Get your priorities right, govt told

Get your priorities right, govt told

Get your priorities right, govt told Health stakeholders have called on the government to get its priorities right by improving budget allocations towards the health sector, embarking on private public partnerships and plugging leakages within the sector. The experts said if the government sets its priorities right, citizens’ access to facilities would be improved, thus ensuring quality health service delivery. The Zimbabwe Medical Association (ZIMA) President, Dr Agnes Mahomva said private public partnerships should be taken seriously as they have been successfully implemented in other countries with better results. “Government…

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‘Health board should lobby govt’

‘Health board should lobby govt’

'Health board should lobby govt' HARARE – The Health Services Board (HSB) should convince government of the importance of care workers and ensure that they are fully capacitated, the Community Working Group (CWG) on Health has said. In an interview with the Daily News last week, CWG’s executive director Itai Rusike said HSB’s impact should be felt when they lobby government. Minister of Health David Parirenyatwa revealed in Bulawayo recently that an estimated 3 500 nurses were unemployed. He also noted that with the revised staff establishment, government would absorb…

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Donor fatigue threatens health sector

Donor fatigue threatens health sector

Donor fatigue threatens health sectorApril 2, 2016 Stan Chiwanga Opinion & Analysis   By Tabitha Mutenga, Features and Supplements Editor Minister of Health David Parirenyatwa   THE deepening economic crisis has paralysed the country’s public health sector that had become heavily dependent on donor funding. Donor assistance, which had, over the years, become the backbone of the country’s health sector, has been drying up as a result of a global recession. Over the years, Zimbabwe has failed to adequately fund its health sector, leaving external donors to fill the gap….

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Coping with pregnancy when disabled

Coping with pregnancy when disabled

Coping with pregnancy when disabled Thandeka Moyo WHILE motherhood is often celebrated as a positive experience universally, Musa Sibanda, a woman from Bulawayo, was far from being happy on the day she gave birth to her first child. The woman cut a lonely figure in the maternity ward at Mpilo Central Hospital while other new mothers welcomed their newborn babies with smiles and chuckles. She had one wish — that the little life in her hands should just die. Sibanda, who has a speech and hearing impairment, regarded her life…

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Birth shelters reduce broken hearts

Birth shelters reduce broken hearts

Birth shelters reduce broken heartsPregnant women at Kanyaga clinic Paidamoyo Chipunza Senior Health Reporter Tucked away in the thick forests of Makonde district lies Kanyaga village. Apart from agricultural, mining and other social activities that make up the daily routine of an adult man and woman in Makonde, sex and sexuality completes their diary. At some point, clinics capable of assisting pregnant women to deliver in the event that they decided to get pregnant were limited and scattered. The few clinics that existed had no shelter to accommodate pregnant women who…

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‘Poor service delivery drives typhoid’

‘Poor service delivery drives typhoid’

‘Poor service delivery drives typhoid’HARARE – Poor service delivery is the key driver of the typhoid outbreak in Harare, city director of health Prosper Chonzi has said. According to health committee minutes, Chonzi said since January 22, there had been 101 suspected cases, 13 confirmed and no deaths from the disease. Chonzi said the water and sanitation situation in the city was causing typhoid to resurface after the 2011 outbreak that hit Dzivarasekwa. In October 2011, the outbreak spread to other suburbs such as Warren Park, Kuwadzana, Mufakose, Mabelreign and…

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Zim commemorates Cancer Day amid equipment, drug shortages

Zim commemorates Cancer Day amid equipment, drug shortages

Zim commemorates Cancer Day amid equipment, drug shortagesAs the rest of the world commemorated Cancer Day yesterday, Zimbabwe continues to grapple with shortage of drugs, cancer equipment, specialists, as well as lack of adequate information to rein in the disease, which is largely preventable. By Phyllis Mbanje Stakeholders are calling on the government to seriously work on domestic financing of cancer awareness and prevention which falls under non-communicable diseases (NCDs) and treat it with the diligence accorded to HIV and Aids. “We are not doing much in addressing this sitting…

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Home births decline in Bulilima

Home births decline in Bulilima

Home births decline in BulilimaHOME births in Bulilima District in Matabeleland South have declined over the past years, a development that is likely to bring down the county’s high maternal mortality rate. Zimbabwe’s maternal mortality rate stands at 525 deaths per 100,000 live births, according the 2012 census data. The United Nations considers a maternal mortality ratio of less than 100 as low, between 100 and 299 as moderately low, and high when it is 300 to 499. Speaking during a media tour organised by the Ministry of Health and…

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Drug shortages: A national crisis

Drug shortages: A national crisis

Drug shortages: A national crisisBy Tabitha Mutenga, Features and Supplements Editor AS the donor community is busy trying to ensure that there is enough food for millions of Zimbabweans facing starvation, another disaster that may soon call for the donors’ attention is unfolding in the country’s hospitals.A massive shortage of basic clinical drugs at major public health institutions is unfolding.The situation has been described by health experts as dire, putting the lives of many people at risk.Basic pain killers are unavailable in hospitals and most rural clinics, where the majority…

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