Legislative Agenda Ignores Public Health Bill

By Michael Gwarisa PRESIDENT Robert Mugabe on Tuesday, September 12, opened the Fifth Session of Parliament amidst  pomp and jubilation coupled by military drills and numerous displays. Some of the main the themes of the Presidentila address included alignment of laws with the Constitution. He implored Parliamentarians to place emphasis on passing Bills to align 30 existing Acts which, according to his address were the only Acts still remaining to be aligned to the Constitution. A number of bills featured on the legislative programme with bills totalling 26 appearing on…

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Govt Moots Banning Sale of Beer To Pregnant Women

HealthTimes Reporter  IN  a move that is likely to get widespread resistance from women, Government has revived its bid to ban sale of alcohol to pregnant women.\ According to the SundayMail, the National Alcohol Policy has since received blessings from various line ministries and is set to be tabled in Cabinet anytime soon. The push to enforce a host of restrictions on the sale and consumption of alcohol follows Government’s concern over increasing cases of abuse of the “wise waters” countrywide. The policy is the brainchild of former Health Minister…

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Free HIV, Cancer and SRH Counseling with YAZ Helpline

By Michael Gwarisa The Youth Advocates of Zimbabwe’s (YAZ) helpline has made strides in reaching out to marginalised individuals who belong to different groups of society through their YAZ Helpline In this age where technology is being used for various reasons, YAZ has seen it fit to engage individuals suffering from conditions. Tatenda Songero, YAZ Executive Director said the, “The Helpline is an ICT drive (Calls, SMS, social media, mobile application) and community approach that aggregates information to increase the availability and use of data to meet the urgent and…

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#BREAKING: Zimbabwe To Recruit 102 Health Specialists From Cuba

By HealthTimes Reporter THE Government of Zimbabwe is set to recruit at least 102 health specialits from Cuba to work in all local hospitals, Health and Child Care Minister Dr David Parirenyatwa has said. The Hon. Minister will next week will leave for Cuba for a an exchange visit to learn on how it has managed to eradicate mother to child transmition of HIV to zero. Dr Parirenyatwa will lead a delegation that include the ministry of health team, the UN Bishow Parajuli, WHO representative Dr David Okello, UNICEF Dr…

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Buzz as world’s biggest drone drug deliveries take off in Tanzania

NAIROBI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Tanzania is set to launch the world’s largest drone delivery network in January, with drones parachuting blood and medicines out of the skies to save the lives of women giving birth and children struck by malaria, in a country larger than Nigeria. California’s Zipline will make 2,000 deliveries a day to more than 1,000 health facilities across the east African country, including blood, vaccines and malaria and AIDS drugs, following the success of a smaller project in nearby Rwanda. “It’s the right move,” Lilian Mvule,…

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Ignoring Key Populations Threaten 90 90 90 Targets

By Michael Gwarisa  LEAVING key Populations (KPs) behind in HIV/AIDS interventions and programs poses a a threat to the ambitious target of reducing HIV prevalence, deaths and new infections  by the year 2020. In Zimbabwe, KPs mean gay men and other men who have sex with men, sex workers and their clients, transgender people and people who inject drugs as the four main key population groups, but it acknowledges that prisoners and people with Disability also are particularly vulnerable to HIV and frequently lack adequate access to services (ZNASP3 )…

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U.S. Government Committed To Ending TB In Zimbabwe

By HealthTimes Reporter The United States government health agency, Centre For Disease Control (CDC) says is committed to assist Zimbabwe in the fight against Tuberculosis (TB) Infections  and called for  increased collaboration among private and public health organisations to sustain efforts that accelerate progress in preventing the spread of tuberculosis (TB) among health care workers. Addressing delegates in Harare during the National Infection Prevention and Control Conference on Wednesday, CDC  Zimbabwe Branch Chief for HIV Services Shirish Balachandra said, “It is paramount that we implement measures to keep health care workers…

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10 ways to keep that stink away during summer

Body odour due to excessive sweating during summer can be controlled with these easy steps The problem of body odour persists a lot in summer when the scorching heat causes excessive sweating. Getting rid of unwanted hair and taking a shower are some ways to check it, say experts. SOURCE: VISION NEWS http://www.newvision.co.ug/  Rohit Batra, Dermatologist at Dermaworld Skin and Hair Clinic and Vivek Mehta, Dermatologist at Pulastya Cadle Skin Laser Clinic, have shared a few tips: 1. Shower twice a day: Taking a bath twice a day is a perfect…

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Govt rejects HIV mandatory testing

By Daniel Phiri GOVERNMENT says it will not follow the example of Zambia by instituting mandatory HIV/Aids testing adding that it’s a violation of human rights. Zambia last month had announced that it was mandatory for people to be tested for HIV/Aids as part of its response strategy to curb the complicated disease. However, after a wave of massive opposition from human rights organisations and civic groups, the decision was reversed. Addressing Online and digital journalists at a workshop organised by the National Aids Council (NAC) recently, head of Aids…

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Cost Of Blood Still Beyond Reach For Poor Zimbabweans- CWGH

By Michael Gwarisa  THE cost of blood in Zimbabwe remains expensive for ordinary Zimbabweans despite the move by government to slash the price of a unit of blood, which is 250ml, to US$100 from US$135 in government hospitals last year, a top health official has said. Community Working Group on Health Executive Director, Mr Itai Rusike said it was high time government moves to address the blood pricing issue as it was putting lives of vulnerable and poor Zimbabweans who cant afford blood in danger. “The Community Working Group on…

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