ZIMBABWE’S Finance Ministry allocated to the Ministry of Health and Child Care 12.2 percent of the National Budget a drop from last year’s 13 percent.
Presenting the 2022 National Budget Thursday, Finance Minister Professor Mthuli Ncube said line ministries and departments alongside Agencies requested ZW$2,7 trillion.
“Mr Speaker Sir, the proposed estimates for 2022 (including Constitutional and Statutory Appropriations) is ZWL$927.3 billion (18.3% of GDP).The amount, however, falls far short of requests submitted by line Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) and
presented during the 2022 Budget Hearings, which were in excess of ZWL$2.7 trillion.
The proposed vote appropriations prioritise projects and programmes drawn from NDS1 and are supportive of infrastructure investments and public service delivery,” he said.
He also said, “In 2022, support from the development partners is projected
at US$764.7 million, mainly towards health, agriculture, social protection and governance.”
This is a surprising flip from the Mantra #Zvakarongeka for the Health sector eyeing for the 15 percent Abuja declaration target.
This year’s disbursement to the health sector had reached 22 percent in the guise of the COVID-19 window-dressed response which saw the renovations of hospitals, and rescuscitation of closed ones.