ARVs Crisis Deepens…PLHIV Seek Audience With Finance Minister

PEOPLE living with HIV (PLHIV) will soon be engaging the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development  to plead with government to allocate  foreign currency for procuring Anti Retro Viral Drugs (ARVs), amidst indications that the National Aids Council (NAC) is struggling to make purchases since suppliers are demanding foreign currency. By Michael Gwarisa Indications on the ground show that procurement of ARVs medicines has of late been a Sisyphean task at the back of  NAC’s failure to convert the US$ 20 million in RTGS or bond notes stuck in their…

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SAZ Launches Reusable Sanitary Pads Standard

THE Standards Association of Zimbabwe (SAZ) has introduced a new standard, ZWS 1023 which will facilitate the production of quality and safe reusable pads in the country, HealthTimes has learnt. By Michael Gwarisa In an interview with HealthTimes, SAZ Standards Development Manager, Ms Romana  Marunda said this standard covers the manufacturing and performance requirements for sanitary pads. “The national standards ZWS 1023: Reusable sanitary pads was developed by a technical committee composed of several stakeholders. It outlines:  general requirements for factories and employees manufacturing sanitary pads, requirements for sanitary pads…

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Cholera outbreak hits Mutoko

An 18-year-old Mutoko man has succumbed to cholera, with four others currently admitted as the country records a fresh outbreak of the medieval waterborne disease. SOURCE: NEWSDAY Mashonaland East provincial Epidemiology and Disease Control officer Paul Matsvimbo confirmed the fresh outbreak yesterday and said government had since set up two treatment camps in the area. “I confirm the death of an 18-year-old male adult in the Rukanda area, about 15km from Mutoko Centre. We received a report of a suspected death by cholera from a village health worker. Our team…

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Gvt Condemns Rape By Security Forces

THE Ministry of Home Affairs has condemned the alleged rape and victimisation of women and civilians by members of security forces following the crackdown on by the army and police force in recent weeks. By Michael Gwarisa Foreign media has of late exposed a myriad of atrocities being perpetrated by soldiers in most high density residential areas in Bulawayo, Harare and some parts of the country. In a statement, Home Affairs minister, Ambassador Cain Mathema said they had received only one official police report by a rape victim and have…

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Rape Victims Urged To Visit The Clinic Within 72 Hours

THE Adult Rape Clinic is calling on all victims of rape to seek medical assistance from nearest clinics within 72 hours to avoid pregnancy, HIV infection among other health complications. HealthTimes Reporter Their call comes hot on the heels of numerous reports of rape obtaining around the country as a result of the military and police crackdown on-citizens following last week’s protests. Through their micro-blogging site, Adult Rape Clinic said rape victims do not need to produce a police report to get medical attention at any health institution. “Receiving Medical…

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#BREAKING: Oliver Mtukudzi Dies

LEGENDARY musician and HIV/AIDS activist, Oliver “Tuku” Mtukudzi has died, he was 66. By Michael Gwarisa HealthTimes was yet to ascertain the cause of Tuku’s death by the time of going live but a reliable family source confirmed that he died at The Avenues Clinic. Tuku recently suffered a heart failure which forced him to abandon shows.   …MORE DETAILS TO FOLLOW  

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SA Woman Invents Revolutionary Anti-Rape Gadget For Women

…It Delivers Instant Justice To The Offender RAPE is increasingly developing into an untamed beast the world over with cases of rape continuously being reported daily. By Michael Gwarisa According to global rape statistics, a woman is raped after every 98 seconds in the United States of America while South Africa also has a high rape prevalence rate. Rape is a type of sexual assault usually involving sexual intercourse or other forms of sexual penetration carried out against a person without that person’s consent. To rid the world of this…

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Extending Medical Degree Period Will Isolate Zim

Zimbabwe risks isolating itself from existing mutual recognition and relationships with the global and regional medical community through extending the period of medical studies to seven years.   By Kudakwashe Pembere This comes as universities offering the medical degree and students are grappling to come to terms with this directive from the regulator of universities and colleges, the Zimbabwe Council of Higher Education (ZIMCHE). Heaping two more college years on medical students in essence would see them being offered completion certificates after seven years against the globally accepted five. Resultantly,…

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DFID Avails US$5 Mln For Food Assistance In Zim

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has welcomed a £3.95 million (US$5 million) contribution from the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID) to its 2018/19 Lean Season Assistance programme in Zimbabwe. The contribution will help WFP to provide cash-based food assistance to some 97,000 highly food insecure people in rural areas, and to another 19,000 in a Harare suburb. “We are grateful for this timely commitment, which will allow us to provide immediate, much-needed assistance to some of the most vulnerable people in Zimbabwe,” said Eddie Rowe, WFP’s…

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#DISGUSTING: Teenagers Boiling Used Tampons To Get High

LET me start off by apologizing, because things are about to get really disgusting. The newest teen fad is here, and it’s way worse than eating Tide Pods. Some teens are boiling used tampons in water and drinking the resulting concoction in order to get high. SOURCE: Yahoo Lifestyle Unfortunately, this isn’t a joke. Police all around Indonesia have arrested multiple teens caught using the sanitary devices in order to get high, according to Straits Times. It gets worse (if that’s even possible). Most of the time, these used pads…

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