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Free health care for children, mental patients and the elderly

31/12/2017 00:00:00
by Staff reporter
 
 
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Government has issued an order advising all State health institutions to provide free health care to specific groups of citizens under a Hundred Day Plan.

President Emmerson Mnangagwa, since taking charge in November after the forced resignation of former President Robert Mugabe under pressure from the army, has hit the ground running, forcing his ministers to come up with short term plans to be implemented immediately.

In a memo to district medical officers, medical superintendents, chief medical officers, Town Clerks and Rural District Council chief executive officers, Mashonaland Central Medical director identified as Dr C Tshuma said all forms of payments to these groups should be scrapped forthwith.

"With the coming in of the new dispensation Cabinet has approved a Hundred Day Plan which everyone has to work towards achieving.

"One of the issues in the Hundred Day Plan which require our attention is the removal of all forms of payment for non-paying groups," Dr Tshuma said in the communication copied to the Provincial Affairs minister Martin Dinha and Health ministry secretary Gerald Gwinji.

The internal memorandum listed children under five years, all mental cases and citizens above 65 years as eligible for free medical access under the policy.

"These groups are not supposed to pay consultation fees, card fees, table money, administration fees or whatever name that might be called. You are, therefore, expected to advise all your institutions to remove these fees with immediate effect," the notice said.

Dr Tshuma reminded officials that the first progress report under the Hundred Day Plan is due on January 25.

Free health care for children, mental patients and oldies

Govt orders free health care for kids, elderly
Government has issued an order advising all State health institutions to provide free health care to specific groups of citizens under a Hundred Day Plan.

President Emmerson Mnangagwa, since taking charge in November after the forced resignation of former President Robert Mugabe under pressure from the army, has hit the ground running, forcing his ministers to come up with short term plans to be implemented immediately.

In a memo to district medical officers, medical superintendents, chief medical officers, Town Clerks and Rural District Council chief executive officers, Mashonaland Central Medical director identified as Dr C Tshuma said all forms of payments to these groups should be scrapped forthwith.



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"With the coming in of the new dispensation Cabinet has approved a Hundred Day Plan which everyone has to work towards achieving.

"One of the issues in the Hundred Day Plan which require our attention is the removal of all forms of payment for non-paying groups," Dr Tshuma said in the communication copied to the Provincial Affairs minister Martin Dinha and Health ministry secretary Gerald Gwinji.

The internal memorandum listed children under five years, all mental cases and citizens above 65 years as eligible for free medical access under the policy.

"These groups are not supposed to pay consultation fees, card fees, table money, administration fees or whatever name that might be called. You are, therefore, expected to advise all your institutions to remove these fees with immediate effect," the notice said.

Dr Tshuma reminded officials that the first progress report under the Hundred Day Plan is due on January 25.


 
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