The Zimbabwe Human Rights Association has raised an alarm warning that the so-called BCG vaccine to protect newborn babies from tuberculosis is in short supply in Manicaland province.
ZimRights said Mutare General Hospital has been sending mothers and infants home without giving the newborns the Bacillus Calmette-Guérin shot. The hospital confirmed this is the case.
Sources told VOA that military doctors of the nearby Three Brigade military detachment have started to offer the vaccinations.
ZimRights Programs Coordinator Olivia Gumbo told VOA Studio 7 reporter Sandra Nyaira that the organization is worried many infants could be at risk for lack of vaccination.
Dr. Douglas Gwatidzo of the Zimbabwe Association of Doctors for Human Rights said the BCG vaccine should always be available to prevent unnecessary child deaths.