ZIMBABWE commemorated the World Health Day on Friday 10 May, 2019 whose thrust was on Universal Health Coverage (UHC).
By Kudakwashe Pembere
The celebrations appropriately themed come at a time when many Zimbabweans are financially burdened to cater for their health needs.
Officiating the commemorations, Health and Child Care Minister Dr Obadiah Moyo said Government’s commitment in seeing Zimbabwe attain Universal Health Coverage has been evidenced by ensuring that infants and elderly do not pay for health services at government institutions.
He said Government is in the process of opening up village health posts to ensure that those in the rural areas access health without walking long distances.
“Universal Health Coverage is needed because it ensures that everyone no matter who they are, no matter where they live, no matter when they need it can access essential quality health services without facing financial hardships,” he said.
World Health Organisation Zimbabwe Country Representative Dr Alex Gasasira commended the Government for highlighting initiatives already underway to accelerate progress towards Universal Health Coverage in Zimbabwe.
“”Effective dialogue with all stakeholders including representatives of the community that Dr Obadiah Moyo and the Ministry of Health is championing will facilitate identification of homegrown solutions taking into country realities, community needs, priorities and aspirations.
“This year’s commemoration of World Health Day shines a spotlight on Universal Health Coverage,” he said adding their organisation is working closely with technical and funding partners in accelerating support to countries to realign their services and consider strategic shifts to achieve UHC.“UHC is not a one size fits all approach and each country’s path is unique and different.”
The world celebrates World Health Day on April 7.