Doctors probed over patients’ deaths

Some medical practitioners in the country are being investigated for negligence and unprofessional conduct after 10 patients died under their varied care. Two other doctors have since been suspended from duty after their negligence was proved. Information obtained by The Sunday Mail shows that the Medical and Dental Practitioners Council of Zimbabwe handled 15 maternal and 35 surgical (table) deaths in 2016 alone. Two led to staff suspensions, 10 are under investigation while the remainder were dismissed for lacking evidence. Responding to written questions from this paper, MDPCZ registrar Mrs Josephine Mwakutuya…

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New cancer centre opens in Harare

Concern has been raised over an increase on new cancer cases every year while the cost of treating cancer has remained too high for ordinary Zimbabweans. Witnessing the official opening of a new cancer centre in Harare, cancer survivors Derek Futon and Tandiwe Jambaya applauded the relief initiative urging those battling with the disease to adopt a positive mindset if they are to beat it. The two also noted the cost of treatment for cancer has remained too high for ordinary Zimbabweans. Health and Child Care Minister Dr David Parirenyatwa…

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Child Deaths Drop From 14.2 Million In 1990 To 7.3 Million In 2015

SUSAN BRINK The world is doing a much better job of keeping babies alive long enough to become children, children alive long enough to become teens and teens alive long enough to fully grow up, according to a report in today’s JAMA Pediatrics. “I think that the overall highlight of the report is good news,” says Dr. Nicholas J. Kassebaum, an author of the report by members of the Global Burden of Disease Child and Adolescent Health Collaboration. “Without exception child mortality has improved throughout the world for the last…

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8 Things That Wreck Your Erection

From what you eat to who you sleep with, all of these could leave you limp Boners are all about blood flow. So your heart—the organ that pumps your blood—has to be in tip-top shape for you to have A-plus erections. Anything that puts strain on your ticker, like being overweight or smoking, also tends to take lead out of your pencil. Testosterone is the second factor that’s crucial to a strong erection, and there are plenty of weird things that screw with its production. All the items on this…

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Bill Gates, Dangote Partner To fight Polio In Africa

By Aliko Dangote and Bill Gates  NEW YORK: This week, more than 138,000 vaccinators will fan out across five African countries in the Lake Chad area in a push to eliminate polio in Africa and rid the world of this terrible disease forever. They will take boats across fast-flowing rivers, ride jeeps along sandy ravines, walk crowded street in towns and cities and navigate cramped quarters of refugee camps to ensure that every child is immunized. Traveling for hours a day, these dedicated women and men will visit children in…

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14% of Zim adults HIV positive: Zimphia

AT LEAST 14% of Zimbabwean adults are HIV positive, with women being the worst affected, a 2016 household-based national survey by the Zimbabwe Population Based HIV Impact Assessment (Zimphia), has revealed. BY NQOBANI NDLOVU The survey, conducted between October 2015 and August 2016, however, noted a decrease in HIV prevalence countrywide. “Fourteen percent of Zimbabwean adults are HIV positive. HIV prevalence is higher among women (17%) than men (11%). HIV prevalence has decreased since 2005-06 and 2010-11,” the report read. The survey which is the first to be conducted in…

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Health Board warns of bogus recruitment agents

By Kudakwashe Pembere Zimbabwe’s public health workers recruitment authority Health Board have reprimanded bogus recruitment agencies who are fleecing desperate Zimbabweans seeking employment in the health sector. This comes amid reports that these bogus agents were charging the public to get them jobs. Further, these bogus agents were taking advantage of the recently approved 2 000 nursing posts by Government. In a statement, the Health Board assured the public that they do not solicit money from those seeking employment as nurses. “It has come to our attention that there are…

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Govt yet to identify partner for Ekusileni Medical Centre

THE Zanu PF government has not yet identified a suitable partner to operationalise the late Vice-President Joshua Nkomo’s project, Ekusileni Medical Centre in Bulawayo, more than a decade after it was forcibly shut down over alleged massive structural defects. BY MTHANDAZO NYONI/NQOBANI NDLOVU The medical centre has been lying derelict since 2004 after it was shut down shortly after opening its doors to the public. State-run pension fund, National Social Security Authority (NSSA), contributed large sums of money for the building of the upmarket 369-bed hospital facility. However, the operationalisation…

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Morgan Tsvangirai Winning Cancer Battle

By HealthTimes Reporter  MOVEMENT for Democratic Change President Morgan Tsvangirai says he is winning his fight against colon cancer and is ready to take on his erstwhile foe Robert Mugabe head on in the 2018 Harmonised elections. In a post on his Facebook page under the name Morgan Tsvangirai, the MDC leader said God had been on his side and the cancer was slowly dissapearing from his system. “Greetings beloved Zimbabweans. You are aware that I have gone through a difficult time with my health as I have had to…

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