VP Chiwenga To Open Ahfoz Conference

Vice President Costantino Chiwenga, who is also Health and Child Care Minister is expected to officially open the Association of Healthcare Funders of Zimbabwe (AHFoZ) annual conference in Victoria Falls on Friday.

The all-stakeholders’ conference kicks off today at a local hotel and will end on Friday.

It will be a hybrid event with some delegates following virtually.

AHFoZ chief executive Mrs Shylet Sanyanga said the conference will be attended by stakeholders drawn from a cross section of stakeholders in the healthcare supply chain.

A majority of delegates had arrived in Victoria Falls yesterday with some expected this morning.

“This includes Ministry of Health officials, medical aid societies, healthcare providers and representatives of labour among others. The conference will focus on taking stock of the impact of Covid-19, the lessons learnt and also is a platform to share ideas on how to build on the lessons learnt in order to re-establish a robust healthcare system whose focus had been mainly on the pandemic at the expense of other healthcare issues such as prevention and management of non-communicable diseases,” she said.

The theme for the annual conference is: “’Pandemic, Panic, Leapfrogging and Transformation.’’

Mrs Sanyanga said Covid-19 guidelines will be in place and enforced during the meeting.

“Among other things issues of Mental Health will be discussed especially considering the impact of Covid-19 on mental wellness. Speakers will be from the Government, South Africa and United Kingdom (UK) via virtual connection. The Honourable Minister of Health and Child Care, Vice-President of the Republic of Zimbabwe Dr Chiwenga is the Guest of honour,” she said. -Chronicle

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