National Medical Aid Scheme Key To Universal Health Coverage

THE long overdue establishment of a National Health Insurance Scheme is crucial in achieving universal health coverage as Zimbabwe explores various ways to increase domestic funding for patching up the bleeding healthcare delivery system. By Kudakwashe Pembere This was recommended during the Universal Health Coverage celebrations hosted by the Community Working Group on Health in Harare on Wednesday. This submission comes at a time when resources in the health sector are heavily constrained with doctors on strike on one end, as well as the obtaining deterioration of the country’s healthcare…

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TelOne Promotes Healthy Environment In Mabvuku

STATE-owned converged telecommunications company TelOne donated 100 litter bins and water tanks in Mabvuku on Thursday as part of their efforts to envision a clean healthy environment. By Kudakwashe Pembere Speaking on behalf of TelOne’s Managing Director Mrs Chipo Mutasa was Corporate Services Director Mr Hopewell Zinyau who said they have taken the program in 13 cities. “As some of you may already be aware, TelOne has defined Environmental management as a key thematic area for our corporate social investment programming. As such we have, since 2016 been involved in…

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NatPharm Retail Pharmacies On Cards

ZIMBABWE’S state run medical supplies distributor National Pharmaceuticals (NatPharm) will soon open retail pharmacies nationwide starting in Harare to counter the extortionate three tier pricing of medicines, a Cabinet official said on Thursday. By Kudakwashe Pembere The broadening of the company’s portfolio into retailing is expected to benefit  Zimbabweans currently bearing the brunt of forking out the elusive US$. This move will see NatPharm as a player in the cut-throat market thereby increasing competition. Addressing journalists after touring NatPharm, Health and Childcare Minister Dr Obadiah Moyo said this move will…

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#Breaking: Mpilo Hospital Doctors Go On Strike Demanding US$ Salaries

MPILO Hospital junior doctors are on strike after being incensed by Government’s position that it will not pay them using foreign currency. By Kudakwashe Pembere Amongst the doctors’ grievances was the issue of getting their salaries in United States Dollars. In one of the placards reads, “No to Slavery! Bond Not is not equal to USD. We want Real Money.” The industrial action is now in day 13 as doctors, the Zimbabwe Hospital Doctors Association and the Health Service Board are never reaching a common ground to see the striking…

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2018 Top 10 Health Champions

THE issue of health is very diverse as it covers a vast area ranging from HIV/AIDS, Sexual Reproductive Health Rights (SRHR), Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH), maternal health, nutrition, gender rights, human health rights among a host of others. The year 2018 has been a turbulent one for Zimbabwe following a series of woes which bedeviled the health sector. Since the beginning of the year, the country has experienced at least three cholera outbreaks with the first one having been reported in Chegutu, then came the Harare one and the…

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Health Ministry Spearheads Customer Care Training In Hospitals

GOVERNMENT  on Monday unveiled the customer care training program for health institutions aimed at establishing accountability between staff and patients as well as giving good lasting experiences. By HealthTimes Reporter Speaking at the launch  graced by First Lady Auxillia Mnangagwa who is equally concerned with customer care in hospitals, Health and Childcare Minister Dr Obadiah Moyo noted how customer experience is increasingly becoming topical. “Everyone has an experience interacting with organizations in hospitality, banking, insurance, financial services and retail, it’s become very clear that customer experience is increasingly on people’s…

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‘HSB Negotiating In Bad Faith’

ZIMBABWEAN doctors are not pleased with the relaxed approach taken by the Health Services Board and Government in dealing with the obtaining strike, it has emerged. By Kudakwashe Pembere In a statement, Zimbabwe Hospital Doctors Association’s spokesperson Dr Anele Bhebhe acknowledged Health and Childcare Minister Dr Obadiah Moyo’s keenness in solving the situation. “We recognise the effort of the Honourable Minister of Health Dr Obadiah Moyo, in creating a negotiation platform for the grievances to be addressed,” he said. But the association is concerned by the casual manner their case …

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Sweden Avails US$6 million for SRHR and GBV Fight

The Swedish Government through its Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency has availed US$6 million to a project aimed at promoting access to inclusive sexual reproductive health and gender based violence information and services in Zimbabwe. By Kudakwashe Pembere The three year project running from October 2018 to September 2021 will be implemented by Plan International and its partners namely Childline, JF Kapnek Trust and Troicare. “As a Ministry, we are particularly excited by the prospects of this project to contribute to the achievement of the goals set out in the…

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Youth Blood Donors Day On Tomorrow

A nationwide blood drive aimed at improving blood stocks during the festive season is currently underway as the country readies itself for the festive season. HealthTimes Reporter Speaking to National Blood Services of Zimbabwe (NBSZ) Public Affairs manager, Esther Massundah, she said all was in pace for the blood drive and their target was 15830 units for this season. “The Festive season campaign target is 15830 units of blood for November and December. We have a youth donors day scheduled for 7 and 8 December 2018. “Blood drives for both…

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Health Minister Meets Striking Doctors

THE incumbent members of the Zimbabwe Hospital Doctors Association met with Health and Childcare Minister Dr Obadiah Moyo to resolve their grievances which have left the public health sector in limbo. By Kudakwashe Pembere It appears the Minister met with old association members that have since been replaced where he tabled ways Government would intervene to solve their issues. Following the meeting, the interim members lashed out in concern stating they never sat down with the Minister. This forced a fresh meeting on Wednesday to iron out the outstanding problems…

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