Health fee scrapping brings relief

Pregnant mothers, children under five, and adults over 65 years are now exempt from medical fees

Pregnant mothers, children under five, and adults over 65 years are now exempt from medical fees The year 2018 began with Government implementing remedial health policy as part of the 100-day economic stimulus plan to make health services accessible to all. Included in the plan is the scrapping of medical fees for infants, senior citizens, pregnant and nursing mothers and slashing the price of blood to $50 at State-run institutions. The reprieve has been made possible by a more generous budgetary allocation from Treasury, which has brought relief to many…

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Harare faces lawsuit over poor water quality

Discoloured flow: A Harare resident shared an image of water form their tap. — Source :Twitter

Paidamoyo Chipunza Senior Health Reporter Harare City Council faces a possible class lawsuit by residents who fear their health has been compromised by being forced to consume visibly contaminated water supplied to their homes by the local authority. The residents, through the Harare Residents Trust (HRT), a non-profit organisation, have called for the immediate resignation of city officials in charge of water and councillors who exercise oversight over the portfolio for failure to protect their interests. In an interview with The Herald yesterday, HRT director Mr Precious Shumba said local authorities…

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Govt to subsidise healthcare for the vulnerable

Government will use the Health Levy, which has so far received $22 million, to supply vital medicines and medical sundries required by health institutions to implement the free user-fee policy for vulnerable groups, Health and Child Care Secretary Dr Gerald Gwinji has said. The Health Levy is money realised from a 10 percent cellphone levy deducted from every $1 worth of airtime which was introduced by Treasury last year, half of which is channelled towards health. Responding to questions on Government’s source of funding for a successful free user-fee policy,…

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Govt directive plunges hospitals into crisis

HARARE – Public hospitals could be driven towards the brink of closure through the implementation of a long-standing government policy compelling them to offer free treatment to expecting mothers, children under the age of five, and citizens above the age of 65 years. This follows a recent directive issued by the ministry of Health and Child Care to all public health institutions that had hitherto been allowed by the administration of former president Robert Mugabe to recoup all their expenses from patients regardless of age or special condition in order…

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Enter the Year of Expectations

The year 2018 brings high expectations of resurgence — politically, socially and economically, with Zimbabweans’ hopes buoyed by the ushering in of a new dispensation led by President Emmerson Mnangagwa. For Zimbabwe, this year should see free and fair elections, improved health sector, enhanced agricultural production and social services delivery. Political analyst Mr Eldred Masunungure said the new political dispensation and new leadership had brought major expectations from the populace which the Government was expected to fulfil. “It is, however, impossible to fulfil all the expectations within a short period, but…

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