary Mugodzeri, Little Company of Mary representative said they were grateful for the Vice President’s immense contribution in the Health sector and in their institution.