PM embarrassed over hospital development

Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai was embarrassed by the lack of progress in the government hospital construction project started here 16 years ago, according to the Minister of Health, Doctor Henry Madzorere.

Marondera Hospital development began 16 years ago and is yet to be completed.
Marondera Hospital development began 16 years ago and is yet to be completed.

“As we toured Marondera Provincial Referral Hospital today, the Prime Minister was embarrassed to learn that the government was failing to complete essential projects such as hospital structures within a reasonably short time,” Madzorere told stakeholders at the launch of the Health Transitional Fund at the Marondera Provincial Referral Hospital.

He said the PM had vowed to facilitate completion of the project in the near future and that the government would allocate 15 percent of the national budget to health as prescribed by the Abuja declaration.

The Prime Minister added that his government would mobilise resources to close the gap between the rich and the poor with regards to healthcare.

“I am a key advocate of scrapping of the extortionate health user fees. The launched fund would help provide free health facilities to the under-privileged especially the rural community.”

He said mothers and children were important members of any society and deserved special protection through provision of free quality health facilities.

“My office and other progressive government leaders believe in free and accessible health facilities for the people. Through social protection, everyone has the right to life,” he said.

The PM said the launched multi-donor pooled fund would raise $436 million for the five year project from 2011-2015.

The fund plan was formulated in October 2009 and was expected to start bearing

fruit within the first 100 days of the GNU. Its purpose was to mobilise support for the Health Transition Fund, an initiative developed to revitalise the health sector and mobilise resources to scale up progress towards attainment of the Millennium Development Goals.

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