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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Old Mutual Launches Emergency Rescue Package

OLD Mutual Zimbabwe has partnered Ace Air & Ambulance in launching an Emergency Rescue package which will offer emergency air & road medical rescue package to Old Mutual existing and new customers with effect from 1 Sept 2019. By Michael Gwarisa The Old Mutual Emergency Rescue Package comes with affordable rates & offers provision of a 24 hr emergency medical rescue; road & air ambulance, supported by helicopter services; provision of a medical doctor on board who attends to patients during transportation. James Halstead the Managing Director for Ace Air…

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Research And Development Can Fast Track Malaria Eradication

THE World Health Organization (WHO) says accelerated research and development (R&D) in new tools for malaria prevention and treatment is key if the world is to eradicate malaria in the foreseeable future. By HealthTimes Reporter This recommendation came in a report from WHO’s Strategic Advisory Group on Malaria Eradication (SAGme). Currently, less than 1% of funding for health R&D investment goes to developing tools to tackle malaria. “To achieve a malaria-free world we must reinvigorate the drive to find the transformative strategies and tools that can be tailored to the…

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Excessive Phone Use In Teens Not Linked To Mental Illness

A new study has found that the time teens invest on their phones and online does not necessarily have adverse effects on their mental health. By Kudakwashe Pembere The study tracking young adolescents on their smartphones to test whether more time spent using digital technoflogy linked to worse mental health outcomes was published in a journal called Clinical Psychological Science. These findings coming at a time when guardians, parents, or society worry about tons of hours spent on phones having undesired effects on their mental health could provide some relief.…

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PEPFAR To Invest $2 Billion For Women and Girls Empowerment

THE United States Government (USG) announced that it will invest nearly $2 billion this year to advance gender equality by supporting millions of women and girls through the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). “Through PEPFAR, the U.S. government is deeply committed to gender equality,” said Ambassador Deborah L. Birx, M.D., U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator and Special Representative for Global Health Diplomacy. “We are putting resources and actions behind our words by investing nearly $2 billion this year to save and improve the lives of millions of women…

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When Votes Matter More Than Preventing SGBV

ZIMBABWE is grappling with a huge burden of early marriages, rape, Sexual and Gender Based Violence (GBV) against women and young girls. By Michael Gwarisa Government  through support from the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and other donor and civil society groups have been running various programs at community level in a bid to end early marriages. According to the UNICEF 2017 statistics, 32% of girls in Zimbabwe are married before the age of 18 and 4% are married before their 15th birthday. The lowest median ages of marriage are…

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We Can’t Continue Subsidising Gvt Says Doctors

DOCTORS from across all government hospitals in the country have declared incapacitation in the wake of a 60% cost of living adjustment which was tabled by government last week which they say is insufficient. By Michael Gwarisa In a letter directed to the Health Services Board (HSB), Zimbabwe Hospital Doctors Association (ZHDA) acting president Dr Peter Magombeyi said the situation has reached another level and it can’t be business as usual. Reference is made to your response dated 19 August 2019, addressed to our Secretary General. The ZHDA National Executive…

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Call For Disaster Fund

HEALTH experts have called on government to set up a disaster fund which covers all disasters including road traffic accidents. By Kuda Pembere This call comes at a time when government is still mooting a Road Disaster Fund. PSMI Hospitals Division Director Dr Margaret Maulana proposed that the road disaster fund is not enough hence the need for a cross cutting fund looking after all disasters. I am happy that you said there is going to be a fund. It should not be just a fund for road traffic accidents…

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NatPharm To Control All Medical Imports Logistics

NATIONAL Pharmaceutical Company (NatPharm) will handle the transactions related to the importation of drugs along with active pharmaceutical ingredients. By Kudakwashe Pembere This is in line with the Health and Child Care Ministry’s vision to equip all the public hospitals. Health and Child Care Minister Dr Obadiah Moyo said this last week while officiating the annual Zimbabwe Medical Association scientific congress. The control of the forex, the financing is also going to be centralized with NatPharm playing a major role. They are the ones who will get the products, the…

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