As part of its oversight role overthe Ministry of Health and Child Care, the Portfolio Committee on Health and Child Care resolved to enquire into the state of affairs of the health delivery system in Zimbabwe. The public outcry over poor health services and lack of access to the same led to the Cornmittee's decision to conduct an inquiry into the management of the five central hospitals as a way of ensuring that the health provision as enshrined in the constitution is upheld.
The objectives of the enquiry were:
2.1 To understand and establish the state of the health delivery system in Zimbabwe.
2.2 To appreciate challenges being faced by the Ministry of Health and Child Care in fulfilling its mandate.
2.3 To recommend strategies that may enhance the health services delivery system.
The Committee used four methods of data collection namely: oral evidence, site visits, focus group discussions through workshops and literature review.
3.1 Oral Evidence Sessions
3.1.1 Ministry of Health and Child Care, Chief Accounting Officer, Dr. Gwinji presented the ministry's 5-Year-Strategic Plan and the implementation challenges.
3.1.2 Minister of Health and Child Care, Dr. Parirenyatwa, appeared before the Committee to clarify the misconception surounding the policy on the user fees and to set the record straight on the disputed Ekusileni Medical Centre ownership.
3.1.3 The Committee received oral evidence from the board of Zimbabwe National Blood Transfusion Service on the operations and challenges of the organisation.
3.1.4 The Premier Service Medical Aid Society management appeared before the Committee to clarify issues of poor access to health services for their members and maladministration of the subscriptions collected.