Corruption Reigns Supreme In Zim’s Health Sector-Report

THE Anti-Corruption Trust of Southern Africa (ACT-SA) has revealed shocking details of the endemic corruption which has eaten deep into Zimbabwe’s health sector.  By Michael Gwarisa An assessment carried out by ACT-SA indicates that Medical practitioners in the employ of the government also operate private businesses (clinics, hospital and surgeries) and are accused of spending more time at their private businesses than at government hospitals amongst a host of other ills. Mr. David Jamali, the Chairperson of the Anti-Corruption Trust of Southern Africa (ACT-SA) urged the Government of Zimbabwe to…

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Free Blood Initiative Hangs In Limbo…As Gvt Delays Financial Allocation

THE Ministry of Health and Child Care Permanent Secretary, Dr Agnes Mahomva has professed ignorance as to how much and when they will be disbursing their 2019 allocation towards the free blood initiative, a situation which poses a threat to the continuation of the program. By Michael Gwarisa In 2018, government committed to financing the free blood initiative through funding from the health levy which was introduced in 2017 under the then minister, Dr David Parirenyatwa’s administration. However, indications on the ground are that since beginning of the year, no…

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Dolutegravir Now Safe For All Women: WHO

THE World Health Organisation says it is now safe to use dolutegravir as a preferred antiretroviral drug on all populations including pregnant women and those of childbearing potential following new evidence assessing benefits and risks By Kudakwashe Pembere Initial studies highlighted a possible link between DTG and neural tube defects (birth defects of the brain and spinal cord that cause conditions such as spina bifida) in infants born to women using the drug at the time of conception.  This caused some scepticism of the drug. This potential safety concern was…

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300 Mentally Ill Inmates Trapped In Zim Prisons

A total of 300 prisoners diagnosed with mental disorders  have spent more than 10 years detained inside Chikurubi Maximum prison and other correctional facilities around the country due to the absence of a mental health tribunal review board. By Michael Gwarisa This was revealed by Bulawayo Metropolitan legislator, Honourable Jasmine Toffa during an oral evidence session where Ministry of Health and Child Care Permanent Secretary, Dr Agnes Mahomva was briefing Parliament on the steps government has taken to resolve the Mental Health Tribunal Board issue. It’s not just a few outstanding…

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