Category: Health

Govt’s National Health Levy bearing fruit

Government’s National Health Levy has positively impacted on the country’s drug situation as funds raised have been directed towards the purchase of drugs and medicines. Of late the country’s health sector has been largely depending on donor funding and early this year government introduced the National Health Levy of 5 cents for every dollar of airtime and mobile data themed ‘Talk-Surf and Save a Life’, specifically to help in increasing the accessibility of drugs on hospitals. The initiative has raised $18 million leading to an improved drug situation said Minister of Health and Child Care Dr David Parirenyatwa during...

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Spotlight on persistent typhoid outbreaks

Civil society organisations say the continued outbreaks of typhoid in the capital call, not just for introspection by the city fathers in delivering constant supplies of clean portable water and timely refuse collection, but mainly a change in attitude by urban dwellers.  As part of efforts to control typhoid outbreaks in the city, stakeholders came together in search of lasting solutions.  There was an agreement that communities need to be properly trained on waste management initiatives to prevent cases of typhoid recurring.  Speaking during a typhoid fever and environment health awareness launch held in the Highfield district, Father Clifford...

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Zim, China strengthen health sector cooperation   

The country’s health delivery capacity is poised for significant growth with the Chinese government pledging support into new areas of cooperation. Chinese top diplomat to Zimbabwe, Ambassador Huang Ping paid a courtesy call on the Minister of Health and Child Care Dr David Parirenyatwa to explore new areas of cooperation. Ambassador Ping says it was prudent that he meets with the Minister after his re-appointment to the health portfolio and engage on how the existing relationship can be further enhanced under the new dispensation. The Chinese government has since 1985 been sending medical personnel to Zimbabwe and have provided...

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Mash West records 6% HIV infection rate

The rate of new HIV infection in Mashonaland West for those tested during the first ten months of the year stood at six percent, a figure health experts say is indicative of a decline in the spread of the pandemic. According to a report by the Chegutu district medical officer Dr Tonderai Nhende, over 335 000 people in Mashonaland West were tested for HIV between January and October this year and just over 19 000 tested positive, showing a six percent new infection rate. However most men are said to be refraining from seeking HIV and AIDS services. Acting...

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2018 health budget allocation a far cry: Dr Parirenyatwa

The Minister of Health and Child Care Dr David Parirenyatwa says the country’s health delivery system needs an annual budget of over $1 billion and the current allocations of $486 million for 2018 is a far cry for the health needs of the nation. The country’s public health care system is faced with funding challenges and shortages of specialist doctors and facilities with patients needing these services being forced to mobilise thousands of dollars to get treatment in other countries like South Africa and India,  an issue that is impacting negatively on the national economy. Following the presentation of...

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