WHO heaps praise on ZHPA

HARARE - World Health Organisation (WHO) has heaped praise on the Zimbabwe Health Professionals Authority (ZHPA) and called for closer cooperation to strengthen health systems so as to effectively address both communicable and noncommunicable diseases.

“Non-communicable diseases are surpassing HIV and Aids as the leading cause of death in Zimbabwe,” WHO representative David Okello told a ZHPA’s annual congress.

“Road traffic injuries are claiming just too many lives already. Furthermore, cervical cancer is on the rise among women in Zimbabwe while diabetes prevalence is on the rise.”

WHO has facilitated study tours to Zimbabwe for some African countries that were planning to set up or strengthen their health professional governing bodies, Okello said.
ZHPA, which was established in 2001, works with health service providers and encourages them to increase the number of health institutions, both public and private, in remote areas.

The regulatory body also advocates for cost-efficient health services so that the poor can access universal health care.
Okello said ZHPA has been instrumental in advocating for health professionals to seriously tackle issues related to medical ethics such as proper diagnosis, treatment and prescriptions, as well as to go for normal delivery instead of rushing for caesarean sections.
“The regulatory body has played a significant role in improving the health conditions of Zimbabweans, despite challenging economic conditions and dwindling allocations of the national budget to health.

“Recent statistics available in the health sector indicate that mortality rate for children under five years of age dropped from 84 per 1000 live births in 2010 to 75 per 1000 live births in 2014. Maternal mortality, which reached 960 deaths per 100 000 live births in 2010, dropped by one thirds to 614 deaths per 100,000 births in 2014.”

Okello, however, advised the regulatory body to advocate for increased human resources for health and an effective healthcare system.

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