By ZBC Reporter
Government says it has allocated more than two billion Zimbabwe dollars towards the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic in terms of response strategy, health infrastructure development as well as improving water and sanitation in the country.
Zimbabwe is ranked 3rd in Africa in terms of its response to the COVID-19 pandemic and with such a feat, government remains committed to flattening the curve and also improving health care in the country.
This was said by the Vice President General Retired Dr Constantino Chiwenga who is also the Minister of Health and Child Care, during the virtual session of the 71st regional committee for Africa in a speech read on his behalf by his Deputy, Dr John Mangwiro.
With the ongoing third wave, my government and partners swiftly responded by allocating additional funds to COVID-19 response, local production of PPEs, setting up an oxygen plant, hiring additional health workforce such as retired health personnel, maintaining essential services delivery and also building health emergency preparedness capacities in the midst of COVID-19 response. The successful and continued roll out of COVID-19 vaccination by the Ministry of Health and Child Care made the Government of Zimbabwe ranked 3rd in Africa ,he said.
He added that government will continue to inject more funds towards the fight against the deadly pandemic in addition to the 2.2 billion Zimbabwe Dollars that has been injected so far to ensure that no one is left behind.
On the efforts on addressing equity issues within care and striving to leave no one behind particularly the vulnerable and marginalised groups, my government through the devolution agenda has developed essential health benefit package which is expected to enhance health service delivery coverage to rural and hard to reach areas within the country. On the efforts of increasing domestic funding for health, government allocated resources which amounted to ZWL2.2 billion towards COVID-19 response and future preparedness, health infrastructure, supplies, water, sanitation and hygiene and roads. This will take Zimbabwe closer to achieving the Abuja target of 15 percent,he added.
With the mass vaccination drive in full swing, government says areas that need technical and financial support from the World Health Organisation include those pertaining to local production of pharmaceuticals and consumables.