ZIMBABWE has launched the Nursing Now Zimbabwe, a global program aimed at raising the status and profile of nursing worldwide in efforts to attain Universal Health Coverage (UHC) through motivating and healthcare workers .
By Michael Gwarisa
The Nursing Now Zimbabwe seeks to be a platform to increase the visibility of nursing and midwifery through recognising and celebrating the role nurses and midwives play in contributing to health within our society particularly in Primary Health Care.
Speaking at the launch of the program, Health and Child Care minister, Dr Obadiah Moyo said nursing was a critical profession and the backbone of the health care
“This is a very important project for us and we want it to resonate right through the whole world that Zimbabwe launched the Nursing the now project on this day. Nurses are very important and we have a lot of respect for nurses.
“We want you to carry on proving the best quality service that you can. We want to make sure that the nursing service also appreciates higher levels of management within the ministry. We want to make sure that the nursing services become part of what we are call the Health Assembly,” said Dr Moyo.
The health assembly according to Minister Moyo is an envisioned conglomeration of professionals who work under the ministry of health which enables anybody to come and voice their opinions and allow everyone to be able to contribute towards the running and management of the ministry.
“We all have to make a contribution to this, we want every brain in Zimbabwe within the health sector to be able to come up with idea which is implantable. And just is not relevant to suppress the human mind when that brain has a lot of useful information.”
Meanwhile, the Nursing Now Zimbabwe seeks to empower and enable nurses to take up their place at the heart of efforts to tackle 21st century health challenges and ensure that everyone globally has access to healthcare.
The event also provided a platform to showcase research in nursing and midwifery in the country, in line with the national Strategic Direction for Nursing and Midwifery 2016-2020 and country’s Vision 2030