US helpful, despite politics: Parirenyatwa

HARARE - Health minister David Parirenyatwa has said despite frosty political relations between the country and the United States (US), he is happy with the contributions the powerhouse is making in Zimbabwe.

This comes as US President Barack Obama’s administration has increased funding by about $40 million to $135 million this year towards health care in Zimbabwe.

Speaking at the launch of the final phase of a US-sponsored Space Creation Project — under which 19 pre-fabricated Opportunistic Infection/Antiretroviral Treatment (OI/ART) porta-cabin units will be installed in Harare — Parirenyatwa said funds from America were improving health care systems in Zimbabwe.

“...we must thank them (US) for that. In spite of the politics that you hear about... I am happy with this,” he said.

“... it helps our people, our people access health care. It’s so important to help our own people,” Parirenyatwa said, adding that “I’m grateful that this has come and the overall cost of this project is $5 million”.

US ambassador Harry Thomas said the porta-cabin project, under which 140 other porta-cabins have been installed around the country, was an example of the strong collaboration between Zimbabwe and the US in addressing health infrastructure needs.

“Our assistance continues to be driven by the country’s needs and leadership in these areas,” Thomas said, further stating that “I am particularly pleased by the leadership that the government of Zimbabwe has shown in supporting the antiretroviral treatment programme nationwide”.

“Through the president’s Emergency Plan for Aids Relief (Pepfar), the US government will continue its commitment to support the national response to HIV/Aids by providing $135 million dollars over the next twelve months for health programmes in Zimbabwe. Since 2006, Pepfar has provided over $650 million to Zimbabwe, including $95 million in each of the past three years.”

Zimbabwe’s most health facilities were built before the HIV epidemic and given the new World Health Organisation guidelines for all people living with HIV to be initiated on anti-retroviral treatment, the country was experiencing space constraints to provide essential services.

The porta-cabins are expected to help in ensuring that HIV patients receive services in an environment that is confidential, safe and dignified.

Comments (9)

Welldone Mr Parirenyatwa.Say it as it is.Plse advice his excellency on that also.Bring him up to speed.Involve johnathan .Pulling out of these relationships wth the west is childish and a display of phoney leadership.How much has US given Zim since 1980?How much has UN given,not loaned? Yu want to crush institutions that provide funds for free,non returnable but yu crying to borrow from institutions like IMF that lend at punitive rates?whr is the lodgic here? Can Chinamasa even get $1m from World bank rite nw?No .Bt president refuses US assistance.cmon.

viola gwena - 29 September 2016

Refreshing to hear that from a zanu member. Normally they just say its a "conspiracy" to neo-colonize Africa.

Young Zimbo - 29 September 2016

Parerenyatwa chenjera kudzingwa basa,, Mugabe haadi mushandi wake anorumbidza Us&UK.Haadi kuti zvizivikanwe kuti ndivo varikubatsira.That idiot fool thinks we are fools also.

matsotsi - 29 September 2016

Thanks Comrade Pari, i have known this man since my childhood, i dont hide my feeling that he has been always the best Cabinet Minister in ZANEX, IF WE Had at least 5 of these , i bet you we wouldnt have had all the current squables

Casper Rajabo - 29 September 2016

Refreshing. Its good to appreciate. I hope the blaba mouths will take a leaf from Minister of Health.

Augustine Zingwe - 29 September 2016

This is nothing from this Pari guy , but purely "nyadzi" have hit home. Despite insults, name callings by zanu pf regime US keeps helping with various humanitarian programes putting the regime to a shame. Vanhu vakuru kusa nyara, zvimwe svodaiwo vakuru ve zanu pf.

X-MAN IV - 29 September 2016

U.S thank yu.Yu gave life to our children.Yu are our shelter.Yu are our bread when we r hungry.Most of all yu are our best friend.Dnt give up on us.Yu are the world leader.Best leader.Without yu US the world is weak.Even weaker.

viola gwena - 29 September 2016

I am not particularly impressed by Dr Parirenyatwa I worked in that hospital when it was one of the best hospitals in Southern Africa I now see a hospital which kills people The ARV he is talking about are not being given to people who need them I watched a documentary programme where Doctors are selling these on black market and the issue was raised to the minister who said he was not aware even after being provided with video recording There is no one to investigate because police are busy brutalising people on the streets instead of concentrating on proper work The doctor and other health proffessionals still have their jobs as we speak So excuse me for not being impressed with this minister They should change the hospital name to Andrew Fleming Why name the hospital to a family name who assisted in destroying what used to be a very good hospital Sally Mugabe used to be treated at that hospital because it had standards Shame on Zanu they cant even maintain ghetto clinics SAD

Naphiri Chisayi - 30 September 2016

I am not particularly impressed by Dr Parirenyatwa I worked in that hospital when it was one of the best hospitals in Southern Africa I now see a hospital which kills people The ARV he is talking about are not being given to people who need them I watched a documentary programme where Doctors are selling these on black market and the issue was raised to the minister who said he was not aware even after being provided with video recording There is no one to investigate because police are busy brutalising people on the streets instead of concentrating on proper work The doctor and other health proffessionals still have their jobs as we speak So excuse me for not being impressed with this minister They should change the hospital name to Andrew Fleming Why name the hospital to a family name who assisted in destroying what used to be a very good hospital Sally Mugabe used to be treated at that hospital because it had standards Shame on Zanu they cant even maintain ghetto clinics SAD

Naphiri Chisayi - 30 September 2016

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