Mukudzei Chingwere Herald Reporter
The World Health Organisation (WHO) is impressed by Zimbabwe’s progress so far in ensuring equitable health of sufficient quality for all through the Universal Health Coverage (UHC) model.
The model being implement by Vice President and Minister of Health and Child Care Dr Constantino Chiwenga got the world body endorsement at the belated virtual World Health Day commemorations today.
Ordinarily, the day is commemorated on April 7, and this year’s commemoration is running under the theme: ‘Building a Fairer, Healthier World’, which dovetails with Zimbabwe’s vision of universal health coverage.
WHO country representative Dr Alex Gasasira said, “We note with appreciation the strong commitment of the Government of Zimbabwe to accelerate progress towards Universal Health Coverage (UHC).”
He said Zimbabwe has implemented comprehensive prevention and control measures, including roll out of Covid-19 vaccination, which has reached all parts of the country, including the most vulnerable and hard-to-reach communities.
“We look forward to these lessons being applied to ongoing efforts to accelerate progress towards achieving Universal Health Coverage (UHC) in Zimbabwe,” he said.
VP Chiwenga said they embarked on a robust health infrastructure development programme aimed at improving the density of health care facilities, particularly in outlying areas.
“In the interest of public health, the Government of Zimbabwe is leaving no stone unturned to improve the socio-economic livelihoods of citizens,” he said.
“Ample testimony of this determination is espoused in the Government’s vision of achieving an upper middle-income status by 2030.”