Tough times as Parly mulls commercialised public health

By Staff Writer

TOUGH times continue to loom for the already struggling country’s citizens following parly’s recent plans to table legislation which allows the country’s public health system to go full scale commercial.

Over the years the sector has charged below cost on the back of plans for government subsidies which however have not been disbursed accordingly. Resultantly, public hospital insiders estimate that the death toll is hovering at an estimated 80% due to critical shortages of medical equipment.

Realising the state of the hospitals breakdown, parly is now mulling to commercialise services in a bid to save the remnants of what remains of the country’s once vibrant health care system.

Daniel Molokele, chairperson of the parliamentary Health Portfolio Committee, recently said commercialisation would be the most practical solution.

Molokele promised to push for legal and policy change to ensure general hospitals offer services at a fee for self-sustainability and enhancing service delivery.

“As a portfolio committee it is our responsibility to start to make sure that this changes.

“Our responsibility is to make sure that access to health services especially for cancerous diseases must not be a preserve for a few Zimbabweans, it must be for every Zimbabwean and as things stand we hear that a lot of people are dying because emphasis is on money.

“We think the real problem is not money, but rather the legal and policy framework around administration of these healthcare services. What we need to see is institutions such as Parirenyatwa, Mpilo, getting more autonomy in terms of ability to provide services at a fee,” Molokele said.

The parliamentarians toured the cancer treatment unit, where it was confirmed, standards had deteriorated to unacceptable levels with critical cancer equipment grounded.

“So, I think the era of Parirenyatwa waiting for someone to pay for the repairs or the maintenance of these machines has to come to an end, they must have the ability to pay for themselves and that is the direction we are going to push for.

“We are going to push for policy and legal framework so that those people going to India and South Africa or the private sector for healthcare services actually access them here, what we call commercialisation, and then Parirenyatwa will use the profits to fund the public front of it so that more people can access the service,” said Molokele, who is Member of Parliament for Hwange constituency.

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