By Tendai Mukaro
The Zimbabwe Association of Doctors for Human Rights (ZADHR) has joined the world in the commemorating World Health Day today.
This year’s celebrations will be held virtually under the theme ‘Building a fairer, healthier World for everyone.’
In a statement, ZADHR said COVID-19 had exposed the inadequacy of health systems.
“This year’s commemorations are again being held in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic,” read part of the statement.
“The pandemic has exposed the inadequacies of health systems in ensuring that health services are, accessible and are of good quality to all.
“ZADHR, on this day, joins all stakeholders in the health sector in taking stock of the gains, misses and opportunities in the fight against COVID-19 in Zimbabwe.”
ZADHR said marginalised communities needed government intervention as effects of the pandemic were weighing heavily on them.
” ZADHR notes that the poor, indigent and marginalised communities have suffered the most due to the COVID-19 pandemic,” read the statement.
“The situation has further amplified gender, social and health inequalities and calls for governments across the world to ensure that citizens, especially the marginalised, are protected from the negative effects of the pandemic socially and economically.”
ZADHR applauded the international community for assisting developing countries with vaccines and also called on the government to raise awareness on the vaccine.
“In this vein, ZADHR applauds governments across the world on the COVAX initiative, an international solidarity mechanism to ensure that poor countries access vaccines for COVID-19,” read part of the statement.
“We believe the initiative, if implemented well, has the propensity to support communities in resource limited countries, in getting a fair share of the global vaccines available.
“We also note the strides the Government of Zimbabwe has made in sourcing vaccines and the current roll-out plan.”