“There Is No Cholera in Norton” Gwinji

THE ministry of health and child care says the reported Cholera case in Norton had actually tested negative contrary to Norton legislator, Temba Mliswa’s warning which he circulated on Social Media claiming one person had tested positive  in the area. HeathTimes Reporter In a statement, health and child care secretary, Major General, Dr Gerald Gwinji said the only confirmed cases so far were those recorded in Chegutu and the Norton case had actually tested negative. “My ministry wishes to give an update on the Cholera outbreak situation in Chegutu Municipality…

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We Need Affordable Medical Aid says Sex Workers

SEX workers have bemoaned the lack of affordable medical health insurance as a hindrance to them accessing basic sexual reproductive health services, HealthTimes has learnt. By Michael Gwarisa Speaking to some ladies of the trade who pligh their profession along Mbuya Nehanda street in Harare, they said being a sex worker should be treated as a job just like teaching or nursing and medical aid companies should tailor-make packages that suit low income earning groups like vendors and sex workers. “As you are aware my brother, when you see us…

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End Fistula Campaign saves 340 women

A total of 340 women have received a new lease of life following a Ministry of Health and Child Care,  UNFPA and Women Alliance initiated  fistula repair program. HealthTimes Correspondent  Ministry of Health and Child Care Maternal Health Officer Chipo Chimamise said the program is done at Chinhoyi Provincial Hospital every quarter of the year. “Currently the Ministry has done seven repair camps with more than 340 women having been repaired,” said Mrs Chimamise. She said the next camp is scheduled for 5 February to 16 March and we intend…

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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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Free Blood For Pregnancy Complications…As Government Avails $4 Million Blood Subsidy

THE ministry of health and Child Care (MoHCC) has provided a $4,25 million subsidy to the National Blood Services  (NBSZ) that will see the cost of blood dropping from the current $80 to $50, a top ministry official has said. HealthTimes Reporter Speaking of the development, Health ministry permanent secretary, Brigadier, Dr Gerald Gwinji said the subsidy would go towards subsiding blood at public institutions. “$4,25 million has been availed through the Health Levy to subsidise the cost of blood which was at $80 to $50 at public institutions. “$8…

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Malnutrition Almost Killed My 2 year Old Baby…Woman Narrates Ordeal

“At that time, she was 1 year 7 months old, I had already introduced her to solid foods, I would say I started feeding her porridge  a day after she was born not knowing it would affect my child…” By Michael Gwarisa recently in Shamva “Mwana anofanira kudya tuporridge tu tete tete, kana tumahewu netumvura kuti asimbe mudumbu, ukaona mwana achiramba kuyamwa anenge achichema zita!” Loosely translated “A new born baby must and should be fed porridge, or traditional non-alcoholic brew or water, if you see your child crying all…

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Adequate ARVs available, says Govt

Joyce Mukucha Herald Reporter ZIMBABWE has enough anti-retroviral (ARV) drugs to cover a 12-month period, Government has said. In a statement, the Ministry of Health and Child Care said drug shortages that had plagued areas such as Manicaland were as a result of “delayed shipments”. Patients, Government said, continue to receive free ARVs at their designated health facilities. “As a ministry, we would like to reassure all the people, who are currently on ART (anti-retroviral therapy) that the nation has sufficient stocks of the medicines, which are available for free at our…

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500 000 Lives In Danger As ARV Crisis Persists In Zimbabwe

By Michael Gwarisa  NOT less than half a million lives are at risk of developing HIV drug resistance and full blown AIDS or dying if the prevailing shortages of Anti-Retroviral (ARVs) drugs particularly the second line regiment (Abacavir) is not resolved.  Speaking at a Joint Press Conference in Capital, the  Zimbabwe National Network of People Living with HIV (ZNNP+), Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights  (ZLHR) and the Diocese of Mutare Community Care Programme (DOMCCP) have bemoaned the lukewarm pace  concern over the slow pace at which the ongoing shortages  being resolved.…

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Ignoring Key Populations Threaten 90 90 90 Targets

By Michael Gwarisa  LEAVING key Populations (KPs) behind in HIV/AIDS interventions and programs poses a a threat to the ambitious target of reducing HIV prevalence, deaths and new infections  by the year 2020. In Zimbabwe, KPs mean gay men and other men who have sex with men, sex workers and their clients, transgender people and people who inject drugs as the four main key population groups, but it acknowledges that prisoners and people with Disability also are particularly vulnerable to HIV and frequently lack adequate access to services (ZNASP3 )…

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Strict Medical Aid Law On The Cards

By Michael Gwarisa PUBLIC consultations to the Medical Aid Societies Bill have commenced amid indications that the new law could usher in provisions that could completely change the medical aid societies sector’s operations. Briefing medical practitioners and members of various medical aid societies during the Medical Aid public consultative meeting this morning, Pathologist in the Ministry of Health and Child Care Dr Maxwell Hove said the proposed bill was meant plug leakages and loopholes that currently exist under the current Statutory Instrument. “If you look closely, you see that there are…

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