100 000 People Die Of Asthma Everyday- Report

NOT less than 100 000 people are dying each day from Asthma, owing to inadequacies in treatment for people living with the disease, the 2018 Global Asthma Report has gathered. By Michael Gwarisa According to the report, more than 300 million have Asthma globally and the report launched today (31 August 2018) by the Global Asthma Network, highlights that around 1000 people each day are dying from asthma, yet many people, especially in low- and middle-income countries, are unable to access the quality-assured essential asthma medicines and care they need.…

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First Lady hands over refurbished Harare Central Hospital

First Lady Amai Auxillia Mnangagwa yesterday officially handed over a maternity ward she refurbished through her charity organisation, Angel of Hope Foundation, to Harare Central Hospital. Amai Mnangagwa said, the delivery of health care services was an important component of the country’s national development. “The delivery of health care services is an important component of our national development. Diseases do not select whether you are a man, woman or a child. Everyone gets sick at some point in life; however, it takes more than medication for a patient to speedily…

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Home Births Still High In Chivi

HOME delivery cases are still high in Chivi district while institutional deliveries are currently below 80 percent, owing to a plethora of factors chief among them being the deteriorating health standards and lack of functional Health Center Committees (HCCs), Chivi Acting District Medical Officer (DMO), Dr Emmanuel Chagondah has said. By Michael Gwarisa Speaking at the just ended leadership symposium for public health practitioners, Dr Chagondah said the district was still struggling with high cases of home deliveries. “Institutional deliveries are below 80% for the district. Chivi District Hospital’s (CDH)…

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Energy Drinks Cause Obesity

CONSUMING energy drinks has been linked to the increasing case in childhood obesity globally. According to a report by Reuters, In England, 16-year-olds can down a pint in a pub, if having a meal in adult company. But under a new government proposal, it would be illegal for them to buy an energy drink like Red Bull at the corner store. A government statement on the proposal said that two-thirds of children ages 10 to 17, and a quarter of those from 6 to 9, consumed energy drinks. And it…

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Doctors Urged To Be Professional

MEDICAL doctors have been implored to be professional in their conduct amidst indications that lack of management skills among medical doctors appears to be a major barrier to improving health throughout the world. By Michael Gwarisa Addressing medical doctors at the public health practitioners Leadership symposium in Harare, Fellow of the Faculty of Leadership and Management, Dr Brighton Chireka said in as much as there are challenges impeding the progression of medical practice in Zimbabwe, there was need for practitioners to adapt with times and act as servants to the…

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DREAMS Keeps Girls and Young Women From HIV Infections

THE Determined, Resilient, Empowered, AIDS-free, Mentored, and Safe (DREAMS) being implemented by PEPFAR in Zimbabwe and other countries with a high HIV burden has seen a reduction in new HIV infections cases in young girls and women. According to PEPFAR…”the 10 DREAMS countries (Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe) account for more than half of all the new HIV infections that occurred among adolescent girls and young women globally in 2015. This must change. “DREAMS is an ambitious partnership to reduce HIV infections among…

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When can you use a Butterfly Cup?

The Butterfly cup is designed to give you the best experience, no matter what your lifestyle. By creating a seal with the wall of the vagina, the Butterfly Cup holds menstrual blood inside the body. This means there is no odour and no leakage. Combine this with the length of time a Butterfly Cup can be kept in place without needing to be emptied; 8-10 hours, and it is easy to see that the Butterfly Cup is able to support most women in most situations. Whether this is a lady…

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First Lady Launches Free To Shine Campaign To End HIV and AIDS In Children

ZIMBABWE’S First Lady, Amai Auxilia Mnangagwa today launched the Free to Shine Campaign, an HIV and AIDS program meant to reduce HIV and AIDS in children and adolescents, as a follow-up to the commitment made by African first ladies early this year. By Michael Gwarisa The initiative targets to end HIV/AIDS in children by the year 2030 following indications that HIV prevalence in Children was still high in children owing to high cases of vertical transmission among a host of other factors with latest statistics indicating that 1.4 million children…

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Botswana To Host Africa Mental Health Symposium

A  two day mental health conference which is set among other things to deliberate and proffer solutions to the growing mental health burden in Africa, will be held in Botswana, Gaborone from 29 to 30 October, 2018. By Michael Gwarisa In an interview with HealthTimes, Botswana Network for Mental Health official, Charity Kiki Kennedy said the conference has registered tremendous response from potential participants and renowned speakers around the continent and called more partners and players to come board. “The conference will be hosted in Botswana at Blue Tree in…

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Dispelling Myths about Cholesterol

For nearly 50 years, cholesterol and saturated fat have been maligned by the medical community for their purported role in heart disease. However, a large body of scientific research indicates that dietary cholesterol and saturated fat are not the driving forces behind heart disease. By Dr Nyari Panweni Despite this evidence, much of the medical community continues to promote outdated dietary guidelines for patients with high cholesterol and heart disease, including low-­‐fat and low-­‐cholesterol diets. As it turns out, this outdated advice may actually be harmful to the heart. Cholesterol…

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