Nurses Strike On

Barely a month after doctors resumed work from a month-long industrial action, nurses have downed tools citing poor remuneration and working conditions. By Kudakwashe Pembere They had appeared appeased by the March 30, 2018 collective bargaining agreement negotiated through the Health Service Biparte negotiation panel. This comes as their 14-day notice for strike has expired. In a statement directed to Health and Childcare minister Dr David Parirenyatwa, his permanent Secretary Rtd General Gerald Gwinji and the Health Services Board Chairperson Dr Lovemore Mbengeranwa, the Zimbabwe Nurses Association said Government sidelined…

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TB Wreaks Havoc In Midlands Province Prisons

AT least 14 percent of prison inmates in three correctional centres in the Midlands province, namely Gwanda, Shurugwi and Blue Hills probation centres tested  positive for Tuberculosis (TB) according to an assessment conducted by the Jointed Hands Welfare Organisation (JHWO). By Michael Gwarisa Speaking to HealthTimes, JHWO Communications and Liaison Officer, Melody Mukundwi said they tested and screened a number inmates in the province and a number of them tested positive for the respiratory ailment. “JHWO is operational in three prisons Gwanda, Shurungwi and Blue Hills probation in Gweru. In…

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New (TLE400) HIV Regimen Has Less Side Effects

A new regimen for the first line anti-retroviral therapy (ART) treatment, known as TLE400 brings relief to people living with HIV as it harbours less side-effects as compared to previous regimes. SOURCE: The SundayMail Zimbabwe has been using TLE600 (which contains 600mg Efavirenz) which has serious side-effects which include dizziness, insomnia, unusual dreams, blurred vision, trouble concentrating, headache, tired feeling, spinning sensation, muscle/joint pain and changes in the shape or location of body fat among others. The new regimen is taken once a day as a single pill and has…

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House Maid jailed for trying to infect boss’ child with HIV/Aids

Kampala, Uganda | A housemaid was sentenced to three years imprisonment on Wednesday for attempting to infect her boss’s two-year-old baby with HIV/AIDS. GODFREY SSALI  Jemima Nasifa alias Tumukunde Zainabu a Rwandan, pleaded guilty to the offence of doing a negligent act likely to spread infection or disease, before Kampala’s City Hall Court, Grade One magistrate Beatrice Kainza. This after she had spent six months on remand at Luzira prison. The Magistrate on Wednesday convicted her on her own plea of guilt and added her three more years back to jail.…

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#BREAKING: Global Fund Avails $500 million Funding To Zimbabwe’s Health Sector

THE Global Fund has availed an additional $502 million towards Zimbabwe’s healthcare which will go towards supporting HIV, Tuberculosis and Malaria programmes for the next three years. By Michael Gwarisa The grants will be implemented by the Ministry of Health and Child and Child Care (MOHCC) and UNDP in collaboration with Civil Society Organizations and the National AIDS Council (NAC). Officiating at the Grant launch, Health and Child Care Minister Dr David Parirenhyatwa said the $500 million grant will be able to sustain the gains made so far in fighting…

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Esigodini Hospital Ambulance Being Used As Staff Bus

ESIGODINI District Hospital has allegedly been using its ambulance to transport its workers to and from the institution for a fee of $5 per month each, a move that has been described as misplaced and out of order by health officials. SOURCE: SUNDAYNEWS ROBIN MUCHETU Workers at the hospital who spoke to Sunday News said they were paying $5 per month for the ambulance transport. “We pay $5 each month so that we are picked up from the shops to the hospital when we report for work and when going…

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Public Health Bill now before Parliament

THE long-awaited Public Health Bill is now before Parliament for crafting and went through its First Reading Stage in the National Assembly on Thursday. SOURCE: NEWSDAY  Health minister David Parirenyatwa brought the Bill for the First Reading, where he told legislators that the new Health law will, among other things provide for the conditions of improvement of the health sector and quality of life for Zimbabweans. “The Bill will provide for the rights, duties, powers and functions of all parties in the public health system, to provide for measures for…

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WHO Calls For Strict Tobacco Regulation

THE WORLD Health Organisation (WHO) Director General, Dr Tedros Adhomon has called for strict regulation and control of the tobacco industry so as to reduce tobacco harm which includes death and the risk of Non Communicable Diseases (NCDs), HealthTimes has learnt. By Michael Gwarisa The call comes at the back of revelations that tobacco currently contributes to not  less than seven million deaths around the world as well as reports of increased tobacco uptake by under age children and young people. “Enough is enough, we must not let the momentum…

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Retailers, Mobile Phone Companies Invade Medical Aid Sector

ZIMBABWE Medical Association (ZiMA) secretary-general Dr Shingi Bopoto has raised concern over the increased proliferation of retailers and businesses in the health insurance services territory saying it goes against the ethics and expectations of the sector. By Michael Gwarisa Speaking during a CWGH hosted Post Budget meeting in Harare, Dr Bopoto said the biggest challenge in the health sector was lack of accountability and proper regulation and as a result, business were diverting their attention to offering medical aid and health insurance services at the expense of registered players. “If…

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Drug Stock Levels To Go Up- Minister

DRUG stock levels at all hospitals and health institutions are set to normalise at the back increased efforts to ramp up production at a local level as well as imporved financial support from the $18 million that was realised from air time health levy. By Michael Gwarisa Speaking during a tour of NATPHARM Pharmaceuticals yesterday, health and child care minister Dr David Parirenyatwa said the ministry had received $18 million from the air time health levy and much of the money would go it procuring essential drugs  for local hospitals…

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