“Implement HIV Plans” Say Zimbabwe AIDS Activists
Running under the theme Eliminating New Infections in Children; Keep mothers alive, the conference came up with a range of recommendations from experts who had observed the operating environment of the country’s health sector, including monitoring hospitals such as Parirenyatwa.
Health experts recommended that Parirenyatwa should, among other things, open its pharmacies from 7am to 5 am and also observed that it was difficult for patients to access their files because of the disorder in the filing. Health officials attributed the current situation to a shortage of personnel.
In an interview, HIV and AIDS Activists Union president. Bernard Nyathi, said that Zimbabwe was good at coming up with ideas but failed to implement them.
“We are happy with the talk, but now what is wanted is the implementation. We need a situation where people in the country are receptive to the ideas that we came up with. Now is time to implement and not just talk,” said Nyathi.
Health officials who declined to be quoted in the press because of protocol said that the situation at Parirenyatwa hospital was bad especially at the pharmacies where the ventilation was poor.
Rosa Chimbindi, another HIV and AIDS activist, said that it was long overdue for the health sector to be improved so as to avoid deaths.
“People are being denied access to medicines at the hospital,” said Chimbindi.
Posted on September 16, 2011 at 1:19 pm