Free blood commendable but…

  COMMUNITY Working Group on Health executive director, Itai Rusike has commended Government’s move to provide blood and blood products for free in public hospitals. Rusike said that most people have been failing to access blood due to its high cost which, in turn, has contributed to avoidable deaths.“We applaud the Government for making blood and blood products free in public institutions, a move that will definitely lessen the financial strain on patients and preventing avoidable deaths that have been occurring in the country.“So the high cost of blood has…

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Consultations were crucial before legalizing marijuana – CWGH

THE Community Working Group on Health (CWGH) has expressed concern over government’s failure to hold public consultations before legalizing mbanje or cannabis (marijuana) at a time the country is grappling with the problem of drug abuse, especially among the youth. HealthTimes Reporter CHWGH Executive Director, Itai Rusike told HealthTimes that the lack of consultation on such critical matters by government would plunge the nation into some irreversible future problems. “While the organisation does not doubt or discredit the medicinal benefits associated with cannabis, it is the lack of consultations and…

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CWGH Warns Gvt Over Firing Nurses…Urges Parties To Engage In Dialogue

THE Community Working Group on Health (CWGH) has called on government to engage in talks with bodies representing Nursing staff before proceeding with the drastic action of terminating their employment. HealthTimes Reporter In a statement in response to Vice President, retired General Constantine Chiwenga statement which announced the termination of employment for more thousands of nurses who participated in the industrial action, CWGH Executive director Itai Rusike said dialogue was the only way forward under the current situation. “The dismissal of the nurses, which was surprisingly endorsed by the highest…

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Gvt Should Come Clean On the Free Blood Initiative Financing-CWGH

… as fears of politicisation of health products grows The Community Working Group on Health (CWGH) has commended government for making blood and blood products free in public health institutions beginning next month, but expressed concern over the unclear funding mechanism for the drive. By Michael Gwarisa CWGH executive director Itai Rusike said the high cost of blood has been one of the major barriers that prevented ordinary Zimbabweans from accessing and enjoying their health entitlements and rights as enshrined in the country’s Constitution which stipulates that health is a…

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Divisions over efforts to fight malaria stall progress

KAROI — Ratidzai Moyo (33) of Chikangwe high density suburb is five months-pregnant and has suffered from the life threatening disease malaria twice within the last six months. Moyo told NewsDay that she was a victim of a recurrence of the malaria scourge that gripped Chiedza suburb in the farming town three years ago. She said there was a recurrence of malaria outbreak in Ward 10 while responsible authorities took long to curb it. “As you can see, we have many water bodies around Chikangwe. We are victims of mosquitos around…

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Concern over delay of renal unit opening

The Community Working Group on Health (CWGH), a health delivery services pressure group, has expressed dismay over the continued failure to operationalise the renal unit at Masvingo General Hospital, saying the situation was making life difficult for kidney patients in the province. Efforts to open the unit have stalled several times in the past few months amid allegations of red tape and bureaucratic bungling by officials at the provincial health referral centre. CWGH provincial chairperson Mrs Entrance Takaidza last week called on the Ministry of Health and Child Care to…

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