MDC Alliance president Nelson Chamisa has commended Vice President Constantino Chiwenga’s decision to cease issuing out foreign currency to top government officials seeking treatment in state-of-the-art hospitals outside Zimbabwe.

Responding to a video circulating on social media where the Vice President said Zimbabwe will no longer export sick officials Chamisa said;

“Export ban commendable!”

Speaking in his capacity as Health Minister Monday, Chiwenga told the media at his New Munhumutapa government offices that the state had stopped footing the medical bills of all senior government officials in order to maintain the national medical bill.

He also promised to improve conditions of service for public health workers who have been on strike demanding better salaries and working conditions.

“We will not export our patients. We will not make referrals to our patients. It is everybody, ministers. Those who have been going out it is you and me. Is it not it? Altogether but that export bill was too high and that is what we want to do away with,” he said.

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“Zimbabwe has a national medical bill that is high. It is, therefore, imperative that the country develops a method of containing the import bill through health care innovations for import substitution.

“This entails inverting the import bill burden into export receipts either in part or most importantly in the whole. This will improve the funding of the national health care system.

“We will have hospitals that will specialise in different treatment services across the country. We are restructuring from the village health worker right up to the top hospital.”-Harare Live

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