Vice President and Minister of Health and Child Care, Constantino Chiwenga has appointed the Nurses and Midwives Council of Zimbabwe board.
The inauguration of the council took place at a Ministry of Health and Child Care conference at the Kingdom Hotel in Victoria Falls.
Chiwenga challenged the council to promote the health and wellbeing of the Zimbabwean population at large. He said:
I inaugurated other health professional councils and I had to take time to consider the composition of this Nurses Council given its nature and expectations.
Nurses comprise the largest proportion of the entire health workforce. Their management, therefore, remains a priority and the new Council members are expected to deliver beyond measure.
The Ministry looks forward to seeing the Council performing its primary objective of promoting the health and wellbeing of all Zimbabweans.
I look forward to seeing well-trained nurses of the highest integrity manning our health institutions.
The nursing practice has a significant impact on health care delivery, patient safety and patient outcomes, regulation of the profession and individual nursing practice as necessary.
In her acceptance speech, the newly appointed Nurses and Midwives Council of Zimbabwe Chairperson Dr Lioba Tendai Gunduza said:
To my fellow board members, I urge you not to relax as this is only the beginning of a long and arduous journey, so we need to give our all.
Let us remember that this is a national duty and we were appointed to assist the Honourable Vice President and Minister of Health and Child Care to advance the nursing practice in Zimbabwe with a view to improving the health and wellbeing of the Zimbabwe population.
The Nurses and Midwives Council of Zimbabwe is provided for under the Health Professions Act (Chapter 27:19) Section 40. The last Council’s mandate ended in June 2020.
The Council has a membership of 18 389 general nurses; midwives (9 155); Clinical Officers (88); Nurse Educators (87); Operating Theatre Nurses (670); Nurse Anaesthetists (201); Nurse Administrators (493); Community Nurses (618); Intensive Care Nurses (330); Oncology and Palliative Care Nurses (34) and Advanced Neonatal Intensive Care and Paediatric Nurses (141).