Cholera Outbreak Exposes Gvt’s Lack Of Political Will- CWGH

THE prevailing Cholera outbreak which surfaced in Chegutu last week, killing at least five people, leaving others hospitalized has exposed government’s lack of political will and desire to solve the recurring Cholera outbreaks, a top community health expert has said. By Michael Gwarisa In a statement, Community Working Group on Health (CWGH) Executive Director, Itai Rusike said government was not doing enough to bring finality to the Cholera nuisance and such an approach could pave way to an even worse Cholera crisis. “The latest outbreak of cholera in Chegutu and…

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#BREAKING: Cancer To Be Funded Separately

GOVERNMENT is in the process of setting up stand alone funding for Cancer in a bid to intensify efforts to combat the scourge of caner related Non Communicable Diseases (NCDs) which have resulted in loss of lives. By Michael Gwarisa According to statistics, at least 7 000 new cases of cancer are recorded every year in Zimbabwe, resulting in 1 500 deaths. Moreover, 60 percent of these cancers are associated with HIV. Speaking to HealthTimes on the sidelines of the Universal Health Coverage  (UHC) Celebrations, Policy, Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation…

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Find more home grown solutions for AIDS Levy: CWGH

By HealthTimes Reporter The Community Working Group on Health (CWGH) feels there should be more indigenous solutions to grow the AIDS Levy in Zimbabwe. Zimbabwe’s mobile network operators  contribute  5% levy on all airtime purchases for mobile telecoms to the AIDS Levy. Joining the rest of the world in commemorating World AIDS Day, CWGH said despite the country making strides in reducing the prevalence rate, new infections continue to occur. “However, it is important to note that new infections have not yet stopped, nor have AIDS deaths. ART coverage is…

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Harare needs permanent solution to Typhoid outbreaks- CWGH

By Michael Gwarisa THE City of Harare needs to find a permanent solution to the recurring Typhoid outbreaks which have troubled the city since beginning of this year, Community Working Group on Health (CWGH) executive director Itai Rusike has said. Harare recently registered cases of Typhoid In Mbare, Matapi flats amid growing skepticism and doubt over the City of Harare’s capacity to resolve the issue in the short term. “The Community Working Group on Health (CWGH) urges the Harare City Council (HCC) to urgently address the key drivers of typhoid in…

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CWGH Releases Position Paper On 2018 Budget For Health

HealthTimes Reporter  The Community Working Group on Health (CWGH) has released its proposed position paper regards the 2018 Budget for health requirements. Amongst other things, CWGH implored government to allocate at least 15% of the National Budget to health care in line with the Abuja Declaration target. “Empirical evidence has shown that a 1% increase in public spending on health care reduces child and maternal mortality rates while improving life expectancy. “To boost public spending on health without undermining fiscal sustainability government must explore a number of options for innovative…

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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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WHO Worried Over Public Health Bill Delay

By Michael Gwarisa THE World Health Organisation (WHO) says the continued delay in finalizing the Public Health Bill  was an embarrassment for Zimbabwe as it exposes lack of will by the executive to turnaround fortunes of the health sector. Speaking on the sidelines of the UHC2030 Civil Society engagement workshop, WHO’s Dr Stanely Midzi bemoned the delay and called on government to speed up the Public health Bill’s promulgation before the current parliament’s term lapses as this might further delay the process. “The new public health document is a brilliant…

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“Politicians Should Stop Flying Outside For Healthcare”

By Michael Gwarisa  POLITICAL leaders have been blamed for the continued demise of  the local health infrastructure and facilities owing to their frequent visits abroad to seek health attention, shunning local services. Briefing a UHC2030 Civil Society Engagement meeting this morning in the capital, Community Working Group on Health (CWGH) executive director Mr Itai Rusike said as long as there is no political will in addressing challenges bedeviling the health sector, we can forget about achieving health targets and health rights. “As long as there is  no political will, and…

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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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Allocate Foreign Currency Towards ARV Procurement-CWGH

By Michael Gwarisa  THE Community Working Group on Heath (CWGH), has  called on government to prioritise allocation of foreign currency towards the procurement of Anti Retro Viral medicines ARVs amid revelations of massive ARV stockouts at public health centres and pharmacies. CWGH Executive director Itai Josh Rusike said it was disheartening that Zimbabwe which over the years made tremendous gains in reducing HIV/AIDS related deaths through multi-sectoral efforts, is now experiencing a serious shortage of Abacavir – a second line ARV drug to the extent that people taking that drug are…

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