‘Poor spending crippled Zim Health’s sector’

ZIMBABWE’S health sector is in a dispiriting state due to the underspending by the Government as well as the private health sector, a health financing expert says.

This was said by Akribos Capital Inc partner Mr Tawanda Mazorodze while presenting at the ZImAfro Medical Health conference  last week.

He noted that the country’s expenditure had been low over the years as it has been below 15 percent.

“Aged technologies, dilapidated infrastructure, skills that cant be remunerated, these are largely a function of under spending and limited funding for healthcare,” Mr Mazorodze said.

Mr Mazorodze also said they found that the industry has aged equipment.

“So what have we noticed in as far as the health sector is concerned. One of the things is this industry is poor equipped. This industry has suffered a significant loss of skills. This industry also lacks the key infrastructure that is required hence this idea of medical tourism. The reason why people or general populace are going elsewhere is that the infrastructure is not there. The skills are not there,” he said.

While in 2021, due to the COVID19 pandemic expenditure in the health sector was 22 percent, the between 2015 and 2019, the Zimbabwean Government has been spending less than 15 percent in the health sector. The Akribos boss said the Health sector in in financial distress.

“The other bit is the industry is financially distressed. There is not enough capital to get this industry up and going. We are supposed to be spending a minimum of 15 percent of our total expenditure as a country on healthcare for us to be able to achieve our objectives. That is what we have been spending since 2010, its worse if you go back, we have not been spending in health care at a national level and even at a private sector contribution to the healthcare is also minimum. This is the reason why we find ourselves in this situation. Aged technologies, dilapidated infrastructure, skills that can’t be remunerated, these are largely a function of under spending and limited funding for healthcare,” Mr Mazorodze said.

 

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