Airtime tax raises $6m for health sector

Abigail Mawonde Herald Correspondent
The Ministry of Health and Child Care has received $6 million from airtime tax and it is working on how the money would be utilised, it has emerged.

Government introduced a five percent excise duty on airtime in 2014 as a measure to enhance revenue to meet its expenditure obligations.

Speaking during a family planning symposium held in Harare last Friday as the country celebrated the World Population Day, Principal Director Preventive Services in the Ministry of Health and Child Care, Dr Gibson Mhlanga, said they had since received the funds from Treasury.

“Where I talked about earmarked taxes, we know recently as ministry we were allocated about 2,5 percent of the tax that is raised from airtime,” he said.

“To date, I think we have been allocated about $6 million and as ministry we are in discussion in terms of how that money that has been raised is going to be utilised and certainly I hope that my colleagues within the ministry will see it fit for us to allocate some of that money towards family planning services.”

The details emerged during a discussion on how the country was working towards funding health services such as family planning.

Dr Mhlanga said plans to mobilise resources locally for the Zimbabwe National Family Planning Council (ZNFPC) were in motion.

“We need to look at how we can be able to mobilise resources in the country for ZNFPC,” he said.

“There has also been an engagement with the National Aids Council. It is a home-grown solution and we feel we should be able to motivate them into allocating a bit of money to go towards family planning services.”

 

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  • drmanz

    Some of the money should be allocated towards getting drugs for mentally challenged patients at Ingustheni Hospital, all they need is $500,000