#BREAKING: PSMAS Increases Tariffs By 80%

GOVERNMENT has approved Premier Medical Aid Society’s (PSMAS) request to review its tariffs upwards. By Michael Gwarisa Health Services Board (HSB) Executive Director, Ms Ruth Kaseke said they have given PSMAS the green light to review tariffs  in line with the prevailing economic challenges which is characterised by hyperinflation and massive foreign currency shortages. Please be advised that treasury has approved the review of monthly subscriptions in line with the prevailing economic environment. “Accordingly, subscriptions for members have been reviewed by 80% with effect from August 1, 2019 in line…

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195 Zimbabweans On Third Line ART Drugs

THERE are about 195 patients on the third line Antiretroviral Treatment (ART) regimen in Zimbabwe which health experts say is not a good sign. By Kuda Pembere While presenting at the Zima Scientific Conference, Newlands Clinic’s Chimbetete said due to lack of genotype resistance testing in the country’s public health institutions, they could not get some of the results like Viral load and CD4 counts. This was from a study they did on the four centres with people on third line ART namely Newlands Clinic, Mpilo Hospital, Harare Central Hospital…

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Switzerland Boost Funding For AIDS, TB and Malaria

THE Swiss government is stepping up support for the fight against infectious diseases by contributing nearly CHF100 million ($102 million) to UN health agencies. By Michael Gwarisa The Federal Council on 21 August 2019 approved a contribution of CHF64 million for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (Global Fund) for the 2020–22 period and a further CHF30 million for the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) for the 2019–21 period. Speaking to HealthTimes, The Swiss Embassy in Zimbabwe said the Global Fund was one of Switzerland’s…

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