Government sets up health inspectorate department

By Tichaona Kurewa

The country’s quest to achieve Universal Health Coverage in line with Vision 2030 has received a major boost followingthe setting up of a Health Inspectorate Department (HID) in the Ministry of Health and Child Care.

The department is headed by a Chief Director and is mandated to promote excellence in health care service provision through establishing quality management systems.

This Friday, Victoria Falls hosted a training workshop to equip staff within the HID with skills to fulfil their mandate, in conjunction with the Ministry of Defence and War Veterans Affairs.

Speaking on the side-lines of the training workshop, Deputy Minister of Health and Child Care Dr John Mangwiro noted the ministry’s critical role in the country’s developmental agenda in line with the National Development Strategy One (NDS1).

“Noteworthy, NDS1 acknowledges that improved health is central to human happiness, well-being and economic progress as healthy populations live longer and are more productive. I have firm belief that this workshop shall be remembered as one of the strategic interventions we made to ensure that our people live healthy lives, attain happiness, well-being and economic progress,” he said.

Permanent Secretary in the ministry Air Commodore Dr Jasper Chimedza unpacks the mandate of the HID.

He said: “The inspectorate will be part of a formidable new Ministry structure that will strive to ensure the provision of quality health services to the Zimbabwean populace guided by the National Development Strategy One and the National Health Strategy. The division will be mandated to ensure patients’ safety, enhance quality assurance and conduct procurement audits for medical equipment and consumables, as well as investigative audits for fraud, wastage and mismanagement cases.”

Ministry of Defence and War Veterans Affairs, Inspector General, Major General Paul Chima said an inspectorate department ensures people get quality service.

“The department is not about witch hunting but to ensure that people get quality service. A lot has been in the Ministry of Defence after the inception of this department,” he noted.

The setting up of the Health Inspectorate Department follows the restructuring of the Ministry of Health and Child Care.