Accountability and transparency critical in the health sector

By Abigirl Tembo, Health Editor

PARASTATALS and professional associations which fall under the Ministry of Health and Child Care have been challenged to fully implement corporate governance frameworks to drive their organisations towards the strategic objective of improving health care services.

Seized  with the mandate of accelerating attainment of the African Union’s Agenda 2063 which calls on member states to ensure universal health coverage for its citizens, the Ministry of Health and Child Care is conducting a corporate governance training programme for  public entities and professional associations  under its purview.

Officially opening the training programme in Victoria Falls this Monday, Vice President General Retired Dr Constantino Chiwenga who is also the Minister of Health and Child Care called for efficiency, transparency and integrity.

It is pertinent that improved governance of the health service be expedited, which is the main reason why we are gathered here today. The ability of the health system to deliver quality health services to the population hinges on strong leadership and governance.

“My ministry and stakeholders in the health sector aspire to realise improved health outcomes for all including the vulnerable and the marginalised. As a sector we are guided by the overall vision 2030 that seeks to transform Zimbabwe into a middle income economy by 2030 and the National Development Strategy (NDS1), which identifies health as central to human happiness and well-being making it an important contributor to economic progress,” he said.

According to the Minister of State for Provincial Affairs and Devolution for Matabeleland Province, Honourable Richard Moyo, the training programme dovetails with the objectives of the NDS1.

This corporate governance programme is crucial as corporate governance is one of the strategic objectives of the NDS1 as it is a national priority at the same time being a key priority to the health sector,” he said.

The public entities and professional associations in attendance include the Health Services Board which superintends the human resource function of the health sector, the National AIDS Council, National Pharmaceutical company (NATPHARM), Medical Research Council of Zimbabwe and the Health Professions Authority of Zimbabwe.