Free Cervical Cancer Treatment At Parirenyatwa

A Chinese alongside Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals will be freely screening and treating about 1 000 women for cervical cancer. By HealthTimes Reporter Human Provincial Maternal and Child Health Hospital and Parirenyatwa are looking for 1 000 women aged between 30 and 65. “Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals in partnership with Hunan Provincial Maternal and Child Health Hospital from the People’s Republic of China are inviting up to 1000 women aged between 30 and 65 for FREE early cervical cancer screening and treatment,” read a joint press release from the two…

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Medical Aid Fees To Go Up By 400%

MEDICAL Aid Societies want to increase their tariffs by up to 400 percent at a time when healthcare costs are already unbearable for their members, the Association of Healthcare Funders of Zimbabwe (AHFoZ) has said. By Kudakwashe Pembere This follows a recent upward review by 40% and 30% of fees payable by AHFoZ members to medical professionals and private hospitals units respectively. “A number of the providers have also approached the association to submit requests for additional or new increases to the current tariffs for various reasons. The increases range…

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Urgent need to scale-up assistance to drought affected people

THE United Nations says even though the country was still reeling from the effects of the Cyclone Idai, there was need to increase support in drought hit affected areas around the country. HealthTimes Reporter The UN Zimbabwe team concluded a two-day field visit to UN supported relief efforts and development programmes in two districts in Masvingo Province. The team was led by the UN Resident Coordinator in Zimbabwe Mr. Bishow Parajuli together with FAO Sub-Regional Coordinator for Southern Africa and Representative to Zimbabwe Mr Alain Onibon, UNDP Resident Representative Mr…

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Butterfly Cup Co Sets Up Menstrual Health Trust

THE Butterfly Cup Company is set to launch the Menstrual Health Specialist Trust (MHS) which will serve as a platform for sourcing donor and partner funding for menstrual health products and services in Zimbabwe. By Michael Gwarisa The organisation’s Managing Director, Sarah Fox said the official launch of the trust has been scheduled for May 14, 2019. “On 14 May we are officially launching The Menstrual Health Specialists Trust in Zimbabwe. The Trust is being set up to attract donors and partners who may be interested in supporting our girls…

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NBSZ Ups Blood Collection Tempo

 THE National Blood Service of Zimbabwe (NBSZ), has ramped up blood collection efforts as it aims to surpass its 2019 target of 108, 405 units. By Michael Gwarisa in Marondera The development comes at the back of indications that some provinces have of late been surpassing their monthly collection targets. In an interview with HealthTimes during the Mixed Gala in Marondera, NBSZ head planning and recruitment, Mr Tichaona Saira said they have activated Mixed blood Galas which cater for both sexes in most hard to reach areas in a bid…

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WHO Commends Less Screen Time For Children Under 5

THE World Health Organisation recommends that for children to grow up healthy TV and or screen time should be reduced to less than an hour a day for those under two years. By HealthTimes Reporter In a statement, WHO said children under five must spend less time sitting watching screens, or restrained in prams and seats, get better quality sleep and have more time for active. This suggestion comes at a time when infants are getting exposed to too much electronic devices “Achieving health for all means doing what is…

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New CEOs for Hre, Chitungwiza hospitals

THE  Health Services Board (HSB) has appointed Dr Tinashe Dhobbie as chief executive for Harare Central Hospital taking over from Dr Nyasha Masuka who resigned at the beginning of the month. Source: The Herald The board also appointed Dr Enock Mayida as chief executive of Chitungwiza Central Hospital, taking over from Dr Obadiah Moyo who is now the Minister of Health and Child Care. Dr Dhobbie has been serving as a public health physician with the Zimbabwe Prisons and Correctional Services and Dr Mayida as a specialist general practitioner. HSB…

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Zimbabwe Needs A Centralised Disaster Communication Plan

ZIMBABWE is yet to heal from the Cyclone Idai wounds and yet another tropical Cyclone dubbed Cyclone Kenneth is headed our way. In March this year, the country was hit by cyclone Idai which left hundreds of people dead, thousands others injured and displaced. The mere thought of another cyclone coming to Zimbabwe right now brings a chilling and horrific reminder of the deaths and horror the people of Chimanani, Chipinge and some parts of Masvingo encountered. However, there is a demon called confusion which is deeply embed in our…

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385k Get Cholera Vaccine in Chipinge and Chimanimani

ABOUT 385 000 people in Cyclone Idai affected areas of Chimanimani and Chipinge received the oral cholera vaccine as of Wednesday, UNICEF has said. By Kudakwashe Pembere The cholera vaccination initiative which commenced last week is a preventive measure to avert a possible cholera outbreak in the affected areas. The target is to administer the oral vaccine to over 480 000 people in the affected areas aged 12 months and older. “As we approach the end of Oral Cholera Vaccination Campaign in the two #CycloneIdal affected districts, Chimanimani and Chipinge.…

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Substantial Drop In Zim Malaria Cases and Deaths

ZIMBABWE recorded 192 malaria deaths in 2018 representing a significant 63 percent drop compared to the previous year. By Kudakwashe Pembere A progress in eliminating malaria, the country achieved another feat where malaria cases were reduced by 44 percent in the same period. “There were 264 278 malaria cases and 192 deaths in Zimbabwe in 2018. This represents a substantial decline from the previous year: a 44 percent reduction in cases and a 63 percent reduction in deaths,” said the ministry. This feat could not have been achieved without the assistance…

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