Vice President Constantino Chiwenga who doubles as the Minister of Health and Child Care Wednesday told the Parliament that the government is in the process of taking over all health facilities run by councils.
Chiwenga said the move was part of a grand plan to ensure standardised service delivery as envisaged by the National Development Strategy 1 (NDS1).
The former military boss said his Ministry was in the process of recruiting provincial medical directors for Harare and Bulawayo.
He made the remarks while responding to a motion moved by Bulawayo Proportional Representation legislator Dr Thokozani Khupe who bemoaned the continued charging of user fees by health centres despite a Government policy against that. Chiwenga said:
_To ensure implementation of National Development Strategy 1 on health and well-being, the Ministry of Health and Child Care is in the process of absorbing into the mainstream, all local authorities health delivery platforms which include clinics, polyclinics, rural hospitals and infectious disease hospitals._
_In this regard, the Ministry is in the process of filling the gaps of provincial medical directors for Harare and Bulawayo Metropolitan provinces reporting directly to the Ministry._
_This will standardise the provision of health service delivery among other things addressing both the welfare of health workers and Government user fee position._
Chiwenga added that MoHCC had just crafted the Health Development Strategy for 2021 to 2025 which would ensure equitable health delivery to everyone
He said the charging of user fees was in contravention of the exemption policy and has resulted in decreased use of services by most members of the community who are not able to afford the user-related fees.
Chiwenga added that the current setup had created a risk for patients purchasing unregistered and unapproved medicines from the black market.
The health system in the country has been collapsed for decades now with the haves getting medication beyond the country’s borders.