Health Sector Gets Additional ZW$352 Million From Mid Term Budget

FINANCE Minister Professor Mthuli Ncube has given the Health Ministry an additional ZW$352 million.

By Kudakwashe Pembere

Presenting the 2019 Mid Term Fiscal Policy Review and Supplementary Budget, Prof Ncube said the supplementary budget proposed additional provisions and reforms mainly related to social services delivery and social protection among other things.

He also said there are some health facilities nearing completion.

To date 4 posts, namely Dundwe, Minda, Kairezi and Gumbochuma are now in the final stages of completion and expected to be open to communities in the third quarter of 2019.

“Furthermore, construction of Dongamuzi, Munemo, Chiromo and Mbuyamaswa Rural Health Centres is on-going and expected to be completed before year-end,” said the Finance Minister. “With regard to district hospitals, progress has been noted in the refurbishment of Mvurwi, Kadoma and Ndanga District hospitals where waste management and laundry facilities were upgraded whilst the wards received a facelift.”

He also noted what Government is doing to strengthen the referral health system, critical in the delivery of health services.

“Government is rehabilitating and upgrading health infrastructure as well as constructing rural health posts,” said Prof Ncube.

The Finance Minister said the construction of Dongamuzi, Munemo, Chiromo and Mbuyamaswa Rural Health Centres is on-going and expected to be completed before year-end.

“With regard to district hospitals, progress has been noted in the refurbishment of Mvurwi, Kadoma and Ndanga District hospitals where waste management and laundry facilities were upgraded whilst the wards received a facelift.

“Works on the construction of Lupane Provincial Hospital will soon commence, following approvals from the Procurement Authority of Zimbabwe (PRAZ), with the contractor expected on site in August 2019,” he said.

Refurbishment of some provincial hospitals was completed by June this year.

“Refurbishment of Mutare, Gweru, Masvingo and Gwanda Provincial Hospitals, targeting upgrading of theatres, general and maternity wards was completed during the first half of the year,” said Prof Ncube.

Prof Ncube added, “ With regards to central hospitals, refurbishment works for the medical gas reticulation system, theatres and incinerators at Mpilo and United Bulawayo Hospitals have been completed. Following a fire outbreak which affected Mbuya Nehanda Maternity Hospital at Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals in February 2019, refurbishment of wards and installation of new theatre equipment has been completed and the hospital is now fully operational.”

He also mentioned the rehabilitation and equipping of Chitungwiza School of Nursing and Dental Training School as well as procurement of diagnostic and therapeutic equipment from India.

The Finance Minister revealed that the tendering process of ambulances by the Health Ministry is now complete.

“The Ministry of Health and Child Care has also completed the tendering process for procurement of ambulances. In this regard, an amount of ZWL$68 million in additional funding is proposed to complete the procurement process that targets acquisition of 100 fully equipped ambulances,” he said.

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