New appointments in Health Directorate

The St Helena Health Directorate has recently made three new appointments within their team.

Senior Food Microbiologist

Kudzaiishe Nayoto is the new Senior Food Microbiologist and will carry out relevant food and water microbiology testing and ensure that the laboratory maintains accreditation to the ISO17025:2017 standard.

Kudzaiishe commented:

“The warm welcome to the Island has made it easy to adapt to the new environment for myself and family. I look forward to providing a good, relevant and valuable service during my tenure on-Island.”

Kudzaiishe has been a Microbiologist for 16 years and a Lab Manager for 13 years at Zimbabwe’s largest poultry producing company, Irvine’s Zimbabwe. Kudzaiishe has also held the post of Quality Manager at Irvine’s Zimbabwe for four years and led the Irvine’s Zimbabwe Lab to Accreditation by South African National Accreditation System (SANAS) to the ISO17025 standard in 2008, and maintained it for 11 years.

Kudzaiishe, who is a former Scout leader and hockey player, has a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Zimbabwe and a BSc (Hons) in Applied Biology and Biochemistry from the National University of Science and Technology (Zimbabwe).

Public Health and Community Services Manager

Public Health and Community Services Manager, Dr Kingsley Osarenren, took up his new role in May 2019.

Kingsley’s role involves undertaking administrative and supervisory duties aimed at the effective and efficient delivery of primary care and public health services at the community level. This includes assessing, planning, organising and directing all community health service operations including outpatient clinics, chronic disease management services, smoking cessation, weight management, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, school health, sexual health, home visits, palliative care, and other allied services.

Kingsley holds a Master of International Development from the University of Birmingham, a Master of Public Health from the University of Wolverhampton, a Diploma in Programme/Project Management from the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) and a Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) as his primary degree.

Prior to coming to St Helena, Kingsley worked with the Birmingham Children and Women’s Hospital NHS Trust as the Paediatric Haemoglobinopathy (Genetic blood disorder) Network Development Coordinator for the West Midlands region.

Oncology Clinical Nurse Specialist

Oncology Clinical Nurse Specialist, Charito (Charlie) Ihao, arrived to the Island in May 2019. Charlie is responsible for setting up the Chemotherapy Day Unit, administering chemotherapy drugs to cancer patients and teaching Staff Nurses in safe administration of chemotherapy drugs and cancer screening.

Charlie commented:

“I feel lucky that I have the opportunity to work on St Helena. It’s such a very unique and beautiful place to be, the Saints are friendly and lovely people. I am very pleased that we have a good team at work, I feel well supported.”

Charlie has spent nearly 10 years as a Chemotherapy Sister in the Chemotherapy Day Unit at the Imperial College Healthcare Trust, three years as Oncology Sister at the London Clinic Hospital, Harley Street, and over four years as Locum (Oncology/ Haematology/Research/Senior Research Nurse) Chemotherapy Sister in the Chemotherapy Day Unit at St Bartholomew’s NHS Hospital.

Charlie has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, is a qualified Mentor, Qualified Chemotherapy Nurse and Oncology/Haematology trained Nurse.

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8 July 2019

St Helena Government Communications Hub

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