#BREAKING: Doctors Strike Again

A nationwide industrial action by medical doctors is brewing with indications that the strike could kick off tomorrow December 1, 2018, Healthtimes can reveal. By Michael Gwarisa The development comes barely a few days after government trough treasury,  extended bonus payments to all health workers in government health institutions. The strike according to the Doctors National Committee (DNC) has been necessitated by poor working conditions which include failure by government to pay them in Foreign Currency, shortage of medical equipment and supplies among a host of others. In a letter…

Share
Read More

ICTs For SRH Programme Offers Hope For Rushinga Youths

MBIRE is amongst one of the many districts in Mashonaland Central grappling with  high cases of school drop outs amongst girls of school going age owing to an increased teenage pregnancy prevalence as well as an unprecedented rise in Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs). By Michael Gwarisa in Mbire District Owing to societal vulnerabilities which include poverty, ignorance, and proximity to illegal gold mining activities, both young girls and boys in Mbire find themselves at the receiving end of societal ills such as sexual abuse and gender based violence. To hedge…

Share
Read More

#BREAKING: 79 Confirmed Cases Of Cholera in Mt Darwin

THE cholera situation obtaining in Mt Darwin is slowly getting out of hand, amidst indications  that 79  cases tested positive over the past 48 hours, while three deaths have already been recorded. By Michael Gwarisa in Mt Darwin Mt Darwin District Medical Officer (DMO) Dr George Mapiye said the situation was getting out of control as new cases were continually coming in from Mukaradze a gold mining community. “79 cases have so far been reported while 3 deaths have been confirmed already. One died while on his way to the…

Share
Read More

#BREAKING: Cholera Claims 2 In Mt Darwin

AT least two people have died from what is suspected to be Cholera in Mt Darwin while 26 others have been hospitalised, HealthTimes can reveal. By Michael Gwarisa in Mt Darwin The suspected cholera cases are emanating from a mining community of Mukaradzi, 25 kilometres outside Mt Darwin town. Briefing Journalists, Mt Darwin District Nursing Officer (DNO), Mrs Anna Chinyemba said they started receiving cases on Sunday all from the same epicentre. “We are having a diarrhoeal problem, people are presenting symptoms of what we suspect to be cholera. The…

Share
Read More

HIV and Religion in Zim…Churches, Sangomas, Mapostori speak out

RELIGION can be defined as a set of beliefs, feelings, dogmas and practices that define the relations between human beings and sacred or divinity. By Michael Gwarisa recently in Mutare A given religion is defined by specific elements of a community of believers: dogmas, sacred books, rites, worship, sacrament, moral prescription, interdicts, and organisation. Even though it is widely agreed that Zimbabwe is a Christian nation, a number of religious practices are observed making Zimbabwe a multi religious country. Pentecostalism, African Traditional Religion (ATR) and cultism known as Chipostori are…

Share
Read More

Obadiah Moyo Defends Ministerial Appointment

HEALTH and Childcare Minister Dr Obadiah Moyo on Friday publicly broke his silence against reports trying to discredit his ministerial appointment. By Kudakwashe Pembere Press reports alongside social media rants allegedly claiming he was a ‘medical imposter’ not fit for the job had turned to popular belief. Reports alleged he was not a registered medical practitioner with the Medical and Dental Practitioners Council of Zimbabwe, neither was he schooled in West Indies nor the UK. But Dr Moyo who makes it a habit to digress into the ‘medical achievements’ memory…

Share
Read More

NAC Warns Against Drug Abuse and Junky Foods

THE intake of dangerous drugs, fatty foods and other medicines could weaken the effect of Anti Retro Viral (ARVs) in the human body as this may lead to liver damage and increased toxicity, the National Aids Council (NAC) has warned. By Michael Gwarisa in Mutare Speaking at the Civil Society Treatment Support Literacy meeting in Mutare, NAC provincial manager for Harare Mr Adonija Muzondiona said the action of ARVS may be affected by certain other medicines. “This can reduce their effectiveness by lowering the amount of ARVs absorbed, leading to…

Share
Read More

Health Gets US$694 million

TREASURY on Thursday allocated US$694, 5 million to the Ministry of Health and Childcare in the 2019 National Budget. By Kudakwashe Pembere In January, former minister of Finance and Economic Development Patrick Chinamasa buckled under the pressure of legislators to increase the allocation for Health to US$520 million from US$454 million. The Health Ministry during a Health and Childcare parliamentary portfolio committee hearing expected an allocation of  US$1, 3 billion from the ‘National Purse’. Making his debut 2019 National Budget presentation, Finance Minister Professor Mthuli Ncube increased the Health budget…

Share
Read More

Mpilo Doctors Appeal For Help After Losing Property To Inferno

TWO doctors with Mpilo Central Hospital, Dr Mpiloenhle Sibanda and Doctor Donald Mutote, lost all their property in the fire that recently gutted down the health institution a situation which has left them helpless and struggling to adequately perform their medical duties. HealthTimes Reporter Speaking to healthtimes, Mpilo Central Hospital Doctors Association (MHDA) Secretary General, Dr Mthabisi Bhebhe said the two doctors were now struggling to survive under the current predicament. “This has affected them adversely as they find themselves in a difficult position, particularly in securing enough financial support…

Share
Read More

HIV+ Pastor Raps Bogus HIV Cure Claims

ONE of the first clerics to televise his HIV status in Zimbabwe Reverend Maxwell Kapachawo, on Tuesday, slated his pastoral counterparts for misleading their congregants by claiming they have HIV/AIDS cure. By Kudakwashe Pembere This blasting comes barely a month after PHD Ministries leader Prophet Walter Magaya’s proclamation during a Sunday Church Service that he had found a cure for the disease. Speaking at the launch of the 2018 to 2019 World Aids Campaign Theme and Logo by National Aids Council of Zimbabwe, the vocal priest took a swipe at…

Share
Read More