MARTIN MAWAYA                 

GWERUAids Health Foundation (AHF) has appealed to the Government for exemption from paying import duty and other taxes for donated goods for the public health sector.

AHF director for quality management and clinical operations, Dr Nduduzo Dube said the waiver will enhance the provision of health delivery services to the general public.

He was speaking at the handover ceremony of US$193 000 state-of the-art Opportunistic Infection (OI) and Anti-retroviral Treatment (ART) Center of Excellence at the Gweru Provincial Hospital (GPH) last week.

“Programs that focus on prevention efforts, looking at the key demographics of adolescence need to be promoted. On that vein we extend our appeal to say that cooperation should not just end with service delivery but also in terms of wavering the taxes and duties that we have to pay for donated sexual reproductive health products,” he said.

Dube said AHF’s partnership with the Government will go a long way in strengthening the health delivery system in the country.

“AHF Zimbabwe is showcasing it’s partnership with the Government to take steps in the country’s quest to attain the key goals of providing quality healthcare services to its citizens. Our mission is to provide cutting edge medicine and advocacy regardless of ability to pay, hence we want clients to be provided an excellent service in comfortable environments.

“Our organization has aligned its programs to feed into Zimbabwe National Health Strategy which aims at improving the health and wellbeing of the population and specifically the Zimbabwe National HIV & Aids strategic plan 2021-2023 (ZNASP iv) which seeks to accelerate progress towards Ending Aids as a public threat by 2030).

He added that vision 2030 is a key stepping stone to the attainment of quality health services in the country.

“The Zimbabwe Government Vision 2030 and related key policies, the Social Development Pillar represents Government’s commitment to the provision of an efficient, integrated and quality healthcare system.

“In today’s event, AFH is showing commitment to contributing to these key national goals by supporting selected sites through Infrastructure development, technical support and human resources,” said Dube.

He highlighted that “the partnership with the MOHCC ATP unit, AHF Zimbabwe is spreading the process of transforming the IO/ART Clinics at key central hospitals and provincial hospitals into Centers of Excellence in terms of HIV Treatment and care”.

He added that the facilities will support “ free HIV testing and counseling, comprehensive HIV care for adults and children living with HIV, onsite laboratories and Pharmaceutical services”.

The global Aids organization has supported care and treatment of over 1. 6 million patients in 45 countries world wide of which 13 of these are in Africa that include South Africa, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi and Mozambique.

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