Vendors Told To Voluntarily Vacate The Streets

THE National Vendors Union of Zimbabwe (NAVUZ) has called on its members and all vendors to voluntarily vacate the streets in a bid to minimise the spread of Cholera which has already claimed close to 30 lives and infected 3 700 others. By Michael Gwarisa The developments follows an ambitious City decongestion initiative the NAVUZ has embarked on in partnership with the City of Harare, NetOne, TelOne, POSB and National Building Society (NBS) which will see the city being decongested within 90 days through the setting up of company consortiums…

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NBSZ Requires $20 million For Capitalisation

THE National Blood Services of Zimbabwe’s (NBSZ) capitalisation process could require not less than $20 million if the organisation is to fully function to its maximum capacity, a top NBSZ official has said. By Michael Gwarisa In an exclusive interview with HealthTimes, newly appointed NBSZ Board Chair, Mr Rodgers Matsikidze said funding was currently the biggest challenge for the organisation and as a result, growth has been at a snail’s pace. “There is a lot to be done at NBSZ. Firstly, the major issue to be resolved is of capitalization.…

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Blood Bank Adequately Stocked For Free Blood Initiative

THE free blood initiative being spearheaded by the ministry of health and child care in partnership with the National Blood Service of Zimbabwe (NBSZ) kicks off in a few days amidst indications that the blood bank has enough stock to sustain the program. By Michael Gwarisa Speaking in an interview with HealthTimes, NBSZ Public Affairs manager, Esther Massundah said all  was is place for the free blood initiative which commences July, 1 2018 across all public hospitals while for private hospitals, the user fees remain at $120. “NBSZ is prepared for the…

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NetOne Rewards Rural School For Giving Blood

THE country’s second largest Mobile Network Operator (MNO), NetOne yesterday donated five computers to Mutenderende High school from Chirumhanzu for being the biggest blood donor for the period 2017 to date. By Michael Gwarisa recently in Gweru The move is part of their countrywide program which seeks to support schools from all the country’s 10 provinces which are excelling in the areas of blood donation. Addressing delegates at the World Blood Donor Day in Gweru, NetOne Executive Media Services Manager, Mr Clever Isaya said the schools support program was an…

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Zim Prepared For Free Blood Initiative…as WHO gives nod to Program

GOVERNMENT says it is prepared to implement the free blood initiative which commences next month amidst indications that capable infrastructure and funding mechanisms have been put in place to complement the program. By Michael Gwarisa in Gweru The program which is being spearheaded by the Ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC) in collaboration with the National Blood Services of Zimbabwe (NBSZ) is set to benefit maternal cases and vulnerable societal groups with the  aim of closing the high mortality rate as a result of loss of blood. Officiating at…

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NBSZ To Open Another Blood Donation Clinic in Bulawayo

The National Blood Services Zimbabwe will open a new blood donation clinic in Bulawayo in July this year for easy reach to people living in the city. By Kuda Pembere Speaking to HealthTimes, NBSZ chief executive Ms Lucy Marowa said the centre will be closer to the people in Bulawayo. “National Blood Services is opening a new CBD clinic in Bulawayo at the Post Office Building. It will start to operate on the First of July. This is to bring access to our beloved donors who find that the current…

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KidzCan Honors Childhood Cancer Survivors

KIDZCAN, a local organization which deals with childhood cancer cases in Zimbabwe has applaud childhood cancer survivors for their resilience in fighting cancer. By Michael Gwarisa Speaking during the launch Orange Week which marks celebrations for children living with cancer, Kidzcan Executive Director, Daniel Mckenzie said Kidzcan had over the years exhibited resilience in supporting children living with cancer. “As we stand in solidarity with international childhood cancer day, we acknowledge that childhood cancer in Zimbabwe as in the rest of low medium countries claims more lives. Statistics have shown…

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#BREAKING: NBSZ Board Hijack Blood Bank

NATIONAL Blood Services Zimbabwe (NBSZ) board has reportedly hijacked the blood bank amidst indications that it is refusing to relinquish power and is blocking donors’ calls to allow government to have a say in the affairs of the entity. By Michael Gwarisa Impeccable sources who spoke to HealthTimes  soon after the NBSZ crunch meeting which was held yesterday said the board which is being chaired by Justice Lesley Smith wants to maintain the status quo in which the entity is being run more as personal private property. “The donors rejected…

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#BREAKING: Blood Demand To Go Up…As Blood Group O Reserves Run Dry

AN unanticipated upsurge in blood demand is looming at the back of government’s recent move to slash the blood prices from $80 to $50 per unit at the beginning of this year. By Michael Gwarisa The development also comes at the back of a crisis whereby the Blood bank coffers are fast  running dry of blood group O amidst indications that not more than 52% of Zimbabwe’s population belong to that blood group. Briefing Journalists this morning, National Blood Services of Zimbabwe (NBSZ) Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Ms Lucy Marowa…

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Parirenyatwa Turns Up Heat In Health Sector…Its Not Business As Usual

WELL, if there is any man who is having sleepless nights over how he could transform fortunes of the health sector and probably save his job then that man is none other than Honorable Dr David Parirenyatwa, the minister of health and child care. By The Crazy Doctor Parirenyatwa has served as health minister for more than 15 years under the ZANU PF government. Truth be told, the health sector suffered massive collapse and decadence, with most public health institutions turning into white elephants and health museums during this period.…

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