14 June 2018
The Ministry of Health and Child Care has recognised the First Lady, Auxillia Mnangagwa, as the ambassador of maternal and child health in Zimbabwe.
Speaking at the official recognition ceremony held at Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals yesterday, Minister of Health and Child Care Dr David Parirenyatwa said Government is committed to enhance maternal health.
“Maternal deaths are a cause for concern, as a result the Ministry has decided to honor the first lady for the work she is doing.
“Government through the Ministry of Health and Child Care is committed to improve maternal health and child care and the First Lady has pledged to work with the ministry,” he said.
Min Parirenyatwa described the First Lady as a philanthropist and passionate mother who have pledged to save the nation through awareness campaigns on maternal health and cancer related issues.
“I am here to acknowledge the work of the first lady, she is a philanthropist and has shown passion in the health sector particularly women and children.
“She has been moving around the country carrying out awareness campaigns on cervical cancer and maternal health.
“Safe motherhood is a must and the government has put in place measures that allows pregnant mothers to be examined free of charges from the effect of 1 July,” said Min Parirenyatwa.
He added that stunted growth caused by malnutrition among children is the biggest challenge in the country as most children lack balanced diet.
“Stunting growth is the biggest issue and is caused by lack of enough food. Currently the stunting growth is at 26 percent as some children lack balanced diet.
“Children should also be immunised despite religious beliefs. Government has launched a policy that allows every child to get immunised.
“Some parents do not like their children to be immunised due to their religion of which it impacts negatively on the growth of their children,” he added.
The First Lady has applauded the Ministry of Health and Child Care for honouring her.
“I didn’t know the Ministry would appreciate the work I am doing .I am committed to take the responsibility and I will continue working with the Ministry.
“My aim is to reduce maternal deaths, malnutrition and cervical cancer. I will continue urging women to be screened for cervical cancer,” she said.