Pri­ori­tise Health Min­istry, Min­is­ter urges Trea­sury

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Aux­ilia Ka­ton­go­mara Chron­i­cle Re­porter

THE Min­is­ter of Health and Child Care, Dr David Parireny­atwa, has said his Min­istry should get the largest chunk in the 2017 Na­tional Bud­get to im­prove the health sec­tor in the coun­try.

Dr Parireny­atwa said donor de­pen­dency was not good for the coun­try’s health sys­tem as it had re­sulted in plum­met­ing stan­dards in the coun­try’s public hos­pi­tals.

Dur­ing a re­cent visit to Bu­l­awayo, the Min­is­ter said his Min­istry was ex­pect­ing a bet­ter al­lo­ca­tion in next year’s bud­get which is set to be an­nounced next week.

“As the Min­istry of Health we are anx­ious that as we go into 2017 with a new bud­get that is com­ing on the 8th of De­cem­ber, we earnestly hope that the health sec­tor will be al­lo­cated much more re­sources than is cur­rently hap­pen­ing. Re­ally, re­ally - there are cer­tain things that can­not be done by donors, you can­not and you must not de­pend on donors,” said the Min­is­ter.

“The coun­try should just say yes this is what is go­ing to the health sys­tem, this is what is go­ing to as­sist you to buy ambulances, to buy drugs, up­grade our X-ray ma­chines.”

Dr Parireny­atwa urged med­i­cal prac­ti­tion­ers to sup­port his Min­istry in its quest for an im­proved bud­get al­lo­ca­tion.

“There is no donor who is go­ing to do that for us, so I urge you all to sup­port that mes­sage that there must be more al­lo­ca­tion to the health sys­tem of this coun­try in the bud­get more than any other Min­istry. What­ever Min­istry now, we must say health sys­tem first. I can tell you a coun­try is judged by its health de­liv­ery sys­tem and it’s a sen­si­tive area,” he said. — @Aux­il­iaK

Mr Felix Moyo

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