#BREAKING: New Health Services Law To Bar Doctors From Striking

GOVERNMENT has approved the principles of the  the new Health Services Amendment Bill which only allows aggrieved health workers to go on strike for a few  hours, a Cabinet official said on Tuesday. By Kudakwashe Pembere The legislation with principles approved by Cabinet forbids indefinite job action by health workers. During a post cabinet press briefing, Health and Child Care Minister Dr Obadiah Moyo said they will not tolerate an industrial action which at the end of the day endangers the lives of patients. The Bill will make sure that…

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Fast food may contribute to teen depression, study says

Preteens are known for their defiant attitudes and dramatic mood swings, but over the last decade a much more disturbing characteristic has been increasing: depression. SOURCE: CNN A new study finds that one culprit may be a high fast-food, low plant–based diet. When researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham analyzed urine from a group of middle schoolers, they found high levels of sodium and low levels of potassium. High sodium, you’ve got to think of highly processed food,” said lead author Sylvie Mrug, chair of the psychology department…

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There Is No Going Back This Time- Doctors

GOVERNMENT doctors who downed tools today (September 3 2019) citing incapacitation as a result of the prevailing economic woes, have vowed to dig in until their demands are met. By Michael Gwarisa In an interview with HealthTimes, Zimbabwe Hospital Doctors Association (ZHDA) acting president Dr Peter Magombeyi  said they will not be forced into submission by any tricks and negotiations need to be impartial and sincere. It’s incapacitation and not a strike and yes the doctors have heeded the call to withhold their services and not to report for work.…

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UZ College Of Health Sciences To Teach Emergency Medicine

THE University Of Zimbabwe College Of Health Sciences says it will soon incorporate emergency medicine into its curriculum. By Kudakwashe Pembere Emergency medicine, also known as accident and emergency medicine, is the medical specialty concerned with the care of illnesses or injuries requiring immediate medical attention. Emergency physicians care for unscheduled and undifferentiated patients of all ages. With this discipline gaining traction across the world while Zimbabwe is catching up, indications were that they would have loved to do have emergency medicine next year. The UZCHS dean Professor Rangarirai Masanganise…

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WHO Updates Contraceptive Eligibility For Women At High Risk of HIV

WHO has changed its recommendations for progestogen-only injectables and intrauterine devices (IUDs) for women at high risk of HIV from a Category 2 to a Category 1. Additional clarifications are provided for the IUD recommendation. These recommendations stem from a meeting of the Guideline Development Group at which a wide range of stakeholders were represented including experts in family planning and HIV, representatives from affected populations, clinicians, epidemiologists, researchers, programme managers, policy-makers and guideline methodologists. The Group reviewed evidence on hormonal contraception and HIV acquisition published since the previous review…

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