Zimbabwe House Panel Concludes Health Care System Has Collapsed

Carole Gombakomba & Safari Njema, Voice of America, June 14, 2007 The chairman of the parliamentary committee on health said Thursday that conditions at Harare Hospital and at municipal health care centers in the capital are appalling - a reflection of his panel's finding that the national health system has collapsed. Blessing Chebundo said his panel toured Harare Hospital, Beatrice Infectious Disease Hospital and a council clinic in Highfield this week to assess the impact of a strike by health care personnel at government and city council hospitals and clinics. Municipal health workers in Harare went on strike April 13 over shortages of protective clothing. An employee at Beatrice Hospital said staff has returned, but that workers at clinics in Highfield, Warren Park, Kambuzuma and Mufakose are continuing a sit-in. A Harare court ruled June 1 that the health care staff could pursue their sit-in until the institutions ensure that they are provided with the necessary protective clothing. ... Zimbabwe