VP Chiwenga has been in and out of Hospital so he has gained experience
President Emmerson Mnangagwa has appointed Vice President Constantino Guchuya Dominic Nyikadzino Chiwenga as Minister of Health and Childcare with immediate effect.
The message was announced by Chief Secretary to the Office of the President and Cabinet Misheck Sibanda on Tuesday afternoon.
Chiwenga is supposed to implement a quick turnaround in national healthcare.
Read the full statement below
Sibanda said Chiwenga’s appointment was with immediate effect.
“In making this decision, His Excellency the President has noted the urgent need to stabilize, restructure and reform the national health delivery system to better cope with challenges of the global COVID-19 pandemic, and in the process, ensuring a quick turn around in national health care,” Sibanda said.
Chiwenga takes charge of a ministry currently bedevilled by challenges including the ongoing strike by doctors and nurses demanding better pay, as well as shortage of equipment and drugs amid a spike in COVID-19 infections in the country.
The number of COVID-19 deaths in Zimbabwe has risen to 80 as of Tuesday. Meanwhile, the number of confirmed cases also surged to 4,075 after 154 cases, all local infections, were reported.