Gweru Typhoid Crisis Escalates

THERE seem to be no end in sight for the Typhoid crisis in Gweru amidst indications that more cases are being being brought in on a daily basis forcing the Ministry of Health and Child Care (MOHCC) to set up more treatment camps in the affected areas.  By Michael Gwarisa Giving an update on the Typhoid outbreak, the ministry of health confirmed that the situation was escalating on a daily basis and there was need for more human resources deployment to attend to the crisis. “𝐌𝐢𝐧𝐢𝐬𝐭𝐫𝐲 𝐨𝐟 𝐇𝐞𝐚𝐥𝐭𝐡 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐂𝐡𝐢𝐥𝐝…

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Zim’s Medicinal Cannabis Charms International Community

HEALTH and Childcare minister Dr David Parirenyatwa says legalisation of medicinal cannabis in Zimbabwe has generated interest locally and internationally with many players intending to venture into cannabis farming. By Kudakwashe Pembere This follows the legalization of cannabis growing by government through recently announced Statutory Instrument 62 of 2018. Minister Parirenyatwa told medical professionals at the official opening of Zimbabwe Medical Association (ZiMA) 2018 Congress that several international countries want to farm the crop. “We want to know if you have the technical expertise. Because we have had queues in…

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Breastfeeding At Workplaces: Reality Or Mirage

THE world over, companies are struggling to implement breastfeeding friendly working environments owing to conflicting interests chief among them being the fear of losing out on productive hours and profits at the expense of breastfeeding.  By Michael Gwarisa As a result, most companies have developed a negative attitude towards women of childbearing age with some companies going to the extent of hiring women only on a fixed contract basis just to avoid keeping them around forever. In Kenya  however women have come out guns blazing against government and the private…

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First Mutual Walkathon Raises US$3000

THE First Mutual Cancer awareness walkthon manged to raise an amount to the tune of US$3000 which will go towards assisting the Cancer Association of Zimbabwe in its treatment, screening and care programs. By Michael Gwarisa In an interview on the sidelines of the Walkathon which saw hundreds of people participating, First Mutual Health managing director Stanford Sisya said it was time to focus on eliminating cancer as it was now one of the major health problem.  “We, in partnership with the Cancer Association and we believe cancer  is one…

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Steward Bank unveils $100 million healthcare fund

STEWARD Bank has unveiled a $100 million private sector healthcare fund meant for retooling  and capacitation of medical industry. By Kudakwashe Pembere Addressing medical professionals at the official opening of this year’s edition of Zimbabwe Medical Association (ZIMA), Steward bank chief executive officer, Dr Lance Mambondiani said in light of the obtaining prevailing healthcare situation in Zimbabwe, they have set aside $100 million to improve the sector. “What are we putting on the table? One of the things that we thought we should do to show you our commitment, to…

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Zim Political impasse: Health Sector Feels the Heat

PROGRESS in the health sector is currently on hold at the back of an obtaining political impasse as the nation awaits the Constitutional Court judgment on the contested 2018  Presidential results. By Kudakwashe Pembere Zimbabwe Medical Association Secretary General Dr Shingi Bopoto said public health institutions remain in a dire situation despite the elections. “We cannot say there was any specific effect on the election period on the medical sector. “Our public health sector has been in the doldrums for years and remained in the doldrums during the elections and…

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PMI Envisages Growth In E-Cigarettes Uptake

CIGARETTES and tobacco manufacturing firm, Philip Morris International (PMI) says it will increase roll out of non-combustible cigarettes across its global markets in a bid to reduce the harm associated with smoking tobacco. By Michael Gwarisa recently in Johannesburg Speaking at the just ended Africa Reporters Workshop on Tobacco Harm reduction in Johannesburg, PMI managing director in South Africa, Hugo Macerlo Nico said uptake of vaping gadgets and e-cigarettes was on an upward trend globally, with Japan, South Africa, the United States being amongst the leaders. “We have a mission…

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First Mutual To Host Cancer Awareness Walkathon

First Mutual Health will tomorrow August 18, 2018 host a cancer awareness Walkathon  in Borrowadale, Harare, as part of efforts to promote  the Cancer Association of Zimbabwe initiatives as well as promote healthy living amongts citizens. HealthTimes Reporter Cancer has over the years become a major health concern in Zimbabwe,  affecting large numbers of people from all walks of life and currently over 5000 new cancer diagnoses (all types) are made in Zimbabwe annually. First Mutual spokesperson, Farayi Mangwende said cancer treatment and palliative services currently on the market were unable…

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Zim Sanctions Renewal Won’t Affect HIV Funding- PEPFAR

THE passage of  the Zimbabwe Democracy and Economic Recovery Act (Zidera) (S 494) of 2001, which marks the renewal of economic sanctions on Zimbabwe will not affect PEPFAR’s funding for HIV programs in Zimbabwe. By Michael Gwarisa In an interview with HealthTimes,  U.S Presidential Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) Coordinator, Mark Troger said HIV funding was here stay and they have already  set aside Us$150 million for next year’s HIV programs. “There is no change to PEPFAR’s funding for HIV programs in Zimbabwe.  The recent passage of a ZDERA amendment has no…

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Critical Drugs Shortage Persist As Prices Go Up

PRICES for basic drugs and medicines have gone up amidst indications of persistent foreign currency shortages,  resulting in the depletion of stocks at  major warehouses, HealthTimes has learnt. By Kudakwashe Pembere A survey by HealthTimes in Harare gathered that most pharmacies hiked the prices of critical medicine for instance, asthma medicine such as salbutamol inhalers went up from $4, 50 to $6 with other pharmacies going as far as tagging them a costly $14. Cough syrup like Sophyllin which used to sell at $6, 50 is now between $7, 50…

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