Nursing Now Zimbabwe Project Launched

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…

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First Lady Auxillia Mnangagwa Appointed Health Ambassador

GOVERNMENT has  bestowed another special recognition to the First Lady Auxillia Mnangagwa appointing her the country’s Health and Child Care Ambassador for the role she plays in the country’s health sector. By Kudakwashe Pembere Last year she was made the Maternal and Child Health Ambassador. With her role in fighting cancer of the cervix,  she was made the Health Ambassador and she received a trophy. In her acceptance speech while accepting the new role, the First Lady said she takes this recognition as a challenge to work harder. “It is…

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Natpharm Management Faces Chop

HEALTH and Child Care Minister,  Dr Obadiah Moyo has directed National Pharmaceutical Company (NatPharm) bosses to pull up their socks or face the chop. By Kudakwashe Pembere He said this at an emergency meeting with the management on Sunday. The meeting came as a result of the First Lady Auxillia Mnangagwa who expressed dismay last Friday at NatPharm where she found stock piles of medicines when district hospitals and clinics had none. The Health Minister in a no nonsense mood, banging the desk barking order after order, felt the NatPharm…

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Health Ministry To Float RTGS$ Tender For Medical Equipment

GOVERNMENT will this week float a Real Time Gross Settlement dollar (RTGS$) tender for supply of medical equipment to the country’s hospitals. By Kudakwashe Pembere This follows an RTGS$80 million worth of medicines secured from local companies that provided invoices in RTGS$ for drugs. Health and Child Care Minister is upbeat this method can be replicated for medical equipment. He made these remarks last Friday during a medical equipment donation at Harare Central Hospital. “So we are now going to go to tender requesting for bids to be in RTGS$…

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Hunt For New Harare Hospital CEO Imminent

HEALTH and Child Care Minister Dr Obadiah Moyo says they will soon be looking for a substantive chief executive officer for Harare Central Hospital following the dismissal of Dr Nyasha Masuka. By Kudakwashe Pembere He said this during the donation of equipment for the Harare Central Hospital. Dr Masuka barely lasted a year at the healm of the country’s biggest referral hospital under yet to be ascertained reasons.  In the interim, Dr Tapiwa Bwakura is the Acting CEO as the hospital awaits a new boss. “Harare Central Hospital is a…

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E8 Countries Get US$12 million Global Fund Anti-Malaria Grant

THE Global Fund To Fight Aids TB and Malaria has given Elimination 8 (E8) countries a second grant of US$12 million to support their efforts towards eliminating malaria. By Kudakwashe Pembere Recognising that the progress or failure of one country’s efforts to eliminate malaria is connected to the success of other countries in the region, the Elimination 8 (E8) was established by SADC to coordinate a collaborative effort, led by the Ministers of Health in eight countries, to jointly plan, execute a regional malaria elimination strategy. Countries involved are Angola,…

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Minister Moyo Threatens To Fire Parirenyatwa Management

…As Health Crisis Deepens …Foreign Supplies Reject Zim USD Payments   HEALTH and Child Care Minister, Dr Obadiah Moyo has cracked his whip on Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals management for failing to arrest the prevailing drugs and sundries crisis at the institution which has forced senior doctors to withdraw their services until the situation  has normalised. By Michael Gwarisa The decline in health services at Parirenyatwa hospital has forced medical doctors to attend to emergency surgeries only, leaving millions of health seekers stranded.  The management team at Parirenyatwa which is…

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BonVie Launches Electronic Claims Switching Platform

Zimbabwe’s medical aid scheme BonVie  on Thursday unveiled its electronic claims switching platform which enhances the time taken to process payments.   By Kudakwashe Pembere From the days when processing a claim took 90 days, to 30 days this system takes less than 15 days. The technical partner for this platform is New Health 263 which provides expertise in managing it. Health and Childcare Minister Dr Obadiah Moyo was heartened at the launch of this platform seeing the health industry adopting technology solutions. “This morning we are here to launch…

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Health Minister Meets Striking Doctors

THE incumbent members of the Zimbabwe Hospital Doctors Association met with Health and Childcare Minister Dr Obadiah Moyo to resolve their grievances which have left the public health sector in limbo. By Kudakwashe Pembere It appears the Minister met with old association members that have since been replaced where he tabled ways Government would intervene to solve their issues. Following the meeting, the interim members lashed out in concern stating they never sat down with the Minister. This forced a fresh meeting on Wednesday to iron out the outstanding problems…

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Obadiah Moyo Defends Ministerial Appointment

HEALTH and Childcare Minister Dr Obadiah Moyo on Friday publicly broke his silence against reports trying to discredit his ministerial appointment. By Kudakwashe Pembere Press reports alongside social media rants allegedly claiming he was a ‘medical imposter’ not fit for the job had turned to popular belief. Reports alleged he was not a registered medical practitioner with the Medical and Dental Practitioners Council of Zimbabwe, neither was he schooled in West Indies nor the UK. But Dr Moyo who makes it a habit to digress into the ‘medical achievements’ memory…

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