30% HIV+ Pregnant Women Not On ART

AT least 30% HIV positive pregnant women were not initiated on Anti-Retroviral Therapy (ART) in  Zimbabwe according to data collected in2017, with most cases being noted during the post delivery period, a top ministry of health Monitoring and Evaluation official has said. By Michael Gwarisa in Kadoma In an exclusive interview with HealthTimes on the side-lines of the JAPAN International Cooperation Agency (JICA) final workshop, Senior Monitoring & Evaluation Officer in the Ministry Of Health & Child Care (MoHCC) Aids & Tb Programme, Ngwarai Sithole said there was need for…

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#BREAKING: Tsvangirai dies of Cancer

Morgan Tsvangirai, the Movement for Democratic Change leader and former Prime Minister of Zimbabwe has died. He was 65 (Born on March 10, 1952). Tsvangirai, who was the face of the country’s opposition politics since 1999, has been battling colon cancer. He was being treated at the Wits Donald Gordon Medical Centre in South Africa. MDC-T acting president Elias Mudzuri confirmed the death through his Twitter account. “As you are aware that our MDC T President, Dr Morgan Richard Tsvangirai has not been feeling well for some time, it is…

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Cancer Kills More Women Than Men In Zim

MORE women died from cancer related illnesses over the past two years compared to their male counterparts, as cancer continues to wreak havoc in Zimbabwe, the Ministry of Health and Child Care has said. By Michael Gwarisa Briefing delegates during the World Cancer Day celebrations in Marondera, Health Minister Dr David Parirenyatwa said at least 1 11 1 women (53%) died of cancer while 951 men (46.1 %) succumbed to the disease bringing the total figure of cancer mortality to 2 062  in 2016. “The most frequent occurring caners among…

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#BREAKING: Zim Records Decline In HIV Related TB Deaths- USAID

ZIMBABWE has recorded a decline in HIV associated TB deaths owing to improved TB diagnosis and treatment for people living with HIV, USAID has said. By Michael Gwarisa Speaking through their official Facebook page, USAID said HIV related TB deaths had decreased in Zimbabwe and plans to reduce it further through comprehensive treatment programs were in place. “We have exciting news to share! TB is the leading cause of death for people living with HIV. But in Zimbabwe, HIV-associated TB deaths have decreased by 75 percent in the past 3…

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#BREAKING: NBSZ Board Hijack Blood Bank

NATIONAL Blood Services Zimbabwe (NBSZ) board has reportedly hijacked the blood bank amidst indications that it is refusing to relinquish power and is blocking donors’ calls to allow government to have a say in the affairs of the entity. By Michael Gwarisa Impeccable sources who spoke to HealthTimes  soon after the NBSZ crunch meeting which was held yesterday said the board which is being chaired by Justice Lesley Smith wants to maintain the status quo in which the entity is being run more as personal private property. “The donors rejected…

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#BREAKING: Harare Hospital Boss, Vera Retires

HARARE Hospital Clinical Director Mr George Vera has retired from service after serving the hospital for almost three decades. By Kudakwashe Pembere In an exclusive interview with HealthTimes, Mr Vera said he was just retiring from the position of Clinical director only. “I am retiring from the position of Clinical Director but still working with the Hospital as a consultant,” he said. Mr Vera joined the institution in 1989 heading the Surgery department. Meanwhile, a farewell ceremony is being held in honour of his long service at the institution

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“There Is No Cholera in Norton” Gwinji

THE ministry of health and child care says the reported Cholera case in Norton had actually tested negative contrary to Norton legislator, Temba Mliswa’s warning which he circulated on Social Media claiming one person had tested positive  in the area. HeathTimes Reporter In a statement, health and child care secretary, Major General, Dr Gerald Gwinji said the only confirmed cases so far were those recorded in Chegutu and the Norton case had actually tested negative. “My ministry wishes to give an update on the Cholera outbreak situation in Chegutu Municipality…

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#BREAKING: Cholera Hits Norton

A Cholera case has been reported in Norton amidst indications that the latest victim has got links to the Chegutu funeral where an 80 year old woman died of Cholera two weeks ago. By Michael Gwarisa According to ministry of health statistics, Cholera has so far killed five people in Chegutu while more than 30 people have been hospitalized. All the victims are reported to have attended the funeral in question and it is feared that the gathering attracted guests from places as far as Harare among other surrounding areas.…

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House Maid jailed for trying to infect boss’ child with HIV/Aids

Kampala, Uganda | A housemaid was sentenced to three years imprisonment on Wednesday for attempting to infect her boss’s two-year-old baby with HIV/AIDS. GODFREY SSALI  Jemima Nasifa alias Tumukunde Zainabu a Rwandan, pleaded guilty to the offence of doing a negligent act likely to spread infection or disease, before Kampala’s City Hall Court, Grade One magistrate Beatrice Kainza. This after she had spent six months on remand at Luzira prison. The Magistrate on Wednesday convicted her on her own plea of guilt and added her three more years back to jail.…

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#BREAKING: HIV Prevalence High Amongst Gays and Lesbians In Zim

AT least 32.8% of Women who have Sex with other Women (WSW) and 28.% of Men who have Sex with other men (MSM) are HIV positive, according to statistics gathered by the Gays and Lesbians Zimbabwe (GALZ). By Michael Gwarisa in Kadoma  Briefing a Meeting on Earmarked Taxes to fund Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) for Key Populations,  GALZ Programmes Officer, Sylvester Nyamatendedza said accessing basic health needs for key members of their community was a challenge owing to a myriad of factors chief among them being the hatred and discrimination they…

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