DISTRICT HOSPITALS REEL FROM FUNDING CONSTRAINTS
Written by Panashe Madzinga on April 16, 2018
Medical practitioners say there are faced with service delivery challenges in public hospitals as the government is failing to fund operations.
Presenting before the parliamentary portfolio committee on women and youth affairs last week, Mberengwa District Hospital Medical Practitioner Doctor Nyasha Ndagura said the hospital is operating below budget and is failing to meet its obligations.
He added that besides the proposed scrapping of user fees by the government which has affected the hospital cash inflow, there has been an accumulation of bad debts by locals who fail to pay for the rendered services.
Ndagura said they are not able to collect all their debts as most people in the area are artisanal mines who do not have permanent residential addresses.
Meanwhile Zvishavane District Medical Officer, Doctor Tapiwa Mavurayi also said service delivery is affected as the local hospital relies on consultation fees and x-ray payments to finance its operations.
Ministry of Health and Child care which is currently operating at a 7% budget allocation requires more than 15% of the country’s budget to operate sustainably.