#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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Chinese Built Mahusekwa Hospital Develops Cracks

THE $6 million built Mahusekwa Hospital also known as the China-Zimbabwe Friendship Hospital is developing some cracks throughout its ceilings, floors and walls,  due to poor workmanship during the first phase of the project, a district health official told HealthTimes in an exclusive interview. By Michael Gwarisa recently in Mahusekwa The visible crevices on the three-column, two-storey structure have seen residents panic in fear for their safety. The hospital was commissioned in 2013 and was built under a Chinese aid project to help Zimbabwe provide quality health services in the…

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First Lady Cracks Whip On Negligent Midwives/Doctors

FIRST lady, amai Axila Mnangagwa is engaging the ministry  of health and child care (M0HCC)  to enforce a standard which mandates government to penalise practitioners whose patients would have died under their care, a move which is set to nip negligence in the bud and reduce maternal deaths.   By Michael Gwarisa in Mahusekwa Addressing a belated World Breast Feeding Day commemorations event in Mahusekwa, the first lady said under the proposed system, midwives and medical doctors will be required to write a detailed report of the circumstances that would…

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#BREAKING: Gvt Given 72 Hour Ultimatum To Resolve Drug Crisis

THE Zimbabwean government risks being dragged to court should it fail the address the prevailing drug and essential drugs crisis which has seen most pharmacies and pharmaceutical retailers closing shops, putting millions of lives at risk.   By Michael Gwarisa Through a statement, the Zimbabwe Association of Doctors for Human Rights (ZADHR) said the ministry of finance and economic development and the RBZ should announce measures that will urgently put to an end the prevailing crisis. “The Board of the Zimbabwe Association of Doctors for Human Rights (ZADHR) met and…

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POSB Injects $100 000 Towards Cholera Fight

POSB has donated an amount to the tune of $100 000 to advance the fight against Cholera which has claimed not less than 49 lives and infected 10 000 others.   HealthTimes Reporter Speaking during the handover event, POSB Chief Executive Officer, Mr Admore Kadhlela said the gesture was part of their corporate social responsibility drive which is highly biased towards improving health and living standards of citizens. “This donation is a part of our corporate social responsibility which actually focuses on health and philanthropy and financial education. This is…

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11 Bottled Water Companies Could Lose SAZ Certification

THE Standards Association of Zimbabwe (SAZ) says it is currently investigating 11 bottled water companies following allegations of bacterial contamination in their water, this publication can reveal.   By Michael Gwarisa Responding to HealthTimes on the side-lines of the ongoing Medical and Health Expo in the capital, SAZ Director Quality Assurance Mr Sebastian Zuze said they were on top of things as investigations on are underway to ascertain the credibility of the allegations and should the companies be found guilty, they risk losing their SAZ certification. “So when we talk…

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User Fees Scrapping Cripples Gvt Hospitals

OPERATIONS at various public health institutions could be grinding to a halt amidst indications that institutions are battling to service their financial obligations as well as deal with the swelling number of health seekers following the scraping of user at government hospitals early this year.   By Michael Gwarisa Speaking during the ongoing Medical and Health Expo and conference, Harare Central Hospital Chief Executive Officer, Dr Nyasha Masuka said the move to scrap user fees was rushed and not commensurate with the prevailing state of affairs at public health institutions.…

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Harare Battles Worst Cholera Strain…cases nearing 10000 benchmark

THE prevailing Cholera epidemic which has claimed 49 lives and infected 9779 others, is probably the worst cholera epidemic the country has ever experienced as it is  a confection of Typhoid, Cholera and Salmonella hence making it difficult to cure using available antibiotics, Harare City Health director, Dr Clemence Duri has said.   By Michael Gwarisa The co-infection nature of the current strain has made it multi drug resistant mainly to the first line of antibiotics and health personnel have since upgraded to the second line of antibiotics called Azithromycin…

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