The leadership of Zimbabwe will once again be imprinted globally when Health and Child Care Minister, Dr David Parirenyatwa chairs the 71st World Health Assembly (WHA) to be held in Geneva, Switzerland from the 21st to the 26th of his month.

The WHA is the world’s highest health policy setting body and the chairmanship of the assembly is done on a rotational basis.

Minister Parirenyatwa was elected by other African ministers of health who attended the 67th session of the World Health Organisation (WHO) regional committee meeting that was held in Victoria Falls in September 2017.

Addressing a media briefing before leaving for Geneva, Dr Parirenyatwa expressed optimism that the platform will give countries particularly those on the continent an opportunity to push for strategies that will strengthen systems to progress towards universal health coverage.

Meanwhile, the windfall awarded to nurses in the form of back pay dated back to 2010 has seen some nurses who hold higher qualifications raising concerns with the grading system that was used.

The most qualified nurses who got the least amounts allege some primary care nurses are now getting more than people with high qualifications.

Dr Parirenyatwa said the concerns are being dealt with by the Health Services Board (HSB).

Doctors are also crying foul over the proposal by the HSB to slash on call, standby and night duty allowances.

The HSB is proposing a 50 percent reduction from $720 to $360 in the allowances that were approved by government less than two months ago.