The Herald (Harare)

30 January 2013

Zimbabwe: Chi-Town Hospital, Wua Sign Pact

CHITUNGWIZA Central Hospital is set to establish a Faculty of Health Sciences, which will allow postgraduate health personnel to further their studies and attain degrees in various disciplines.

This was revealed at the signing ceremony of a Memorandum of Understanding between Women's University of Africa and the Chitungwiza Central Hospital in Chitungwiza.

Speaking at the ceremony on Monday, Women's University in Africa Vice Chancellor Professor Hope Sadza said there was need to foster the health sector.

"Health workers are the cornerstone and drivers of health systems, yet the country is facing a serious shortage in this area that is identified as one of the most critical constraints to the achievement of health and development goals," she said.

"This crisis is impairing the provision of essential life-saving interventions such as safe pregnancy and delivery services for mothers, access to treatment for HIV and Aids and other diseases."

Chitungwiza Hospital chief executive Dr Obadiah Moyo reiterated the same problems.

"As you know, an appropriately trained, skilled and well motivated workforce is a critical component required for the efficient delivery of health services," he said.

"Unfortunately, Zimbabwe's health delivery system has over the past few years been hampered by a massive internal and external brain and skills drain."

The training includes undergraduate degree programmes in midwifery, radiography, community health, laboratory sciences, nursing administration, nursing education and nephrology science.

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