HIV Prevalence In Children Spikes in Masvingo

SHORTAGE of health care centres in Masvingo province has resulted in most babies being born HIV positive as most mothers miss out on antenatal visits, a National Aids Council official has said.   By Michael Gwarisa in Masvingo The province has a population of 1 386 604 according the 2012 census and an HIV prevalence of 12.8 percent and a total of 9 700 are children living with HIV despite various interventions by government and partners to eradicate the disease. Speaking to Journalist during an Editors Media tour in Masvingo,…

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More Cholera Vaccine Doses Expected on Sunday

Government will on Sunday receive 900 000 doses of vaccines to combat the cholera pandemic bedeviling Harare. By Kudakwashe Pembere So far there are 500 000 doses in Government’s possession to be used in vaccinating people in affected areas. This brings the total number of vaccines to 1, 4 million within a space of one week. The outbreak which to date has claimed 49 lives was declared an emergency disaster last month by Health and Childcare minister Dr Obadiah Moyo. Government today launched the National Oral Cholera Vaccine in Budiriro…

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Harare Battles Worst Cholera Strain…cases nearing 10000 benchmark

THE prevailing Cholera epidemic which has claimed 49 lives and infected 9779 others, is probably the worst cholera epidemic the country has ever experienced as it is  a confection of Typhoid, Cholera and Salmonella hence making it difficult to cure using available antibiotics, Harare City Health director, Dr Clemence Duri has said.   By Michael Gwarisa The co-infection nature of the current strain has made it multi drug resistant mainly to the first line of antibiotics and health personnel have since upgraded to the second line of antibiotics called Azithromycin…

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Cholera Cases Now Above 3000… Cholera Strain Drug Resistant

A total of 3067 Cholera cases have been recorded in the in Glenview and Budiriro and some parts of the country amidst indications that the Cholera bacteria strain in Harare is drug resistant to the first line of antibiotics  Ciprofloxacin and Ceftriaxone, a health official has said By Michael Gwarisa Reports of a drug resistant bacteria comes at the wake of indications that the country could be in short supply of the second line drug Azithromycin which is also expensive and government is mobilising resources to procure the drug. Briefing…

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The History of Menstrual Cups

THE Menstrual Cup is not a new phenomenon. In as much as the idea is fairly new in Zimbabwe and only came onto the picture in 2016 after being cleared by the Ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC) to be distributed by The Butterfly Cup Company, the menstrual cup is actually and tried a tested method of managing menstrual hygiene in the first world countries. So the first big question one might have in mind is “Where have these amazing devices come from? The first menstrual cup to be…

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Gvt Digs Into Health Levy To Rescue TB Drugs Crisis

THE Ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC) says has allocated an amount to the tune of US$500 000 from the airtime health levy fund to beef up Tuberculosis (TB) drugs supplies in the face of a prevailing TB drugs crisis. By Michael Gwarisa According to the MoHCC, the country is currently experiencing an inadequate availability of fixed dose combination (FDC) medicines for the intensive phase treatment of tuberculosis (first two months) and the US$500 000 would also buttress some relief supplies government received from MSF. “The Ministry has received…

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Vasectomy At 1% In Zim

UPTAKE of vasectomy, which is a surgical procedure for male sterilization or permanent contraception is currently very low in Zimbabwe owing to deep rooted cultural beliefs, fear,  amongst a host of other factors, a top health official has said. By Michael Gwarisa In an interview with HealthTimes, Director family health in the ministry of health and child care (MoHCC), Dr Bernard Madzima said uptake of the service was till very low but efforts were underway to ensure men get informed and educated about the issue so as to increase awareness and…

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Targeted TB Screening Effective For Vulnerable Communities

THE targeted screening for active Tuberculosis (TB) among high risk groups, being spearheaded by the Ministry of health and Child Care’s National TB Program in partnership with the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (The Union) bears fruits at community level. By Michael Gwarisa The National TB Program has partnered with The Union in intensifying active case finding for TB by targeting high risk groups and communities around the country. The initiative is being co-funded by Global Fund and USAID’s Challenge TB. In an interview with HealthTimes, The Union…

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ZLHR Makes Progress Towards Decriminalizing HIV Infection

THE Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR) say they have made strides in engaging key stakeholders  around the subject of repealing  Section 79 of the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act in a bid to ensure a free and non discriminatory environment for people living with with HIV. The law criminalizes  willful HIV transmission but according to legal experts, it is too general and thus can not be used as an HIV or health law.  By Michael Gwarisa Tinashe Mundawarara, programme manager for the HIV, Human Rights and Law Project at ZLHR,  recently told …

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