PRESIDENT Emerson Mnangagwa has redeployed Ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC) permanent secretary, Dr Agnes Mahomva to the newly formed post of Chief Coordinator to the National Response to the COVID-19 pandemic in the office of the President and cabinet.
By Michael Gwarisa
In a press statement, Chief Secretary to the President and Cabinet, Dr Misheck Sibanda said Dr Mahomva’s appointment was in line with section 203 (1) (a) of the constitution of Zimbabwe amendment number (20) Act 2013.
This post has been created after due consideration of the work of the Ad-hoc inter-ministerial Task force on COVID-19, which has indicated the need for an evidence based, coordinated division of labour between and among government agencies and other significant entities in a bid to end the raging pandemic. Prior to her appointment, Dr Mahomva held the post of Permanent Secretary in the ministry of health and child care, and brings to the new post her extensive knowledge and experience both from her work in government and from her previous assignments global health I country, regional and global health organisations.
“As the government principal technical spokesperson on efforts to combat the COVID-19 threat, Dr Mahomva has been on the front-line in defining government strategy and in providing guidance to the public on behavioral adjustments needed to protect the populace against the spread of the pandemic as well as on necessary health protocols that must be followed when dealing with cases suspected and established of infection,” said Dr Sibanda.
He added that the appointment was critical at this juncture and government would soon be appointing a new permanent secretary in the health ministry.
“Dr Mahomva’s leadership is critical in coordinating the country’s expertise in medical, epidemiological and related research and practices and in intensifying activities in the area of public health at a time when the country is contending with a formidable health threat.
“She will also take responsibility for ensuring synergies in activities relating to the logistical, resource mobilisation , materials production, and distribution of protective services and monitoring functions in the fight against COVID-19.”
He also said Dr Mahomva’s appointment was with immediate effect and an announcement on the appointment of a new perm sec In the health ministry will be made soon.