HSB exhibits at Zimbabwe International Trade Fair

The Health Service Board is exhibiting at the 2022 Zimbabwe International Trade Fair (ZITF) in Bulawayo. The 62nd edition of the Zimbabwe International Trade Fair is running under the theme, “Rethink, Reimagine, Re-invent value chains for economic development” while the Board exhibit under the theme ‘Consolidating innovative solutions in health for economic growth’.

The Health Service Board departments who are showcasing their services at the stand include,

  • The Human Resources Department
  • Conditions of Service and Industrial Relations
  • Performance Improvement and Development
  • Discipline Department

Additionally, there is a section of health workers presenting their experiences in the face of Covid-19 and an Observation room where nurses are offering Covid-19 test, HIV Test and Counselling, Blood Pressure (BP) Test and Blood Sugar Test.

The Health Service Board led by the Chairman Dr Sikosana attended the 2022 International Business Conference (IBC) which runs concurrently with the Zimbabwe International Trade Fair. Vice President of Zimbabwe and Minister of Health and Child Care Retired General Dr CDGN Chiwenga was the Guest of honour at the International Business Conference.

HSB Executive Chairman Dr Paulinus Sikosana

Health Service Board Strategic review and plan workshop

The Health Service Board is holding its 2021 Strategic review and plan workshop for the period 2022 -2023. The workshop is reviewing 2021 performance against set targets   within the broader framework guided by the whole of Government Programme Based Budgeting Framework, which is driven by the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development.

In his opening remarks the HSB Executive Chairman Dr Paulinus Sikosana said, ‘’as we plan for the 2022 – 2023 period, we are taking into account our achievements and/or failures in 2021 in order to tease out the unfinished business that needed further attention. This provides us with an opportunity to consider what worked well and what did not. By so doing, we were able to build on our strengths and design intervention strategies that sustain those areas that needed further development.’’

 

Performance appraisal training workshop

Acting Executive Director Mr A. Mbengwa addressing delegates at a Training Workshop in Vumba.

 

The Health Service Board Secretariat senior management comprised of the Acting Executive Director, General managers, Deputy general managers and head of department are attending a 3-day training workshop in Vumba, Mutare to appreciate the new performance appraisal system recently introduced by Government. The newly adopted four-page Performance Appraisal Form is user-friendly as compared to the previous twelve-page document.

In his official opening remarks, the Acting Executive Director Mr Angelbert Mbengwa said the new revised form is easier to understand and use in individual performance as it links individual performance to organizational targets.  In addition, it will create a conducive working environment that focuses on results and creates necessary support for improved performance by individuals and improved health service delivery.

The new Performance Appraisal form is also expected to strengthen the appraisal system through clarified performance indicators, targets, result related feedback, reinforcement of ethics and professional behaviour as well as the sustenance of a high-performance culture in the public health sector.

 

 

 

HSB Board Members Lead the way in receiving Covid-19 Vaccinations

The Health Service Board encourages Health Workers to embrace the Covid-19 vaccination program for front line workers. Meanwhile the HSB Chairman Dr P. L. N. Sikosana was the first to be vaccinated in Bulawayo while the Vice Chairperson Proffessor A Chideme-Munodawafa, Dr S. Mungofa and Ms S. Bhebhe received their Covid-19 jabs in Harare

Dr Sikosana being vaccinated in Bulawayo

VC Prof. Chideme-Munodawafa gets her jab of Covid-19

 

Dr Mungofa being vaccinated in Harare

 

Ms Bhebhe gets her Coronavirus jab in Harare

 

 

HSB embarks on online training

In line with the Covid-19 guidelines, the Health Service Board through its Performance Improvement and Development Department has embarked on online training to ensure continued service delivery. The Online training programmes will also ensure that Health Workers are kept abreast with new trends in their professions.

Drinking alcohol can damage a child’s health

According to a new study by Researchers at the Centre for Longitudinal Studies at the UCL Institute of Education, and Pennsylvania State University, it was found that, one in six parents allow their children to drink booze by the age of 14.

The study also found that light or moderate-drinking parents were just as likely to let their children drink alcohol as heavy-drinking parents.

It suggests that many parents are misguided by letting their children consume alcohol at a younger age in an attempt to teach them to drink responsibly.

Although the results of the study, published in the Journal of Adolescent Health, notes that just 2% of ethnic minority parents said they allowed early drinking

Given Christmas is a time when wine is often shared at the dinner table, the researchers were keen to point out that while having better educated parents is generally a protective factor, previous studies have shown that starting drinking at a young age means children are more likely to fail at school, have behaviour issues and alcohol and substance problems when they become adults.

The analysis was compiled from data on 10 000 children born at the turn of the century from the Millennium Cohort Study.

It found that 17% of parents in the UK have allowed their children to drink by the time they were 14.

In the survey, 14-year-olds themselves were asked whether they had ever tried more than a few sips of alcohol, with almost half saying yes.

When they were 11, about 14% had done so.

The study’s lead author, Jennifer Maggs, said: “Parents of socially advantaged children may believe that allowing children to drink will teach them responsible use or may in fact inoculate them against dangerous drinking.

However, there is little research to support these ideas.

“While social disadvantage predicts many long-term health problems, parents of socially advantaged children appear to view alcohol use as less risky.”

Official medical advice recommends that children don’t drink alcohol until they are at least 15.

The NHS says: “Drinking alcohol can damage a child’s health, even if they’re 15 or older.