United States Funding To Zim COVID-19 Now Exceeds $8 million

THE United States, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), has committed an additional $2 million in health assistance to support the people of Zimbabwe during the COVID-19 pandemic. HealthTimes Reporter U.S. assistance to Zimbabwe’s COVID-19 response now exceeds US$8 million. USAID has now committed $5 million and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has provided $3 million. PEPFAR has committed $150,000. The United States remains a long-standing development partner for the people of Zimbabwe. We work tirelessly to ensure that we maintain critical health and…

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#JUSTIN: Nyandoro Leaves ZAN

THE Zimbabwe AIDS Network board chair, Talent Jumo has announced the departure of the organisation’s National Coordinator Taurai Nyandoro effective May 30, 2020. By Michael Gwarisa In a communique, Jumo said Nyandoro  was now pursuing other career interests. The Board of ZAN would like to inform its members and partners that as from 30 May, 2020, Taurai Nyandoro, the national Coordinator will be transforming from his role as ZAN National Coordinator to pursue other career intrests. “The board of ZAN acknowledges the invaluable role Mr Nyandoro has played in steering…

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COVID-19 To Cause 1.4 Million TB Deaths

KNCV Tuberculosis (TB) Foundation (KNCV) has  warned of a spike TB deaths over the next five years due to failure to diagnose and treat new cases during the prevailing lockdwons being observed at a global level. By Michael Gwarisa Agnes Gebhard, technical director of KNCV said an estimated 20 percent more TB patients are expected to die between now and 2025 especially in low and middle income countries. Millions of TB patients worldwide are fighting for their lives and now have to cope with COVID-19 as well. Extra support for these…

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Nine things you need to know about periods and the pandemic

MENSTRUATION is misunderstood and stigmatized around the world, a fact likely to worsen under the COVID-19 pandemic. Below are nine things you need to know about periods and the pandemic – and what the world needs to do about it. SOURCE: UNFPA 1. Menstruation is not a sign of illness or COVID-19 Menstruation is healthy and normal. It is not a sign of illness. But myths about menstruation and COVID-19 are circulating. In China, for instance, people have reported hearing that menstruation increases one’s vulnerability to the coronavirus. In Tanzania,…

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COVID-19: Number Of children Living In Household Poverty To soar By Up To 86 Million By Year End

THE economic fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic could push up to 86 million more children into household poverty by the end of 2020, an increase of 15 per cent, according to a new analysis released today by Save the Children and UNICEF. HealthTimes Reporter  The analysis highlights that, without urgent action to protect families from the financial hardships caused by the pandemic, the total number of children living below the national poverty line in low- and middle-income countries could reach 672 million by year-end. Nearly two-thirds of these children live…

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Zim Performs First C-Section On Covid-19 Positive Woman

A local obstetrician who is also a lecturer in the department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Midlands State University (MSU), Dr Johannes Mukwembi has conducted Zimbabwe’s first cesarean section on a COVID-19 pregnant woman in Gweru. By Michael Gwarisa The lady, a returnee from South Africa, was the first COVID-19 case to be reported in Gweru and the Midlands province last week while residing at Mkoba quarantine centre. In a letter directed to the Midlands State University (MSU)Executive Dean, Faculty Of Medicine in the faculty of medicine, Dr Reginald…

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#BREAKING: Zim COVID-19 Cases Shoot Through The Roof, Cases Now 132

ZIMBABWE  COVID-19 cases have jumped to 132 up from the 62 that was recorded yesterday,  cabinet minister has revealed. By Michael Gwarisa Addressing a post cabinet media briefing, Information, publicity and broadcasting services minister Hon Monica Mutsvangwa confirmed this development and saying 76 new cases have been recorded. The country now has 103 active cases. Health and Child Care Minister, Dr Obadiah Moyo however confirmed that, “The cases which have tested positive are all from the quarantine areas except for one from Harare, they have been separated and we are…

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#JUSTIN: More Returnees Escape Zim COVID-19 Quarantine

MINISTRY of Information, publicity and broadcasting services permanent secretary, Nick Mangwana has announced that 18 returnees have escaped a quarantine facility at Mkoba teachers’ college in Gweru. By Michael Gwarisa Before the latest 18 escapees, Police Spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi had announced that close to 100 returning residents had escaped from various quarantine centers where they were confined as part of mandatory measures to control the spread of Covid-19. Through his micro-blogging account, Mangwana said the escaped returnees might have bribed the gate security before they were granted passage.…

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#BREAKING: Zim COVID-19 Cases Jump To 63

ZIMBABWE yesterday recorded seven more cases, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 63 up from 56. By Michael Gwarisa Even though more recoveries have been reported recently, the number of active cases now exceeds that of recovered patients. In its daily update,the Ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC) said the new cases were detected amongst returnees from South Africa who are quarantines in Beitbridge. Seven new cases tested positive for COVID-19 today. These are returnees from South Africa who are quarantined in Beitbridge. Today 653 Rapid Diagnostic…

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