On August 4, Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa appointed Vice President (VP) Constantino Chiwenga as the new Minister of Health and Child Care.
The appointment has been confirmed through an official statement by Misheck Sibanda, the Chief Secretary to the President and the Cabinet, who said that the appointment of Chiwenga comes with immediate effect.
Misheck Sibanda said, “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.”
Last month, the former Minister of Health and Child Care, Obadiah Moyo, was fired by President Mnangagwa over corruption allegations.
Now, Constantino Chiwenga will uphold double responsibility both of the Vice President as well as the Health Minister.
The Health Ministry of the country is facing several challenges, 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, are some among many.