The Zimbabwean government has stressed its commitment to fully implement the National Health Strategy (2016 – 2020) aimed at ensuring equitable and affordable health care for all the country’s citizens.

The need to accelerate the implementation of strategies towards the realisation of universal health coverage, the role of health regulators and the creation a sound health care ecosystem dominated discussions during the 23rd Association of Medical Councils of Africa (AMCOA) conference hosted by Zimbabwe in Victoria Falls from the 17th of this month.

In a speech read on his behalf Health and Child Care Minister, Dr Obediah Moyo said on its part, Zimbabwe has prioritised equitable and affordable healthcare as part of efforts to ensure the realisation of Vision 2030.

“Government has been making efforts to promote primary healthcare access under the National Health Strategy 2016-2020,” he said.

Delegates who graced the conference highlighted the need for African governments to consider innovative health financing models and to take the lead in ensuring that the right to health for all citizens regardless of gender or class is observed.

“Governments across the continent should prioritise the attainment of universal health coverage in line with African union agenda 2063,” Minister Moyo said.

Regulatory authorities from different parts of the continent were also challenged to strengthen cooperation and to promote research and to share new concepts in the regulation of medical practice.

AMCOA was established to among other things support medical regulatory authorities in Africa in the protection of public interests and promotion of high standards of medical education.