Govt Hospitals In US$32 Million Debt

STATE owned hospitals have an outstanding debt of US$32 million to suppliers of medicines, equipment and utilities, Parliamentarians heard on Monday. By Kudakwashe Pembere Giving oral evidence before the Public Accounts Parliamentary Portfolio Committee, Health Ministry Finance Director Mrs Heather Machamire said they have managed to reduce arrears owed to creditors from US$70 million in 2016 to US$32 million. “We have seen a major reduction from US$70 million in 2016 that our auditor is referring to in 2016 to US$32 million currently outstanding right now. And we will continue to…

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High Hepatitis B Prevalence Among Zim Adults: WHO

PREVALENCE for Hepatitis B in adults stands at 10 percent rate against a fair 4.4 percent in children. By Kudakwashe Pembere This was shown in the World Health Organisation Viral Hepatitis Scorecard released last Friday. According to the scorecard, a high prevalence rate was above five  percent in the general population. Despite the intermediate prevalence among children, Zimbabwe was placed alongside 13 African countries with over 100 000 children under five living with chronic hepatitis B. These countries include Angola, Burkina Faso, Cote d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Ghana, Liberia,…

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