Zimbabwe is far from attaining universal health coverage – ZADHR

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By Staff Reporter
Zimbabwe Association of Doctors for Human Rights board member Dr Norman Matara says Zimbabwe is far from attaining universal health coverage as government is not adequately funding health care.
In an interview with Star FM News marking World Health Day, Dr Matara said absence of a national health insurance scheme has made health care too expensive for many families as most people are still paying for services directly from their pockets.
Meanwhile Community Working Group on Health executive director Mr Itai Rusike said government must address issues that affect doctors, nurses and other health staff to avoid perennial strikes that are crippling health service delivery.
In a statement, Mr Rusike said most hospitals do not have enough medicines, equipment and sundries to assist patients due to poor funding from government. Yesterday, Zimbabwe joined the rest of the world to commemorate World Health Day, which was running under the theme universal health coverage: everyone, everywhere.

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