Health

Gvt to increase specialists at all hospitals

MARTIN MULEYA

MUTARE – In an effort to improve the quality of health services delivery to the people, the government intends to increase the number of specialist doctors at both provincial and district hospitals across the country.

This was revealed by the Minister of Health and Child Care, Dr. Douglas Mombeshora, who was represented by his deputy Sleiman Kwidini, during the 10th Victoria Chitepo Provincial Hospital nurses’ graduation ceremony held last Friday.

Deputy Minister of Health and Child Care, Sleiman Kwidini.

Dr Mombeshora said the government had already invested in building more health facilities to reduce the traveling distances and ensure the facilities are easily  accessible and closer to the communities.

“My Ministry’s plan is to increase the number of specialist doctors at both provincial and district hospitals. Victoria Chitepo Provincial Hospital currently has 10, and the aim is to get them to at least sixteen specialist doctors,” added Mombeshora.

The Minister acknowledged the mass exodus of nurses from the country seeking better opportunities and stated that the government, through the Health Service Commission, will be addressing the human resources challenges in the health sector.

He said the Health Labour Market Analysis indicated that training schools, including nurse training, were not functioning at 100% capacity, and his Ministry was taking necessary steps to set up more infrastructure and build human capacity to meet the needs.

Dr. Mombeshora hinted that engagements were already at an advanced stage to ensure the government and the country benefit from exporting health professionals to other countries.

In addition, the Minister said Mutare needs a top notch provincial hospital.

“Mutare is the major getaway to the sea, with the Forbes Border Post now operating 24 hours, which means increased human and vehicular traffic demands a top notch health facility. I am aware that the provincial hospital is not purpose-built, and the government is taking steps to provide the necessary infrastructure, including a maternal and pediatric wing which is already under construction,” he said.

Speaking at the ceremony, Manicaland Provincial Affairs Minister, Misheck Mugadza, represented by Provincial Affairs Secretary Abiot Maronge, said the government was committed to ensuring the devolution agenda is realized through the construction of the state-of-the-art regional NatPharm Pharmacy at Victoria Chitepo Hospital.

He highlighted that the construction of the pediatric unit, the recent commissioning of Runyararo Hospital in Chimanimani district, the provision of an oxygen tank, and the rehabilitation of the Victoria Chitepo Provincial Hospital mortuary are efforts meant to improve health access for people in the province.

“The construction of the regional NatPharm Pharmacy at Victoria Chitepo Hospital is now almost 90% complete, the construction of the pediatric unit is work in progress, the commissioning of Runyararo Hospital in Chimanimani district, the provision of an oxygen tank, and the rehabilitation of the Victoria Chitepo Hospital mortuary, which is work in progress, are efforts that are highly cherished,” noted Mugadza.

“As we celebrate the nurses’ graduation today, let me acknowledge the priceless and critical role that the health staff in Manicaland continue to play in providing health services to our communities. Indeed your commitment is commendable,” added Mugadza.

Victoria Chitepo Provincial Hospital serves seven districts in Manicaland province with a population of over two million people.

Last Friday’s nurses graduation was the first after a long sabbatical, with the last having been held in 2019 before the COVID-19 pandemic.

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