Government restructures health sector

By Colette Musanyera

The Ministry of Health and Child Care has come up with a National Health Care Strategy to provide quality health care in the country.

Speaking at a media briefing in Harare this Monday, the Minister of Health and Child Care, Retired General Dr Constantino Chiwenga highlighted what the new health care strategy entails.

“Zimbabwe’s vision is to have a national healthcare system that reflects international best practices by 2030. The desire is to have a national health system that ensures that all members of the corporation have equitable access to healthcare services of sufficient quality, thereby leaving no one behind.

“His Excellency President Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa, ordered the restructuring of the Ministry of Health and Child Care, for it to reflect international best practices. Today it is with great pleasure that I announce that the first phase of the restructuring that I was tasked to undertake by the President is now complete.

“The main objective of the restructuring was to achieve efficiency, effectiveness, integrity, as well as the integration of the Ministry of Health and Child Care with national institutions by removing insulating tendencies, limited or no coordination with national institutions.

“The specific objectives were to develop a new structure of the Ministry of Health and Child Care meant to achieve the above and to develop a funding model for the new structure as well as address conditions of service of health professionals,” said VP Chiwenga.

He added that conditions of service for the health sector will be reviewed under the strategy.

“Accommodation, housing and vehicle loans will be availed to health practitioners. We commit to continuously review their conditions of service.”

Also present was the Minister of Finance and Economic Development, Professor Mthuli Ncube who indicated that local pharmaceutical companies will be resuscitated under the new Health Care Strategy.

“As a government, we are working on the revival of local pharmaceuticals. We want to export locally made pharmaceutical products. Salaries of health practitioners and that of the entire civil service will be reviewed too.”

The briefing was also attended by several Cabinet Ministers including Senator Monica Mutsvangwa, Dr Sekai Nzenza, Professor Amon Murwira, Professor Paul Mavhima, deputy ministers and permanent secretaries.