Open letter To President Elect ED By The CWGH

The New Government must prioritise strengthening of Primary Health Care to achieve Universal Health Coverage and the Sustainable Development Goals Now that the elections are over, the people of Zimbabwe expect the fulfilment of the election manifesto, in which you promised massive improvement in health infrastructure; more health personnel; accessible and affordable medicines; free medical care for cancer patients; at least one hospital per district, improved health services in resettlement areas, reduction of hospital fees by 50% and pursuing the Health for All policy, among others. As Community Working Group…

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Minister Declares Gweru Water Unsafe To Drink

The Minister of Health and Child Care Dr Pagwesese David Parirenyatwa has declared Gweru water unsafe for drinking. He made the announcement yesterday when he visited Gweru Provincial Hospital, the treatment camps and Mkoba Polyclinic in Gweru. “To date, 200 patients are admitted at Gweru Provincial Hospital and some are being treated and monitored at Mkoba1 and Mkoba Polyclinic. The outbreak is said to have been caused by a burst sewage pipe that has contaminated the city’s drinking water making it unsafe for consumption. Boreholes around Mkoba have also been…

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NAC Gears Up For Cancer/HIV Tournament

THE National Aids Council (NAC) says preparations for the second edition of the Cancer and HIV prevention cancer Golf Tournament to be held in the Harare from August 15 to 17 2018, were at an advanced stage. HealthTimes Speaking to healthtimes, NAC spokesperson, Tadiwa Pfupa said all was now in place for the tournament which is now in its second year running following the successful hosting of the inaugural edition which saw armatures and seasoned golfers taking turns on the field. Proceeds from the tournament will go towards raising funds…

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#BREAKING: Blood Stocks Under Siege…As Political Violence Escalates

THE political violence which rocked Harare last week, leaving six people dead has led to a massive reduction in blood stocks as demand for the product increased as most of the injured victims of the violence were admitted at various hospitals around Harare. By Michael Gwarisa Through their MicroBlogging site, the National Blood Services (NBSZ) appealed to donors to come forward as the situation was slowly evolving into a crisis. “Following the political disturbances of last week, Bloodbank stock levels were negatively affected. We call upon on all those who…

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Health Insurance Cheaper Than Medical Aid In Zim

HEALTH insurance products on the Zimbabwean market are relatively cheaper compared to Medical Aid products. By Michael Gwarisa In an interview with HealthTimes, Insurance and Pension Council of Zimbabwe spokesperson, Mr Lyoyd Gumbo said even though the pricing of health insurance and medical aid products was reflective of the competition on the market, the former was relatively cheaper. “The available health insurance products being offered by the market are relatively cheaper compared to premiums being paid to medical aid schemes as the prices have been all inclusive to cater for…

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SAZ Finalising HIV Standard For Zim

THE Standards Association of Zimbabwe (SAZ) says the new HIV and Wellness Standard will be finalised before end of third quarter in a move that will pave way for organisation improve health conditions for their employees. By Michael Gwarisa Speaking to HealthTimes,  SAZ Director General, Dr Eve Gadzikwa said the new standard is currently under review by the Technical Committee (TC) awaiting finalisation before year end. “The Technical Committee (TC)  reconstituted and now  are working the standard now. We hope to have final the draft in in Q3,” said Dr Gadzikwa.…

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PEPFAR To Spend $360 million On Key Populations

THE United States (US), President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) says it will spend not less than US$360 million on programs meant to support Key Populations in countries where PEPFAR is implementing HIV programs. HealthTimes Reporter The developments come hot on heels of the 2018 International  AIDS Conference which was held in Amsterdam where a number of programs meant to scale up HIV prevention amongst various societal groups were launched. According to PEPPFAR’s fact sheet, the US$360 million injection would go a long in bridging to gaps that exists…

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NBSZ Requires $20 million For Capitalisation

THE National Blood Services of Zimbabwe’s (NBSZ) capitalisation process could require not less than $20 million if the organisation is to fully function to its maximum capacity, a top NBSZ official has said. By Michael Gwarisa In an exclusive interview with HealthTimes, newly appointed NBSZ Board Chair, Mr Rodgers Matsikidze said funding was currently the biggest challenge for the organisation and as a result, growth has been at a snail’s pace. “There is a lot to be done at NBSZ. Firstly, the major issue to be resolved is of capitalization.…

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How to care for your Butterfly Cup

When you receive your Butterfly Cup it is essential that you sterilize it before using it. There are 4 methods for sterilizing the cup: 1 Put a pot of water on to boil. Once boiling you can place the Butterfly cup in the water and continue to let it boil for a few minutes. After 5 minutes remove the pot from the heat and remove the cup. 2If you are not able to place the cup in a pan on the stove, it will be fine to pour boiling water…

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How To Manage Your Body After Stroke

A stroke happens when blood flow to a part of your brain is cut off. Without the oxygen in blood, brain cells start dying within minutes. By Belinda Pfende DID YOU KNOW that 1. According to WHO October 2017, Stroke is the 5th cause of death in Zimbabwe 2. 1 in 6 people will have a stroke in their lifetime 3. Stroke is responsible for more deaths annually than those attributed to AIDS, TB and MALARIA COMBINED 4. A stroke can happen to anyone at any age but in our…

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