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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Civic organisations vow to help ED address health challenges

Thandeka Moyo, Health Reporter HEALTH based civic organisations have raised optimism on the new administration’s capacity to address prevailing health issues and have pledged to help President-elect Cde Emmerson Mnangagwa ensure Zimbabweans have access to health. In an open letter to Cde Mnangagwa, the Community Working Group on health, which represents 40 organisations, said they are looking forward to an era where Zimbabweans will have universal health coverage. Top among the expectations from the CWGH is the revival of primary health care which will ease pressure on central hospitals. “We…

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Residents to sue council over water

Sibongile Maruta Herald Reporter Msasa Park residents have instructed the Harare Residents Trust (HRT) to sue Harare City Council for failure to provide them with potable water. “Residents have instructed the HRT to help them to sue the City of Harare for negligence by failing to provide them with water and increasing their risk of contracting diseases,” said HRT in a statement. The diseases are associated with absence of clean water and consuming water or food with human excretion. Msasa Park has gone for a long period without water and…

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Health rights groups raise red flag over free renal services

COMMUNITY Working Group on Health executive director Itai Rusike has called on government to craft a sustainable funding mechanism in order to provide effective and consistent free renal services at public hospitals. BY TINOTENDA MUNYUKWI Itai Rusike Rusike told NewsDay yesterday that while they commended government’s move to provide free renal dialysis to financially-disadvantaged citizens who are not on medical aid cover, there was need for a clearly outlined long-term and sustainable funding mechanism to ensure that there was continuity. “The idea is good because we know some patients have…

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Open letter To President Elect ED By The CWGH

The New Government must prioritise strengthening of Primary Health Care to achieve Universal Health Coverage and the Sustainable Development Goals Now that the elections are over, the people of Zimbabwe expect the fulfilment of the election manifesto, in which you promised massive improvement in health infrastructure; more health personnel; accessible and affordable medicines; free medical care for cancer patients; at least one hospital per district, improved health services in resettlement areas, reduction of hospital fees by 50% and pursuing the Health for All policy, among others. As Community Working Group…

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Health sector piles pressure on ED

STAKEHOLDERS in the health sector have started piling pressure on President-elect Emmerson Mnangagwa to honour his pledge of improving infrastructure, drug supplies and staffing levels at public health institutions. BY PHYLLIS MBANJE Community Working Group on Health (CWGH) director Itai Rusike said the new government should prioritise strengthening of primary health care to achieve Universal Health Coverage (UHC) and attaining the sustainable development goals. “Now that the elections are over, the people of Zimbabwe expect the fulfilment of the election manifesto, in which you promised free medical care for cancer…

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Free blood commendable but…

  COMMUNITY Working Group on Health executive director, Itai Rusike has commended Government’s move to provide blood and blood products for free in public hospitals. Rusike said that most people have been failing to access blood due to its high cost which, in turn, has contributed to avoidable deaths.“We applaud the Government for making blood and blood products free in public institutions, a move that will definitely lessen the financial strain on patients and preventing avoidable deaths that have been occurring in the country.“So the high cost of blood has…

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Consultations were crucial before legalizing marijuana – CWGH

THE Community Working Group on Health (CWGH) has expressed concern over government’s failure to hold public consultations before legalizing mbanje or cannabis (marijuana) at a time the country is grappling with the problem of drug abuse, especially among the youth. HealthTimes Reporter CHWGH Executive Director, Itai Rusike told HealthTimes that the lack of consultation on such critical matters by government would plunge the nation into some irreversible future problems. “While the organisation does not doubt or discredit the medicinal benefits associated with cannabis, it is the lack of consultations and…

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