‘Hyperinflation cripples the health sector’

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THE hyper-inflationary environment being experienced in the country has crippled the health sector, with the government forced to channel most financial resources to paying health workers than investing in service delivery, Health minister Obadiah Moyo has said.

Speaking at a dinner to welcome Global Fund executive director Peter Sands recently, Moyo said so critical was the situation that the government was failing to contribute its 25 percent share to purchase life prolonging drugs for people with HIV/AIDS.

“Currently, the country is going through a difficult economic period and as such we have not been able to invest much in the health sector. Most of the government investments have been channelled to paying heath workers.

“The recent upsurge in inflation has resulted in the erosion of government efforts to retain healthcare workers…

“The government will continue to review the situation in the country and remains grateful for the support from the Global Fund to retain our health workers. Government will continue to engage our partners to sustain health care staff,” Moyo said.

“Prior to the economic challenges, the government of Zimbabwe was contributing 25 percent of the country equipment needs to the Aids levy. Lately, it has not been able to secure foreign currency to procure its share of ARVs. We are grateful that the Global Fund has been supportive in this regard,” Moyo added.

Meanwhile, the Global Fund has been giving government support through health retention allowances for health professionals.

Moyo said the Global Fund has since expanded the health retention allowance to include other healthcare workers who were previously excluded from the scheme.

“We also identified that there are other health professionals who might not have been benefiting and the Global Fund will up the health retention allowance to benefit everyone.”

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