EXPECTING mothers requiring caesarean section at Harare City Health facilities will now have to cough up ZW$1 877.
By Kudakwashe Pembere
The previous charge for this procedure was pegged at ZW$525. Presenting the 2020 Harare City Budget, Council’s finance and development committee chairperson Mr Luckson Mukunguma said other charges remain unchanged.
“Hospital and clinic fees will remain as per 2019 rate to promote access to health by all except for caesarean section fees, which have been increased to ensure effective service delivery in this particular area. It is expected that government grants for drugs and related programs will cover the shortfall as well as contribution from property tax,” he said.
He also said the Council’s social service program is expected to realise its own revenue where ZW$180, 9 million should come from City Health fees. The City Health Department was allocated ZWL$ 13 million.
The City also allocated over ZW$1, 4 billion of its ZW$4 billion towards Water, Sanitation and Hygiene program.
“The ZWL$ 1.485 billion funding allocated to Water, Sanitation and Hygiene. As we strive to be a smart City we are aware of the need to manage wastewater effectively and as such part of the allocation will be channelled towards the optimisation of our sewer treatment plants that is Firle and Crowborough Sewage Works. Efforts will be made towards the rehabilitation of our farms which are critical in the waste water treatment process,” Mr Mukunguma said.
Mr Mukunguma added that there there is need to pursue government in view of disbursement of a health grant in line with provisions of Public Health Act.
Meanwhile, Edith Opperman Maternity Clinic in Mbare reopened amidst concern over the rise of home based deliveries.
“On the situation at Harare City Council clinics, the Minister indicated that 99 out of the expected 179 nurses turned up for duty as of 25th November, 2019. The recent opening of the Edith Opperman Clinic in Mbare has since eased the challenge of home-based deliveries,” said Information, Media and Broadcasting Services Minister Senator Monica Mutsvangwa.