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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More doctors report for duty

More doctors yesterday heeded Government’s call to return to work and joined their colleagues who reported for duty on Monday. In a statement yesterday, Government said all doctors who had been on strike at Marondera, Bindura, Gweru, Gwanda and Mutare provincial hospitals had returned to work.This is in addition to the 340 doctors who have returned to work in Harare, Bulawayo, Chitungwiza and Masvingo. Of 340 doctors, 105 were from United Bulawayo Hospitals, Mpilo Central Hospital (77), Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals (98), Chitungwiza Central Hospital (27), Harare Central Hospital (29)…

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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

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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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