|Maternity fees eased|
|Wednesday, 04 July 2012 14:34|
GOVERNMENT has raised US$59 million for the Health Transition Fund that will go towards removal of maternity user fees
and procurement of medical sundries and consumables.
Secretary for Health and Child Welfare Dr Gerald Gwinji said from the pledged money, the fund has so far received US$48 million.
He said the fund committee has so far committed US$11 million towards maternal, newborn and child health and nutrition, US$28 million towards medical products, vaccines and technologies, US$8 million for human resources for health while US$10 million for health policy, planning and finance.
the study is expected to take about a month from now, after which Government will make a formal announcement.“Remember this is a process we cannot wake up one day and announce that user fees have been scrapped,” he said. Central hospitals in Harare acknowledged that they have been informed by Government to look forward to the programme, but said they have not yet started assisting pregnant women free of charge.
July 1 onwards will be assisted free of charge.