Health and Child Care Minister Dr David Parirenyatwa

A six-member executive board to oversee operations and welfare of health sector employees has been appointed reviving hope of vibrancy in the sector. 

The country has witnessed a number of strikes by medical personnel over the years, while old infrastructure, poor service delivery, and lack of equipment within government medical institutions had become the order of the day.

Health stakeholders have laid the blame on the HSB, whose job it is, together with the Minister of Health and Child Care, to address the working conditions and welfare of medical personnel in state-run institutions.

The Dr Lovemore Mbengeranwa-led Health Service Board (HSB) was dissolved four weeks ago under unclear circumstances and Health and Child Care Minister Dr David Parirenyatwa has announced a new six member board that is expected to transform the health sector.

The new board will be chaired by Dr Paulinos Ncube, a public health specialist who will be deputised by Professor Auxilia Munodawafa.

Other members include human resources expert Mr Memory Nguwi, former Harare City Health Director Dr Stanley Mungofa, Mrs Sefe Bhebhe, a monitoring and evaluation expert and legal expert Mercy Gwaunza.

Announcing the board, Dr Parirenyatwa urged members to work hard to ensure the board turns around fortunes of the health sector which is in dire need of revival.

The HSB is mandated with making appointments for the health sector as well as grading and fixing conditions of service.

The board also investigates complaints made by health workers and assists in mobilising resources for the sector.

Thus, the recurrence of industrial actions in the health sector pointed to failure by the HSB to properly discharge their duties as set out in the Health Services Act.

All eyes will therefore be on the new board as it is expected to implement decisions that will have a positive bearing on the welfare of health workers to mitigate against recurring industrial actions that had dogged the sector in the past.