Fears Rise Over Public Health Bill Delay

THE Community Working Group on Health (CWGH) says the continued delays in finalising the Public Health Act (PHA) Ammendment Bill was worrying as failure to have the Act in place before expiration of the present parliament could spell doom for the health sector. By Michael Gwarisa Since 2010,  civil society organisations (CSOs), Parliament, the Public Health Advisory Board (PHAB) and the general public since have been working tirelessly in coming with a comprehensive Bill but fears are rife that all efforts might come to naught if the Bill does not go…

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Parliament Gets Feedback From Public Health Bill Consultative Meetings

PARLIAMENT will this week hear findings from Public Health Bill consultative meetings which were held two months ago in a bid to map a way forward regards the bill. HealthTimes Reporter According to Legal and electoral watchdog Veritas Zimbabwe,the  bill is among one of the major subjects coming up in Parliament this week. “The Minister of Health and Child Care has already explained this lengthy Bill in a remarkably brief speech.   The chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on Health and Child Care is expected to present the committee’s report on…

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New Public Health Bill More Progressive- ZLHR

ZIMBABWE Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR) Senior Program manager, Tinashe Mundawarara said the newly gazetted Public Health Bill (PHB) was inclusive of various sections of the society which were side-lined in the old 90 year old document. By Michael Gwarisa Briefing Journalists during media engagement yesterday, Mundawarara said the issue of key populations was touched at a wider length in the new bill even though more still needed to be done to make it a perfect document. “As you might be aware, the ministry of health has managed to push…

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Communities Raise Red Flag Over Gaps In Gazetted Public Health Bill

COMMUNITIES say the newly gazetted Public Health Bill (PHB) is a noble document but still needs to be worked on to address public health issues at community level. By Michael Gwarisa The development comes in the midst of ongoing Public feedback meetings on the PBH which kicked off this week in Mutare. The Community Working Group on Health (CWGH), a Non Governmental Organizations which represents and drives health issues on behalf of communities says the new bill is silent to a number factors which directly impact health at community level…

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Public Health Bill now before Parliament

THE long-awaited Public Health Bill is now before Parliament for crafting and went through its First Reading Stage in the National Assembly on Thursday. SOURCE: NEWSDAY  Health minister David Parirenyatwa brought the Bill for the First Reading, where he told legislators that the new Health law will, among other things provide for the conditions of improvement of the health sector and quality of life for Zimbabweans. “The Bill will provide for the rights, duties, powers and functions of all parties in the public health system, to provide for measures for…

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#BREAKING: Public Health Bill finally gazetted

By Daniel Phiri  THE much awaited Public Health Bill (PHB) that seeks among other things to replace the outdated Public Health Act enacted in 1924 has been gazetted and will soon be making its way to Parliament for First Reading. Although it has been designated as urgent, the Public Health Bill has faced a lot of delays along the way which include a shortage of staff at the Attorney General’s office coupled with other delays at the Ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC) offices owing to unavailability of the…

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Public Health Bill To Take Longer Than Expected- Experts

By Daniel Phiri GAZETTING of the Public Health Bill (PHA) which is being prepared in Parliament might take longer than expected, legal watchdog Veritas Zimbabwe has said. In its Bill Watch update series dated October 20, 2017, Veritas Zimbabwe said the Bill had been taken to the government printer but was likely to take long before it is gazetted. “Parliament’s latest Status of Bills list reflects that the Public Health Bill was sent to the Government Printer on 3rd October.As this is bound to be a very long Bill that…

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Legislative Agenda Ignores Public Health Bill

By Michael Gwarisa PRESIDENT Robert Mugabe on Tuesday, September 12, opened the Fifth Session of Parliament amidst  pomp and jubilation coupled by military drills and numerous displays. Some of the main the themes of the Presidentila address included alignment of laws with the Constitution. He implored Parliamentarians to place emphasis on passing Bills to align 30 existing Acts which, according to his address were the only Acts still remaining to be aligned to the Constitution. A number of bills featured on the legislative programme with bills totalling 26 appearing on…

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WHO Worried Over Public Health Bill Delay

By Michael Gwarisa THE World Health Organisation (WHO) says the continued delay in finalizing the Public Health Bill  was an embarrassment for Zimbabwe as it exposes lack of will by the executive to turnaround fortunes of the health sector. Speaking on the sidelines of the UHC2030 Civil Society engagement workshop, WHO’s Dr Stanely Midzi bemoned the delay and called on government to speed up the Public health Bill’s promulgation before the current parliament’s term lapses as this might further delay the process. “The new public health document is a brilliant…

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Minister Parirenyatwa explains Public Health Bill Delay

By Kudakwashe Pembere The much-awaited upgrade of the Public Health Bill took a long time drafting for its delicateness which required rigorous evaluations, a Cabinet official has said. Addressing senators today, Health and Childcare Minister Dr David Parirenyatwa said they have been working tirelessly to draft the bill last updated in 1924. “The Public Health Bill is important. The Public Health Bill. The last act of the Public Health Act was in 1924. So we have been working flat out to make sure that it is up to date in…

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