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Collapsed health sector facilities a sign that govt did not invest in health

by Stephen Jakes
09 Apr 2020 at 10:15hrs | Views
The Zimbabwe Peace Project has said the collapse of health sector facilities in the country is a sign of the government's failure to invest in the health sector for a long time since independence.

Government has been struggling to overcome the few cases of suspected Covid 19 since its outbreak amid revelations most of the country's isolation and infectious diseases centres are ill prepared to cater for the sick.

"The unpreparedness of the Government to deal with COVID-19 is an indication of a state that has not invested enough in improving the country's health delivery system," ZPP said.

"The health sector has for long been in shambles as doctors frequently go on strike for long periods citing incapacitation and a shortage of drugs and equipment for use in public hospitals. The announcement by health personnel on 25 March that they were downing tools again reflects a government that does not take seriously the welfare of its workers and of the citizens who are supposed to be taken care of by those professionals."

ZPP said failure by Wilkins Hospital to have basic equipment and tools such as an electrical adapter and oxygen ventilators is regrettable and is a grim reflection of how public health institutions have been neglected for long.

"This is evidenced by the fact that it has become a norm for government officials and their families to go abroad to seek medical attention. The refurbishment of two private hospitals in Mt Pleasant and Avondale is an insult to the majority of Zimbabweans who rely on public institutions for medical attention. This move to refurbish the two institutions is an indication of a society that cares more for the welfare of the elite at the expense of the majority," ZPP said.

The human rights watchdog said the move to announce a 21 days Lockdown is welcome but the preparedness of the Government and the Zimbabwean populace for such a move is questionable.

"For starters, citizens are grappling with effects of a poorly and find it very challenging to put food on the table. Accessing services such as water, health and electricity is a nightmare. Locking down citizens without a proper plan on how they will access such services and be able to feed their families becomes retrogressive as the citizens will most likely break the directive to stay at home in order to fend for their families," ZPP said.

Source - Byo24News | ZPP