Viagra Energy Drink Banned

ZAMBIA has ordered a recall of the Power Natural High Energy SX from all the country’s 10 provinces following complaints from the Zimbabwean, Zambian and South African medicines regulatory authorities. HealthTimes Reporter Zimbabwe’s Medicines Control Authority (MCAZ) raised the red flag over the energy drink on Tuesday after it had emerged the drink contains some ingredients which are used in the manufacture of sexual enhancement drugs. The drink is a product of Revin Zammbia Limited and has been under Zambia’s government’s scrutiny for a while. In a statement, Ndola City…

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Health Ministry Scales Up Trachoma Elimination Efforts

THE Ministry of Health and Child Care will this year roll out eye surgery outreach programs in several districts across the nation to combat a tropical disease called trachoma. By HealthTimes Correspondent The outreach programs in these districts are meant to reduce an estimated backlog of 6 500 people believed to have this disease.   Trachoma is targeted for elimination by 2020. A leading cause of preventable blindness globally, the disease is caused by a bacterial agent known as chlamydia trachomatis and spreads from person to person through flies, poor hygiene,…

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E8 Countries Get US$12 million Global Fund Anti-Malaria Grant

THE Global Fund To Fight Aids TB and Malaria has given Elimination 8 (E8) countries a second grant of US$12 million to support their efforts towards eliminating malaria. By Kudakwashe Pembere Recognising that the progress or failure of one country’s efforts to eliminate malaria is connected to the success of other countries in the region, the Elimination 8 (E8) was established by SADC to coordinate a collaborative effort, led by the Ministers of Health in eight countries, to jointly plan, execute a regional malaria elimination strategy. Countries involved are Angola,…

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Gvt Takes Over Circumcision Program

THE Ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC) together with the Population Services International (PSI) have come up with a Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision (VMMC) sustainability transition implementation plan (STIP) that will see government taking over implementation and programing of the project in both scale up and maintenance districts by the year 2021. By Michael Gwarisa Under the new framework, VMMC programing and implementation will move from a vertical heavily partner and donor supported programme to a more locally-owned and managed intervention. The decision comes at the back of a…

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STANBIC BANK CHIPS IN WITH RTGS$ 250 000 AID FOR CYCLONE IDAI

LEADING financial services institution, Stanbic Bank has joined the list of well-wishers for Cyclone Idai victims in Chimanimani by purchasing an assortment of goods worth RTGS $ 200 000. Stanbic Bank Zimbabwe Head of Marketing and Corporate Communications, Palmer Mugavha said RTGS$200 000 was used to purchase 39 tents, 5 by 2.5 KVA generators, 700 blankets, 2000 cases of bottled water, 2000 packs of reusable sanitary pads and 500 thick black plastic sheets. Another RTGS$50 000 has been set aside for other items once other critical needs are established as…

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Zim Entrepreneur Converts Healthcare Waste Into Methane Gas

WASTE disposal in Zimbabwe has over the years become a thorn in the flesh  for local authorities, government and health institutions  owing to a myriad of factors which range from lack of investment in waste disposal, lack of political will and misinformation around the effects of poor waste disposal. By Michael Gwarisa Healthcare waste has become a major menace and institutions especially those without incinerators fail to get rid of their waste, resulting is waste piling up in their backyards posing serious health threats. Health Care waste consists of infectious…

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MCAZ Warns Against Consuming Zambian Energy Drink With Viagra Effects

THE Medicines Control Authority of Zimbabwe (MCAZ) has warned Zimbabweans to stop consuming an energy drink-cum-aphrodisiac finding its way into the country from Zambia. By Kudakwashe Pembere MCAZ said the energy drink named Natural Power SX High Energy Drink was found having an active pharmaceutical content with fatal impacts experienced by those who overdose viagra. “The Medicines Control Authority of Zimbabwe (MCAZ) wishes to advise members of the public to avoid buying and consuming Natural Power SX High Energy Drink which, following a series of laboratory tests, the Authority has…

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How I Transitioned From Male to Female…Alessandra’s Trans Journey

“When I visited my doctor for my initial check-up in December 2017, it sort of scared me a bit. My doctor told me that my hormones were identical to those of a biological female of my age.” By Michael Gwarisa In Zimbabwe, a man who claims to possess hormones and a penchant for feminine things is labelled gay and an outcast. Owing to massive Christian and cultural beliefs, the issue is deemed taboo and many a times, individuals who come out as either gay, lesbian trans-men or trans-woman are segregated…

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Over 1 Million STIs Acquired Daily

AN estimated 357 million new infections with 1 of 4 STIs namely chlamydia, gonorrhoea, syphilis and trichomoniasis are contracted each year amidst indications that more than million new STIs are acquired daily, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has said. HealthTimes Reporter According to a research by WHO, more than 290 million women have a human papillomavirus (HPV) infection and the majority of STIs have no symptoms or only mild symptoms that may not be recognized as an STI. “STIs such as HSV type 2 and syphilis can increase the risk…

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