Managers Rebut Medication Shortage at Chicuque Rural Hospital

Following the information that has been circulating in the media and social networks regarding the lack of medication for two months at the Chicuque Rural Hospital, in the southern province of Inhambane, the Citizen Observatory for Health (OCS) has called the authorities of that hospital to learn more about the situation. During the communication, the […]

<strong>JUST OVER 33% OF PEOPLE WITH DISABILITY DO NOT HAVE ACCESS TO MEDICINES</strong>

The difficult access to medicines for people with disabilities in Mozambique is directly related to extreme poverty of families, in a context where women, children and elderly are the most vulnerable. The data are contained in the research on Access to Medicine for People with Disabilities, presented by the Citizen Observatory for Health (OCS), within […]

<strong>LACK OF SECURITY WORRIES HPM PATIENTS</strong>

The lack of security at the Maputo Provincial Hospital (HPM) – which is characterized by the absence of a gate and security staff – has been worrying the users of health services and local communities, raising fear for new-born babies’ theft.  The insecurity, at that location, also troubles the superior entities of the hospital, who […]

<strong>OCS DEMANDS EXPLANATION ON THE DESTRUCTION OF HARMFUL DRUGS</strong>

Through a document, made public last July, Mozambique’s National Drug Regulatory Authority (ANARME) has prohibited the circulation and consumption of drugs branded LAURODERME and other related drugs for containing, in their composition, harmful chemical substances (4-tertbutylbenzyl propionaldehyde, Zinc pyrithione). According to ANARME, the prohibition of the commercialization of these drugs in Mozambique aims to protect […]

<strong>Covid-19 Proved that the Government is not Ready to Deal with Crises</strong>

The Covid-19 pandemic proved that the Mozambican government does not have the capacity to provide quality health services in times of crisis, taking into account the insufficient beds for patients in health facilities, as well as insufficient personal protective equipment for health professionals. These findings are verified in the study carried out by the Citizen […]

OCS CALLS FOR URGENT ELIMINATION OF BARRIERS IN HEALTH UNITS

The coordinator of the Research Management pillar at the Citizen Observatory for Health (OCS), Clélia Liquela Pondja, calls for urgent elimination of barriers based on clothing and appearance on the access to health facilities.   The researcher, who was speaking at the National Conference on Access to Health, stressed that the measure that eliminates the barrier […]

“Adoption of user fees is not proportional to the improvement of health services”

The User fees, applied in some public health units in Mozambique, are not directly related to the need for the sector to obtain alternative sources for its sustainable functioning.  The study also found out that user fees are regressive, contributing substantially to the exclusion of poorest people and practice of corruption. “In other words, user […]

“Telemedicine may be the Solution for Reducing Queues in Health Care Facilities”

The Citizen Observatory for Health (OCS) calls for the urgent and complete usage of Telemedicine to reduce waiting time in some Mozambican health facilities, as well as to decrease the shortage of health-related information in the most remote areas of the country.   The appeal was expressed by the coordinator of the health sector government and […]