Money needed for health sector: ZLHR

The Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights, together with the Zimbabwe National Network of People Living with HIV, has called for the urgent establishment up of a clear government plan to channel revenue into the underfunded health sector.

Zimbabwe is a signatory of the Abuja Declaration so is therefore supposed to set aside 15 percent of the country’s budget for the health sector. However, previous budgets have failed to reach the benchmark.

Irene Petras, director of ZLHR, said there was a deterioration in the provision of health services for ordinary Zimbabweans “particularly the poverty stricken and the most vulnerable and marginalized in our society”.

Petras said the government should ensure that the treasury allocated at least 15 percent of the upcoming National Budget to “honour its commitment under the Abuja Declaration”.

Sebastian Chinhaire, the National Executive Committee chairperson, also called upon the government to use money from minerals for the health sector which is slowly on a path to recovery after more than a decade of underfunding.

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