Nestle Avails 63 Neonatal kits to Health Ministry

Government on Wednesday received 63 neonatal resuscitation kits from Nestle Nutrition Institution Africa which will help reduce neonatal mortality rate. By Kudakwashe Pembere In a speech read on his behalf by Principal Director Preventive Services Dr Gibson Mhlanga Health and Childcare minister David Parirenyatwa said the kits will help tackle neo-natal mortality. “It is my pleasure and singular honor to be officiating at this important event where we are here to witness the handover of 63 neonatal resuscitation kits from Nestlé Nutrition Institute Africa. This signifies great private sector support…

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VACANCY: Data Officer (Parirenyatwa Centre of Excellence): AHF

Deadline: 16 March 2018 AHF is an international humanitarian organization operating in Zimbabwe, collaborating with Ministry of Health and Child Care to create Centers of Excellence in health. AHF is looking for a highly qualified Data Officer to fill a position that has arisen at one of the Centers – Parirenyatwa Hospital (Harare). The successful candidate will be expected to coordinate AHF program data management activities relating to HTS and ART services including routine data collection, compilation, analysis, and dissemination through use of an Electronic Medical Record (EMR) system. Position…

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Zim Government Issues Warning On Listeriosis Outbreak

PERMANENT Secretary in the Ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC), Major General, Gerald Gwinji has warned members of the public against buying processed foods following a Listeriosis outbreak which has terrorised neighboring South Africa. By Michael Gwarisa The listeria outbreak which was noticed around mid-January this year has according to the South African health department killed not less than 160 people while 800 others have been hospitalised. In a statement, Major General Gwinji said Zimbabwe was at high risk of getting the diseases through the borders owing to the…

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VACANCY: NATIONAL POST: Programme Analyst, Maternal Health

Level: NOB Contract Type: Fixed Term Appointment Closing date: 12 March 2018 – 5:00pm (Harare time) Duty station: Harare, Zimbabwe Job ID: 14164 NOTE: This post is being re-advertised to widen the pool of candidates. All candidates who have already applied previously to Job ID #12300 need not re apply.  Thank you.   *PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS VACANCY IS OPEN ONLY TO NATIONALS OF ZIMBABWE *   Job Setting: The United Nations Population Fund is the lead UN agency for delivering a world where every pregnancy is wanted, every childbirth…

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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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We Need Affordable Medical Aid says Sex Workers

SEX workers have bemoaned the lack of affordable medical health insurance as a hindrance to them accessing basic sexual reproductive health services, HealthTimes has learnt. By Michael Gwarisa Speaking to some ladies of the trade who pligh their profession along Mbuya Nehanda street in Harare, they said being a sex worker should be treated as a job just like teaching or nursing and medical aid companies should tailor-make packages that suit low income earning groups like vendors and sex workers. “As you are aware my brother, when you see us…

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Parliament Pushes For Command Sanitary Pads Production

LEGISLATORS have called for command sanitary pads production in a bid to avert the prevailing crisis which has been exacerbated by the recent prices increases of sanitary products due to foreign currency shortages. By Michael Gwarisa Contributing to a motion raised by Honorable Priscilla Misihairabwi Mushonga in the National Assembly, Pelandaba-Mpopoma legislator Joseph Tshuma said sanitary pads availability should match that of condoms and priority must be given to the girl child to menstruate with dignity. “As much as other people have said that if you visit the toilet you…

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Delta Introduces Designated Driver Concept To Curb Road Carnage

By Michael Gwarisa DELTA Beverages Private Limited has introduced the Designated Driver model, in a bid to combat road carnage pre and post the festive season period. Delta Beverages Corporate Affairs Manager,  Tsungie Manyeza said the Designated Driver concept was born out of the realization that drinking and driving was the major contributing factor to road accidents and carnage. “A designated driver is one person who is appointed or volunteers from a group of party goers who are traveling together to be the driver of the group after the party. “He…

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Barnabas Tondhlana To Head East and Southern African Health Reporters Forum

By Michael Gwarisa In Nairobi Kenya VETERAN Zimbabwean Journalist, Barnabas Tondhlana has been unanimously endorsed to chair the newly formed East and Southern Africa Harm Reduction Health Reporters Initiative. The initiative was formed on November 2017 in Naivasha, following a convention by tobacco industry stakeholders on tobacco harm reduction. The group consists of over 60 journalists drawn from Nigeria, Botswana, Ethiopia, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Rwanda, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, South Africa, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. Tondhlana has more than 20 years Journalism experience and has headed various news organisations in…

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UNAIDS Calls To Quicken Action To End AIDS

The President of Uganda, Yoweri Museveni, in collaboration with UNAIDS, brought together six heads of state or government to accelerate action and get countries on the Fast-Track to end AIDS. World leaders joined around 500 partners from government, the private sector and civil society on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly to reinvigorate political leadership around HIV. The Fast-Track approach is saving more and more lives. In 2016, 19.5 million people—more than half the 36.7 million people living with HIV—were accessing life-saving treatment. The number of people who…

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