Government has spent US$200 million in fighting the Covid-19 pandemic and has scored relative successes in reducing maternal mortality and making health care accessible to all, a Cabinet minister has said.
Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare Minister Professor Paul Mavima said this during the National Assembly’s question and answer session on Wednesday where he told legislators that the country has achieved relative successes in implementing Sustainable Development Goals.
Prof Mavima said Government last week voluntarily submitted to the United Nations Economic and Social Council a comprehensive report on work being done under SDG 17 which speaks to global partnerships.
He said Government is satisfied with the improvements that have been made in the health sector.
“Health is one area where we have done fairly well in terms of reducing mortalities for women, increasing live births, reducing infant mortality. Health is also an area that we have done fairly well in terms of the current improvement and development of health infrastructure in the country.
“You will find that if you go even deep into the country, you will realise that most of our primary health care facilities are being renovated,” he said.
“Infrastructure like water, solar, electricity is being provided for by Government and also collaborating with partners. We cannot run away from the fact that a lot of the resources that would have been reserved for health in the past two years have gone into fighting Covid-19. We have used more than US$200 million in the fight against Covid-19.”
Government has budgeted US$100 million for the procurement of Covid-19 vaccines and has renovated several Covid-19 centres so that they can attend to critical patients who need to be provided with oxygen including Old Bartley Memorial Block (BMB) situated at the United Bulawayo Hospitals (UBH).
Since the outbreak of the pandemic last year, the country has channelled a lot of resources towards procurement of personal protective equipment among other related materials.— Chronicle