Corporates encouraged to embrace wellness at workplaces

By Abigirl Tembo, Health Editor

Companies have been urged to embrace comprehensive workplace wellness initiatives as the country marches towards the national vision of an upper middle income society by 2030.

Captains of industry gathered in Harare this Wednesday for the Zimbabwe Business Council on Wellness Chief Executive Officers Breakfast Meeting to promote workplace wellness programmes.

“The main aim of our organisation and this programme is to highlight the strategic importance of wellness in the workplace. This association was formed to help government fight the scourge of HIV, initially our focus was on HIV and wellness management but now we are encompassing other diseases also because we want a healthy workforce,” said Johnson Makanyara, the chairperson of the Zimbabwe Business Council on Wellness.

Guest of honour at the breakfast meeting, Vice President General Retired Dr Constantino Chiwenga, who is also the Minister of Health and Child Care challenged corporates to invest more in health and wellness programmes at their workplaces.

“There is need to initiate wellness programs to cater for the medium, small and micro businesses as they constitute a huge population and present the greatest risk to wellness. I therefore challenge the Zimbabwe Business Council on Wellness to initiate programmes in this critical sector. Let me also add that there are on-going wellness conditions which we should not lose sight of. My ministry is very concerned with the impact that non communicable Diseases like cancer, hypertension and obesity have on people’s health and well-being. These should not be neglected,” remarked the Vice President.

Vice President Chiwenga also urged local companies to invest in contemporary challenges of substance abuse and mental health.