Outcry over new hospital user fees

Bulawayo residents have bemoaned the recent hike in hospital user fees which have rendered health services virtually inaccessible to the majority of Zimbabweans who are bearing the brunt of a failing economy. In a circular to hospitals dated December 31, 2019, Health and Child Care Permanent Secretary Agnes Mahomva announced the new hospital fees, directing their immediate implementation. Under the new fees, among other changes, ante-natal general ward per day will cost $160 at central hospitals such as Mpilo Central Hospital and United Bulawayo Hospitals (UBH), $120 at provincial hospitals…

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Public hospitals adjust charges

Government has approved an increase in public hospital charges, but no one will be turned away for failing to raise the fees, while the free maternity services policy remains in place. The upward review of medical costs from January 1 has already drawn public outcry with stakeholders saying the fees are beyond the reach of many. Consultation fees for adults receiving treatment at Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals are up from $15 to $200 for initial and $130 for subsequent visits. Children above five years will now pay $100 as initial…

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Desperate Zimbos Turn To Crowd Funding For Healthcare Financing

IN a country where medical aid coverage is less than 10 percent, ordinary Zimbabweans who can’t afford medical aid cover and health insurance have found solace in crowd funding initiatives for critical surgeries and treatment for complicated ailments. By Michael Gwarisa According to the Association of Healthcare Funders Zimbabwe (AHFoZ), medical aid coverage has dropped from a high of 10 percent in 2018 to the current  9 percent, making it untenable for majority of Zimbabweans whose life savings and hard earned cash has turned into manure since August 2018 at…

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Recognising and responding to the scars of Cyclone Idai

Six months after Cyclone Idai ravaged the eastern province of Manicaland in Zimbabwe, the devastating effects show that there is need for more work to do for the recovery. The survivors are still in dire straits, psychologically, emotionally and materially. The traumatic events of 15 March 2019 remain etched on the minds of the survivors. Any rumbling sound, even light rain, sends them quaking, as a reminder of the tragic events of that ‘night of death’, when torrential rains and heavy winds claimed their loved ones and left them scarred.…

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More To Die At Home As Govt Hikes Hospital Fees – CWGH

THE Community Working Group on Health (CWGH), has slammed government over its decision to hike hospital fees by over 600% saying the move will result in the underprivileged members of society dying at home. The CWGH is a network of civic community based organisations. On Thursday, the Ministry of Health announced new hospital user fees and reintroduced maternity fees. In a circular to local hospitals, Health and Child Care Permanent Secretary Agnes Mahomva announced that Ante-natal ward per day will now cost $200 at Parirenyatwa Hospital, $160 at central hospitals such…

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Aids battle far from over

BY PHYLLIS MBANJE LAST Sunday, Zimbabwe joined the rest of the world in commemorating World Aids Day, which is always marked with much pomp and fanfare as well as passionate declarations and pledges for enhanced access to treatment. This year was no different and a government convoy made its way to Mucheke Stadium in Masvingo, where presenters made glowing remarks about how the country has done well in combating the spread of HIV and Aids. It was, however, noted that the HIV prevalence rate currently stands at 12,7% and is…

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Cut Expenditure On Military and Channel Funds To Health

THE Zimbabwe national budget should cease prioritising military expenditure and channel funds towards the ailing health sector in order to reduce internal conflict from disgruntled healthcare workers. By Michael Gwarisa Giving an analysis of the 2020 Health Budget, Community Working Group on Health (CWGH) Executive Director, Mr Itai Rusike said the 2020 budget has remained static and largely uninspiring and the humongous allocation of fund to the military was worrisome. While the Ministries of Basic Education and Health got the second and third highest votes after agriculture, their allocations at…

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Traditional Midwives Not Allowed In Zim Says Gvt

THE Ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC) does not encourage traditional midwives to deliver babies nor offer maternal health related services to pregnant women, a top government official has warned. By Michael Gwarisa The development comes in the wake of what has been described as “heroic works” of one Mbare traditional midwife, Mrs Esther Gwena who has since delivered more than 100 babies at her home. However, the babies are being delivered in the absence of critical health sundries such as, disinfectants, safe delivery kits, running water and proper…

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Doctors’ absence prolongs patients’ suffering

ORDINARY citizens whose pockets are not deep enough to afford private medical care continue to bear the brunt of the ongoing stand-off between medical doctors — who have been on industrial action for over two months now — and government. People with various ailments are gambling with death as many have since stopped going to seek medical attention at public hospitals, where they are routinely turned away due to the unavailability of doctors. Hope in the public health system recuperating and going back on its feet has been lost and…

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