Free maternity services require solid funding

THE heavily pregnant woman lying on the floor in a maternity ward at Harare Central Hospital stretches out her hand to greet First Lady Auxillia Mnangagwa. BY PHYLLIS MBANJE An unidentified expecting mother at Harare Central Hospital (right) has to make do on the floor due to shortage of beds in the maternity wing For the briefest moment, the woman forgets about the hard, cold and uncomfortable surface and basks in the glow of being in the presence of “greatness”. A wide grin splits her youthful face and she nods…

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Not The Time For Blame Game- CWGH

THE Cholera outbreak obtaining in Zimbabwe is not a platform to politically outfox each other or exhibit political muscle and prowess as lives are at stake, Community Working Group on Health executive director, Itai Rusike has warned. By Michael Gwarisa Commenting on the prevailing Cholera outbreak, Rusike said in as much as the rising number of Cholera deaths and infections exposes the government’s poor disaster mitigation mechanisms or perhaps the lack of political will, this was no time to shift blame on each other but to work together as a…

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More doctors join strike

More doctors yesterday joined the on-going strike, defying a government message to call off the job action. BY VANESSA GONYE/EVERSON MUSHAVA The doctors have been on strike since Saturday to protest poor remuneration and the deteriorating health situation in the country. “Only four out of 91 doctors came for work and I think the rest are waiting for talks between the doctors’ association and the employer over the issue of solving their problems before they report for duty,” Harare Central Hospital CEO Nyasha Masuka said. Parirenyatwa Hospital and public health…

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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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