Surprise Reshuffle In Health Ministry

PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa has replaced Retired Major General Dr Gerald Gwinji with Dr Agnes Mahomva in a surprise reshuffling exercise. Dr Gerald Gwinji who is yet to be reassigned was the Ministry’s Permanent secretary since 2009. By Kudakwashe Pembere “The chief secretary to the president and cabinet is pleased to announce that his Excellency, the President, has, in terms of Section 205 [1] of the Constitution of Zimbabwe amendment [No 20] Act 2013, appointed Dr Agnes Mahomva as the Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Health and Child Care…,” Chief…

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First Malaria Vaccine To Be Tested In Malawi

A large-scale trial of what has been called the world’s first malaria vaccine to give partial protection to children is due to start in Malawi. The RTS,S vaccine trains the immune system to attack the malaria parasite, which is spread by mosquito bites. SOURCE: BBC Earlier, smaller trials showed that nearly 40% of the 5-to-17-month-olds who received it were protected. Malaria cases appear to be on the rise again after a decade of success in combating the deadly disease. “This is a landmark moment for immunisations, malaria control, and public…

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National Health Insurance panacea to achieving Universal Health Coverage in Zimbabwe

ACCORDING to the World Health Organisation (2013), Universal Health Coverage (UHC) means people receive the health services they need without suffering financial hardships.  Achieving UHC has become a key health policy goal in many countries throughout the world, clearly reflected in the World Health Assembly Resolution 58.33 (2005) and being a key component of the SDG goal 3.8. By Enock Musungwini UHC seeks to ensure that all people obtain the health services they need without risking financial hardship from unaffordable out-of-pocket payments (WHO Bulletin, 2013). UHC is firmly based on…

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