Zim’s public health spending lowest in Sadc

GOVERNMENT spending towards health this year averaged a measly $21 per person, a figure that is lower than $24 per person in 2016, the Community Working Group on Health (CWGH) has said. BY VENERANDA LANGA In its contribution to the 2018 National Budget consultations, CWGH said the per capita allocation towards health is one of the lowest in the Southern African Development Community (Sadc) region whose average spending on health per person is $146. “The per capita allocation stands at $21 down from $24 in 2016 and this implies that…

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Parliament To Boycott 2018 Budget Unless It Meets Abuja Target

The Parliamentary Portfolio committee on Health says it will not entertain a flimsy allocation of funds to the health sector in the forthcoming 2018 budget presentation unless the 15% Abuja target is met.This was said by Matabeleland North senator Sibusisiwe Budha-Masara at the Pre-budget review workshop organized by the Community Working Group on Health (CWGH) held on Wednesday in Harare.“I think as a country, this is something that I would want Zimbabweans to consider even though there is little time for you to put your input into this budget. But…

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Harare Now an Ancient City…As Harare Tops In Typhoid Cases – Health Times

THE city of Harare now resembles an ancient town as it lacks the characteristics and requisites of a modern day city due to poor planning and recurrent diarrheal diseases like Typhoid and Cholera which were most prominent during ancient times.Typhoid was first discovered in 1880 in New York City but is also believed to have existed around 430 BC in Greece where it almost wiped out a whole army.Briefing a Community Working Group on Health (CWGH) Public Dialogue meeting on Recurrent Outbreak of Typhoid and Diarrheal Diseases, Director for Epidemiology…

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Nurses’ shortage hits Binga . . . unqualified village health workers man clinic

Unqualified village health workers in Binga are reportedly manning a clinic located about 180 kilometres from Binga District Hospital. Chunga Clinic, which is the furthest public health centre from Binga Centre, is difficult to access due to a poor road network and also has poor telephone network. Binga North Member of Parliament Mr Prince Madubeko Sibanda said the district, which is a high risk area for malaria, was failing to access healthcare due to a shortage of nurses. He said village health workers were forced to take on the job…

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Village health workers earn $14

June 24, 2017 in News Village health workers across the country’s provinces earn a paltry $14 each month, given to them on a quarterly basis by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and other development partners, it has been revealed.By Vanessa Gonye The workers move around communities educating people on preventing and treating common ailments related to HIV, typhoid and tuberculosis among others. Speaking at the Community Working Group on Health annual national meeting in Harare on Thursday, Binga North Member of Parliament, Prince Sibanda, who is also a member…

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Chronicle scribe scoops health reporter award

Chronicle reporter Thandeka Moyo (left) receives a certificate and a trophy from Mr Douglas Moyo, the Bulawayo National Aids Council officer (right), while Mr Nobert Dube of the Community Working Group on Health (CWGH) looks on during the CWGH Health reporting journalists awards at a Bulawayo hotel on Friday. Thandeka won the best CWGH health reporter award Cynthia Dube, Chronicle ReporterTHE Chronicle’s award winning journalist Thandeka Moyo last Friday scooped the 2017 Maternal, Child and Sexual Reproductive Health Rights Award.Moyo, The Chronicle’s health reporter was named the winner of the…

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Council must do more to contain typhoid: Experts

Failure by Harare City Council to provide basic water and sanitation services to its residents is fuelling the outbreak of water borne diseases such as typhoid and cholera, health experts have said. Water-borne diseases, the experts said, were primitive in this era. As such, the specialists called for the city to venture into private partnerships with developmental partners in order to resuscitate infrastructure which is failing to cope with the growing population.The sentiments by the experts come after the death toll from typhoid in Harare has since risen to three…

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Outcry over typhoid deaths

Outcry over typhoid deaths HARARE – Zimbabwean doctors yesterday called on the Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission (ZHRC) to ensure government accounts for every death as a result of archaic diseases amid unprecedented public outrage over typhoid deaths. Zimbabwe’s government was facing scrutiny from the Zimbabwe Association of Doctors for Human Rights (ZADHR) after noting the continued deplorable state of service delivery in Zimbabwe’s cities, towns and Harare in particular, saying the local authorities’ suburbs have become the epitome of failure to prioritise a safe and clean environment as a key…

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Tragedy feared as senior doctors join strike

Tragedy feared as senior doctors join strike SENIOR doctors and specialists yesterday joined striking junior doctors, further paralysing services at government hospitals mostly in Harare and Bulawayo. Public hospitals’ outpatients departments were a sorry sight, as patients were left stranded following the industrial action by doctors. The situation at the country’s major referral hospitals in Harare and Bulawayo has taken a frightening turn, with obstetrician and gynaecologist registrars also downing tools. This potentially puts the lives of expecting mothers, especially those requiring surgery, and their unborn babies at risk. In…

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