By Oleen Ndori
HEALTH care workers have been extolled for the role they are playing in serving society, particularly in the face of the deadly covid-19 pandemic.
As government continues to advance the health delivery system, particularly in the wake of the ravaging covid-19 pandemic, health care providers have been applauded for their key role, with more commitment to improve their welfare and working conditions.
“As the ministry of health and child care we are putting in place measures to improve the conditions of services for health care professionals in the public sector as recently by his Excellency the president of the Republic of Zimbabwe and commander in chief of the Zimbabwe defence forces CDE E.D Mnangagwa. These are not limited to monetary measures only but include other important benefits such as accommodation, pool transport, personal loan facilities for vehicles and hound cafeterias at workplaces similarly in the private sector we expect the Zimbabwe medical association to determine realistic and fair remunerations for practitioners across the divide. We urge you to ensure your members do not exploit patients but charge them within your determined tariff structures. Let us cultivate a culture if constant communication on all issues and strive to refrain from industrial actions as these tend to harden attitudes on both sides and at the same time harm patients,” said the Vice President.
Addressing the Zimbabwe Medical Association Annual Scientific Conference this Friday, Vice President General Retired Dr Constantino Chiwenga, who is also the Minister of Health and Child Care challenged health care providers to harness more strategies to combat covid-19 and other communicable and non-communicable diseases.
“I challenge you to share more up to date information and strategies for us to fight this pandemic. As governments we are always prepared and reasonable get the advice from Zimbabwe medical association and all your affiliate associations. We are aware that you are the experts and therefore you guide us on the way forward. Government has availed resources to combat this pandemic. It is now common cause that Zimbabwe has gone ahead of the rest of Africa in the covid-19 vaccination campaign… as we grapple with the covid-19 pandemic let us be cognisant of the prevalence of other diseases like non communicable diseases and other communicable diseases are still ravaging our people,” said VP Chiwenga.
The Zimbabwe Medical Association Annual Scientific Conference delves into issues of health service delivery development in the country and allows professionals to share ideas on how to address health care challenges affecting the population.
By Oleen Ndori