Draw health lessons from successful countries, Zim urged

ZIMBABWE should draw serious lessons from other countries who have successfully implemented national health insurance schemes that cater comprehensively for every citizen to ensure the attainment of universal health coverage (UHC), stakeholders have said. High cost of medicines compounded by persistent industrial action by health workers has made it virtually impossible for ordinary citizens to access basic health care. The call came as most health insurance providers have indicated that they will, from July 1, hike their fees by between 40% and 80% to cushion their businesses against inflation. “In…

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Govt urged to support local pharmaceutical companies

THE Community Working Group on Health (CWGH) has implored Government to prioritise the capacitation of pharmaceutical companies to ease obtaining shortages of drugs in the country. Speaking to The Herald, CWGH executive director Mr Itai Rusike said while Government policies on drugs were very robust, there was an urgent need for it to avail foreign currency to capacitate local drug manufacturers. “CWGH appreciates Government policies on essential drugs and equity in health which have over the years widened access to treatment,” he said. “However, it is evidently clear that hospitals…

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Cyclone Idai survivors get major assistance from CWGH

Byron Adonis MutingwendeMay 04, 2019, 05:20 am The Community Working Group on Health (CWGH) in partnership with Medico International has procured some materials for relief and aid to affected communities in Chimanimani. Speaking while handing over the substantive donation of items worth US$50 000 to the organisation’s management committee in Harare on 3 May 2019, Itai Rusike, the Executive Director of CWGH, said the gesture was in line with their mandate since their institution is deeply rooted in the community. “As CWGH, we are a network of national, civil society…

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Cyclone aftermath: Health ministry to float RTGS$ tender for drugs

HEALTH minister Obadiah Moyo on Thursday assured Senate that his ministry was prepared to avert any health calamities that may face Cyclone Idai victims, adding that his ministry will soon float a real time gross settlement dollar (RTGS) tender for supply of medicines to assist the affected communities. “We have been allocated money by the Finance ministry to be able to purchase medicines and have had many well-wishers who have donated medicines which have been shipped to disaster areas,” Moyo said without specifying how much he was allocated by the…

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Horror tales of rot in public hospitals

THE untenable situation prevailing at public hospitals continues to unfold with reports that post-theatre patients have to bear immense pain in the absence of painkillers, while pathologists at times failed to perform autopsies because of the shortage of gloves. Relatives have had to endure, not only the grief of losing their loved ones, but the long wait for the autopsies to be done. Facilities like Harare Central Hospital have no ventilators which are used in the intensive care unit (ICU) to assist people in breathing when they are unable to…

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Need for holistic response to Idai

LUCKY TO BE ALIVE . . . It is a fact that survivors of Cyclone Idai in Chimanimani and Chipinge are facing a public health crisis of considerable proportions   The loss of lives, displacement of people, loss of livestock and crops, destruction of property and infrastructure following heavy rains and flooding caused by the recent Cyclone Idai that ravaged mainly Chimanimani, Chipinge, Bikita and Chikomba districts in Zimbabwe is a sad chapter for the nation. The fierce and devastating storm has left in its wake a still unknown death…

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Desperate patients overwhelm public hospitals

The country’s public health facilities are experiencing an upsurge in the number of patients, posing serious challenges to quality service delivery with admitted patients now being housed in physician bays while others are spending hours queuing in corridors. This follows a dramatic increase in medical fees in private practice as well as medical aid contributions. In the past few months, most medical aid insurers upped their monthly charges, making it impossible for the majority of citizens to continue using medical aid facilities. The increases were brought about by the general…

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Healthcare tariffs condemned

COMMUNITY Working Group on Health executive director Itai Rusike is worried with the way the Association of Healthcare Funders of Zimbabwe imposed new tariffs without consulting stakeholders. In a press statement released on Sunday, the AHFoZ increased the fees for doctors, dentists and all other healthcare service providers by 40 percent and hospital fees by 30 percent effective from yesterday. In an interview, Rusike said the other parties interests should have been considered before taking such measures. “Sadly, there was no one to represent public interest during the negotiations for…

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Barring of injured from emergency services slammed

HARARE – The Community Working Group on Health (CWGH) has condemned the obstruction of injured citizens from emergency medical services in the wake of the violence that rocked the country during the stay-away. CWG executive director Itai Rusike expressed concern over the consequences of the current situation of violence against citizens’ rights to health and health care. Violent protests erupted across the country earlier this week following President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s unpopular decision to hike fuel prices. Soldiers reportedly prevented all movement by civilians, disabling those severely hurt from accessing medical…

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Junior doctors ‘arm-twisted’ to shelve strike

JUNIOR doctors at public hospitals yesterday ended their 40-day long strike after some consultant doctors allegedly threatened to cause them to fail their internship. By Everson Mushava/Vanessa Gonye The Zimbabwe Hospitals Doctors’ Association, in a statement, confirmed the decision to “begrudgingly” end the job action before striking a salary deal with government. “ZHDA is delighted to inform the membership, members of the Press and the public that the industrial action by doctors has come to an end,” ZHDA secretary-general Mthabisi Bhebhe said. “Sadly, with no salary review, and frozen December…

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