We are not closing says PSMAS

ZIMBABWE’s largest medical aid service provider the Premier Service Medical Aid Society (PSMAS) says it is not going anywhere as claimed on various platforms. By Kuda Pembere PSMAS in a statement rubbished these claims as an attempt to soil its image and reputation. Premier Service Medical Aid Society notes with concern rumours circulating on various platforms of its alleged closure from 2023. The society categorically dismisses these rumours as not only false, malicious and misleading but bent on tarnishing the organisation’s image and reputation,” PSMAS said. The medical aid service…

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GAVI reduces funding towards Zimbabwe’s Immunisation programs

Zimbabwe needs to increase its domestic funding towards health care particularly the childhood immunization program to cushion itself from the impacts of the accelerated weaning off the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI) co-financing facility, HealthTimes has learnt. By Kudakwashe Pembere In the short term, Zimbabwe could become ineligible for the GAVI financing facility since it is reporting an increase its gross national income (GNI) in its journey towards the ambitious upper middle-income status by 2030. The country saw a reduction of GAVI financing for most of its health…

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Mthuli’s Uninspiring Budget Allocation Towards Healthcare Slammed

PUBLIC Health Experts and health economists have criticized the recently announced allocation of 11% towards healthcare, which they believe is still a far-cry from the required allocation of 15% in accordance with the Abuja Declaration. By Michael Gwarisa The government allocation on health and child care as a percentage of the total public expenditure increased from 10.6% in 2022 to 11.2% in 2023, making the Abuja target an elusive pipe-dream. Giving an Analysis of the 2022 Budget, Community Working Group on Health (CWGH) Executive Director, Mr Itai Rusike said while…

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Tsholotsho 9 year old girl’s baby belongs to her nephew

The 9 year old pregnancy saga in Tsholotsho has taken a new twist as DNA paternity results showed the father of the recently born baby being the girl’s nephew aged 13. By Kuda Pembere This comes following the girl’s father being exonerated by pleriminary results. The Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) National Spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi said in a statement the results came from the National University of Science and Technology (NUST) laboratory. “The Zimbabwe Republic Police confirms that the Deoxyribonucleic Acid (DNA) results obtained from National University of Science…

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Parirenyatwa’s AHF Centre of Excellence surpasses viral load suppression target

The Parirenyatwa Group of Hospital Opportunistic Infections clinic which is also an AIDS Health Foundation Centre of Excellence as of June 2022 had 5 620 clients with the majority being females while the pediatric ward had about 400, inversely seeing males being many. By Kudakwashe Pembere This was revealed during a media tour of the facility on Thursday. Addressing the press, Dr Pascal Shambira who heads this centre of excellence said their cohort comprised of the first, second and third line regimens of ART. “So how many patients do we…

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UNAIDS To Launch The “Dangerous Inequalities” World AIDS Day Report Next Week

UNAIDS World AIDS Day report 2022 will be launched on Tuesday, 29th November in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania, during UNAIDS Executive Director’s visit to the country. The report is called ‘Dangerous Inequalities’ and reveals that inequalities are obstructing the end of AIDS. On current trends the world will not meet agreed global targets on AIDS. Millions of lives are at stake. The new UNAIDS report shows that only urgent action to tackle inequalities can get the world’s AIDS response on track. It shows how world leaders can tackle those inequalities…

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Varume Vakamboita COVID Voshungurudzwa Nedambudziko Rekupera Simba Kwenhengo Dzavo Dzesikarudzi

VANHU vakawanda vakambobatwa ne denda re COVID-19 munguva yakati pfuurei, varikuratidzika kuti vachiri kushungurudzwa nezviratidzo zve COVID-19 nezvimwe zvirerwere zvakawanda kusanganisira kupera simba kwenhengo dzana baba dzesikarudzi panguva dzebonde. Na Michael Gwarisa Dambudziko rehurwere mushure me COVID rakatumidzwa nana mazvikokota kuti Long COVID. Vachitaura nevatori venhau muguta guru re Harare pamusangano wakarongwa neve Health Communicators Forum of Zimbabwe (HCF), Muzvinamushonga wema ndiriri, va Tinashe Mudzviti vakati ivo varume vakawanda vakuuya ku ma pharmacy emuzvipatara zvehurumende ne ayo akazvimrira vachitsvaga mishonga kana mapiritsi angavabatsira kuti vawane simba. Ichokwadi, varume vakawanda vakambosangana…

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World pays the price to AMR low risk perception

AMR

By Catherine Murombedzi Misuse, abuse and unnecessary exposure to antibiotics, when they are prescribed and used for conditions that are not caused by bacteria, like colds and flus, allows antibiotic-resistant strains to develop, this was highlighted in a recent webinar by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and experts during the World Antimicrobial Awareness Week (WAAW). With antimicrobial resistance now ranked a leading killer among all other diseases and conditions, the world has run out of time amidst calls for urgent attention to end the AMR scourge. A clarion call by…

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People Previously Infected By COVID Now Developing Long COVID Comorbidities in Zimbabwe

SINCE the onset of the Omicron variant in November 2021, COVID-19 has since taken a new trajectory. Unlike its predecessor variants such as Delta, Beta and Alpha which caused severe sickness, hospitalisations and numerous deaths, the Omicron is a complete opposite of the three.  By the end of December 2021, it represented 96% of all COVID-19 infections in the UK and 92% in Denmark. Data from South Africa, the UK, Denmark, Canada and the US all showed a lesser risk of hospitalization when infected with Omicron compared to Delta By…

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UN Resident Coordinator Slams Sexual Abuse Of Minor Girls In Zimbabwe

UNITED Nations (UN) Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator, His Excellency Mr Edward Kallon has called out the increasing incidence in sexual abuse and impregnating of minor girls as harmful practice that should be uprooted of the Zimbabwe society as a matter of urgency. By Michael Gwarisa Speaking during a Press Briefing on 16 Days of Activism against GBV, Mr Kallon said child marriages, child sexual abuse and all of abuse of young girls was slowing down progress in attaining Despite progress made in promoting and protecting of the rights of women,…

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