Further Waves Of COVID-19 Imminent In Zimbabwe Unless We Become Serious About Prevention

Dr Grant Murewanhema

NATURALLY as human beings, we get tired of unpleasant situations that drag for protracted periods of time. It is therefore not surprising that we have become largely complacent about COVID-19 prevention protocols. By Dr Grant Murewanhema Recently, I went into a fast-food outlet, and was surprised that the attendants and their customers had no masks on, and hand-sanitizing on entry is no longer taking place. I quickly reminded the supervisors about the need to enforce these protocols. They are good not just for COVID-19, but even for other respiratory illnesses,…

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DREAMS Program Reignites Hope In Rushinga Girls

AT the age of 11, Patience Chikozomba from Mukwatsa village and a primary school pupil at Magaranhewe Primary school in Rushinga  was already thinking of dropping out of school since her parents couldn’t  afford school fees for her and her siblings. Other girls her age or slightly older have already eloped or been married off due to the biting poverty obtaining in the area despite it being a resource rich community. By Michael Gwarisa in Rushinga According to the National Aids Council (NAC), even though there are starting to witness…

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Ruwa Residents Enjoying Vaccination Experience

THE decentralization of COVID-19 vaccination has received overwhelming response from communities around the capital Harare and other parts of the country where vaccines are being administered. By Tanaka Moyo Speaking in an interview with HealthTimes in Ruwa, Mrs Shamiso Zvinamano who is also a vendor in Ruwa said she got vaccinated to protect her family and customers she interact with on daily basis. I got vaccinated to protect my family and myself if i am to get in contact with a customer who have Covid-19. I am guaranteed that I…

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Bridging The ART Access Gap During A Pandemic, CATS Hold The Fort In Zimbabwe

WHEN the COVID-19 was reported in Zimbabwe in 2020, government announced a national lockdown with the view of curbing the spread of the virus and limiting community transmissions. In the process other essential health services were also locked down, leaving People Living with HIV (PLHIV) especially young people living with HIV and on Antiretroviral Therapy (ART) at a disadvantage. By Michael Gwarisa recently in Mashonaland East With tight restrictions, fears of young people on ART falling by the wayside were rife as in most cases, young people would shun visiting…

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Consultations Around Youth Engagement In Global Fund Grant Kick-Off

YOUTH Engage Zimbabwe, together with Country Coordinating Mechanism (CMM) to end HIV, Tuberculosis (TB) and Malaria, have embarked on massive youth consultations following a Global Fund award to Zimbabwe  of US$75.073 million which is aimed at strengthening community health systems and constructing an improved resilient to deal with the effects of COVID-19. By Patricia Mashiri The dialogues seek amongst other things  to engage civil society and young people to come up with priorities submission that will be included in the C19RM request proposal leading to strengthening of community health systems…

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ZCSOSUNA Launches Health Youth-led Advocacy Project

ZIMBABWE Civil Society Organisations Scaling Up Nutrition Alliance ZCSOSUNA, with support from UNICEF and in partnership with Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education, and Ministry of Health and Child Care have launched a youth led advocacy project targeting six districts in the country to empower adolescent learners to promote healthy living through consumption if natural foods and products. By Patricia Mashiri The districts include Harare, Makoni, Chivi, Chirumhanzi, Insiza and Bindura. Speaking during a press briefing, Cuthbert Mukora, the Head of Programming Rural Enterprise Trust of Zimbabwe (RETZ) said their…

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Nurses Union Spearheads International Nurses Day Commemorations

THE Zimbabwe Urban And Rural Council Nurses Workers Union (ZURCNWU) is at the fore of the International Nurses Day commemorations to be held the world over on Wednesday. HealthTimes Reporter In a statement, ZURCNWU President Mr Simbarashe Tafirenyika said they have launched a campaign to appreciate the work done by these frontline health workers. Please be advised that this year we will be launching the 12 May Movement with the hashtag #LetsGoWhite, an initiative that seeks to celebrate and commemorate the exceptional work that you as our members are doing.…

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Parliament Pushes For Development And Promotion Of Traditional Medicines

THE report on the development and promotion traditional and complementary medicines by the Parliamentary Portfolio of Health and Child Care Committee shows that there is need to invest in traditional medicines  in a bid to compliment modern medicines in the treatment and care processes. By Patricia Mashiri Although there are no statistics to prove the extent of the use of the traditional and complementary medicines in Zimbabwe to address various diseases and ailments, use of traditional medicines and home remedies by rural and urban people has been on the increase…

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#JUSTIN: Zim Health Ministry Develops Impilo, A Patient Monitoring Tool

THE Ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC) in collaboration with partners have developed a patient registration, evaluation, tracking stock usage and aggregation tool dubbed Impilo in  a bid to improve patience surveillance and management. Staff Reporter Briefing Journalists during a pots cabinet brief, Senator Monica Mutsvangwa said,”government appreciates that, in an increasingly globalised world where the threats of fast-spreading health diseases or disasters are ever-increasing, there is need for availability of real-time data to enable efficient and effective monitoring and decision-making. Accordingly, the Ministry of Health and Child Care,…

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Tobacco Selling Season Triggers GBV In Guruve Married Couples

GURUVE district in Mashonaland Central province has over the past few weeks witnessed a surge in cases of Gender Based Violence (GBV) amongst married couples. By Michael Gwarisa In Guruve Speaking in an interview with HealthTimes on the sidelines of a National AIDS Council (NAC) Editors and Station Managers tour of the province, Guruve District AIDS Action Committee chairperson, Mr Starves Nyangwaru said the GBV was emanating from disputes related to misappropriation of tobacco sales funds mainly by the husbands. In terms of GBV here in Guruve especially looking at…

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