|'Sanctions crippling health sector'|
|Monday, 16 July 2012 17:59|
Former Minister of Health and Child Welfare, Dr David Parirenyatwa says Zimbabwe is lagging behind in adopting new lines of HIV treatment, owing to resource constraints.
The country’s health sector, which was once an envy of many countries in the region, continues to face challenges despite government putting in place measures to address the problem.
Dr Parirenyatwa, who is also the Chairperson for the Parliamentary Portfolio Committe on Health, said while the country has produced experts who are in demand the world over, the situation obtaining in government institutions is not even reflective of the country’s human resource base.
“We have trained highly sought-after medical personnel but go to our hospitals, you will find that we have no specialists. The illegal sanctions have crippled the health sector, the government and other cooperating partners are trying but we are still way behind,” said Dr Parirenyatwa.
Meanwhile, observers have lamented the slow adoption of new technologies in the health sector.
Other countries have moved from a cocktail of anti-retroviral drugs and people living with HIV are now taking few drugs yet Zimbabwe is still utilising medication that has been phased out in other countries.
Most of the equipment in the country’s health sector is way behind compared to new technologies that have been adopted by other countries.
The Ministry of Health and Child Welfare is one of the ministries that are prioritised in the national budget but the amount is not adequate.