Health Sector Appeals For Forex for Medication

The Association of Healthcare Funders of Zimbabwe (AHFoZ) has appealed to the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) to urgently allocate it foreign currency for the purchase of pharmaceutical supplies and consumables.

In a Press statement released yesterday, AHFoZ said a number of pharmacies were charging for medication in US dollars. Part of the statement reads:

There is lack of mention of pharmaceuticals as among the strategic requirements for facilities amounting to $500 million which have been put in place by the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe. Some medical practitioners and hospitals are reported to be demanding US dollars in cash from medical aid members as co-payment supplies and consumables to ease the situation. The shortage of medicines for chronic conditions compromises the quality of life of those requiring them and reverses healthcare gains achieved since those unable to access them have to default on their treatment while others are reportedly reacting to substitutes.

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