International journalist Hopewell Chinon says “the government of Zimbabwe has broken ethics by failing to fulfill the oath it took which requires it to provide health care to all citizens!”
Chin’ono was speaking to the SABC about a video of Limpopo Health MEC Dr Fofi Ramatubo “explaining” to a foreign national why she should pay for a medical procedure she had just undergone at a public hospital.
ZANU-PF is responsible for the collapse of Zimbabwe’s health care system
Chinona was uncompromising in his analysis, saying “the people who have destroyed Zimbabwe’s health system are Zanu PF”.
“I can say that what we saw in this video is a direct result of the mismanagement in Zimbabwe.
“I have said over and over again that I was sent to prison in 2020 for exposing corruption involving the embezzlement of public health funds.”
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Chinona says “the people who destroyed Zimbabwe’s health system are Zanu PF”.
Health care for undocumented aliens
Meanwhile, Department of Health says acknowledged that the health care system is struggling in some areas due to an unpredictably large number of undocumented migrants from neighboring countries seeking health care in the country, in addition to asylum seekers and refugees.
The department says it has been inundated with media requests to weigh in on the ongoing debate sparked by comments made by the Limpopo Health MEC in a video recorded at Bela-Bela Hospital.
Ramatuba received massive backlash after the video, which has since gone viral.
Spokesperson for the Department of Health, Foster Mohale, says the health issue of foreign nationals is one of the topics being discussed during bilateral and multilateral meetings at the SADC level with the aim of finding a long-term solution.
“Limpopo Province is one of the affected provinces and despite these challenges, health professionals must ensure that they maintain high moral obligations and standards in their work in accordance with the Hippocratic Oath, together with the National Health Act and South Africa’s Refugee Act’.
“This does not mean that all services are free, because only primary care services are provided free of charge, but higher levels of care are subject to payment,” Mohale said.
Mohale says Health Minister Dr Joe Faahla is currently out of the country and Acting Minister Angie Motshekga has instructed the department to gather all the necessary information that will enable her to give Faahla a full report on his return.
Meanwhile, Ramatuba is not backing down in his fight for SADC countries to pay the medical costs of their citizens receiving treatment in South Africa.
In an interview with the SABC on Wednesday, Ramatuba said she stood by everything she said in the video, further clarifying that she was not “attacking” the patient.
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