Government In A Fix Over Doctors’ Strike- Parirenyatwa

HEALTH and Child Care Minister  Dr David Parirenyatwa says treasury is caught between a rock and hard place on whether they should heed to the doctors calls to increase allowances and remuneration for doctors amidst fears that such a move could trigger an even worse industrial action across other sections of the health sector. By Michael Gwarisa The doctors strike has entered its 21st day and indications of the industrial action ending soon are slim as doctors and associations representing doctors have vowed to dig in unless their demands are…

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Nestle Avails 63 Neonatal kits to Health Ministry

Government on Wednesday received 63 neonatal resuscitation kits from Nestle Nutrition Institution Africa which will help reduce neonatal mortality rate. By Kudakwashe Pembere In a speech read on his behalf by Principal Director Preventive Services Dr Gibson Mhlanga Health and Childcare minister David Parirenyatwa said the kits will help tackle neo-natal mortality. “It is my pleasure and singular honor to be officiating at this important event where we are here to witness the handover of 63 neonatal resuscitation kits from Nestlé Nutrition Institute Africa. This signifies great private sector support…

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Food programme improves school enrollment in Chivi rural

TEACHERS in Chivi central Masvingo province have applauded the government for implementing food programme in schools saying the number of pupils enrolling in schools has since improved. By Staff Reporter The teachers said the children were feeding on wild berries and having one meal a day in the hunger stricken province. The Home Grown School Feeding Programme was launched in 2016 as one of the direct interventions in the health of learners making schools places of promoting education and nutrition. Jaka Primary school headmaster, Pfuurai Chimbunde, in a n interview…

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#SisterToSister Program Keeps UMP Girls Off Early Marriages and HIV Risk

THE Sister to Sister program being spearheaded by the Zimbabwe Community Health Intervention Research project (Zichire) is working flat out to ensure young girls in Uzumba, Maramba and Pfungwe (UMP) pursue their dreams without the inconvenience of early marriages and HIV infection. By Michael Gwarisa recently in UMP The issue of early marriages is most prevalent in the UMP district with members of the Appstolic sect (Mapostori ekwa Marange) and artisanal miners (Makororkoza) being the major perpetrators  and drivers of early marriages. In an interview on the sidelines of a…

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Zim Commemorates World Oral Health Day

Zimbabwe on Wednesday joined the rest of the world in commemorating World Oral Health Day. By Kudakwashe Pembere The celebrations ran under the theme Say Ahhh. Think mouth. Think health. Officiating the celebrations, Health and Childcare minister Dr David Parirenyatwa revealed that about 30 percent of Zimbabwean children have been found with tooth decay alongside a 60 percent having a tooth or more pulled. “In Zimbabwe in at each school’s screening a significant proportion have tooth decay (more than 30%) and at every community outreach more than 60% of the…

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Government Complacency in Dealing with the Doctors Strike A Cause for Concern

The Zimbabwe Association of Doctors for Human Rights (ZADHR) says is deeply saddened by the lack of urgency on the part of the government in resolving the striking doctors’ concerns and demands regarding their wellbeing and the health of their patients. ZADHR wishes to reiterate that the primary responsibility in achieving the right to health lies with the government. We also note the lukewarm response as people are losing lives, emergency departments are shutting down, and the children and maternity units closed in major hospitals leaving the indigent further exposed.…

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TB Wreaks Havoc In Midlands Province Prisons

AT least 14 percent of prison inmates in three correctional centres in the Midlands province, namely Gwanda, Shurugwi and Blue Hills probation centres tested  positive for Tuberculosis (TB) according to an assessment conducted by the Jointed Hands Welfare Organisation (JHWO). By Michael Gwarisa Speaking to HealthTimes, JHWO Communications and Liaison Officer, Melody Mukundwi said they tested and screened a number inmates in the province and a number of them tested positive for the respiratory ailment. “JHWO is operational in three prisons Gwanda, Shurungwi and Blue Hills probation in Gweru. In…

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Drought Threatens ART Adherence In Mudzi

Lack of sufficient food at household level as a result of a heat wave induced drought in Mudzi district is posing a threat to consistent adherence to Antiretroviral therapy (ART) in area, people living with HIV in the area have said. By Michael Gwarisa in Mudzi Community Art Refil Group (CARG) Dirstict Focal Person for Mudzi, Shupikai Chaparapata told Journalists during a National Aids Council (NAC) media tour last week that the food situation was bad and people living with HIV were finding difficult to adhere to ART in the…

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Moonlight Testing Effective Tool In HIV Hotspots

PEOPLE  coming for HIV, Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and cervical cancer screening services during moonlight testing sessions are more compared to those who seek Sexual Reproductive Health (SRH) services during the day at major hotspots in Mashonaland East. By Michael Gwarisa in Mash East The program is dubbed moonlight because the tests take place at night to help protect those who fear being stigmatised by being seen visiting the centres during the day. According to the National Aids Council District Aids Office for Mrehwa, the open air daylight session at…

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Barriers Preventing Adolescents From accessing SRH services In Zim

In Zimbabwe, a host of barriers are preventing adolescents, defined as aged 10 to 19 years, from accessing sexual and reproductive health (SRH) services safely and confidentially without the consent of their parents. HealthTimes Reporter Without free and informative access to health services that include contraceptives, treatment for sexually transmitted infections and condoms, national studies show that rates of adolescent pregnancy and HIV are increasing, while knowledge levels around sexual health are declining.  One study revealed that Zimbabwe has the highest teenage fertility rate in sub-Saharan Africa with one in…

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