#BREAKING: Public Health Bill finally gazetted

By Daniel Phiri  THE much awaited Public Health Bill (PHB) that seeks among other things to replace the outdated Public Health Act enacted in 1924 has been gazetted and will soon be making its way to Parliament for First Reading. Although it has been designated as urgent, the Public Health Bill has faced a lot of delays along the way which include a shortage of staff at the Attorney General’s office coupled with other delays at the Ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC) offices owing to unavailability of the…

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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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NAC Lunches HIV/Cancer Prevention Golf Tournament 2017

By Michael Gwarisa  THE National Aids Council (NAC) has launched an HIV and Cancer Prevention Drive Pro-Am Golf Tournament 2017, which kicks off in  the next few days. The move comes at a time Zimbabwe is grappling with  a Non Communicable Diseases burden which have become a silent but leading killer to people living with HIV. Speaking during the official launch ceremony last night, Health and Child Care Minister, Dr David Parirenyatwa said the tournament comes at a time when our nation is grappling with a swelling epidemic of non-communicable diseases,…

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USAID Avails US$20 Mln To Africaid To Scale Up Zvandiri Model

By Michael Gwarisa THE U.S Agency for International Development (USAID) has availed a US$20 million grant towards HIV treatment, care, and support services for youths in particular those living with HIV. The grant is being awarded to a Zimbabwean private voluntary organization, Africaid who are spearheading the Zvandiri model which is targeted at young people who were born HIV positive. Speaking during the signing ceremony, USAID/Zimbabwe Mission Director Stephanie Funk said “USAID is proud to partner with Africaid to help Zimbabwean children and adolescents live longer, healthier lives. The United…

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Women Should Breastfeed At Work- Minister

By Michael Gwarisa WORKING environments should be conducive enough to allow women to breastfeed during working hours, Health and Child Care Minister Dr David Parirenyatwa has said. He said this while officially opening the 2017 World Breast Feeding Week in Highfields today (3 August 2017). “When children are breast fed, they get sick less often. Employers benefit from having a more contended and productive workforce due to less employee absenteeism, increased loyalty and less staff turnover. Parental protection and other workplace policies can enable women to combine breastfeeding with paid…

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Minister Parirenyatwa explains Public Health Bill Delay

By Kudakwashe Pembere The much-awaited upgrade of the Public Health Bill took a long time drafting for its delicateness which required rigorous evaluations, a Cabinet official has said. Addressing senators today, Health and Childcare Minister Dr David Parirenyatwa said they have been working tirelessly to draft the bill last updated in 1924. “The Public Health Bill is important. The Public Health Bill. The last act of the Public Health Act was in 1924. So we have been working flat out to make sure that it is up to date in…

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