Minister of Health and Child Care, David Parirenyatwa has revealed that the country’s life expectancy has gone up from 37 years to 59 years. He also revealed that new HIV infections had decreased significantly.
Speaking to State media, Parirenyatwa said:
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Zimbabwe had one of the highest HIV/Aids prevalence rates in Africa, but we worked so hard that we have the highest drop in HIV statistics on the continent to the extent that people from other regions come here to learn how to tackle epidemics such as HIV.
New infections have dropped drastically.
The likelihood of an HIV positive mother giving birth to an HIV positive baby was at 40 percent, but because of treatment that we give it’s now at 5,4 percent.
When you want to see the markers of an improving health system you look at issues like the life expectancy and the prevalence of epidemics such as HIV and Aids. Our life expectancy had fallen to 37 years, but it has shot up to 59 years.
Although 59 years is low, the fact that it’s going up is a huge improvement. Infant mortality rate and maternal mortality rate have also come down drastically.
David Parirenyatwa is a medical practitioner and the former Minister of Health and Child Welfare. He is a politician affiliated to the Zimbabwe African National Union Patriotic Front (Zanu-PF) party. In September 2018 Parirenyatwa was arrested over allegations of criminal abuse of office and was... Read More About David Parirenyatwa