Misinformation Could Hinder Vaccine Acceptance In Zim Communities-Experts

Even some health experts are still unsure of the vaccine HEALTH experts have warned that rolling out the nationwide COVID-19 vaccination program without adequately engaging communities would hinder uptake of COVID-19 vaccines. By Michael Gwarisa The call comes in the wake of numerous conspiracy theories making rounds in communities which if not dispelled, would derail the nationwide vaccination process. At the forefront of covid-19 vaccine conspiracy theories in Zimbabwe are renowned religious leaders, some politicians and opinion leaders in communities. Public Health Expert and Epidemiologist, Dr Grant Murewanhema said as…

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Involve Civil Society In COVID-19 Vaccine Processes To Get Community Buy in Says CWGH

THE Community Working Group of Health (CWGH) Executive Director Mr Itai Rusika has called on the Zimbabwean government to engage Civil Society Organizations throughout the the vaccine rollout process since they already have structures and active involvement at grassroots level. By Michael Gwarisa His call also comes hot on the heels of an announcement by deputy minister of health and child care Dr John Mangwiro where he said the vaccine would be distributed immediately  after after arrival to all the country’s 10 provinces. This has however not gone down well…

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Relying On Donor Funding Threatens UHC Attainment in Zimbabwe

COMMUNITY Working Group on Health (CWGH) Executive Director, Mr. Itai Rusike says the current scenario whereby the health sector is heavily reliant on donor funding was unsustainable. By Michael Gwarisa Addressing media training of Health Budgeting reporting, Mr Rusike said the country’s vision of attaining Universal Health Coverage (UHC) was hanging by a thread owing to poor funding towards the healthcare sector and should donors one day pull the plug, Zimbabwe could be found in an even worse health situation. When the Global Fund is no longer able to fund…

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President must appoint Minister of Health and a Substantive Secretary of Health

THE Community Working Group on Health (CWGH) has implored President Emmerson Mnangagwa to urgently appoint a minister of Health and Substantive Secretary of Health. By Michael Gwarisa CWGH Executive Director, Mr Itai Rusike said the health ministry can not continue to run on auto pilot. Without a Minister of Health and Child Care (MOHCC) and a substantive Secretary for Health, surely the health ministry is on auto-pilot drive. And the situation on the ground is telling. That there is no Minister of Health to lead from the front to deal…

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Naming & Shaming Quarantine Escapees Fuel COVID-19 Stigma

IN as much as disclosure of names and details of quarantine escapees is good for managing and controlling the uncontrolled spread of COVID-19, the practice fuels stigma and discrimination for escapees and COVID-19 affected and infected individuals, the Community Working Group on Health (CWGH)  has warned. By Michael Gwarisa In a statement, CWGH Executive Director, Mr Itai Rusike said as an organization, they abhor the naming and shaming of people who escape from the country’s quarantine centres by government as this excerbates and entrenches stigma and discrimination against the escapees…

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CWGH Salutes Zim Front-line Health Workers Fighting COVID-19

THE Community Working Group On Health (CWGH) has paid tribute to health workers at the forefront of the COVID-19 battle despite Zimbabwe’s health delivery system being in shambles. By Michael Gwarisa In their workers day solidarity day message, CWGH Executive Director Mr Itai Rusike said it was high time government recognizes health workers and pay meaningful and livable wages. This year’s national Worker’s Day theme; “Stop Covid-19 Pandemic: Scale up social protection and dialogue, save jobs and pay a living wage”, befits the current environment which emphasizes stopping the spread…

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Consult Before Extending Lockdwon, Health Experts Warn

PUBLIC health experts have called on President Emerson Mnangagwa to consult various stakeholders from all sectors before instituting a lockdown extension. By Michael Gwarisa Even though President Emmerson Mnangagwa has not announced any plans to extend the Lockdown, various sections of the economy believe an extension should not be a copy and paste scenario. Community Working Group on Health (CWGH) Executive Director, Mr Itai Rusike said the lockdown extension needs extensive consultations lest innocent lives will be endangered especially those who rely heavily on the informal sector. The lockdown extension…

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Desperate Zimbos Turn To Crowd Funding For Healthcare Financing

IN a country where medical aid coverage is less than 10 percent, ordinary Zimbabweans who can’t afford medical aid cover and health insurance have found solace in crowd funding initiatives for critical surgeries and treatment for complicated ailments. By Michael Gwarisa According to the Association of Healthcare Funders Zimbabwe (AHFoZ), medical aid coverage has dropped from a high of 10 percent in 2018 to the current  9 percent, making it untenable for majority of Zimbabweans whose life savings and hard earned cash has turned into manure since August 2018 at…

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New Public Health User Fees A Threat To Universal Health Coverage

UNIVERSAL Health Coverage can be summarised in two key terms. These are financial protection and quality service coverage. By Kudakwashe Pembere The new hospital user fees have a lot of detrimental implications to the health and wellbeing of this country. Government’s role is to create a level playing field while more importantly, protecting the citizens. Zimbabwe is a nation exemplary in making commitments towards improving health delivery system yet fulfilling them seems to be something taken lightly. Supposed to have a happy new year were Zimbabweans whose festive spirit was…

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CSOs Pressure Gvt To Appoint New NAC Board and CEO

THE National AIDS Council (NAC) which has gone for more than 365 days with neither a  substantive board nor Chief Executive Officer (CEO) has come under fire from Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) who believe the development was impacting negatively on the national HIV response. By Michael Gwarisa Health and Child Care Minister, Dr Obadiah Moyo dissolved the NAC board a year ago a few weeks after former NAC CEO, Dr Tapuwa Magure had resigned. Since January 2019, Mr Raymond Yekeye the NAC Operations Manager and Mr Alfred Manenji the Finance…

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