Itai Rusike

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Itai Rusike said : "The only sad thing is that his resignation is coming at a time when the doctors are fragmented and divided by the formation of a splinter doctors' association that has weakened their negotiating and bargaining power," External link

bulawayo24 Wednesday, January 15, 2020 10:48:00 AM EAT

Itai Rusike said : "We have been facilitating dialogue for the past two weeks only to wake up to this. How do you negotiate for dialogue when on the other hand you are holding a knobkerrie? The government is not sincere and its attitude is uncalled for and unnecessary," "This intimidatory attitude is not the way to go. The Constitution gives them the right to withdraw their labour and firing the doctors in a country with poor health standards will not improve the situation" External link

bulawayo24 Saturday, November 9, 2019 1:34:00 PM EAT

Itai Rusike said : “We have been facilitating dialogue for the past two weeks only to wake up to this. How do you negotiate for dialogue when on the other hand you are holding a knobkerrie? The government is not sincere and its attitude is uncalled for and unnecessary,” “This intimidatory attitude is not the way to go. The Constitution gives them the right to withdraw their labour and firing the doctors in a country with poor health standards will not improve the situation” External link

newsday Saturday, November 9, 2019 10:18:00 AM EAT

Itai Rusike said : "CWGH has learnt with great concern the dismissal of the doctors that are currently affected by incapacitation. We strongly urge the government to find amicable ways of dealing with the doctors' incapacitation crisis without sacrificing the health of the masses," External link

bulawayo24 Thursday, November 7, 2019 9:26:00 AM EAT

Itai Rusike said : "We implore the HSB to reconsider its decision and fully take advantage of the dialogue process being facilitated by CWGH," External link

bulawayo24 Thursday, November 7, 2019 9:26:00 AM EAT

Itai Rusike said : "Both parties should bear in mind that more than 90% of the Zimbabwe population depends on the underfunded and understaffed public health system," External link

bulawayo24 Tuesday, November 5, 2019 4:01:00 PM EAT

Itai Rusike said : "We also would like to see the leadership from the HSB to ensure speedy resolution of this crisis. The general public would like to be furnished with concrete steps, including timelines the government is committing to address the current dispute," External link

bulawayo24 Tuesday, November 5, 2019 4:01:00 PM EAT

Itai Rusike said : “Both parties should bear in mind that more than 90% of the Zimbabwe population depends on the underfunded and understaffed public health system,” External link

newsday Tuesday, November 5, 2019 9:53:00 AM EAT

Itai Rusike said : “We also would like to see the leadership from the HSB to ensure speedy resolution of this crisis. The general public would like to be furnished with concrete steps, including timelines the government is committing to address the current dispute,” External link

newsday Tuesday, November 5, 2019 9:53:00 AM EAT

Itai Rusike said : “Government spends a relatively small share of its gross domestic product (GDP) on health care and the lower levels of per capita health expenditure indicate that health expenditure in the country is insufficient to guarantee adequate access and quality of healthcare,” “Per capita health allocation stands at about US$41 in 2019 up from US$31 in 2018, while per capita health spending is US$650 in South Africa, US$90 in Zambia and US$200 in Angola, and the inadequate public financing of health has resulted in an overreliance on out-of-pocket and external financing, which is highly unsustainable,” External link

newsday Monday, October 21, 2019 7:17:00 AM EAT

Itai Rusike said : “The right to health must address mental health as well as other modalities of psychosocial support. The health situation as widely reported at Ngomahuru is sad, deplorable and totally unacceptable,” External link

thestandard-zw Sunday, October 13, 2019 9:46:00 AM EAT

Itai Rusike said : "There is need for thorough investigations. It is sad and painful that she died while giving birth unattended at Parirenyatwa Hospital, one of the country's largest referral institutions, which is supposed to be the shining beacon of professionalism in the health sector," External link

bulawayo24 Saturday, September 14, 2019 12:52:00 AM EAT

Itai Rusike said : "This is unacceptable. No woman should die while giving life. The Community Working Group on Health would like to call upon the responsible authorities to urgently institute thorough investigations into this disturbing case, which could have been avoided," External link

bulawayo24 Saturday, September 14, 2019 12:52:00 AM EAT

Itai Rusike added : "The nursing profession is a calling and we cannot allow that noble profession to be tainted by rogue and mercenary individuals who vent their frustrations on innocent patients. Nurses and doctors are known to have hearts; hearts to love, to be patient and to save lives," External link

bulawayo24 Saturday, September 14, 2019 12:52:00 AM EAT

Itai Rusike said : "CWGH is worried by the high number of maternal deaths in the country. It is disturbing that over 200 women have died while giving birth since the beginning of this year. This number is unacceptably high. In other countries, a single maternal death will result into a major inquiry and the outcomes will be made public," External link

bulawayo24 Saturday, September 14, 2019 12:52:00 AM EAT

Itai Rusike said : “There is need for thorough investigations. It is sad and painful that she died while giving birth unattended at Parirenyatwa Hospital, one of the country’s largest referral institutions, which is supposed to be the shining beacon of professionalism in the health sector,” External link

newsday Friday, September 13, 2019 6:13:00 PM EAT

Itai Rusike said : “This is unacceptable. No woman should die while giving life. The Community Working Group on Health would like to call upon the responsible authorities to urgently institute thorough investigations into this disturbing case, which could have been avoided,” External link

newsday Friday, September 13, 2019 6:13:00 PM EAT

Itai Rusike added : “The nursing profession is a calling and we cannot allow that noble profession to be tainted by rogue and mercenary individuals who vent their frustrations on innocent patients. Nurses and doctors are known to have hearts; hearts to love, to be patient and to save lives,” External link

newsday Friday, September 13, 2019 6:13:00 PM EAT

Itai Rusike said : “CWGH is worried by the high number of maternal deaths in the country. It is disturbing that over 200 women have died while giving birth since the beginning of this year. This number is unacceptably high. In other countries, a single maternal death will result into a major inquiry and the outcomes will be made public,” External link

newsday Friday, September 13, 2019 6:13:00 PM EAT

Itai Rusike said : “We would like to know whether the Ministry of Finance has any guide in its allocations of a level of per capita funding of health services that constitutes the ‘bottom line’ in terms of the rights or needs of citizens,” “The supplementary budget allocation for the health sector is inadequate in the face of rising disease and mortality levels,” External link

newsday Monday, August 5, 2019 12:03:00 PM EAT

Itai Rusike said : "There are general complaints of ART shortages right across the country. We are having repeated scenarios where people are getting refills for a week or two or shorter periods compared to supplies for three months. This in turn increases their out of pocket costs in bus fares as they will have to visit the health facility more frequently to collect their medication given the hard economic environment we are living in," "The CWGH is also concerned that the El Nino induced drought might reverse all the gains Zimbabwe had made over the years as food insecurities have serious repercussions on people living with HIV/Aids. We therefore urge Government to ensure that people living with HIV have enough food to enable them to take their medication" External link

bulawayo24 Tuesday, July 30, 2019 10:00:00 AM EAT

Itai Rusike said : “Why is it taking forever to reconstitute the NAC board and appoint a substantive CEO?” External link

newsday Thursday, July 11, 2019 9:03:00 AM EAT

Itai Rusike said : “With less than 10 percent of the country’s population on medical insurance, unemployment rate of over 85 percent and a majority of those that are employed earning less than $1 000, this means very few people will afford these consultation fees by physicians. Ultimately, people will die at home,” External link

thezimbabwemail Saturday, June 29, 2019 6:33:00 PM EAT

Itai Rusike said : “With less than 10 percent of the country’s population on medical insurance, unemployment rate of over 85 percent and a majority of those that are employed earning less than $1 000, this means very few people will afford these consultation fees by physicians. Ultimately, people will die at home,” External link

herald Saturday, June 29, 2019 6:47:00 AM EAT

Itai Rusike said : "Such groups have difficulty taking medication when they do not have adequate food to eat. While much attention is focused on the devastating impact of the cyclone, there is also need to distribute items such as bed nets and resources for spraying to prevent malaria outbreak in the affected areas," External link

bulawayo24 Monday, April 1, 2019 8:48:00 AM EAT

Itai Rusike said : “Such groups have difficulty taking medication when they do not have adequate food to eat. While much attention is focused on the devastating impact of the cyclone, there is also need to distribute items such as bed nets and resources for spraying to prevent malaria outbreak in the affected areas,” External link

newsday Monday, April 1, 2019 7:31:00 AM EAT

Itai Rusike said : “If the country’s National Budget cannot adequately fund health, then there is need to find other innovative health financing strategies to domestically fund this important sector. This brings us to the issue of the health levy, which must be used to purchase medicines and sundries for the smooth running of the country’s health sector,” “If there are no drugs, equipment and sundries in hospitals; where is the money collected under the health levy going? This fund must be used correctly, transparently and for its intended purpose” External link

zimeye Saturday, March 16, 2019 12:23:00 PM EAT

Itai Rusike said : “If the country’s National Budget cannot adequately fund health, then there is need to find other innovative health financing strategies to domestically fund this important sector. This brings us to the issue of the health levy, which must be used to purchase medicines and sundries for the smooth running of the country’s health sector,” “If there are no drugs, equipment and sundries in hospitals; where is the money collected under the health levy going? This fund must be used correctly, transparently and for its intended purpose” External link

newsday Friday, March 15, 2019 8:28:00 PM EAT

Itai Rusike said : ”The Community Working Group on Health (CWGH) fears that this industrial action, which could have been avoided if there was political will from the government in addressing the challenges in the health system that has been in decline for over 2 decades resulting in systematic decrease in the coverage of most basic services. “If not handled with the care and urgency it deserves, this strike could degenerate into a national disaster with other health practitioners joining, not only in sympathy but because they experience the same challenges. ” External link

zimeye Friday, March 15, 2019 1:22:00 AM EAT

Itai Rusike said : “The few pharmacies that are still accepting bond notes or RTGS have since increased their prices which are beyond the reach of ordinary Zimbabweans. This comes at a time when 90 percent of Zimbabweans do not have medical aid insurance cover which means some with chronic illnesses have not been taking their medication since the introduction of the three tier pricing system due to the very high costs of medicines,” External link

zimeye Thursday, February 14, 2019 1:16:00 PM EAT

Itai Rusike said : “Some patients are now resorting to taking cheaper alternative drugs from the unregulated black markets thereby risking their lives. Government should therefore prioritise allocation of foreign currency to the pharmaceutical companies to enable them to import the required medicines. In the medium to long-term, the Government needs to capacitate the local pharmaceutical manufacturing companies such as Caps, Varichem and Datlabs to make sure that the country does not rely on expensive imports,” External link

zimeye Thursday, February 14, 2019 1:16:00 PM EAT

Itai Rusike said : "Some need rentals, food and now schools have just opened, they need fees for their children and seeing that this strike is not taking them anywhere, others might give up slowly," External link

bulawayo24 Wednesday, January 9, 2019 2:40:00 PM EAT

Itai Rusike said : "The doctors must appreciate the economic situation. It is not all about monetary issues; they should consider other non-monetary incentives which Government can offer," External link

bulawayo24 Wednesday, January 9, 2019 2:40:00 PM EAT

Itai Rusike said : “Some need rentals, food and now schools have just opened, they need fees for their children and seeing that this strike is not taking them anywhere, others might give up slowly,” External link

herald Wednesday, January 9, 2019 3:02:00 AM EAT

Itai Rusike said : “The doctors must appreciate the economic situation. It is not all about monetary issues; they should consider other non-monetary incentives which Government can offer,” External link

herald Wednesday, January 9, 2019 3:02:00 AM EAT

Itai Rusike said : “We are in this health crisis, minister, because your predecessor used to behave the same way: burying his head in the sand than tackling the issue head-on,” External link

zimeye Sunday, December 9, 2018 9:36:00 AM EAT

Itai Rusike said : “We are in this health crisis, minister, because your predecessor used to behave the same way: burying his head in the sand than tackling the issue head-on,” External link

thestandard-zw Sunday, December 9, 2018 6:42:00 AM EAT

Itai Rusike said : "The country's health sector is operating in an environment that is characterised by shortages of essential medicines, typhoid and cholera outbreaks, disgruntled health workers, poorly equipped hospitals and unacceptably high maternal mortality and catastrophic health expenditures," "The increasing levels of unemployment and poverty in the country have also exacerbated the plight of the poor in accessing health care services," External link

bulawayo24 Monday, November 27, 2017 9:42:00 AM EAT

Itai Rusike said : "It has been noted that the recurrent outbreaks of typhoid in Harare are being caused by erratic supply of clean water, supply of contaminated drinking water, burst sewer pipes and poor hygiene," External link

bulawayo24 Saturday, October 28, 2017 10:29:00 AM EAT

Itai Rusike said : “It has been noted that the recurrent outbreaks of typhoid in Harare are being caused by erratic supply of clean water, supply of contaminated drinking water, burst sewer pipes and poor hygiene,” External link

zimeye Saturday, October 28, 2017 7:31:00 AM EAT

Itai Rusike said : “It has been noted that the recurrent outbreaks of typhoid in Harare are being caused by erratic supply of clean water, supply of contaminated drinking water, burst sewer pipes and poor hygiene,” External link

newsday Saturday, October 28, 2017 5:31:00 AM EAT

Itai Rusike said : "Treatment for HIV is threatened when ARV drugs are not available, undermining treatment compliance," External link

bulawayo24 Wednesday, August 23, 2017 8:30:00 AM EAT

Itai Rusike argued : "In all of this we urge the affected local authorities to bring people back into the centre of focus and to involve communities in their deliberations and plans on the way forward. We urge the Multi-Sectoral Ministerial Committee to intervene in a way that addresses our wider public health crisis, including in our public sector health system, and that you involve communities and health civil society in your planning on this," External link

bulawayo24 Wednesday, January 11, 2017 3:13:00 PM EAT

Itai Rusike said : "The fundamental health issues that were supposed to have been attended to from the earlier crisis have not been attended to," "Authorities are taking advantage of the outdated Public Health Act that we are using, enacted in 1924. Public health trends have changed [since then]. This is why you find that it is easier for the city of Harare to pollute our water bodies and pay the fine, [a] very small fine" External link

voanews Thursday, January 5, 2017 2:44:00 AM EAT

Itai Rusike said : “The last one is that there is need for health education and promotion on personal hygiene where they are educated about the need to boil water and use aqua tablets on tap water. There should be continuous health education particularly during the rainy season,” External link

herald Friday, December 30, 2016 4:05:00 AM EAT

Itai Rusike said : "The proposal to introduce earmarked sin taxes to fund health need to be followed through," External link

allafrica Tuesday, November 22, 2016 11:42:00 AM EAT

Itai Rusike said : "Reaching the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) targets requires a sustainable momentum in financing our health care system. While progress has been made in improving our health indicators, there is need to sustain the momentum in domestic health financing," External link

allafrica Tuesday, November 22, 2016 11:42:00 AM EAT

Itai Rusike said : “The proposal to introduce earmarked sin taxes to fund health need to be followed through,” External link

herald Tuesday, November 22, 2016 8:38:00 AM EAT

Itai Rusike said : “Reaching the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) targets requires a sustainable momentum in financing our health care system. While progress has been made in improving our health indicators, there is need to sustain the momentum in domestic health financing,” External link

herald Tuesday, November 22, 2016 8:38:00 AM EAT

Itai Rusike said : "The shortage of drugs and equipment at central hospitals has reached crisis proportions, with patients going for days without proper treatment," External link

iol Thursday, September 22, 2016 11:09:00 AM EAT

Itai Rusike said : "get their treatment in the private sector or abroad," External link

iol Thursday, September 22, 2016 11:09:00 AM EAT

Itai Rusike said : "As the world convenes in Durban for the 21st International Aids Conference, what scares me is not how much things change, but how much it stays the same from one international conference to the other," External link

allafrica Tuesday, July 19, 2016 11:13:00 AM EAT

Itai Rusike said : “The relationship between government and civil society during the conference must also cascade to lower levels in our nation,” External link

thestandard-zw Sunday, July 10, 2016 5:25:00 AM EAT

Itai Rusike said ( about Matabeleland South ) : "The general public is concerned at why some medical aid societies are paying obscene salaries to their senior managers yet they are failing to pay doctors. Doctors must also have a human face as there are some doctors who are overcharging patients hence we have seen an increase in medical tourism to such countries as South Africa, India etc. as their charges are much lower even when you include air fare, accommodation and food," External link

allafrica Thursday, June 30, 2016 5:51:00 PM EAT

Itai Rusike said ( about Matabeleland South ) : "The general public is concerned at why some medical aid societies are paying obscene salaries to their senior managers yet they are failing to pay doctors. Doctors must also have a human face as there are some doctors who are overcharging patients hence we have seen an increase in medical tourism to such countries as South Africa, India etc. as their charges are much lower even when you include air fare, accommodation and food," External link

allafrica Thursday, June 30, 2016 2:13:00 PM EAT

Itai Rusike said : "Prevention and management of malaria also depends on early detection and treatment. Communities are primarily using the clinics as their first point of treatment for malaria (public and private), so effective malaria management depends first on the resources at this level," External link

allafrica Thursday, June 2, 2016 1:40:00 PM EAT

Itai Rusike said : "Outreach resources are not only limited with respect to malaria spraying. A number of communities do not have a village health worker (VHW) due to the limited numbers of the trained VHWs thereby reducing the interface between the communities and this important cadre who provides the basic care at community level," External link

allafrica Thursday, June 2, 2016 1:40:00 PM EAT

Itai Rusike told : “While residents may contribute to one-off clean-up campaigns to assist with removing waste, this should not replace the HCC’s core obligation,” External link

dailynews-co-zw Sunday, May 22, 2016 12:57:00 PM EAT

Itai Rusike said : "The situation is even worse in resettlement areas as some of the village health workers are made to travel very long distances to see clients instead of just covering their village," External link

allafrica Monday, February 9, 2015 12:11:00 AM EAT

Itai Rusike added : "Whilst communities cite low morale due to lack of incentives as the major setback, the village health workers point to lack of incentives and supporting resources and protective equipment as a major barrier to their performance" External link

allafrica Monday, February 9, 2015 12:11:00 AM EAT

Itai Rusike said : "They played a central role in closing the gap between public health services and communities at local levels as well as bringing health services to communities, and facilitating community roles in the health delivery system," External link

allafrica Monday, February 9, 2015 12:11:00 AM EAT



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director54.55%EN10/28/201728/10/2017
executive director27.27%EN10/26/201726/10/2017
health executive director13.64%EN10/26/201726/10/2017
chief executive officer4.55%EN11/20/200520/11/2005
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Itai Rusike said : "The only sad thing is that his resignation is coming at a time when the doctors are fragmented and divided by the formation of a splinter doctors' association that has weakened their negotiating and bargaining power," External link

bulawayo24 Wednesday, January 15, 2020 10:48:00 AM EAT

Itai Rusike said : "We have been facilitating dialogue for the past two weeks only to wake up to this. How do you negotiate for dialogue when on the other hand you are holding a knobkerrie? The government is not sincere and its attitude is uncalled for and unnecessary," "This intimidatory attitude is not the way to go. The Constitution gives them the right to withdraw their labour and firing the doctors in a country with poor health standards will not improve the situation" External link

bulawayo24 Saturday, November 9, 2019 1:34:00 PM EAT

Itai Rusike said : “We have been facilitating dialogue for the past two weeks only to wake up to this. How do you negotiate for dialogue when on the other hand you are holding a knobkerrie? The government is not sincere and its attitude is uncalled for and unnecessary,” “This intimidatory attitude is not the way to go. The Constitution gives them the right to withdraw their labour and firing the doctors in a country with poor health standards will not improve the situation” External link

newsday Saturday, November 9, 2019 10:18:00 AM EAT

Itai Rusike said : "CWGH has learnt with great concern the dismissal of the doctors that are currently affected by incapacitation. We strongly urge the government to find amicable ways of dealing with the doctors' incapacitation crisis without sacrificing the health of the masses," External link

bulawayo24 Thursday, November 7, 2019 9:26:00 AM EAT

Itai Rusike said : "We implore the HSB to reconsider its decision and fully take advantage of the dialogue process being facilitated by CWGH," External link

bulawayo24 Thursday, November 7, 2019 9:26:00 AM EAT

Itai Rusike said : "Both parties should bear in mind that more than 90% of the Zimbabwe population depends on the underfunded and understaffed public health system," External link

bulawayo24 Tuesday, November 5, 2019 4:01:00 PM EAT

Itai Rusike said : "We also would like to see the leadership from the HSB to ensure speedy resolution of this crisis. The general public would like to be furnished with concrete steps, including timelines the government is committing to address the current dispute," External link

bulawayo24 Tuesday, November 5, 2019 4:01:00 PM EAT

Itai Rusike said : “Both parties should bear in mind that more than 90% of the Zimbabwe population depends on the underfunded and understaffed public health system,” External link

newsday Tuesday, November 5, 2019 9:53:00 AM EAT

Itai Rusike said : “We also would like to see the leadership from the HSB to ensure speedy resolution of this crisis. The general public would like to be furnished with concrete steps, including timelines the government is committing to address the current dispute,” External link

newsday Tuesday, November 5, 2019 9:53:00 AM EAT

Itai Rusike said : “Government spends a relatively small share of its gross domestic product (GDP) on health care and the lower levels of per capita health expenditure indicate that health expenditure in the country is insufficient to guarantee adequate access and quality of healthcare,” “Per capita health allocation stands at about US$41 in 2019 up from US$31 in 2018, while per capita health spending is US$650 in South Africa, US$90 in Zambia and US$200 in Angola, and the inadequate public financing of health has resulted in an overreliance on out-of-pocket and external financing, which is highly unsustainable,” External link

newsday Monday, October 21, 2019 7:17:00 AM EAT

Itai Rusike said : “The right to health must address mental health as well as other modalities of psychosocial support. The health situation as widely reported at Ngomahuru is sad, deplorable and totally unacceptable,” External link

thestandard-zw Sunday, October 13, 2019 9:46:00 AM EAT

Itai Rusike said : "There is need for thorough investigations. It is sad and painful that she died while giving birth unattended at Parirenyatwa Hospital, one of the country's largest referral institutions, which is supposed to be the shining beacon of professionalism in the health sector," External link

bulawayo24 Saturday, September 14, 2019 12:52:00 AM EAT

Itai Rusike said : "This is unacceptable. No woman should die while giving life. The Community Working Group on Health would like to call upon the responsible authorities to urgently institute thorough investigations into this disturbing case, which could have been avoided," External link

bulawayo24 Saturday, September 14, 2019 12:52:00 AM EAT

Itai Rusike added : "The nursing profession is a calling and we cannot allow that noble profession to be tainted by rogue and mercenary individuals who vent their frustrations on innocent patients. Nurses and doctors are known to have hearts; hearts to love, to be patient and to save lives," External link

bulawayo24 Saturday, September 14, 2019 12:52:00 AM EAT

Itai Rusike said : "CWGH is worried by the high number of maternal deaths in the country. It is disturbing that over 200 women have died while giving birth since the beginning of this year. This number is unacceptably high. In other countries, a single maternal death will result into a major inquiry and the outcomes will be made public," External link

bulawayo24 Saturday, September 14, 2019 12:52:00 AM EAT

Itai Rusike said : “There is need for thorough investigations. It is sad and painful that she died while giving birth unattended at Parirenyatwa Hospital, one of the country’s largest referral institutions, which is supposed to be the shining beacon of professionalism in the health sector,” External link

newsday Friday, September 13, 2019 6:13:00 PM EAT

Itai Rusike said : “This is unacceptable. No woman should die while giving life. The Community Working Group on Health would like to call upon the responsible authorities to urgently institute thorough investigations into this disturbing case, which could have been avoided,” External link

newsday Friday, September 13, 2019 6:13:00 PM EAT

Itai Rusike added : “The nursing profession is a calling and we cannot allow that noble profession to be tainted by rogue and mercenary individuals who vent their frustrations on innocent patients. Nurses and doctors are known to have hearts; hearts to love, to be patient and to save lives,” External link

newsday Friday, September 13, 2019 6:13:00 PM EAT

Itai Rusike said : “CWGH is worried by the high number of maternal deaths in the country. It is disturbing that over 200 women have died while giving birth since the beginning of this year. This number is unacceptably high. In other countries, a single maternal death will result into a major inquiry and the outcomes will be made public,” External link

newsday Friday, September 13, 2019 6:13:00 PM EAT

Itai Rusike said : “We would like to know whether the Ministry of Finance has any guide in its allocations of a level of per capita funding of health services that constitutes the ‘bottom line’ in terms of the rights or needs of citizens,” “The supplementary budget allocation for the health sector is inadequate in the face of rising disease and mortality levels,” External link

newsday Monday, August 5, 2019 12:03:00 PM EAT

Itai Rusike said : "There are general complaints of ART shortages right across the country. We are having repeated scenarios where people are getting refills for a week or two or shorter periods compared to supplies for three months. This in turn increases their out of pocket costs in bus fares as they will have to visit the health facility more frequently to collect their medication given the hard economic environment we are living in," "The CWGH is also concerned that the El Nino induced drought might reverse all the gains Zimbabwe had made over the years as food insecurities have serious repercussions on people living with HIV/Aids. We therefore urge Government to ensure that people living with HIV have enough food to enable them to take their medication" External link

bulawayo24 Tuesday, July 30, 2019 10:00:00 AM EAT

Itai Rusike said : “Why is it taking forever to reconstitute the NAC board and appoint a substantive CEO?” External link

newsday Thursday, July 11, 2019 9:03:00 AM EAT

Itai Rusike said : “With less than 10 percent of the country’s population on medical insurance, unemployment rate of over 85 percent and a majority of those that are employed earning less than $1 000, this means very few people will afford these consultation fees by physicians. Ultimately, people will die at home,” External link

thezimbabwemail Saturday, June 29, 2019 6:33:00 PM EAT

Itai Rusike said : “With less than 10 percent of the country’s population on medical insurance, unemployment rate of over 85 percent and a majority of those that are employed earning less than $1 000, this means very few people will afford these consultation fees by physicians. Ultimately, people will die at home,” External link

herald Saturday, June 29, 2019 6:47:00 AM EAT

Itai Rusike said : "Such groups have difficulty taking medication when they do not have adequate food to eat. While much attention is focused on the devastating impact of the cyclone, there is also need to distribute items such as bed nets and resources for spraying to prevent malaria outbreak in the affected areas," External link

bulawayo24 Monday, April 1, 2019 8:48:00 AM EAT

Itai Rusike said : “Such groups have difficulty taking medication when they do not have adequate food to eat. While much attention is focused on the devastating impact of the cyclone, there is also need to distribute items such as bed nets and resources for spraying to prevent malaria outbreak in the affected areas,” External link

newsday Monday, April 1, 2019 7:31:00 AM EAT

Itai Rusike said : “If the country’s National Budget cannot adequately fund health, then there is need to find other innovative health financing strategies to domestically fund this important sector. This brings us to the issue of the health levy, which must be used to purchase medicines and sundries for the smooth running of the country’s health sector,” “If there are no drugs, equipment and sundries in hospitals; where is the money collected under the health levy going? This fund must be used correctly, transparently and for its intended purpose” External link

zimeye Saturday, March 16, 2019 12:23:00 PM EAT

Itai Rusike said : “If the country’s National Budget cannot adequately fund health, then there is need to find other innovative health financing strategies to domestically fund this important sector. This brings us to the issue of the health levy, which must be used to purchase medicines and sundries for the smooth running of the country’s health sector,” “If there are no drugs, equipment and sundries in hospitals; where is the money collected under the health levy going? This fund must be used correctly, transparently and for its intended purpose” External link

newsday Friday, March 15, 2019 8:28:00 PM EAT

Itai Rusike said : ”The Community Working Group on Health (CWGH) fears that this industrial action, which could have been avoided if there was political will from the government in addressing the challenges in the health system that has been in decline for over 2 decades resulting in systematic decrease in the coverage of most basic services. “If not handled with the care and urgency it deserves, this strike could degenerate into a national disaster with other health practitioners joining, not only in sympathy but because they experience the same challenges. ” External link

zimeye Friday, March 15, 2019 1:22:00 AM EAT

Itai Rusike said : “The few pharmacies that are still accepting bond notes or RTGS have since increased their prices which are beyond the reach of ordinary Zimbabweans. This comes at a time when 90 percent of Zimbabweans do not have medical aid insurance cover which means some with chronic illnesses have not been taking their medication since the introduction of the three tier pricing system due to the very high costs of medicines,” External link

zimeye Thursday, February 14, 2019 1:16:00 PM EAT

Itai Rusike said : “Some patients are now resorting to taking cheaper alternative drugs from the unregulated black markets thereby risking their lives. Government should therefore prioritise allocation of foreign currency to the pharmaceutical companies to enable them to import the required medicines. In the medium to long-term, the Government needs to capacitate the local pharmaceutical manufacturing companies such as Caps, Varichem and Datlabs to make sure that the country does not rely on expensive imports,” External link

zimeye Thursday, February 14, 2019 1:16:00 PM EAT

Itai Rusike said : "Some need rentals, food and now schools have just opened, they need fees for their children and seeing that this strike is not taking them anywhere, others might give up slowly," External link

bulawayo24 Wednesday, January 9, 2019 2:40:00 PM EAT

Itai Rusike said : "The doctors must appreciate the economic situation. It is not all about monetary issues; they should consider other non-monetary incentives which Government can offer," External link

bulawayo24 Wednesday, January 9, 2019 2:40:00 PM EAT

Itai Rusike said : “Some need rentals, food and now schools have just opened, they need fees for their children and seeing that this strike is not taking them anywhere, others might give up slowly,” External link

herald Wednesday, January 9, 2019 3:02:00 AM EAT

Itai Rusike said : “The doctors must appreciate the economic situation. It is not all about monetary issues; they should consider other non-monetary incentives which Government can offer,” External link

herald Wednesday, January 9, 2019 3:02:00 AM EAT

Itai Rusike said : “We are in this health crisis, minister, because your predecessor used to behave the same way: burying his head in the sand than tackling the issue head-on,” External link

zimeye Sunday, December 9, 2018 9:36:00 AM EAT

Itai Rusike said : “We are in this health crisis, minister, because your predecessor used to behave the same way: burying his head in the sand than tackling the issue head-on,” External link

thestandard-zw Sunday, December 9, 2018 6:42:00 AM EAT

Itai Rusike said : "The country's health sector is operating in an environment that is characterised by shortages of essential medicines, typhoid and cholera outbreaks, disgruntled health workers, poorly equipped hospitals and unacceptably high maternal mortality and catastrophic health expenditures," "The increasing levels of unemployment and poverty in the country have also exacerbated the plight of the poor in accessing health care services," External link

bulawayo24 Monday, November 27, 2017 9:42:00 AM EAT

Itai Rusike said : "It has been noted that the recurrent outbreaks of typhoid in Harare are being caused by erratic supply of clean water, supply of contaminated drinking water, burst sewer pipes and poor hygiene," External link

bulawayo24 Saturday, October 28, 2017 10:29:00 AM EAT

Itai Rusike said : “It has been noted that the recurrent outbreaks of typhoid in Harare are being caused by erratic supply of clean water, supply of contaminated drinking water, burst sewer pipes and poor hygiene,” External link

zimeye Saturday, October 28, 2017 7:31:00 AM EAT

Itai Rusike said : “It has been noted that the recurrent outbreaks of typhoid in Harare are being caused by erratic supply of clean water, supply of contaminated drinking water, burst sewer pipes and poor hygiene,” External link

newsday Saturday, October 28, 2017 5:31:00 AM EAT

Itai Rusike said : "Treatment for HIV is threatened when ARV drugs are not available, undermining treatment compliance," External link

bulawayo24 Wednesday, August 23, 2017 8:30:00 AM EAT

Itai Rusike argued : "In all of this we urge the affected local authorities to bring people back into the centre of focus and to involve communities in their deliberations and plans on the way forward. We urge the Multi-Sectoral Ministerial Committee to intervene in a way that addresses our wider public health crisis, including in our public sector health system, and that you involve communities and health civil society in your planning on this," External link

bulawayo24 Wednesday, January 11, 2017 3:13:00 PM EAT

Itai Rusike said : "The fundamental health issues that were supposed to have been attended to from the earlier crisis have not been attended to," "Authorities are taking advantage of the outdated Public Health Act that we are using, enacted in 1924. Public health trends have changed [since then]. This is why you find that it is easier for the city of Harare to pollute our water bodies and pay the fine, [a] very small fine" External link

voanews Thursday, January 5, 2017 2:44:00 AM EAT

Itai Rusike said : “The last one is that there is need for health education and promotion on personal hygiene where they are educated about the need to boil water and use aqua tablets on tap water. There should be continuous health education particularly during the rainy season,” External link

herald Friday, December 30, 2016 4:05:00 AM EAT

Itai Rusike said : "The proposal to introduce earmarked sin taxes to fund health need to be followed through," External link

allafrica Tuesday, November 22, 2016 11:42:00 AM EAT

Itai Rusike said : "Reaching the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) targets requires a sustainable momentum in financing our health care system. While progress has been made in improving our health indicators, there is need to sustain the momentum in domestic health financing," External link

allafrica Tuesday, November 22, 2016 11:42:00 AM EAT

Itai Rusike said : “The proposal to introduce earmarked sin taxes to fund health need to be followed through,” External link

herald Tuesday, November 22, 2016 8:38:00 AM EAT

Itai Rusike said : “Reaching the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) targets requires a sustainable momentum in financing our health care system. While progress has been made in improving our health indicators, there is need to sustain the momentum in domestic health financing,” External link

herald Tuesday, November 22, 2016 8:38:00 AM EAT

Itai Rusike said : "The shortage of drugs and equipment at central hospitals has reached crisis proportions, with patients going for days without proper treatment," External link

iol Thursday, September 22, 2016 11:09:00 AM EAT

Itai Rusike said : "get their treatment in the private sector or abroad," External link

iol Thursday, September 22, 2016 11:09:00 AM EAT

Itai Rusike said : "As the world convenes in Durban for the 21st International Aids Conference, what scares me is not how much things change, but how much it stays the same from one international conference to the other," External link

allafrica Tuesday, July 19, 2016 11:13:00 AM EAT

Itai Rusike said : “The relationship between government and civil society during the conference must also cascade to lower levels in our nation,” External link

thestandard-zw Sunday, July 10, 2016 5:25:00 AM EAT

Itai Rusike said ( about Matabeleland South ) : "The general public is concerned at why some medical aid societies are paying obscene salaries to their senior managers yet they are failing to pay doctors. Doctors must also have a human face as there are some doctors who are overcharging patients hence we have seen an increase in medical tourism to such countries as South Africa, India etc. as their charges are much lower even when you include air fare, accommodation and food," External link

allafrica Thursday, June 30, 2016 5:51:00 PM EAT

Itai Rusike said ( about Matabeleland South ) : "The general public is concerned at why some medical aid societies are paying obscene salaries to their senior managers yet they are failing to pay doctors. Doctors must also have a human face as there are some doctors who are overcharging patients hence we have seen an increase in medical tourism to such countries as South Africa, India etc. as their charges are much lower even when you include air fare, accommodation and food," External link

allafrica Thursday, June 30, 2016 2:13:00 PM EAT

Itai Rusike said : "Prevention and management of malaria also depends on early detection and treatment. Communities are primarily using the clinics as their first point of treatment for malaria (public and private), so effective malaria management depends first on the resources at this level," External link

allafrica Thursday, June 2, 2016 1:40:00 PM EAT

Itai Rusike said : "Outreach resources are not only limited with respect to malaria spraying. A number of communities do not have a village health worker (VHW) due to the limited numbers of the trained VHWs thereby reducing the interface between the communities and this important cadre who provides the basic care at community level," External link

allafrica Thursday, June 2, 2016 1:40:00 PM EAT

Itai Rusike told : “While residents may contribute to one-off clean-up campaigns to assist with removing waste, this should not replace the HCC’s core obligation,” External link

dailynews-co-zw Sunday, May 22, 2016 12:57:00 PM EAT

Itai Rusike said : "The situation is even worse in resettlement areas as some of the village health workers are made to travel very long distances to see clients instead of just covering their village," External link

allafrica Monday, February 9, 2015 12:11:00 AM EAT

Itai Rusike added : "Whilst communities cite low morale due to lack of incentives as the major setback, the village health workers point to lack of incentives and supporting resources and protective equipment as a major barrier to their performance" External link

allafrica Monday, February 9, 2015 12:11:00 AM EAT

Itai Rusike said : "They played a central role in closing the gap between public health services and communities at local levels as well as bringing health services to communities, and facilitating community roles in the health delivery system," External link

allafrica Monday, February 9, 2015 12:11:00 AM EAT



Key Titles and Phrases Count Lang Last Seen
director54.55%EN10/28/201728/10/2017
executive director27.27%EN10/26/201726/10/2017
health executive director13.64%EN10/26/201726/10/2017
chief executive officer4.55%EN11/20/200520/11/2005
Names Lang Count
Itai RusikeEN100.00%


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