Hospital corruption condemned

KADOMA - The Ministry of Health and Child Welfare has condemned the rampant corruption at government hospitals nationwide where personnel are demanding bribes for antiretroviral drugs.

Speaking at a workshop that was organised by SAFAIDS in Kadoma, the Director in the ministry, Dr. Owen Magurunga, said that the ministry was extremely worried by the report that was released by the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights HIV and Aids Law Project (ZLHRHALP) entitled Corruption Burns Universal Access.

“The Ministry does not condone corruption in any form. We are aware of what is happening and we welcome the study. The Minister (of Health and Child Welfare Madzorera) will soon make an official statement on the course of action that the ministry will take. The damning report that was published by ZLHR shows that in public hospitals, people living with HIV/AIDS are being induced to pay bribes

in order to get treatment, despite the fact the country police stipulates that drugs should be offered for free.

Although ARVs are available in Zimbabwe, people living with the HI virus meet obstacles in obtaining the drugs. ZLHR said that the absence of a code of conduct in hospitals means that workers can get away with anything, said Marugurunga.

He added that the issue of corruption in hospitals was fuelled by low salaries that nurses earn.

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