Health fee scrapping brings relief

Pregnant mothers, children under five, and adults over 65 years are now exempt from medical fees

Pregnant mothers, children under five, and adults over 65 years are now exempt from medical fees The year 2018 began with Government implementing remedial health policy as part of the 100-day economic stimulus plan to make health services accessible to all. Included in the plan is the scrapping of medical fees for infants, senior citizens, pregnant and nursing mothers and slashing the price of blood to $50 at State-run institutions. The reprieve has been made possible by a more generous budgetary allocation from Treasury, which has brought relief to many…

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Harare faces lawsuit over poor water quality

Discoloured flow: A Harare resident shared an image of water form their tap. — Source :Twitter

Paidamoyo Chipunza Senior Health Reporter Harare City Council faces a possible class lawsuit by residents who fear their health has been compromised by being forced to consume visibly contaminated water supplied to their homes by the local authority. The residents, through the Harare Residents Trust (HRT), a non-profit organisation, have called for the immediate resignation of city officials in charge of water and councillors who exercise oversight over the portfolio for failure to protect their interests. In an interview with The Herald yesterday, HRT director Mr Precious Shumba said local authorities…

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Govt to subsidise healthcare for the vulnerable

Government will use the Health Levy, which has so far received $22 million, to supply vital medicines and medical sundries required by health institutions to implement the free user-fee policy for vulnerable groups, Health and Child Care Secretary Dr Gerald Gwinji has said. The Health Levy is money realised from a 10 percent cellphone levy deducted from every $1 worth of airtime which was introduced by Treasury last year, half of which is channelled towards health. Responding to questions on Government’s source of funding for a successful free user-fee policy,…

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Govt directive plunges hospitals into crisis

HARARE – Public hospitals could be driven towards the brink of closure through the implementation of a long-standing government policy compelling them to offer free treatment to expecting mothers, children under the age of five, and citizens above the age of 65 years. This follows a recent directive issued by the ministry of Health and Child Care to all public health institutions that had hitherto been allowed by the administration of former president Robert Mugabe to recoup all their expenses from patients regardless of age or special condition in order…

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Enter the Year of Expectations

The year 2018 brings high expectations of resurgence — politically, socially and economically, with Zimbabweans’ hopes buoyed by the ushering in of a new dispensation led by President Emmerson Mnangagwa. For Zimbabwe, this year should see free and fair elections, improved health sector, enhanced agricultural production and social services delivery. Political analyst Mr Eldred Masunungure said the new political dispensation and new leadership had brought major expectations from the populace which the Government was expected to fulfil. “It is, however, impossible to fulfil all the expectations within a short period, but…

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Health expenditure continues to dwindle

ZIMBABWE will this year spend a measly $25 per person on health, while government expenditure on health continues to fail to reach the 11,3% of Sub-Saharan Africa’s average, and 15% of the national budget as stipulated by the Abuja Declaration. BY VENERANDA LANGA The amount of $25 that government will spend on each person this year is a drastic drop from $62 per capita in 2013 (World Health Organisation statistics) which government spent per person, and $58 per capita in 2014, as well as $48 per capita in 2011. The…

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CWGH Releases Position Paper On 2018 Budget For Health

The Community Working Group on Health (CWGH) has released its proposed position paper regards the 2018 Budget for health requirements. Amongst other things, CWGH implored government to allocate at least 15% of the National Budget to health care in line with the Abuja Declaration target. “Empirical evidence has shown that a 1% increase in public spending on health care reduces child and maternal mortality rates while improving life expectancy. “To boost public spending on health without undermining fiscal sustainability government must explore a number of options for innovative domestic and…

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Health activists fret over second line ARVs

THE Community Working Group on Health (CWGH) has urged Government to prioritise the procurement of second line antiretrovirals whose availability has been affected by shortages of foreign currency.In a statement, CWGH executive director Mr Itai Rusike said if the situation is not addressed urgently, the country will end up losing some of the gains achieved over the years.The shortages will definitely compromise the health of about 35 percent of the estimated one million people on second line treatment as they will default on taking their medication.“Limited availability of ARVs impedes…

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‘Matapi flats should be destroyed’…David Parirenyatwa

Pressure is piling on Harare City Council to decisively deal with the perennial typhoid outbreaks with Health minister David Parirenyatwa calling for the demolition of Mbare’s Matapi hostels. This follows an outbreak of typhoid in the highly-congested hostels early this week with 21 cases detected so far. Parirenyatwa said he was shocked at the filth and poor services in the area. “There is uncollected garbage, overflowing raw sewage and no running water. This is a conducive environment for diseases like typhoid to thrive,” he said during a tour of the…

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