Normalize health care delivery
The health care delivery crisis in Zimbabwe has reached alarming proportions. As the MDC, we express solidarity with the troubled medical practitioners and the needlessly suffering and dying patients of Zimbabwe.
While our leaders are jetting out daily to receive state of the art health care abroad, ordinary Zimbabweans are dying of easily curable conditions like appendicitis & diabetes in our hospitals for lack of basic medicines and consumables.
Our highly trained health workers are spending their time worrying, working dangerously without equipment, and helplessly overseeing the death of their valued patients without the wherewithal to assist them.
Infinitely more lives are being lost, or permanently disabled (cerebral palsy, etc). This is the scale of catastrophe confronting us, and it’s completely preventable.
It seems this government sold us a dummy when they showed us tonnes of containers purportedly full of medicines and consumables end of 2018. Now we know that was a hoax because the medicines and consumables situation is worse now than it ever was.
The People’s party of Excellence calls upon this military government to take the lives of Zimbabweans seriously and prioritise health care. The buck stops with the so-called president of the nation.
Zimbabwe can’t be open for business if curable diseases are decimating the workforce. Financing health care must, therefore, be priority number one on the government’s agenda.
Here is some free advice to this failed government: The 2% transaction tax that the government is collecting must go to healthcare in total. In addition, portions of other existing taxes like toll gate fees, carbon tax, vehicle license fees, tax on tobacco & alcohol, etc, must immediately be channelled to healthcare.
This will immediately take care of this serious headache and the nation can begin to look at other areas of development.
The call for dialogue has already been made, and this crisis magnifies the urgency of dialogue to resolve national issues. Apart from taking good care of our citizens, Zimbabwe has the potential to be a regional centre of excellence in healthcare.
This requires serious political will, commitment, and a SMART vision. A healthy nation is a productive nation.
MDC: Defining a new course for Zimbabwe.
Dr Henry Madzorera
MDC Secretary for Health & Child welfare