BY MOSES MUGUGUNYEKI
Private medical health practitioners under the Medical and Dental Private Practitioners Association of Zimbabwe (MDPPZA) banner will next month converge in Mutare for the second conference since the inception of the association.
MDPPZA held its inaugural conference in Kadoma in December last year, which ran under the theme Restoring the Health Profession to its Glory through Moulding Balanced and Ethical Practitioners.
This year, the association, which is an all-inclusive board, will host its conference in the eastern border city on December 3 to 5 under the theme Sustainability and welfare for health providers in changing environment.
MDPPZA secretary-general Cletos Masiya said all was set for the big indaba, which brings together members of the association together.
He said due to Covid-19-induced lockdown only less than 100 delegates will converge in Mutare while others would follow the proceedings virtually.
“There will be interesting and relevant clinical sessions,” Masiya said.
“There will be business sessions that speak through to our theme and collaboration strategies shall discussed and adopted to reposition the profession into a formidable force in view of various threats and new opportunities in our environment.
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“Yes, definitely there shall be virtual sessions and we are finalising the registration package for both physical and virtual participants.”
Masiya said choosing Mutare was a deliberate move meant to give medical practitioners time to refresh and relax.
“It will also be a time to relax and enjoy the serenity of our eastern highlands,” he said.
“The Golden Peacock Valley hotel offers a great environment yet during breaks people can also explore other surrounding areas.
“We shall have entertainment within our programme as well.”
Masiya said the conference was a critical indaba meant to map a strategic direction of the organisation from 2022 and beyond.
MDDPZA president Johannes Marisa believes the second conference would be bigger and will be graced by prominent people.
“Our inaugural conference in Kadoma was successful and it was graced by ‘big’ people including Health and Child Care deputy minister Dr John Mangwiro whom we had great interaction with at the conference and after the conference,” Marisa said.
“The first conference ushered a new era for MDPPZA. We made our achievements including collaborations with the government on the Covid-19 response programme. We have had corporate social responsibility programmes. We have sourced accommodation for our members and we even got farms from the president.
“All this was born out of the ideas from the conference in Kadoma. I am sure that this second conference will leave MDPPZA on another level.”
MDPPZA is an inclusive national body of medical practitioners in private practice and consists of 372 members.