Labode Retains Portfolio Committee On Health Leadership

FIREBRAND, Matabeleland North member of parliament, Dr Ruth Labode has retained her position as the chairperson for the Parliamentary portfolio committee on health. Dr Labode has been instrumental in advocating for girls and women’s health rights in Zimbabwe. She has been pushing for the relaxation of abortion laws to ensure women get access to abortion services legally and conveniently. In the previous parliament, Dr Labode and the portfolio committee on health team worked hard to ensure the public health bill sials through parliament. Speaking to HealthTimes recently at the world…

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Condoms In Schools Could Reduce Illegal Abortions

EXPANDING contraceptives coverage to schools and other at risk populations could reduce the number of deaths and complications as a result of illegal abortions, a parliamentarian has said.   By Michael Gwarisa In an interview with HealthTimes on the side-lines of the World Abortion Day celebrations, legislator and former parliamentary committee on health chair, Dr Ruth Labode said contraceptive services were not getting to adolescents and young girls despite the fact that they are the most sexually active and at risk of unwanted pregnancies. “Our biggest problem in Zimbabwe is…

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Celebrating Zim Women Health Champions

AS we celebrate the International Women’s Day, its is only noble and imperative to remember all the women who have sacrificed and are still fighting for the attainment of a globally recognized health system in Zimbabwe. By Michael Gwarisa In our Shona culture, there is a saying which goes, “Ipai Munhu Maruva Ake achiri Mupenyu,” loosely translated to mean, “Celebrate other’s achievements while  they are still alive.” Over the years, the health sector has birthed numerous women who have emerged to be forces to reckon owing to their indelible efforts…

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Parly To Summon Parirenyatwa Over Health Bill

By Michael Gwarisa THE Parliamentary Portfolio Committee has accused Health and Child Care minister Dr David Parirenyatwa for deliberately delaying  approval of the Public Health Bill as he is now reportedly running the health ministry from overseas, HealthTimes Online can reveal. The developments came to light during what was supposed to be a Final Follow-up Meeting on the Public Health Act organised by Save The Children, where the ministry’s Permanent Secretary Dr Gerald Gwinji  sent an ill-preprepared  Director for Policy Planning and Coordination Dr Steven Banda to present on the current…

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Zim Parliament Pushes For Traditional Medicines Adoption

By Daniel Chigundu PARLIAMENTARY Portfolio Committee on Health and Child Care chairperson Ruth Labode has called on the health ministry to consider organizing an Indaba to discuss the possibilities of adopting traditional medicine. The call comes at a time when Zimbabwe is battling a number of non curable diseases like Cancer, AIDS, Diabetes among a host of others which traditional leaders around the country claim to have solutions over. Making suggestions to the Ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC), Honourable Labode said owing to a number of testimonies of…

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