Zim Sanctions Renewal Won’t Affect HIV Funding- PEPFAR

THE passage of  the Zimbabwe Democracy and Economic Recovery Act (Zidera) (S 494) of 2001, which marks the renewal of economic sanctions on Zimbabwe will not affect PEPFAR’s funding for HIV programs in Zimbabwe. By Michael Gwarisa In an interview with HealthTimes,  U.S Presidential Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) Coordinator, Mark Troger said HIV funding was here stay and they have already  set aside Us$150 million for next year’s HIV programs. “There is no change to PEPFAR’s funding for HIV programs in Zimbabwe.  The recent passage of a ZDERA amendment has no…

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#BREAKING: Blood Stocks Under Siege…As Political Violence Escalates

THE political violence which rocked Harare last week, leaving six people dead has led to a massive reduction in blood stocks as demand for the product increased as most of the injured victims of the violence were admitted at various hospitals around Harare. By Michael Gwarisa Through their MicroBlogging site, the National Blood Services (NBSZ) appealed to donors to come forward as the situation was slowly evolving into a crisis. “Following the political disturbances of last week, Bloodbank stock levels were negatively affected. We call upon on all those who…

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#BREAKING: Girl Reacts To HPV Vaccine

AN eight year old Kambuzuma school girl reacted to the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) vaccine during the vaccination period amidst indications that her teacher had to foot a $100 medical bill to assist the girl. By Kudakwashe Pembere The program ran from May 14 to May 18 after government had rolled out a campaign targeting girls aged between 9 to 14 years was launched in various parts of the country as part of the World Health Organisation (WHO)’s recommended preventive measures against cervical cancer. The teacher at Rukudzo Primary School gave…

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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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Early Christmas For Nurses…As Gvt Deposits Thousands In Their Accounts

GOVERNMENT this morning deposited amounts ranging from $2000 up to $7000 in various nurses accounts as backdated payments to the $5 million owed to nurses in unpaid salaries and allowances. By MichaelGwarisa The payments were distributed according to category and in accordance with the time one has served and is owed by government. Nurses who spoke to HealthTimes confirmed the development but however lamented the unfair distribution of the monies between experienced and Primary Care Nurses (PCNs) whom they believe should have gotten less in the windfall. “It is true,…

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JUST IN: Nurses Withdraw Court Application

THE Zimbabwe Nurses Association (ZINA) has withdrawn their court application amidst indications that the two parties (i.e government and ZINA) could have reached an agreement of some sort leading to the reversal of their application. By Michael Gwarisa The nurse’s body had approached the high court seeking an order to bar government from terminating their contracts of employment. Zimbabwe Nurses Association filed an urgent chamber application in the High Court on Friday 20 April 2018 seeking an order to stop the Health Services Board (HSB), Hon. Parirenyatwa and Vice-President Chiwenga…

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#BREAKING: ZINA SG Dongo To Run As ZANU PF MP?

ZIMBABWE Nurses Association (ZINA) Secretary General, Enock Dongo will be running as Member of Parliament for Chipinge Constituency on a ZANU PF ticket. By Michael Gwarisa According to a poster already making rounds on social media, Dongo will is gunning for the Chipinge East constituency in the forthcoming harmonized elections. Contacted for comment by HealthTimes regards the issue, Dongo hung up on this reporter before switching off his mobile phone. However, Dongo’s decision to run on a ZANU PF ticket has been received with mixed reactions with many indicating that…

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#BREAKING: Recruitment Of Nurses Begins

THE Minister of health and child care has ordered  Chief Executive Officers for all health institutions to hire new nurses to fill gaps left by the fired striking nurses. In a statement, acting health secretary, Mr R Kaseke said the gaps left by the axed nurses had to be filled as soon as possible. “Reference is made to the Press Statement by Vice President Retired General Constatine Chiwenga on April 17, 2018, a copy is attached for ease of reference. “You are requested to recruit nurses to cover the gaps…

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#BREAKING: Patients Beat Up Striking Nurses

NURSES at Chitungwiza central Hospital received a beating from angry patients and their relatives this morning (16/04/2018) after they had refused to attend to the sick citing the the ongoing industrial action as a reason. HealthTimes Correspondent Nurses downed tools in the early hours of Sunday morning after government had failed honor their demands which include bettering their  living standards and increasing their salaries. A tour at Chitungwiza central and the country’s two major hospitals indicates that nurses were not determined to resume work and the situation could worsen especially…

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#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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