His Excellency and Chancellor of the Midlands State University President Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa today 15 July 2022 officially opened the MSU National Pathology Research and Diagnostic Centre (NPRDC) in Gweru.
“I would like to offer my hearty congratulations to the Midlands State University Vice-Chancellor Professor Victor Ngonidzashe Muzvidziwa and his team for successfully constructing the National Pathology Research and Diagnostic Centre. Well done,” the President said.
“I also wish to commend the supervisor, the monitor, the captain; the Ministry of Higher and Tertiary Education, Innovation, Science and Technology Development for providing sound leadership which has seen the sector realise groundbreaking and unprecedented milestones under this philosophy; Education 5.0,” he added.
The state-of-the-art NPRDC was built using government funds and its construction began in August 2021.
President Mnangagwa said that the construction of this facility will attract back Zimbabwean experts working in various countries around the globe.
“To ensure sustained momentum of these programs and projects, a conducive research and innovation ecosystem is guaranteed towards generating wealth, while providing platforms for our young boys and girls to showcase their talents and ideas,” he said.
“I can assure you, with such facilities, we are going to attract back our young Zimbabwean brains who are in the diaspora. Most of them have gone away, acquired state-of-the-art expertise in various fields but they cannot practice that back home. With such facilities, they will begin coming back to serve their country,” he added.
The official opening ceremony was attended by the Honourable Vice President, and Minister of Health and Child Care, General Retired, Dr. C. G. N. Chiwenga, the Honourable Minister of Defence and War Veterans and the ZANU PF National Chairman, Cde. Oppah C. Z. N. Muchinguri-Kashiri, several government ministers, permanent secretaries, Zimbabwe universities Vice Chancellors, the medical fraternity and other delegates.
True to the spirited national focus on achieving an upper-middle-income economy by 2030 as espoused in the Government of Zimbabwe’s robust blueprint; the National Development Strategy, the NPRDC will be an all-embracing regional centre of excellence in offering advanced and specialised pathology and diagnostic imaging services through innovation, biomedical research and development.
President Mnangagwa emphasized government’s commitment to enabling the Pathology Centre to become a regional centre of excellence.
“I challenge the Midlands State University and its stakeholders to make concerted plans to grow this facility to become a centre of excellence, I guarantee you of government support,” he said.
Midlands State University National Pathology Research and Diagnostic Centre will offer technology-driven pathology services to national, regional and international clients and will establish global strategic research partnerships in Biomedical Engineering, Biopharmaceuticals and Medical Biotechnology.
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