Health Sector Gets Additional ZW$352 Million From Mid Term Budget

FINANCE Minister Professor Mthuli Ncube has given the Health Ministry an additional ZW$352 million. By Kudakwashe Pembere Presenting the 2019 Mid Term Fiscal Policy Review and Supplementary Budget, Prof Ncube said the supplementary budget proposed additional provisions and reforms mainly related to social services delivery and social protection among other things. He also said there are some health facilities nearing completion. To date 4 posts, namely Dundwe, Minda, Kairezi and Gumbochuma are now in the final stages of completion and expected to be open to communities in the third quarter…

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Open Defecation Highest in Mat North

MATEBELELAND North recorded the highest number of households still practicing open defecation in the period 2018 to 2019, a Zimbabwe Vulnerability Assessment Committee (ZimVAC) survey has reported. By Michael Gwarisa According to the report, 60% of households in Mat North practice open defecation against a 33% national defecation rate. Open defecation was practiced by 33% of households nationally, with the highest proportion being in Matabeleland North was 60%. Binga had the highest proportion of households was 74.3% practising open defecation. Twelve districts had more than 50% of households practising open…

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UAE To Build Pharmaceutical Plant In Zim

THE United Arab Emirates (UAE) Government has pledged to build a pharmaceutical plant in the country. By Kudakwashe Pembere This was said by UAE Ambassador to South Africa and Zimbabwe Mahash Saeed Alhameli at the handover of medical equipment at NatPharm in Harare on Thursday. “We are here for the handover in Harare and also to other hospitals. This equipment is short term. The worth of this equipment is US$2 million. It covered the equipment needed and the maintenance. “And our plan also is to supply the government with medicine…

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Zim Among Countries With High HIV Drug Resistance- WHO

ZIMBABWE is among one of the 18 countries that recorded HIV drug resistance above 10% percent amidst indications that more women showed resistance to first line regimens efavirenz/nevirapine. In the SADC region, South Africa tops the list with a 23.6% Pretreatment Drug Resistance (PDR) to efavirenz/nevirapine followed by Namibia which has  a 13.8% PDR to EFV/NVP while Zimbabwe has 10.9% PDR to EDF/NVP. However, national guidelines in all these countries have been revised to include the use of DTG as preferred first-line ART for adults and adolescents (in women and girls…

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