Articles tagged 'health'

Zim in dire need of a new health strategy 28 February 2019 In this paper we look at a number of issues including the challenges Zimbabwe has experienced post 2000. These are reduced healthcare investment, escalating healthcare costs and poor service delivery. In short the great gains in health delivery since independence have been lost. 
Unpacking Zimbabwe's wobbling health system 6 January 2019 HARARE - Is the doctors’ strike about their conditions of service or the state of the health sector?  The correct answer is both.  I will briefly state the structural issues in the health sector then conditions of service for health workers (not just doctors). Let us not defend this gove...
Solutions lie in appreciating the importance of health issues 30 December 2018 HARARE - While the perception is that Zimbabwe's healthcare is in intensive care progress has been made on some health outcomes.  The challenges are considerable but with discipline, consistency and focus we have the tools to turn this situation around.  Are there solutions?  Yes.  So...
Health budget slated as 'grossly inadequate' 30 November 2018 HARARE - Zimbabwe's 2019 health budget remains grossly inadequate to fund the critical needs in the sector, the Community Working Group on Health has said. CWG executive director Itai Rusike told the Daily News that government continues its over reliance on development partners, which raises t...
Overpopulation cripples Norton health sector 14 October 2018 HARARE - Over the years, the population of Norton — a town about 40 kilometres outside Harare — has risen from 45 000 to between 85 000 and 100 000 people as approximately 300 babies are born per month. And yet the small numbers of nurses at the town's clinics and at the main Norton Council Ho...
Healthcare as an election agenda issue 29 July 2018 HARARE - Healthcare delivery is a top election agenda issue. This piece aims to evaluate the various party manifestos on their healthcare promises. There is a general lack of statistical and financial data to support these promises. In 1985, the World Health Organisation declared that our h...
When the rich shun local institutions 8 July 2018 HARARE - The smell of death hangs in the air at Harare Hospital as the sick sit hopelessly on rickety benches waiting for the “lazy” nurse. She is not paid well and sees no reason to hurry. The hospital's floors are unpolished! Zimbabwe's hospitals are bleeding and for over a decade now ...
Govt moves to curb childbirth injuries 30 June 2018 HARARE - The Health and Child Care ministry says it has put in place measures, including free surgery, aimed at curbing obstetric fistula — a debilitating injury resulting from giving birth. Obstetric Fistula is one of the most serious and tragic childbirth injuries leading to a hole between t...
Govt ups ante on cervical cancer 15 May 2018 HARARE - Government has commenced the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) vaccinations which are targeting 800 000 girls as part of its concerted effort to fight cervical cancer. The vaccine which was first introduced in 2014 and piloted in Beitbridge and Marondera targets girls between the ages of 10...
Chamisa push gathers steam 13 May 2018 HARARE - New MDC leader, Nelson Chamisa — who had his work cut out when he succeeded the late popular opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai earlier this year — is confounding his critics, holding his own where many expected him to be a dismal failure and packing venues to the rafters when he addres...
High Court to hear nurses' application 25 April 2018 HARARE - The High Court will tomorrow hold a hearing on an application filed by disgruntled nurses who are challenging government's decision to terminate their contracts following last week's industrial action. Justice Amy Tsanga will hear the application. In their urgent application that w...
Khupe on war path 22 April 2018 BULAWAYO - Thokozani Khupe, newly-elected leader of the breakaway MDC faction, yesterday said she has no regrets for cutting ties with Nelson Chamisa, whom she accused of hijacking the labour-backed party. As had been widely expected, Khupe was elected leader of the breakaway faction at an ext...
Chiwenga caught offside over strike 19 April 2018 HARARE - Vice President Constantino Chiwenga may have violated the law which he is supposed to be upholding by rushing to fire nurses in government hospitals for taking part in an industrial action without following due process, the Daily News can report. The former commander of the Zimbabwe D...
Govt recruits retired nurses 19 April 2018 HARARE - Government has begun the recruitment of retired nurses, following the dismissal of all striking nurses on Tuesday. In a letter addressed to all chief executive officers and provincial medical directors by the acting secretary for Health and Child Care, the recruitment drive is in ligh...
Court defers Chamisa, Khupe row hearing 19 April 2018 BULAWAYO - The matter between MDC president Nelson Chamisa and expelled deputy president Thokozani Khupe who are arguing over the ownership of the party's name and symbols has been deferred to Tuesday next week. High Court judge justice Francis Bere deferred the matter to give himself more tim...
Nurses strike: Govt must give dialogue a chance 19 April 2018 HARARE - The firing of striking nurses on the eve of the country's 38th independence anniversary does not bode well for the country's potential to dialogue with its broader and disgruntled employees' body. On Tuesday night, Vice President Constantino Chiwenga issued a statement announcing the ...
Nurses strike: Chiwenga caught offside 19 April 2018 HARARE - Vice President Constantino Chiwenga may have violated the law which he is supposed to be upholding by rushing to fire nurses in government hospitals for taking part in an industrial action without following due process, the Daily News can report. Read full story in today's paper. [...
Rising cholera cases trigger fears of 2008 15 April 2018 HARARE - There is fear that the rising number of cholera cases in Harare could lead to another deadly outbreak such as witnessed in 2008 unless health authorities act swiftly to contain the highly infectious disease which is spreading rapidly in the capital. This comes as the disease is spread...
Chamisa's Byo rally divides opinion 9 April 2018 HARARE - MDC president Nelson Chamisa's massively attended Bulawayo rally has divided opinion, with some saying the crowds were bussed. Last Saturday, Chamisa invaded his rival Thokozani Khupe's homeground, and apparently demystified the myth that she is the province's political godmother. ...
Chiefs offer to help solve doctors' crisis 30 March 2018 HARARE - National Council of Chiefs (NCC) president Fortune Charumbira has urged government to engage the traditional leaders to solve the crippling doctors' strike, which has now clocked a month. The public hospitals health professionals are at loggerheads with government, demanding better re...
Doctors' strike has become national crisis 30 March 2018 HARARE - Public hospitals doctors' strike has clocked a month today. The impasse between the health professionals and government — the third in three years over the same issues — has taken an unnecessarily long time to resolve. But the pain has mainly been borne by the ordinary struggling m...
Khupe, Chamisa fight over party name 29 March 2018 HARARE - Two rival camps of the MDC led by Nelson Chamisa and Thokozani Khupe have clashed over ownership of the party name and symbols. MDC acting chairperson Morgen Komichi, told the Daily News yesterday that they will drag Khupe to court if she continues using the name MDC-T. “MDC-T is o...
State rights body slams leaders for seeking medical help abroad 29 March 2018 HARARE - A State rights body has uncharacteristically slammed local leaders for seeking emergency medical treatment in foreign hospitals in a damning statement expressing concern over the impasse between the government and doctors who have been on strike since March 1. This comes after governm...
Patients' relatives join doctors' protest 27 March 2018 HARARE - Public hospitals doctors yesterday staged another strike at Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals (PGH), which was joined by patients' relatives, upholding their demands for better remuneration, among other demands to government. This comes as the striking doctors have refused to report for...
Health workers are underpaid, Parirenyatwa admits 23 March 2018 HARARE - Health minister David Parirenyatwa has acknowledged that health workers in Zimbabwe are underpaid adding that the current impasse between government and doctors is now being handled by “higher offices.” Parirenyatwa told the Senate yesterday that Zimbabwe needs to prioritise the healt...