Health experts are
concerned that most sick people are now opting to stay at home due to lack of
funds for treatment and the economic and political climate in the country.
private doctors are now charging for services in foreign currency, while
medical aid societies are reportedly failing to honor payments to hospitals and
doctors, as the country's economy continues to spiral downwards.
Secretary of Health, Dr Henry Madzorere of the MDC formation led by Morgan Tsvangirai, tells
studio 7 for Zimbabwe reporter Carole Gombakomba that the ongoing strike by
junior doctors and nurses at state hospitals, has worsened the situation and
that there could be far too many unnenecessary deaths due to the declining
health care system.
Itai Rusike, executive director of the Community Working
Group also tells studio 7 that the
burden has now been left to community health care workers and relatives who are
now struggling to take care of the sick in their homes.
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