Three Former Heads of State Appointed Patrons For The Upcoming APAC Congress

THE Government of Rwanda through its Ministry of Environment has unveiled three former African Heads of State as patrons for the upcoming inaugural IUCN Africa Protected Areas Congress (APAC). HealthTimes Reporter The three former heads of state include H.E Hailemariam Desalegn – former Prime Minister for Ethiopia; H.E Issoufou Mahamadou – former President Niger and H.E Festus Mogae – former President for Botswana. The APAC Congress which is set to be the first ever continent-wide gathering of African leaders, citizens, and interest groups aims to discuss the role of protected…

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#BREAKING: Worrisome New Leprosy Cases Recorded In Zimbabwe

ZIMBABWE recorded a worrisome sharp increase in new leprosy cases in 2020 with majority of cases having been recorded in Binga, Matabelenad North (Mat North), prompting government to activate and intensify Leprosy diagnosis and detection in other parts of the country that used to be Leprosy Hotspots. By Michael Gwarisa Traditional leprosy hotspots in Zimbabwe include Mat South (Gwanda and Bulimia), Mat North (Hwange and Binga), Mashonaland West (Makonde and Rafingora and farming areas around Rafingora), Zvimba (Hurungwe and Kariba). Masvingo (Chiredzi South in the Chikombedzi), Manicaland (Buhera and Chipinge),…

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#JUSTIN: Veteran Zim Musician Zex Manatsa Dies

LEGENDARY musician and Zex Manatwa has died. He was 78. Staff Reporter Manatsa was battling a cancer known as Multiple Myeloma and this was announced through his official facebook page. Multiple myeloma is a cancer of plasma cells. Normal plasma cells are found in the bone marrow and are an important part of the immune system. The immune system is made up of several types of cells that work together to fight infections and other diseases. Manatsa in knowsn for his hits like Tea Hobvu amongst a host of other…

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Unsafe abortions lead to immediate and long term complications

COMPLICATIONS arising from post unsafe abortion infections could have long term implications on the fertility of women due to the unsterile nature of the environments and objects used during unsafe abortions procedures, a local Obstetrician and Gynecologist has warned.  . By Michael Gwarisa    Speaking to HealthTimes, Dr Grant Murewanhema an Obstetrician and Gynecologist said unsafe abortions were happening and unfortunately they were they were among the leading cause of maternal mortality in Zimbabwe. When you look at it just in the immediate short term after this act has been…

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Working in the UK Health Sector an Emotional Roller-coaster For Migrant Nurses

YOU might have read or heard about a Zimbabwean nurse who recently relocated to the United Kingdom (UK) only to die two months into her stay in the Diaspora. According preliminary reports from her close relatives and friends, Divine Mupoperi (30) died from suspected seizures she might have experienced in her sleep. She survived by three children, a 12 year old and twins who are 16 months old. May her dear Soul Rest in Eternal Peace. By Michael Gwarisa Even though this publication is not yet privy to Divine’s postmortem…

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PSI’s Hormonal IUD’s Popularity Grows In Africa

A new study that was conducted by the Population Service International (PSI) to ascertain the profiles of women who choose to use the hormonal Intrauterine Device (IUD) method of contraception have revealed that most users continued using the method due to high levels of satisfaction. By Michael Gwarisa The study is titled Introducing the hormonal Intrauterine Device in Madagascar, Nigeria, and Zambia: results from a pilot study. The study was conducted by Kendal Danna, the PSI Sexual and Reproductive Health Technical Advisor together with her partners where a longitudinal study…

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PrEP Uptake Still Very Low

USE of daily oral pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), is not expanding enough as was anticipated. HealthTimes Reporter According to the the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) weekly report, the COVID-19 also had a negative impact on the uptake of the drug. “It has been more than a decade since the first evidence of the efficacy of daily oral pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) was published. PrEP is now a valuable additional option for people who are at higher risk of acquiring HIV, and its global uptake has continued to increase, despite…

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COVAX delivers its 1 billionth COVID-19 vaccine dose

On 15 January 2022, a shipment of 1.1 million COVID-19 vaccines to Rwanda included the billionth dose supplied via COVAX. Own Correspondent Together with our partners, COVAX is leading the largest vaccine procurement and supply operation in history, with deliveries to 144 countries to date. But the work that has gone into this milestone is only a reminder of the work that remains. As of 13 January 2022, out of 194 Member States, 36 WHO Member States have vaccinated less than 10% of their population, and 88 less than 40%.…

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Hope For Children With Hydrocephalus In Zimbabwe

THE joys of expectant parents are shuttered upon hearing these words, “Your child has a bigger head than any normal child and you have to go through a caesarian section to give birth.’’ What! a big head? What could have caused the head to grow big, is it a normal child then, is it natural or spiritual, is it…? There are some of the unanswered questions, which go through the minds of heavily pregnant women. Own Correspondent Hydrocephalus is a very popular disease but seems to be wreaking havoc in…

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‘Gender-bending’ chemicals found to ‘feminise’ boys

“Gender-bending” chemicals mimicking the female hormone oestrogen can disrupt the development of baby boys, suggests the first evidence linking certain chemicals in everyday plastics to effects in humans. By Andy Coghlan The chemicals implicated are phthalates, which make plastics more pliable in many cosmetics, toys, baby-feeding bottles and paints and can leak into water and food. All previous studies suggesting these chemicals blunt the influence of the male hormone testosterone on healthy development of males have been in animals. “This research highlights the need for tougher controls of gender-bending chemicals,”…

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