HEALTH and Childcare minister, Dr Obadiah Moyo lauded Zim-Afro for consistently organising the Medical and Health Expo to discuss issues that could leap Zimbabwe’s Health Sector into admirable levels.
By Kudakwashe Pembere
Officiating the eighth edition of the medical expo, the minister was enchanted by issues on the spotlight at the event.
“Noted to my interest on day one of the conference which had some themes of innovative regulatory models, safe practice and quality, medical and health education. It is critical in light of the planned regulatory conference we discussed issues to do with innovative monitoring and control of all authorities in our health sector and standard of quality within our health sector and social care systems,” he said.
The Minister gave Zim Afro a pat on the back for bringing all health sectors under one roof.
“My ministry highly commends Zim Afro’s efforts for creating a platform that brings together leading medical suppliers, distributors, professionals, health service providers and related stakeholders to exhibit their products and services. As you have noted, the expo presents the formative and engaging platform for delegates to exchange ideas and discuss key issues that affect the health sector,” said Dr Moyo.
Dr Moyo noted the importance of regulatory bodies and professionalism in the health sector.
“We also acknowledge the commitment by our regulatory councils who have taken bold steps in supporting and participating at this expo. Professional standards are produced by these individual health bodies and other special interest groups.
“Professional standards often supplement regulatory standards or there can be alternatives to statutory regulatory standards, where no statutory regulatory body exists. For example, medical staff not currently regulated through statutory mechanisms such as through the GMC for doctors, the nurses council, the HPA may not be supported by professional standards set by a professional body.
“As such we expect this dialogue to continue and to have more participants as we progress and urge all council to attend this conference every year to discuss issues and map innovative ideas for our health sector which doesn’t compromise standards and patient safety,” said Dr Moyo.
The expo started yesterday on a lively note.