Pharmaceutical Wholesalers Bemoan Power Cuts and Fuel Price Increases

INCESSANT dreary power cuts coupled with ever rising fuel prices have adversely affected the pharmaceutical wholesale industry’s operations in the last three months. By Kudakwashe Pembere Zimbabwe has had to endure 18 hour long power cuts, thus affecting productivity. In an interview, Pharmaceutical and Chemical Distributors director Prashant Shah said they wrote to Zesa informing them of the critical nature of their business but haven’t received a response. We run on generator for 18 hours a day. Cold chain management is a major problem as costs escalating due to fuel…

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The Union Commences Targeted TB Screening In Communities

THE International Union Against Tuberculosis (TB) and Lung Diseases has commenced targeted screening  in Seke and Chitungwiza, with the aim of identifying screening treatment and treatment initiatives on the spot. By Michael Gwarisa According to The Union, the program is targeting high HIV and TB risk groups which include People Living with HIV (PLHIV), former and present miners, congregate settings, smokers, people in contact with TB patients, the elderly, malnourished persons, under 5s, health workers, ex prisoners and lost to followup TB patients. The Union has already released screening schedules …

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UN Worried Over Increased New HIV Infections In Girls

OUTGOING United Nations (UN) resident coordinator, Mr Bishow Parajuli has expressed concern over increased cases of new HIV infections in girls and youths in Zimbabwe at a time when the country was witnessing a reduction in infections amongst other groups. By Michael Gwarisa According to the UNAIDS: HIV and Women report released early this year, Zimbabwe has 780 000 young girls infected with HIV. Briefing a Media Breakfast Meeting on Wednesday, Mr Parajuli said there was need for mobilisation of resources towards improving treatment and access to HIV prevention for…

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