Health Ministry Spearheads Customer Care Training In Hospitals

GOVERNMENT  on Monday unveiled the customer care training program for health institutions aimed at establishing accountability between staff and patients as well as giving good lasting experiences. By HealthTimes Reporter Speaking at the launch  graced by First Lady Auxillia Mnangagwa who is equally concerned with customer care in hospitals, Health and Childcare Minister Dr Obadiah Moyo noted how customer experience is increasingly becoming topical. “Everyone has an experience interacting with organizations in hospitality, banking, insurance, financial services and retail, it’s become very clear that customer experience is increasingly on people’s…

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Gvt To Blame For Recurrent Doctors Strikes- CWGH

FAILURE by government to come up with a pro poor national budget which priorities basic health needs, is the leading cause for perennial strikes by medical doctors and other health staff, the Community Working Group on Health (CWGH) has said. By Michael Gwarisa Within a single year,  doctors have twice embarked on  nationwide strikes that have crippled operations at all major health institutions resulting in the untold suffering of patients and possibly numerous deaths that could have been avoided. CWGH Executive Director Mr Itai Rusike said it was shocking that…

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HIV+ Pastor Raps Bogus HIV Cure Claims

ONE of the first clerics to televise his HIV status in Zimbabwe Reverend Maxwell Kapachawo, on Tuesday, slated his pastoral counterparts for misleading their congregants by claiming they have HIV/AIDS cure. By Kudakwashe Pembere This blasting comes barely a month after PHD Ministries leader Prophet Walter Magaya’s proclamation during a Sunday Church Service that he had found a cure for the disease. Speaking at the launch of the 2018 to 2019 World Aids Campaign Theme and Logo by National Aids Council of Zimbabwe, the vocal priest took a swipe at…

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Gweru Typhoid Outbreak: Ministry of Health Issues Travel Notice

THE ministry of health and child care (MoHCC) has warned travelers to exercise extreme caution when traveling to Gweru following a Typhoid outbreak which has claimed at least eight lives, HealthTimes has learnt. By Michael Gwarisa In a statement, MoHCC said the Typhoid fever which  is caused by Salmonella Typhi bacteria, thrives well under dirty environments hence the need for citizens to practice hygiene as well as avoid coming into contact with infected persons as people can transmit the disease as long as the bacteria remains in their body. “The…

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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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When families take HIV head on

AS the late noblewoman of Wales, Princess Diana rightly put it, “Family is the most important thing in the world.” You certainly can’t trade them, no matter how much they wrong you. By Michael Gwarisa The power of family has certainly proved  to be the strongest force to ever exist even beyond some thick barriers which have been brought about by the HIV pandemic. In the remote farming and mining community of Alaska in Chinhoyi, families have taken it upon themselves to fight HIV through initiating family support groups which…

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Fears Rise Over Public Health Bill Delay

THE Community Working Group on Health (CWGH) says the continued delays in finalising the Public Health Act (PHA) Ammendment Bill was worrying as failure to have the Act in place before expiration of the present parliament could spell doom for the health sector. By Michael Gwarisa Since 2010,  civil society organisations (CSOs), Parliament, the Public Health Advisory Board (PHAB) and the general public since have been working tirelessly in coming with a comprehensive Bill but fears are rife that all efforts might come to naught if the Bill does not go…

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Ministry Embarks on Massive Drug Administration For Trachoma

THE Ministry of Health and Child Care is embarking on a mass drug administration exercise for blinding trachoma targeting both children and adults. SOURCE: CHRONICLE The drug administration began in three districts on Monday and is set to end on February 23. Blinding trachoma is an infectious disease caused by a bacterium which causes the roughening of the inner surface of the eyelids. The roughening can lead to blindness. Health and Child Care Minister Dr David Parirenyatwa said the programme is targeting both children and adults. “Everyone living in endemic…

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First Lady launches Angels of Hope Foundation

FIRST Lady Amai Auxillia Mnangagwa yesterday launched her charity organisation — Angels of Hope Foundation — whose main focus would be to uplift lives of disadvantaged children and other vulnerable members of society. The launch, which was held at the Harare International Conference Centre, saw nearly one million dollars being pledged by individuals and organisations towards assisting the needy. Among those who pledged substantial amounts were wife of United Family International Church Founder Prophet Emmanuel Makandiwa, Mrs Ruth who pledged $300 000 while President Mnangagwa chipped in with $100 000.…

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CIMAS Introduces Health Insurance For Students Studying Abroad

ONE of Zimbabwe’s leading Health Insurance providers, CIMAS has introduced StudyMate, a specific student plan that offers a comprehensive medical aid cover for students outside their country of usual residence. By Michael Gwarisa The plan offers comprehensive medical aid cover for Outpatient treatment by general practitioners and specialists, Private hospital treatment and accommodation, Emergency evacuation and Repatriation of remains in case of death. “This is a summary of benefits on the StudyMate Package. For information that is more detailed including benefit limits, please contact HEALTHGUARD International or its nearest authorized…

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