Bring the most injured Cyclone Idai survivors, says Avenues Clinic

AVENUES Clinic says it is ready to assist Cyclone Idai victims who need delicate surgery . By Kuda Pembere Avenues Clinic Corporate Communications officer, Mrs Cordellia Shereni, says this is their way of giving assistance to those who desperately need it. “The Avenues Clinic is the only facility in the country that is equipped and resourced to handle these major injuries and efforts are still ongoing to identify more cases of those critically injured. The clinic is also appealing to those who might know of such cases of Cyclone Idai…

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Zim To Scale Up Communities Targeted TB Screening

THE Ministry of Health and Care (MoHCC) has set targets to expand targeted community screening for Tuberculosis (TB) in high risk areas, amidst indications that the national treatment coverage rate is still very low, currently at 71 percent against a national target of 90 percent. By Michael Gwarisa in Mangwe District Through a program dubbed Targeted Screening for Active TB among High Risk groups which is funded by The Global Fund and USAID Challenge TB and is being implemented by The Union and FACT, the initiative identifies priority districts every…

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Gvt Launches New Mental Health Strategic Plan

THE National Mental Health Services Strategy for the period 2019 to 2023 launched on Friday is set to improve quality of patient care, service delivery, mental health awareness and community empowerment, a Cabinet minister said. By Kudakwashe Pembere Health and Child Care Minister Dr Obadiah Moyo officiating the launch said the plan is expected to among other things improve to access of mental healthcare services. “There is a need to decentralized mental healthcare and integrating into general medical healthcare from primary healthcare level with programs such as the WHOMental Health…

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HIV/TB Co-infection Drives TB Mortality In Matebeleland

MATEBELELAND province currently has the highest TB deaths standing at 19 percent as of 2018 owing to increased cases of HIV/TB co-infection, a health official has said. By Michael Gwarisa in Bulawayo In an interview on the side-lines of the World TB Day commemorations conference in Bulawayo which also marked the presentation of Zimbabwe’s first national TB patient cost survey which was done by the Ministry of health in collaboration with The Union through funding from USAID, Deputy Director Aids and TB Unit in the Ministry of health, Dr Charles…

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Access To Sexual Health Without Age Of Consent The Way To Go

THERE should be no specific age of consent on access to sexual reproductive health services while the statutory age for sexual activities should remain at 16. By Kudakwashe Pembere This was said by parliamentarians, High School pupils, peer educators, and health civil society organisations following reports that some were lobbying for age of consent on sex be reduced to 12 years. Health and Child Care Parliamentary Portfolfio Committee chair Dr Ruth Labode told HealthTimes that she was not for reducing the age of consensual sex to 12 from 16 years.…

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Action Aid Brings Relief To Cyclone Idai Affected Women

ZIMBABWE’S humanitarian organisation, Action Aid has extended US$50,000 worth donations targeted at addressing women dignity issues in the Cyclone Idai ravaged Manicaland province. By Michael Gwarisa Commenting on the development, Action Aid country director, Joy Mabenge said it had come to their attention that the Cylone which hit the province about a week ago had deeply affected women’s Sexual Reproductive Health and livelihoods hence the donation. “Our signature is quite clear, we are promoting women led emergencies, we are promoting women rights emergency response and we have brought with us here…

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Parents Urged To Present Childhood Cancers Early

PARENTS are presenting their children late for diagnosis of Retinoblastoma (cancer of the eye) and Wilms Tumor (cancer of the kidney) resulting in increased child mortality in the country, medical experts have said. By Kudakwashe Pembere These are the leading causes of cancer deaths among children aged three years and below in Zimbabwe. Retinablastoma is a rare form of cancer that rapidly develops from the immature cells of a retina, the light-detecting tissue of the eye An ophthalmologist from Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals, and a paediatric surgeon form Harare Central…

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Mthuli Ncube Meets Global Fund Team Over 2% Tax…Gvt Agrees To Resolve Anomaly

TREASURY is willing to address the 2 percent Intermediated Money Transfer Tax burden on recipients of the Global Fund money. By Kudakwashe Pembere This follows complaints by recipients implementing health programs funded by the Global Fund, that Finance Minister Professor Mthuli Ncube’s 2 percent tax is wading into forbidden territory. The Global Fund team  had a meeting with the Finance Minister over the 2 percent issue and domestic resource mobilisation. In an exclusive interview with HealthTimes,  Grant Management Division Head Mr Mark Edington said they had fruitful deliberations with the…

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NBSZ Engages UAE Delegation Over Critical Blood Essentials

THE National Blood Services of Zimbabwe (NBSZ) has presented its five key priority areas to the visiting United Arab Emirates (UAE) delegation in a move meant to improve the organisation’s operating capacity and service delivery. By Michael Gwarisa Making a presentation to the UAE delegation, NBSZ Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Ms Lucy Marowa said the organisation had five key priority areas which require urgent attention. These include Cold chain equipment (freezers, fridges, cold rooms, blood transportation boxes), blood collection vehicles, floor standing centrifuges/refrigerates centrifuges, Blood collection bags and testing kits.…

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Cyclone Idai Survivors Contract Parasitic Diseases

CYCLONE Idai survivors have contracted parasitic diseases, raising fears of gut and gastrointestinal infections in affected areas. By Kudakwashe Pembere This was revealed by Health and Child Care Minister Dr Obadiah Moyo on Monday at an International Red Cross Community donation at National Pharmaceutical Company (NatPharm) offices. “And I have already got some information from the Provincial Medical Director that we are now getting children affected by parasites. So we need medication to cure the children from parasites. Get them out of their body systems,” he said. The Minister leaded…

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