“The regular supply of safe blood and medical gases is very critical at this stage when Ministry of Health statistics show that maternal deaths in Zimbabwe increased from 555/100 000 in 2005 to 725/100 000 in 2009,” Aldo Dell Ariccia , the EU Ambassador to Zimbabwe said.
“The medical gases and safe blood will be supplied directly to the hospitals by the private company BOC and the Zimbabwe National Blood Service respectively to ensure pregnant women are attended to without delays.”
Zimbabwe’s health sector is recovering from a decade of economic collapse. Hospitals and clinics were closed because of lack of medicines as nurses and doctors went on strike over poor salaries.
The formation of the unity government two years ago by Zanu (PF) and the two MDC formations resulted in the stabilization of the economy. After the formation of the unity government in 2008, hospitals and clinics re-opened while nurses and doctors returned to work but the health workers are still complaining about poor salaries they are getting.