Masvingo hosts doctors, pharmacists’ congress

MASVINGO province is hosting this year’s chapter of the annual Joint College of Primary Care Physicians and Pharmaceutical Society of Zimbabwe congress at the Regency group of hotels, The Chevron and The Flamboyant.

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The four-day congress that starts today is set to be attended by more than 400 participants and is running under the theme “Bracing ourselves for tomorrow’s pandemic: Non-Communicable diseases”.

Health and Child Care deputy minister Paul Chimedza will be the guest of honour.

Convener of the congress Kudzai Masinire, the deputy provincial medical director for Masvingo, said the annual event was meant to be a refresher for doctors and pharmacists on new trends in the medical field.

“The congress is meant to improve the practice of pharmacists and doctors. We review best practices, new information in the medical field as well as new technologies,” said Masinire.

“The theme is in line with the new trends of non-communicable epidemics like high blood pressure, diabetes, cancers and respiratory conditions which are on the rise in most populations, including low income states in sub-Saharan Africa. They are a pandemic in the making,” Masinire said.

He said apart from covering the scientific aspects, this year’s gathering would also introduce a social responsibility aspect.

“As part of our social responsibility, we will visit all clinics and hospitals in Masvingo urban and offer free consultations.

“There will be all specialists, be it epidemiologists, gynaecologists, physicians, just to mention a few,” Masinire added.

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