Zimbabwe commits to ensure equitable access to health

By Abigirl Tembo Health Editor
GOVERNMENT has reaffirmed its commitment to ensuring equitable access to health care services for all citizens in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Amid the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, the 74th World Health Assembly (WHA) brought together heads of state, ministers of health, and other global health leaders to a virtual forum where the global response strategy was high on the agenda.
Vice President General Rtd Dr Constantino Chiwenga, who is also the Minister of Health and Child Care, highlighted some of the strides Zimbabwe has made in the fight against COVID-19.
“Our response has been a combination of health promotion and prevention measures based on raising awareness and community mobilization. The whole of Government and whole of society approach helped the country to reduce transmission and Covid-19 associated morbidities and mortalities,” said the Vice President.
Vice President Chiwenga also spoke on the funding being availed to the health sector by government.
“The government has been progressively increasing the percentage budget allocation with the current year budget allocation standing at 13% of the total government budget being allocated to the health sector. Treasury has also given the ministry of health and child care commendable budget support for the procurement and implementation of the Covid-19 vaccination programme,” he said.
This year’s World Health Assembly which got underway this Monday will run until the first of next month under the theme: ‘Ending this pandemic, preventing the next: building together a healthier, safer and fairer world.’

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