Cyclone Kenneth To Hit Zimbabwe Tonight

THE Ministry of Local Government and Public Works has issued a warning over an impending tropical Cyclone Kenneth which is set to hit most parts of Zimbabwe tonight around 18:00 hours. By Michael Gwarisa Director Civil Protection Department in the ministry, Mr Nathan Nkomo said contrary to earlier reports that the cyclone would only hit Mozambique and Tanzania, indications are that the Cyclone is projected to hit some parts of Zimbabwe  which include Gokwe, Mt Darwin,  Chimanimani, Chipinge, Masvingo, Mutoko, Mbire, Mzarabani, Nyanga and Mzarabani. “Another cyclone, Cyclone Kenneth, is…

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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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Cyclone Idai Leaves 75 000 HIV Positive Women Vulnerable

A total number of 75 000 HIV positive women  from Zimbabwe, Mozambique and Malawai were affected by the Cyclone Idai which left millions in need of humanitarian assistance. By Michael Gwarisa In a flooding scenario, most people loose valuables ranging from property, medicines, shelter clothing and food items. According to the March 2019 United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)  Sub-Regional Situation Report for Malawi  Mozambique and Zimbabwe,  nearly 3 million people have been affected by flooding, among them more than 600,000 women of reproductive age, 70,000 pregnant women and 75,000 women…

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Parent To Child Communication Bridges SRHR Gap At Grassroots

ZIMBABWE has over the years been battling soaring cases of teenage pregnancies, early marriages, Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) and HIV infections in adolescents among a host of other sexual reproductive health related issues. By Michael Gwarisa recently In Zvimba According to the National Adolescent Fertility Study (NAFS) of 2016 conducted by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and the Zimbabwe National Family Planning Council (ZNFPC), adolescent pregnancies remain a major contributor to maternal and child mortality in Zimbabwe. In Zimbabwe, the adolescent fertility…

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SAFAIDS Launches Mobile SRHR App

SAfAIDS is empowering adolescents and youths to engage in social accountability monitoring of Sexual Reproductive Health [SRH] services through MobiSAfAIDS, an innovative mobile application. The organisation is empowering disadvantaged adolescents and youths in rural Hwange District with knowledge and skills on how they can engage health service providers towards enhancing SRH services delivery for young people. This is meant to promote youth participation in SRH services policy transformation conversation. The regional organisation in partnership with the Sweden (Sida) and Buwalo Matalikilo Trust [BMT] launched a Youth Friendly Corner at Lukosi…

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NBSZ Adequately Stocked For Easter Holidays

NATIONAL Blood Service of Zimbabwe says it is adequately stocked for the Easter Holidays. By Kudakwashe Pembere NBSZ Planning Information and Research Manager Dr Tonderai Mapako told HealthTimes that all their branches have enough stocks to meet the Easter demands. “We are adequately stocked for the Easter Holidays. We have sufficient blood at all our facilities in five branches and this should be able to take us to independence and Easter,” he said. The organisation’s Easter Blood collection campaign ends today following a successful Harare Ladies Gala blood drive last…

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Parirenyatwa Clinical Director Faces Chop

HEALTH Minister Dr Obadiah Moyo’s axe might sweep over Parirenyatwa Group of Hospital Clinical Director Mr Noah Madziva’s head for alleged truancy when the United Arab Emirates delegation visited the institution. HealthTimes Reporter This follows the dismissal of Harare Central Hospital boss Dr Nyasha Masuka on a similar charge. An investigation committee chaired by the Ministry’s Chief of Preventive Services Dr Gilbert Mhlanga was set up to look into the matter. Mr Madziva was summoned to answer the charges for not being present while acting as Parirenyatwa Hospital’s CEO at…

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NAC CEO Interviews Soon: Health Minister

APPLICATIONS for the position of National Aids Council of Zimbabwe (NAC)chief executive officer are trickling in with interviews set to be held soon. By Kudakwashe Pembere Health and Child Care Minister Dr Obadiah Moyo told HealthTimes that the response to the call for applications was overwhelming. “Then the issue of the CEO there are people who have applied and we are going to be conducting interviews soon,” he said. Government has since requested organisations even those in the HIV sector to submit their applications. Six people from the sector submitted…

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