President Salutes Zimplats…As Company Refurbishes Kadoma Hospital

PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa yesterday applauded giant Platinum mining company, Zimplats for refurbishing Kadoma General Hospital in line with modern day Universal Health Care (UHC) standards. By Michael Gwarisa in Kadoma Officiating at the handover ceremony and commissioning of equipment and refurbishment works at  Kadoma Hospital, President Mnagangagwa said there was still an infrastructural gap in the health sector and the refurbishment of Kadoma hospital by Zimplats was a wake-up call to other mining companies to also invest in health infrastructure. “In this world, economic performance and growth are vital in…

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MSF SA Launches Ebola Outbreak Appeal

DOCTORS Without Borders (MSF) Southern Africa has launched an appeal to raise funds to fight the Ebola outbreak in DRC. Every second counts, every patient matters, every donation is vital. Since the Ebola epidemic in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) was declared on 8 May 2018, 54 people who presented symptoms of haemorrhagic fever, including 35 confirmed Ebola cases and 25 deaths (of whom 12 were confirmed as Ebola), have been notified by the national health authorities in the Equateur region, where the outbreak started. The outbreak is currently affecting…

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Operation Of Hope Commences Cleft Lip/palate Screening in Harare

OPERATION of Hope has commenced cleft lip and cleft palate SCREENING sessions at Harare  Central hospital, pending surgeries which will run  up to Friday 25, May 2018, amidst indications that not less than 55 operations will be conducted over the period. By Michael Gwarisa Speaking to HealthTimes, Operation of Hope president Jennifer Trubenbach said the response to the call for screening has been overwhelming and they were expecting more numbers to come through in the course of the week. “At least as we speak, we have screened not less than 35 although some…

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Zimplats Takes Albinism Campaign To Rural Binga

LEADING Platinum producer, Zimplats says it is taking its Albinism campaign drive dubbed “Beyond this Skin” to Binga where they will donate sunscreen lotions and hats raised from Hat Raiser event which was held in Harare last month. HealthTimes Correspondent Zimplats Head of Corporate Affairs, Busi Chindove said they will be going to rural areas to donate hats and sunscreen lotions to people living with albinism. “After the successful campaigns we have had we will be going rural now and our next campaign will be in Binga, Matebeleland North. We…

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JICA Improves Zim’s HIV/AIDS Monitoring and Evaluation Skills

JAPAN International Cooperation Agency (JICA) Resident Representative Mr Shumon Yoshiara says the Strengthening Monitoring and Evaluation Capacity  for HIV/AIDS response programs were a resounding success and has manged to compile data that will go a long way in answering HIV related question in Zimbabwe. By Michael Gwarisa In Kadoma Speaking during the Final Workshop where data experts were presenti9ng their findings from the project, Mr  Yoshiara said the project which was birthed by bilateral relations between the government of Zimbabwe and Japan had gone a long way in building capacity…

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Single Dose, Oral Cholera Vaccine Proves Effective In Zambia- MSF

In another promising development for people affected by large-scale cholera epidemics, recent data from Zambia’s 2016 cholera epidemic has highlighted that just one dose of oral vaccine provides effective short-term protection against the disease during an outbreak, similar to that of the currently recommended two doses. HealthTimes Correspondent The results of the study – conducted by Doctors Without Borders (MSF), the organisation’s research arm, Epicentre, the Zambian Ministry Of Health (MOH), the Pasteur Institute and the World Health Organization (WHO) – are being published in the 8 February edition of…

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UNICEF Takes ICT WASH Drive To The Grassroots

UNICEF Zimbabwe has embarked on an Information Communication Technology (ICT) training program dubbed Technology for Development #T4D in rural Zimbabwe to ensure equitable use of safe drinking water, sanitation and improved hygiene practices. Through their official Facebook page, Unicef said the WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene) sector has established #RWIMS(Rural WASH Management Information System) and #Rapidpro in response to the need for accurate and timely up-to date data. “#RWIMS is a mobile-to-web-based system which captures and stores WASH data in near #real-time providing quick access to national data on WASH infrastructure at all governance…

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USAid programme throws lifeline to mothers, babies

SAKUBVA District Hospital is located in a high-density suburb in Sakubva, Mutare. This public hospital, surrounded by large mountains, has become a safe haven for mothers and babies from remote areas who would have faced complications at birth. BY FLORENCE RONDOZAI/ DOREEN HOVE The hospital has one of the 29 Kangaroo Mother Care units for premature babies in Manicaland province that the USAid-supported Maternal and Child Health Integrated Programme (MCHIP) made functional through extensive training of health care workers, refurbishments, and supply of new equipment. These units have been instrumental…

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Cholera Outbreak Exposes Gvt’s Lack Of Political Will- CWGH

THE prevailing Cholera outbreak which surfaced in Chegutu last week, killing at least five people, leaving others hospitalized has exposed government’s lack of political will and desire to solve the recurring Cholera outbreaks, a top community health expert has said. By Michael Gwarisa In a statement, Community Working Group on Health (CWGH) Executive Director, Itai Rusike said government was not doing enough to bring finality to the Cholera nuisance and such an approach could pave way to an even worse Cholera crisis. “The latest outbreak of cholera in Chegutu and…

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Zimboz In Diaspora Form Health Association

Zimbabweans in the Diaspora have formed a health Association, the  Zimbabwean Diaspora Health Alliance (ZDHA) in a bid to strengthen diaspora participation in Zimbabwe’s health system. In a statement on their Facebook page, ZDHA said, “Having realized the need for the Zimbabwean diaspora to participate in strengthening the health system in their country of origin we formed this alliance which will be a Single Point of Access( SPA) for the diaspora to the ministry of health in Zimbabwe. “Currently we have several groups in the diaspora doing different great things…

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