Ministry of Health Restructuring Exercise To Prioritize Health Care Workers Welfare

THE Ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC) is currently undergoing an overhaul restructuring process which is meant to bring sanity to the country’s health sector which will see conditions of service for health workers improve, a top government official has said.

By Michael Gwarisa

The restructuring process has already claimed scalps of various top brass within he ministry and its departments. To date, several hospital Chief Executive Officers (CEOs), ministry department directors and other high-profile personnel have either been reassigned or resigned from their posts.

Briefing Journalists today, Health and Child Care Minister, Vice President Constantino Chiwenga said the new restructuring exercise would prioritize the welfare of health workers across board.

On the conditions of service for health professionals, the ministry of health and child care’s new structure includes the critical infrastructure planning and development department which is key to the provision of accommodation among other infrastructure needs.

“Housing and vehicle loans will also form part of the improved conditions of service. Local manufacturing through the implementation of the triple health model will ensure sustainable availability of Personnel Protective Equipment (PPE) which had become a drain on the national foreign currency reserves,” said minister Chiwenga.

He added that government had reviewed salaries and allowances for health personnel as a way of making the health system competitive.

“To this end, an overall increase on health sector specific allowances will be effected by government. We are convinced that salaries and conditions of service are bound to further improve and be more competitive in the short to medium term because of the import substitution measures that the new ministry of health and child care structure is now representing.”

Meanwhile, minister Chiwenga added that the restructuring was in line with Zimbabwe’s vision to have a national health care system that reflects international best practice by the year 2030.

“The desire is to have national healthcare system that ensures that all members of the population have adequate access to health care services of sufficient quality therefore leaving no one behind.

“To this end, his Excellency, the President of the Republic of Zimbabwe,  Emmerson Mnangagwa ordered the restructuring of the ministry of health and child care for it to reflect international best practice. Today, it is a great pleasure as I announce that the first phase of the restructuring exercise of the ministry of health that I was tasked to undertake by the President is now complete,” said Minister Chiwenga.

He added that the main objective of the restructuring process was to impove efficiency, effectiveness and integration and of the MoHCC with national institutions to bring sanity to the health sector.

“The specific objectives were to develop a new structure of the ministry of health child care meant to achieve and develop a funding model for the new structure as well as develop conditions of service for healthcare workers. The restructuring of the MoHCC followed three stages.

“The first stage was to augment the levels on the hierarchy of the national healthcare delivery system. The second stage was to develop and organize strategic partners. The third and final stage was to develop and adopt a sustainable funding model for the national healthcare system and develop conditions of service for the health staff to drive the new ministry of health and child care structure.”

The Zimbabwe national healthcare system according to Vice President Chiwenga traditionally had four levels which are primary healthcare centers level, district and mission hospital level, provincial hospital level and central hospital level. He said they have added a fifth level known as the high  level research and development hospital.

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