Doctors probed over patients’ deaths

Some medical practitioners in the country are being investigated for negligence and unprofessional conduct after 10 patients died under their varied care. Two other doctors have since been suspended from duty after their negligence was proved. Information obtained by The Sunday Mail shows that the Medical and Dental Practitioners Council of Zimbabwe handled 15 maternal and 35 surgical (table) deaths in 2016 alone. Two led to staff suspensions, 10 are under investigation while the remainder were dismissed for lacking evidence. Responding to written questions from this paper, MDPCZ registrar Mrs Josephine Mwakutuya…

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New cancer centre opens in Harare

Concern has been raised over an increase on new cancer cases every year while the cost of treating cancer has remained too high for ordinary Zimbabweans. Witnessing the official opening of a new cancer centre in Harare, cancer survivors Derek Futon and Tandiwe Jambaya applauded the relief initiative urging those battling with the disease to adopt a positive mindset if they are to beat it. The two also noted the cost of treatment for cancer has remained too high for ordinary Zimbabweans. Health and Child Care Minister Dr David Parirenyatwa…

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Teenager dies after negligent treatment at Parirenyatwa

A Bulawayo family is grappling to come to terms with the suspicious circumstances surrounding the death of their 15-year-old son, who had been admitted at Parirenyatwa Hospital amid reports that gross negligence could have contributed to the death.   BY PHYLLIS MBANJE Brian Mhlanga, who had leukemia, died on March 14 after staff at the referral hospital allegedly dragged their feet in actioning his treatment, which included receiving three pints of blood. Brian’s distraught mother, Sikhulile Mahlongwana, is adamant that her son would be alive today had the concerned staff…

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Curtain Comes Down On EMS Expo

By HealthTimes Reporter  THE inaugural Emergency Medical Services (EMS) extravaganza which kicked off yesterday has come to an end amid calls by exhibitors to have more public awareness and interactions during the  expo days. Speaking at the closing ceremony, ZimAfro Director  Shepherd Chakanza said they aim to grow the event in the coming year following the positive response they received from local exhibitors and players in the medical emergency services sector. “We intend to see this Expo growing year by year and we intend to invite participants from outside Zimbabwe…

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U.S. to promote art & health at HIFA

By Health Times Reporter THE United States Embassy has announced that it will continue with its partnership with the Harare International Festival of the Arts (HIFA) as a way of promoting arts and health. The partnership will see the US Embassy providing a platform for its partners to reach out to the public through a feature film, music and health infotainment at the HIFA’s PEPFAR First Street Stage at the junction of First Street and George Silundika Avenue. In a statement US Embassy public affairs officer     David McGuire said…

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Zim Parliament Pushes For Traditional Medicines Adoption

By Daniel Chigundu PARLIAMENTARY Portfolio Committee on Health and Child Care chairperson Ruth Labode has called on the health ministry to consider organizing an Indaba to discuss the possibilities of adopting traditional medicine. The call comes at a time when Zimbabwe is battling a number of non curable diseases like Cancer, AIDS, Diabetes among a host of others which traditional leaders around the country claim to have solutions over. Making suggestions to the Ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC), Honourable Labode said owing to a number of testimonies of…

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Government Endorse NAC Media Award

By HealthTimes Editor  THE Government of Zimbabwe has thrown its weight behind the National Aids Council (NAC) Media awards in effort to to encourage positive reportage and coverage of AIDS related issues. Officiating at the inaugural NAC Media Awards in the capital this week,  Health and Child Care Minister  Hon David Parirenyatwa said the media was one of the key drivers of the widespread awareness and knowledge our people have about HIV and AIDS including the utilisation of prevention and treatment services. “I therefore would like to salute the editors…

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Council Must Do More To Contain Typhoid: Experts

SOURCE: The Herald  Failure by Harare City Council to provide basic water and sanitation services to its residents is fuelling the outbreak of water borne diseases such as typhoid and cholera, health experts have said. Water-borne diseases, the experts said, were primitive in this era. As such, the specialists called for the city to venture into private partnerships with developmental partners in order to resuscitate infrastructure which is failing to cope with the growing population. The sentiments by the experts come after the death toll from typhoid in Harare has…

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