One Person Commits Suicide Every 40 Seconds: WHO

THE number of countries with national suicide prevention strategies has increased in the five years since the publication of WHO’s first global report on suicide, said the World Health Organization in the lead-up to World Suicide Prevention Day on 10 September. BY HealthTimes Reporter But the total number of countries with strategies, at just 38, is still far too few and governments need to commit to establishing them. “Despite progress, one person still dies every 40 seconds from suicide,” said WHO Director-General, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. “Every death is a…

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Health, Finance Ministers Directed To Address Doctors’ Plight

CABINET has tasked Health and Finance Ministers to urgently address allowance grievances by junior doctors whose declaration of incapacitation has  further crippled the health delivery system. By Kudakwashe Pembere Briefing the media in the 32nd Cabinet Decision matrix on Tuesday, Information, Media and Broadcasting Services Minister Monica Mutsvangwa said they learnt that the doctors received their Cost of Living Adjustment monies last week. “The Minister of Health and Child Care briefed Cabinet on the strike action by some junior doctors over their conditions of service. Cabinet noted that the junior…

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Concern Over Delayed Reportage Of Child Abuse Cases

THE slow pace at which child abuse survivors delay reporting has resulted in them not having early medical interventions, a Zimbabwe Republic Police official has said. By Kudakwashe Pembere Speaking at the Save The Children centenary celebrations on Tuesday, Supt Francis Mutema with the Victim Friendly Unit said they have observed a growing saddening trend of people closely linked to the survivors of child abuse promoting a culture of silence through intimidation. “We have also learnt from the analysis of the data we are handling on a day to day…

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Adults Receiving Pediatric ART

ZIMBABWEAN adults living with HIV are reportedly getting antiretroviral medicines meant for pediatrics a sign showing the country is experiencing stockouts, Parliamentarians heard on Monday. By Kudakwashe Pembere Addressing a joint sitting of Health and Child Care committee and the Thematic Committee on HIV and AIDS, Zimbabwe Young Positives National Coordinator Ms Anna Sango said several health institutions have been giving adults pediatric drugs such as Abacavir. “The challenge is that as a substitute to the regimen given to adults, you will find cases of them being given pediatric Abacavir…

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