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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Magaya Yet To Submit Aguma For Registration

The Medicines Control Authority of Zimbabwe (MCAZ) is yet to receive  Aguma for registration amid indications that the process could take longer than expected, HealthTimes can reveal.  By Kudakwashe Pembere It has been over two weeks since his ‘HIV Cure’ proclamation by Prophetic Healing and Deliverance Ministries frontman Prophet Magaya which left many Zimbabweans, the World Health Organisation, local medical related groups, and even foreign experts shocked disproving the claims. Information gathered by HealthTimes show that the medication has not seen the doors of MCAZ. “There have been some engagements…

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Gweru Fish Contaminated…Anchor Yeast Distances Self From Poisoning Water

Lesaffre Zimbabwe (Formerly known as Anchor Yeast) says it is not responsible for the poisoning of fish at its Geluk Farm dam in Gweru which triggered a health scare in the city. By Kudakwashe Pembere This follows reports and social media messages claiming the company has been left counting loses after its supplying dam for fish in Gweru was poisoned with great fear that some unscrupulous personnel sneak the poisoned white meat into the black market. Lesaffre owns a farm in Gweru where the dam in discussion is located. The…

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One In Every 60 People In Need of Palliative Care in Zim

THE Ministry of Healthy and Child Care (MoHCC), is working on assimilating palliative care into health planning and programing amidst indications that the need for palliative care has grown as a result of the increase in Non Communicable Diseases (NCDs) in the country. By Michael Gwarisa Palliative care is a multidisciplinary approach to specialized medical and nursing care for people with life-limiting illnesses. It focuses on providing relief from the symptoms, pain, physical stress, and mental stress at any stage of illness. According experts, most patients die early from life…

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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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#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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My Appointment Is Legit- Tendai Wenyika

HEALTH Professions Authority (HPA) Vice President Ms Tendai Wenyika has defended her appointment saying it was constitutionally above board and open.   By Kudakwashe Pembere Her defense comes at the back of massive backlash of her appointment by public health expert,  Mr Enock Musingwini who claims on Twitter that she was, “planted there by  the corrupt David Parirenyatwa against Health Professions Act.” Mr Musungwini  accused her of nepotism favouring her ex-brother-in-law Dr Mike Joka. He also launched a campaign to review HPA on the microblogging site calling on the current…

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Chivi Primary School Girls Get SRHR Empowerment Education

“Iyi Mbeu, Iyi Mbeu, Ngaichengetedzwe! Iyi Mbeu iyi, Iye mbeu iyi, iyi Mbeu Ngaichengetedzwe!” Loosely translated, the song means, “This seed should be guarded at all cost,” meaning the girl child’s body should be guarded, valued and respected.   By Michael Gwarisa recently in Chivi District Even though the song seemed somehow suggestive and vulgar as the Sista to Sista Mentor for Chivi Ward 7, Sibongile Chikwee would lead the girls from Jenya Primary and Secondary school in song and dance where they would touch various body parts including the…

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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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Ministry of Health wants US$1.3billion budget

MINISTRY of Health and Child Care (MoHCC) is hoping to  use Parliament to arm-twist treasury so that it can get about US$1.3 billion in budget allocations for 2019.   HealthTimes Correspondent Appearing before a Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on  Health and Child Care, Permanent Secretary in the ministry   Brigadier Gerald Gwinji said they have been given a cap of  US$600million but their ideal budget for 2019 is $1.3 billion. “…For us to effectively implement our programs in 2019 the  ideal budget would be US$1, 312, 566,678 but we have since  been…

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