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.
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 the public hearings held on the Bill,” said Veritas.
The Bill seek s to “provide for public health, to provide for the conditions for the improvement of the health sector and quality of life and the health care for all people in Zimbabwe, to provide for the rights, duties, powers and functions of all parties in the public health system, to provide for measures for the administration of public health, to repeal the Public Health Act [Chapter15:09], and to provide for matters connected herewith..”.
According to health experts, the current Public Health Act was making it difficult to effectively respond to some diseases as they were not recognised by the Act.
The Act was also not to date with HIV/Aids and non-communicable diseases that have become a menace in the health sector.