Africaid Suspends Zvandiri Program In Nine Districts

AFRICAID says it will be suspending its Zvandiri initiative from Zaka, Insiza and Gutu and other six districts for the period October 2018 to September 2019, amidst indications that there has been a 67 percent cut in the level of funding from donors for the period the forthcoming year.   By Michael Gwarisa The Zvandiri program, run by Africaid, began in Zimbabwe in 2004 as a support group model for adolescents living with HIV. This program provides differentiated care for children, adolescents and young people living with HIV (aged 6–24…

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Hospitals Reject PSMAS Cards…Teachers To Hold Demo

ZIMBABWE’s second largest teachers union, the Progressive Teachers Union of Zimbabwe (PTUZ) will tomorrow hold a mass demonstration against the PSMAS medical aid which they believe is shortchanging them at a time when the health sector is on its knees. By Kudakwashe Pembere Majority of Zimbabwe’s civil servants are active PSMAS clients but indications on the ground show that their medical aids cards are being turned down at most hospitals while in most cases they are being forced to fork out the scarce United States Dollars to access treatment. In…

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Harare Woman To Sue Gvt Over Drug Crisis

Ms Otilia Tasikani, from Highfield in Harare is contemplating suing government for failing to address the essential drugs shortages which she says has forced her to abandon her Hypertension medication owing to the exorbitant prices the medication is asking for.   By Michael Gwarisa Zimbabwe is battling to manage the drug crisis amidst indications that most pharmacies and medical health institutions are failing to service clients citing foreign currency unavailability as the major cause for the drug catastrophe. Speaking on the side-lines of the Community Working Group on Health (CWGH)…

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#BREAKING: Another Doctors’ Strike Looms…Demand Salaries In USD

MEDICAL doctors could soon be going on another industrial action amidst concerns that government has not been sincere in addressing their demands which were negotiated on during the one month long strike which obtained in March this year, HealthTimes can exclusively reveal.   By Michael Gwarisa The proposed strike by doctors could plunge the health sector into quandary amidst indications that the industry is already reeling from essential drugs shortages which are being exacerbated by a foreign currency  deficit. According to experts, the double crisis could result in a slow…

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Critical Drugs Shortage Persist…ZIMA Blasts Government

THE Zimbabwe Medical Association (ZIMA) has taken a swipe at government for failing to address the medicines and drugs shortage,  amidst indications that the situation in the health sector is worsening by the day.   By Michael Gwarisa Through their Micro-blogging site, Twitter, ZIMA said even though government claims to have allocated funds towards the procurement of drugs and pharmaceutical supplies, they were yet to realize the effects of such a gesture as health conditions were deteriorating on a daily basis and lives were being lost on daily basis. “ZIMA…

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BREAKING: Magaya Apologises

Prophetic Healing and Deliverance church leader Prophet Walter Magaya says he rues the hasty announcement of his ‘HIV-Cure’  without following proper channels. By Kudakwashe Pembere This ‘crying over spilt milk’ came with a retraction of his controversial HIV claims. Prophet Magaya said he later realised that his nerviness it was mindless as he ignored the relevant  authorities responsible for clearing a drug or medicine fit for distribution and retailing in Zimbabwe . He apologised at the Ministry Of Health and Childcare and PHD Ministries joint press conference on Thursday. “At…

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Police Raid Magaya For ‘HIV-Cure’

The Zimbabwe Republic Police raided Prophet Magaya’s offices looking for his controversial so called ‘HIV cure’ on Wednesday evening, a Government official said. By Kudakwashe Pembere Dubbed Aguma, Magaya’s medicine is receiving brickbats of criticism from all sections of society. Information, Media and Broadcasting Services Deputy Minister Energy Mutodi revealed the latest development on Twitter. “I can confirm police this evening raised Prophet Walter Magaya offices to recover samples of his Aguma medicine which he claims cures HIV,” he said. Mutodi said they want to probe Magaya’s HIV cure claims.…

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#BREAKING: Magaya’s ‘HIV Cure’ Has Not Been Approved: MCAZ

JUST as its name implies in Shona, Aguma (Meaning it has ended), the purported HIV curing herb publicly launched on Sunday by Prophetic Healing  and Deliverance frontman Prophet Walter Magaya might have reached a dead end amidst indications the controversial herb has not been approved for retailing or consumption on the Zimbabwean market, HealthTimes can exclusively reveal. By Kudakwashe Pembere Speaking to HealthTimes,  the Medicines Control Authority of Zimbabwe (MCAZ) Projects and Public Relations Officer Shingai Gwatidzo argued that the so-called HIV cure named Aguma from the cleric was not in…

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Chirumhanzu School Records Pregnancy Outbreak

ORTON Drift Secondary School in Chirumhanzu district is grappling with numerous pregnancy cases with indications on the ground showing that 10 girls have confirmed pregnancies while 16 others have already eloped. By Michael Gwarisa in Chirumhanzu Speaking to Journalist on the side-lines of a National Aids Council (NAC) media tour, Chirumhanzu District Aids Coordinator (DAC), Mr Gwatirisa Masara said the lure of money and cars by the gold panners in the community had led to the spike in pregnancies. “There is actually a big problem with regards to the issue…

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ZADHR Trashes Prophet Magaya’s HIV Cure Claims

The Zimbabwe Association of Doctors for Human Rights has rubbished Sunday’s claims by Prophet Walter Magaya that he found the cure for the menacing HIV/AIDS. By Kudakwashe Pembere Several health related civil groups alongside the general public have met these claims with mixed reactions. “Zimbabwe Association of Doctors for Human Rights takes with great exception to the recent claims by Prophet W Magaya that he has found a cure for HIV and AIDS. “ZADHR acknowledges the prophet’s right to freedom of worship and his entitlements to his beliefs. However it…

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