Govt justifies shortage of hospitals in Matebeleland

Govt justifies shortage of hospitals in Matebeleland
Published: 16 July 2018 (304 Views)
The shortage of hospitals in Matebeleland is a result of sparse population density caused by migration of local citizens to neighbouring countries, government has said.

This comes amid bitter complaints over a critical shortage of primary health care facilities in the three Matebeleland provinces.

So dire is the situation that villagers are being forced to walk up to 15km to access hospitals.

Women and children are the worst affected.  

Quizzed by journalists about the skewed distribution of hospitals in the southern part of the country, Zimbabwe National Family Planning Council (ZNFPC) director Munyaradzi Murwira said the search for opportunities in neighbouring Botswana and South Africa had resulted in the provinces lagging far behind other provinces in terms of health care.

This grievance has taken centre stage in the run up to the hotly contested July 30 polls.

"I think it's a combination of factors, the first issue with southern provinces especially Matebeleland Province was that they have lower primary health care facilities and a lot of their services are supposed to accessed either through community-based distributors, community-based health workers or through outreach services, so you find people walking 10 to 15km to get to the nearest health facility," Murwira said on the World Population Day, which is marked on July 11 and seeks to focus attention on the urgency and importance of population issues.

- dailynews

 0

You May Like These Videos

Comments

There are no comments.

Latest stories

Fresh bid to nullify Cyril Ramaphosa's ANC election

by City Press | 21 October 2018 | 40 Views

Chiwenga slams fake prophets

by Staff reporter | 21 October 2018 | 50 Views

Fuel shortages persist in Bulawayo

by Staff reporter | 21 October 2018 | 31 Views

Joel Luphahla's TelOne promoted to PSL

by Staff reporter | 21 October 2018 | 35 Views

Dynamos snatch late controversial winner

by Staff reporter | 21 October 2018 | 38 Views

How Mugabe survived assassination in Gutu

by Staff reporter | 21 October 2018 | 117 Views

Zimbabwe fuel crisis a result of leadership kwashiokor, says Chamisa

by Staff reporter | 21 October 2018 | 103 Views

'Mavhaire was a herdboy during liberation struggle'

by Staff reporter | 21 October 2018 | 84 Views

Mnangagwa warns black market currency speculators

by Staff reporter | 21 October 2018 | 85 Views

Zimbabwe bakers plot $4 per loaf

by Staff reporter | 21 October 2018 | 81 Views

Tackling the Zimbabwe black market

by President Emerson D. Mnangagwa | 21 October 2018 | 53 Views

Hefty fines for price hikes

by Staff reporter | 21 October 2018 | 52 Views

Black market dragnet targets bigwigs

by Staff reporter | 21 October 2018 | 50 Views

PHOTO: Zanu-PF buys fuel from black market

by Stephen Jakes | 21 October 2018 | 73 Views

The perils of trade protectionism

by Colls Ndlovu Financial Analyst | 21 October 2018 | 53 Views

Mnangagwa's lieutenants in political storms

by Staff reporter | 21 October 2018 | 82 Views

Tendai Biti always has something to say

by Staff reporter | 21 October 2018 | 67 Views

'Mthuli Ncube using 2% tax to reward Zanu-PF youths'

by Staff reporter | 21 October 2018 | 62 Views

Chiwenga's wife pours heart out

by Staff reporter | 21 October 2018 | 85 Views

Zimbabwe struggling with spike in fuel demand

by Staff reporter | 21 October 2018 | 50 Views

Chamisa mobbed by motorists in fuel queue

by Staff reporter | 21 October 2018 | 68 Views

MDC 'prostitute' battles for dear life at hospital, thigh vending goes south

by Simbarashe Sithole | 21 October 2018 | 154 Views

Godlwayo meets in Avoca for a developmental agenda

by Thulani Nkala | 21 October 2018 | 77 Views

Govt not introducing price controls - Industry Minister

by Staff Reporter | 21 October 2018 | 114 Views

Jonathan Moyo raps Modi for selling goods in US Dollar

by Stephen Jakes | 21 October 2018 | 127 Views

Security companies accused of stealing

by Stephen Jakes | 21 October 2018 | 90 Views

Mnangagwa not introducing price controls

by Staff reporter | 21 October 2018 | 86 Views

Prisoners seek spiritual cleansing

by Staff reporter | 21 October 2018 | 67 Views

Betting shops have sprouted across Zimbabwe

by Staff reporter | 21 October 2018 | 72 Views

When Cupid flew Modi to Zimbabwe

by Staff reporter | 21 October 2018 | 68 Views

RBZ in statutory reserve requirements U-turn

by Staff reporter | 21 October 2018 | 75 Views

WATCH: Bosso face troubled Bulawayo City

by Staff reporter | 21 October 2018 | 75 Views

Bulilima villagers resist relocation

by Staff reporter | 21 October 2018 | 50 Views

Mbonisi Gumbo of MRP gives his 2018 election analysis

by Thulani Nkala | 21 October 2018 | 81 Views

Zesa rules out load-shedding

by Staff reporter | 21 October 2018 | 57 Views

Family watches father's killing on WhatAapp

by Staff reporter | 21 October 2018 | 58 Views

Ex-Bosso player on his war exploits in Gwanda

by Staff reporter | 21 October 2018 | 71 Views