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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Ncube criticised over failure to prioritise health

FINANCE minister Mthuli Ncube has been criticised for failing to prioritise the funding of health in the 2019 budget, with health lobbyists dismissing it as a mere ‘ritual’ and a piece meal, which falls short in addressing the comatose health delivery system, plagued by drug outages and poor infrastructure. BY PHYLLIS MBANJE Although the allocation of $694,5 million (9,3%) is an increase of 33% from last year’s, it is still a far cry from the target of 15% set in 2001 by members of the African Union during a conference…

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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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Health budget slated as ‘grossly inadequate’

Helen Kadirire HARARE – Zimbabwe’s 2019 health budget remains grossly inadequate to fund the critical needs in the sector, the Community Working Group on Health has said. CWG executive director Itai Rusike told the Daily News that government continues its over reliance on development partners, which raises the spectre of a health emergency should donor funding be withdrawn. His remarks come as Finance minister Mthuli Ncube last week announced the 2019 National Budget with $694,5 million or nine percent of the budget allocated to the sector against the 15 percent…

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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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