MSF Trains Cholera Response Team In Chegutu

Doctors without Borders, MSF is currently training not less than 50 community health workers in Chegutu to enable them to fight Cholera at community level. By Michael Gwarisa Speaking through their Micro-blogging site, Twitter @MSF_Zimbabwe, the organisation said they were ramping up efforts to contain and combat the Cholera pandemic which has hit the Mashonaland West Province. “#MSF is mentoring 15 nurses, 10 sprayers, 25 community health workers & cleaners to enable them to respond effectively to the #cholera outbreak in Chegutu.” MSF in collaboration with the ministry of health…

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#BREAKING: Cholera Could Be In Harare Already?

CHOLERA might have found its way into Harare already following indications that a sizable number of people from Harare attended a funeral of an 80 year old woman who died from Cholera in Chegutu last week. By Michael Gwarisa Briefing Journalists in Harare this afternoon, Health and Child Care Minister, Dr David Parirenyatwa said the four people who died of Cholera last week had come into contact with body fluids from the 80 year old woman in the process of conducting a burial ritual which involves washing the body and…

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Zimbabwe On High Alert Over Cholera…As Cholera Terrorises Zambia/Malawi

HEALTH and Child Care Minister Dr David Parirenaytwa says Zimbabwe is on high alert over the prevailing Cholera outbreak obtaining in Zambia and Malawi with Zambia having recorded more than 2000 cases already. By Michael Gwarisa In an Interview with HealthTimes, Minister Parirenaytwa said Zimbabweans need not panic over the prevailing cholera crisis in Zambia and Malawi as government has already dispatched Choelra surveillance and monitoring systems to avoid spillage of the disease into Zimbabwe. “We are aware that there is Cholera particularly in Lusaka and because of our nearness…

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City Of Harare Fires Top Health Execs

Harare City Council (HCC) yesterday suspended four top officials for awarding themselves “fat cat” salaries above government-imposed caps. Acting town clerk Josephine Ncube, health services director Prosper Chonzi, finance director Tendai Kwenda and human capital director Cainos Chingombe were suspended after a special council meeting yesterday called to receive a report by the Justice George Smith-led tribunal that probed the top officials’ alleged abuse of power. “Senior executives need to be suspended. After that we need the mayor to appoint a new acting town clerk and that person will have…

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“Chigubhu Gear”, Tackling Water and Sanitation At Grassroots Level

By Michael Gwarisa recently in Siakobvu, Kariba  GOVERNMENT in partnership with Save the Children and other non governmental organizations has embarked on  widespread Nutrition, Water, Sanitation and Hygiene  (WASH) projects in various districts around the country. According to Water and Sanitation experts, poor adherence to sanitation and hygiene expectations could lead to serious malnutrition cases as a result of diarrheal diseases which cause severe wasting of the body especially in  children below the age of five. Adhering to basic WASH requirement is simple, just ensure you have access to clean…

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Typhoid under control: Minister

By HealthTimes Correspondent  The Ministry of health has allayed fears of a possible typhoid outbreak following reported cases in Harare, insisting that mechanisms have been put in place to curb the spreading of the disease. In an interview yesterday after touring Matapi Clinic in Harare where 123 typhoid patients were screened, Minister of Health and Child Care Dr David Parirenyatwa said the typhoid outbreak that hit Mbare, Harare, in the last few days is now under control, but urged all residents to be vigilant as they remain under threat of contracting…

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Harare Now an Ancient City…As Harare Tops In Typhoid Cases

By Michael Gwarisa  THE city of Harare now resembles an ancient town as it lacks the characteristics and requisites of a modern day city due to poor planning and recurrent diarrheal diseases like Typhoid and Cholera which were most prominent during ancient times. Typhoid was first discovered in 1880 in New York City but is also believed to have existed around 430 BC in Greece where it almost wiped out a whole army. Briefing a Community Working Group on Health (CWGH) Public Dialogue meeting on Recurrent Outbreak of Typhoid and…

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ZITF Postpones WASHen Expo

HealthTimes Reporter  THE Zimbabwe International Trade Fair (ZITF) company has postponed the Water, Sanitation , Hygiene and Energy  (WASHen) expo which was scheduled for 21 September in the Bulawayo. In a statement, ZITF General Manager Mrs Nomathemba Ndlovu confirmed the development. “Kindly be advised that the 2017 of the Water, Sanitation, Hygiene and Energy confex, (WASHen) which was due to take place from 21-22 September 20017 has been postponed. The event will be rescheduled for a future date to be advised. “We apologise for any inconvenience caused and thank you…

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Hatcliff Residents Use Chlorine Tablets For Washing Clothes

“We thank CWHG and the City Health department for installing these inline chlorinates, we are now assured that we wont have abuse of tablets as they are enclosed in the Chlorinators…..” By Michael Gwarisa RESIDENTS in Hatcliff area in Harare are using Chlorine tablets meant for purifying water as washing soap despite the  area having been declared a hot Typhoid zone due to the  Typhoid outbreak which swept across the area early this year, HealthTimes can reveal. These revelations were made by Hatcliff Councilor Naboth Manyengera during a Clean-up campaign…

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