Govt, council should stop blame-game on cholera

GOVERNMENT and local authorities have been urged to ensure provision of basic water and sanitation infrastructure in order to effectively deal with the cholera and typhoid outbreaks, the former which has claimed the lives of 30 people countrywide and affected over 5 000. BY VENERANDA LANGA The Community Working Group on Health (CWGH) yesterday reproached government and local authorities over continuously playing the blame game, saying they must concentrate on restoring infrastructure and social services to save lives. “The cholera outbreak highlights the failure of government to maintain basic public…

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Sustainable funding mechanism critical for healthcare

CWGH@20 - Giving a health story the cutting edge: Investigative journalism to promote transparency and accountability in the health sector workshop in Bulawayo, Zim

The red flag raised by the Community Working Group on Health executive director Itai Rusike on the need for government to present a sustainable funding mechanism to ensure renal patients can have access to effective and consistent free renal services at the country’s public hospitals could not have come at any better time. Editorial In fact, we believe government should heed the advice to save unnecessary loss of life countrywide. It is a good thing that the government has rolled out this programme to provide free renal dialysis to financially-disadvantaged…

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Lukewarm approach to typhoid outbreak slammed

HEALTH stakeholders are deeply agitated by the lukewarm approach being shown by both the government and local authorities in addressing the typhoid outbreak that has so far officially claimed nine lives in Gweru and Masvingo. BY PHYLLIS MBANJE Itai Rusike The outbreak has, however, spread to other parts of the country, with new cases being reported in Kadoma. “There is need for a serious public campaign for local authorities to deliver safe water. Our water sources are contaminated. What are we doing about it?” Fungisayi Dube from the Citizens Health…

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Drug shortages: The dynamics

Drug shortages: The dynamicsPaidamoyo Chipunza Senior Health Reporter In recent months, Zimbabwe has experienced a shortage of one of the most critical drugs for the management of tuberculosis (TB) in its first two months of diagnosis. This tablet, a combination of rifampicin, isoniazid, pyrazinamide and ethambutol tablets, also known as FDC-RHZE is imported, costs of which are wholly supported by a development partner. Oxytocin is another tablet whose availability is also supported by development partners working with Government in reducing pregnancy related deaths. It is used to control bleeding after…

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Govt blasted over TB drugs shortage

THE Community Working Group on Health (CWGH) has blasted government for poor planning, resulting in failure to allocate foreign currency for procurement of tuberculosis (TB) drugs, hence their current shortages. BY VENERANDA LANGA CWGH executive director Itai Rusike said the shortages of TB drugs for the past two months would expose patients to health complications, including the deadly and costly drug resistant tuberculosis (DR TB). “The current shortage of tuberculosis (TB) drugs and other essential medicines in the country’s health institutions is a combination of poor planning, misplaced priorities and…

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Call to consider the disabled in HIV programmes

Otilia Urengwa (33) of Chipereve village, Zvipani under Chief Dandawa is a disabled mother of five. BY NHAU MANGIRAZI In 2005, she was involved in a car accident during which she both her legs were injured and she has been using walking aides ever since. Like several hundreds of people living with disability, Urengwa’s world is in tatters in this rural outpost 65 kilometres west of Karoi town. “Persons with disabilities face access barriers to service. As a breastfeeding mother, I am also affected. Those who are infected with HIV…

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Forex shortages hits drug imports

ZIMBABWE’s supplies of drugs have been affected by the lack of foreign currency since the country imports about 90 percent of its medicines. Speaking on the sidelines of a donation at Mpilo Central Hospital yesterday, Ministry of Health and Child Care acting permanent secretary Dr Gibson Mhlanga said 90 percent of the country’s drugs were dependant on foreign currency. “Unfortunately, we have to buy about 90 percent of our medicines outside the country and with the ongoing forex shortages, we have not been spared from suffering,” he said. “All sectors…

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Civic organisations vow to help ED address health challenges

Thandeka Moyo, Health Reporter HEALTH based civic organisations have raised optimism on the new administration’s capacity to address prevailing health issues and have pledged to help President-elect Cde Emmerson Mnangagwa ensure Zimbabweans have access to health. In an open letter to Cde Mnangagwa, the Community Working Group on health, which represents 40 organisations, said they are looking forward to an era where Zimbabweans will have universal health coverage. Top among the expectations from the CWGH is the revival of primary health care which will ease pressure on central hospitals. “We…

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Health rights groups raise red flag over free renal services

COMMUNITY Working Group on Health executive director Itai Rusike has called on government to craft a sustainable funding mechanism in order to provide effective and consistent free renal services at public hospitals. BY TINOTENDA MUNYUKWI Itai Rusike Rusike told NewsDay yesterday that while they commended government’s move to provide free renal dialysis to financially-disadvantaged citizens who are not on medical aid cover, there was need for a clearly outlined long-term and sustainable funding mechanism to ensure that there was continuity. “The idea is good because we know some patients have…

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Open letter To President Elect ED By The CWGH

The New Government must prioritise strengthening of Primary Health Care to achieve Universal Health Coverage and the Sustainable Development Goals Now that the elections are over, the people of Zimbabwe expect the fulfilment of the election manifesto, in which you promised massive improvement in health infrastructure; more health personnel; accessible and affordable medicines; free medical care for cancer patients; at least one hospital per district, improved health services in resettlement areas, reduction of hospital fees by 50% and pursuing the Health for All policy, among others. As Community Working Group…

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