Pharmacies Charging Parallel Market Rates

SEVERAL pharmaceutical retailers in Harare have resorted to charging all medicines especially critical drugs using a two tier pricing system as a way to stay afloat in the business dogged by foreign currency shortages, HealthTimes can exclusively reveal.   By Kudakwashe Pembere Investigations by this publication reveal that in this two tier system, the United States dollar has its own price while the Bond notes, Ecocash, RTGS have another which is a multiplication of five or three to the US currency. Pharmaceutical Society of Zimbabwe (PSZ) president Portifa Mwendera in…

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Avenues Clinic In US$10 million Refurbishment Drive

THE Avenues Clinic has rolled out a US$10 million refurbishment project as the institution works towards transforming itself into a major foreign currency earner through offering world-class treatment and care services to both locals and foreigners.   By Michael Gwarisa The US$10 million capital injection which was partly funded by NedBank, comes at a time the health sector is reeling from a myriad challenges chief among them being the unavailability of foreign currency and massive shortages of essential drugs. The project will be three phased starting with the patients’ ablution…

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Govt Urged To Allocate Forex To Drug Procument

The Zimbabwe Association of Doctors for Human Rights (ZADHR) calls upon the Government of Zimbabwe to urgently address the drug shortages prevailing in the country. The shortages which have largely been driven by the monetary crisis and hyperinflation pose an existential threat to the right to healthcare in Zimbabwe. ZADHR Press Statement As ZADHR we contend that health services must be available, affordable, acceptable and be of the right quality. We further note that most medical insurance cards were as of yesterday (05 October 2018) are being rejected by most…

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Zim runs out of health drugs

MAJOR pharmaceutical wholesalers in the country suspended operations indefinitely on Monday after running out of stocks owing to a crippling foreign currency shortage, triggering a massive scarcity of life-saving drugs that is putting millions of lives at risk, the Zimbabwe Independent has established. SOURCE: The Zimbabwe Independant The foreign currency crisis has also affected drug manufacturers, who import most of their raw materials. The Pharmaceutical Society of Zimbabwe (PSZ) said this week the majority of pharmaceutical wholesalers have stopped trading after failing to replenish their stocks due to forex shortages.…

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MedTours Brings Convenience To Zimbos Seeking Treatment Abroad

MEDICAL tourism company, MedTours Africa have taken it upon themselves to facilitate smooth travel, hospital and specialist bookings for locals seeking treatment in India and South Africa in a bid to shield locals from falling into hands of fraudsters and con doctors. By Michael Gwarisa Services like dialysis, renal surgery, chemotherapy and radiation, orthopaedics and other complicated surgeries are hard and expensive to access locally but in countries like India, such services could be sourced at reasonable rates even after factoring in the flight fares and other costs. Speaking to…

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Zim-Afro Medical & Health Expo Officially Opened

HEALTH and Childcare minister, Dr Obadiah Moyo lauded Zim-Afro for consistently organising the Medical  and Health Expo to discuss issues that could leap Zimbabwe’s Health Sector into admirable levels.   By Kudakwashe Pembere Officiating the eighth edition of the medical expo, the minister was enchanted by issues on the spotlight at the event. “Noted to my interest on day one of the conference which had some themes of innovative regulatory models, safe practice and quality, medical and health education. It is critical in light of the planned regulatory conference we…

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Citizen Health Watch To Host Patients Summit

CITIZENS’ Health Watch (CHW), a citizen centred health watchdog is set to host a Patients’ Summit on Adolescents Sexual and Reproductive Health on October 10, 2018 in the capital Harare. HealthTimes Reporter The summit which will be held at Cresta Masasa will run under the theme ‘Start with the Patient and Leave No One Behind’ and will be followed by a Nurses awards ceremony in the evening. Speaking to HealthTimes, CHW trustee, Fungisai Dube said all was in place for the summit and it will focus on experiences of adolescent’s…

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POSB Injects $100 000 Towards Cholera Fight

POSB has donated an amount to the tune of $100 000 to advance the fight against Cholera which has claimed not less than 49 lives and infected 10 000 others.   HealthTimes Reporter Speaking during the handover event, POSB Chief Executive Officer, Mr Admore Kadhlela said the gesture was part of their corporate social responsibility drive which is highly biased towards improving health and living standards of citizens. “This donation is a part of our corporate social responsibility which actually focuses on health and philanthropy and financial education. This is…

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More Cholera Vaccine Doses Expected on Sunday

Government will on Sunday receive 900 000 doses of vaccines to combat the cholera pandemic bedeviling Harare. By Kudakwashe Pembere So far there are 500 000 doses in Government’s possession to be used in vaccinating people in affected areas. This brings the total number of vaccines to 1, 4 million within a space of one week. The outbreak which to date has claimed 49 lives was declared an emergency disaster last month by Health and Childcare minister Dr Obadiah Moyo. Government today launched the National Oral Cholera Vaccine in Budiriro…

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Cholera Crowdfund Receipts $770 000

The Cholera Crowdfund created by the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development last month has received over $770 000 in cash. By Kudakwashe Pembere This was revealed by Finance Minister Professor Mthuli Ncube who was represented by the ministry’s deputy director National Budgets Department Mr Joram Pfunye. He said this at the launch of the National Oral Cholera Vaccine in Budiriro 1, Harare. Professor Ncube said the crowdfund as of September 28 had collected $770 925. “The money we have received so far in the Cholera Crowdfund as at 28…

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