Zim Excels In Adult TB Diagnosis: WHO

Zimbabwe is making great strides in terms of detecting tuberculosis despite lagging behind in pediatric TB diagnosis, a World Health Organisation (WHO) official has said. By Kuda Pembere WHO representative Dr Wiflred Nkhoma said the country has done impressively well in terms of diagnosing TB. He said this at the launch of the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation-Unitaid Catalysing Pediatric TB Innovation in Zimbabwe. “I can safely say Zimbabwe has done well in TB treatment and I can tell you this as an advisor to the WHO regional office,” he…

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Boost For PSZ Family Planning Projects…As Swedish Embassy Avails $8.5 Million

POPULATION Services Zimbabwe (PSZ) has received an amount to the tune of $8.5 million from the Embassy of Sweden which is meant for scaling up family planning projects around the country under the Blue Star initiative. By Michael Gwarisa Officiating at the PSZ Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) Family planning project launch, First Lady, Amai Auxilia Mnangagwa said the SRHR partnership between PSZ, the Swedish and Zimbabwean government was  a step in the right direction for Zimbabwe. “I am deeply humbled to be part of this great initiative that…

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Australian Gvt Invests In Harare Hospital Pediatric Division

AUSTRALIAN Ambassador to Zimbabwe, her excellency Bronte Moules says her government has invested an amount to the tune of US$65 000  towards procuring respiratory support equipment  for the Harare Central Hospital pediatric division. By Michael Gwarisa Speaking during her courtesy call visit to the Minister of Health and Child Care (MoHCC) this morning (30/5/18), Ambassador Moules said there was great potential in Zimbabwe and Australia’s  bilateral relationships and the health sector was one major focus area for development. “We are hopeful that this can be a period where we can do more…

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Zim Underreports Childhood TB Cases

The Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric Aids Foundation says Zimbabwe has been underreporting child TB cases over the years which has seen the country lag behind the benchmarked number. By Kuda Pembere Addressing journalists at a media sensitisation meeting, EGPAF Unitaid Catalysing Pediatric Tuberculosis Innovation CaP TB leader Dr Tichaona Nyamundaya said on the back of underreporting of TB cases coupled with difficulties in diagnosing children, Zimbabwe hit below the required percentage of notifications. “So moving on to Zimbabwe. Zimbabwe is among the top 30 high burden countries. This applies for both…

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Please Fire Mukupe Now- ZNNP Implores President

Zimbabwe National Network of People Living with HIV (ZNNP+) have called on President Emmerson Mnangagwa to relief deputy finance Minister Terrence Mukupe of his duties as cabinet minster following his recent remarks where he mocked people on Anti Retro Viral Therapy (ART). In a joint statement by community of people living with HIV and civil society coalitions, they  said Mukupe’s utterances display a total lack of the understanding of the over 1.4 million people living with HIV in the country. “The community of people living with HIV and civil society coalitions…

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#BREAKING: Minister Mkupe Says Biti Is On ARVs On Radio

DEPUTY Finance Minister, Hon Terrence Mukupe today (24/May. 2018) stunned listeners when he  lashed at former finance minister, Tendai Biti saying he had forgotten to take his ARVs. By Michael Gwarisa The development occurred during the 326Express Star FM show hosted by prominent radio presenters Pathisani Sibanda and Kudzai Gwara (KVG). Mukupe’s utterances were a response to Biti’s attack that he had come to the show in a stupor after Mukupe had according to Biti failed constructively discuss the economic and financial issues which obtained in Zimbabwe during the Government of…

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Gvt Should Come Clean On the Free Blood Initiative Financing-CWGH

… as fears of politicisation of health products grows The Community Working Group on Health (CWGH) has commended government for making blood and blood products free in public health institutions beginning next month, but expressed concern over the unclear funding mechanism for the  drive. By Michael Gwarisa   CWGH  executive director Itai Rusike said the high cost of blood has been one of the major barriers that prevented ordinary Zimbabweans from accessing and enjoying their health entitlements and rights as enshrined in the country’s Constitution which stipulates that health is a…

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PCZ Deregisteres 400 Pharmacists

The Pharmacists Council of Zimbabwe  (PCZ) has published names of practitioners who were deregistered in the Zimbabwean Government Gazette of 27 April 2018. Speaking to HealthTimes, PCZ said the move came following indications that there were some players in the industry who were operating without licenses or having renewed their licenses. ” 410 pharmacists were deregistered in line with the provisions of section 90(1)(a)(1) of the Health Professions Act [Chapter 27:19]. “The section of the Act speaks to failure to pay fees within the prescribed periods,” said PCZ. The PCZ…

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UZ Unveils Optometry Degree

The University of Zimbabwe College of Health Sciences on Friday launched the country’s first Bachelor of Science Optometry (Honours) degree programme in a ceremony at the college in Harare. By HealthTimes Reporter Officially launching the programme, the university’s vice-chancellor, Professor Levi Nyagura thanked Cimas Medical Aid Society for donating the equipment needed for this programme. Earlier the dean of the College of Health Sciences, Professor Rangarirai Masanganise, described how his vision of establishing an optometry unit had developed after seeing how comprehensive the eye service offered in the United Kingdom…

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