Public Health Act (Amendment) Bill: Community participation crucial

Itai Rusike Correspondent The opportunity afforded to Zimbabweans to provide input into the supreme health law of the country is refreshing. It is important to have communities come out and participate during the public hearings on the Public Health Act (Amendment) Bill to ensure that their views and perceptions have been incorporated into the final Bill and that it addresses community needs as enshrined in the nation’s Constitution. Following a number of public health blunders that have seen resurgence of previously controlled diseases, unnecessary death, disability and suffering of Zimbabweans,…

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Health ministry bemoans poor budget

HARARE – The health sector’s $520 million 2018 budget allocation remains too low, despite Finance minister Patrick Chinamasa having increased it from $454 million, Health minister David Parirenyatwa said. He said there was a lot of damage, wear and tear at the hospitals that needs to be fixed. “Our target was $1,1 billion, it’s still not sufficient if you look at the number of repairs that are needed in our hospitals, just as an example. “Before I touch medicines, if you look at how many laundry machines countrywide have broken…

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Condoms, sanitary wear debate rages on

Sheillah Mapani Features Writer Every year, the Ministry of Health and Child Care (MOHCC) acquires condoms for free distribution to help fight the HIV and Aids pandemic. This has been hailed by stakeholders in the health sector as an important strategy to contain the spread of the disease. However, other keen watchers have decried the absence of similar approaches to sanitary wear which thousands of girls school going age cannot access, especially in rural areas. Some critics suggest that the money being allocated to acquiring condoms be directed to sanitary…

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Health budget needs to prioritise prevention

RECENTLY, a bombshell was dropped by Finance minister Patrick Chinamasa when he told Parliament that he nearly transferred $20 million collected for the Health Levy Fund to the Consolidated Revenue Fund due to the Health and Child Care ministry’s failure to use it. BY VENERANDA LANGA MPs were shocked by Chinamasa’s statement, as the country’s health sector is in dire straits, with lack of adequate infrastructure and drugs. The fund is financed by Zimbabweans who are charged five cents per every dollar of airtime, which is channelled towards the health…

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