First Lady Auxcillia Mnangagwa has been appointed as the Health and Child Care (HCC) Ambassador at an event she launched the Nursing Now project.
The first lady who has showed interest in maternal issues and cancer awareness campaign, will be the face of the health sector as well champion the well being of the vulnerable in society
Accepting the honour which was announced by Health minister Obediah Moyo, the first lady said the responsibility bestowed on her was a bit challenging but because of her passion to accomplish any imperative task, she will absolutely make sure that everything is done properly in the health sector.
“Am pleased, humbled, honoured to accept this responsibility as the ambassador of the ministry of Health in this country. It is not an easy task but fortunately, it is within my nature that when i focus on a task , I make sure that it is done,” she said.
After her appointment as the ambassador, amai Mnangagwa urged the ministry to address the major challenges faced by the nurses and midwives in Zimbabwe.
“At this juncture, i urge the minister of Health and Child Care to cause an inquiry in the nursing and midwives sector in Zimbabwe and make recommendations on how based some of the big challenges can be addressed,” she said.
The first lady said the Nurse Now projext was aimed empowering nurses so that they may be capable to fight the future health challenges .
“The Nursing Now project is a global project aimed at raising the status of nursing world wide. It seeks to empower and enable nurses to take up the place up there and be able to tackle the 20th Cerntury health challenges and ensure that everyone globally has access to affordable quality healthcare,” she said.
The first Iady said nurses’ opinions and essential perspectives are not fully heard therefore the Nursing Now has brought an opportunity for them to absolutely participate in the health decision making.
“This programme sets out to give nurses a greater voice in health decision making. Nurses currently have little influence despite the understanding and insight in their unique position in the health systems. The Nursing Now project will support nursing to learn and build a vibrant global movement to raise the status of nurses,” she said.