#BREAKING: Doctors Strike Finally Over

A crippling doctors industrial action which lasted 30 days has finally come to an end amidst indications that the negotiating parties have finally come to an agreement over sticky issues which include On-call allowances, night duty allowances among others. By Michael Gwarisa This review in the allowances is effective April, 1 2018 which will see doctors assuming their duties at all hospitals. The doctors ended the one month long strike following intervention by President Emmerson Mnangagwa who is reported to have directed the Health Services Board and the Ministry of…

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What can cause vaginal swelling?

Vaginal swelling can be concerning and uncomfortable, but it rarely indicates severe illness. People with vaginal swelling often assume that they have a yeast infection, but this is just one of many possibilities. Vaginal swelling can be caused by allergies, sexually transmitted infections (STIs), cysts, or rough intercourse. Treatment will depend on the cause. By Jon Johnson Anyone who experiences vaginal swelling should look for signs of infection and consult a doctor for a diagnosis and treatment. Causes Here are 14 possible causes of vaginal swelling, along with possible treatment…

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EMS Conference and Expo Gathers Momentum

ZIMBABWE is to host the second edition of the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Conference and Expo to be held from April 6 to 7 at the LongCheng Plaza in Harare. HealthTimes Reporter In a statement, the organisers, ZimAfro said the, “ The 2nd Edition of ZIM-EMS Conference  and Expo is a specialised event that is annually organised in partnership with Private Ambulance Services Association Zimbabwe (PASAZ), Zimbabwe Ambulance Professionals Association  (ZAPA) and with the support of Government departments in bringing together all facets of the Emergency Medical Services community together as…

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Medical Definition of Hippocratic Oath

Hippocratic Oath: One of the oldest binding documents in history, the Oath written by Hippocrates is still held sacred by physicians: to treat the ill to the best of one’s ability, to preserve a patient’s privacy, to teach the secrets of medicine to the next generation, and so on. There are many versions of the Hippocratic Oath. We here present two versions. First, the “classic” version (or more precisely, one translation of the original oath). And then, following it, is presented one of the fine “modern” versions of the Hippocratic…

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Zim Wont Be Adopting New ARVs Soon- Minister

HEALTH and Child Care minister, Dr David Parirenyatwa says Zimbabwe wont be stampeded into adopting new Anti Retro Viral drugs (ARVs) by the donor community, HealthTimes has learnt. By Michael Gwarisa His response comes at a time when most countries in the high HIV burden zones are moving towards embracing new ARV drugs which bring convenience and comfort to people living with HIV. At an international scale, a number of new ARV drugs are being rolled out with some African countries such as Kenya and South Africa having already agreed…

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UNAIDS Founding Father Urges Zim To Prioritise Research To End AIDS

UNAIDS founding executive director, Baron Professor Peter Piot who is in the country to discuss various partnership opportunities with the purpose of strengthening research capacity in areas of health and science, has implored Zimbabwe to prioritise research if it is to  defeat the AIDS pandemic. By Michael Gwarisa The call comes at the back of an impending adolescent epidemic which has shifted its focus from the adult populace to the adolescents and young people groups, posing a threat to the 2030 targets of eradicating AIDS. Speaking at a reception ceremony…

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HIV Infections To Rise In Young Women In Sub Saharan Africa- Experts Blame Blessers

PUBLIC health experts have warned of a rise in new infections in young girls in Sub Saharan Africa owing to various factors chief among them being poverty which exposes them to the insatiable desires of older men who have greater financial muslcle. Quarraisha Abdool Karim, Caprisa’s associate scientific director said, “You’ve got this ongoing cycle” of transmission fed by a constant supply of girls reaching teenhood. In a 2016 study, she and other researchers at Caprisa found that women ages 15 to 24 in Vulindlela , South Africa and a…

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Minister Should Stop Cheap Media Propaganda- Striking Doctors

HEALTH and Child Care minister, Dr David Parirenyatwa should stop his cheap media propaganda and address doctors concerns before more people die, vice President and spokesperson for the Zimbabwe Hospitals Doctors Association (ZDHA), Dr Mxolisi Ngwenya has said. By Michael Gwarisa Speaking to Journalists on the sidelines of a doctors demo at Parirenyatwa Hospital, Ngwenya said they were cognizant of the situation at the hospitals and that more people were at risk but they would not return to work until government heeds to their call. “We want our rural medical…

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Five Barriers To Ending TB According To MSF

This World Tuberculosis Day (March 24), Doctors Without Borders (MSF) profiles five key strategies on which government and donors should focus their finances and efforts in order to end the deadly TB epidemic. BY MSF TB is curable, but there are numerous challenges that exist at every level of TB diagnosis and care – not only in South Africa, but around the world, where one person dies every 18 seconds from TB. Below are the five barriers to effective TB treatment Barrier 1: Stigma exacerbates the TB epidemic, which is already commonly…

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