Boon For Volunteer Nurses

HEALTH and Child Care Minister Dr Obadiah Moyo has directed the Health Service Board to give first preference to volunteer nurses offering healthcare services in emergency and medical departments. By Kudakwashe Pembere He said this while addressing these nurses unde the banner of Zimbabwe Young Nurses Association. “Treasury through Cabinet gave us 700 posts so I have instructed HSB to give first priority nurses as these when they apply for jobs,” he said. ZYNA president Tafadzwa Jackson said they deployed 15 nurses at Parirenyatwa and another 15 at Harare Central…

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Gvt Announces Nurses Interview Dates

THE Ministry of Health and Child Care  announced the interview dates for the January 2020 Intake for all shortlisted candidates. Interviews will be conducted on 2 and 3 January 2020 at two interview centers which are Parirenyatwa Adlam House and United Bulawayo Hospitals (UBH) School of Nursing. Time: 0730 hours Invited candidates to bring the following: • Original O-level and A-level certificates (no result slips,) • Birth certificate, • Identification card • Marriage certificate where applicable. Please note: 1. Candidates shortlisted for interviews at Parirenyatwa Adlam House are for Harare…

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Zimbabweans Now living longer Says WHO

ZIMBABWE is experiencing a shift in its population dynamics amidst indications that the proportion of older persons in Zimbabwe is on the increase, a situation which  calls for more focused and sustained investments into their health, a  top World Health Organisation (WHO) official has said. By Michael Gwarisa In an exclusive interview with HealthTimes, World Health Organization (WHO) Zimbabwe National Programs Officer for Family and Reproductive Health, Dr Trevor Kanyowa said life expectancy has continually risen and is currently estimated at an average of 61 years compared to an average…

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MCAZ Warns Of Substandard Flue Medication

THE Medicines Control Authority of Zimbabwe (MCAZ) warns the public not to acquire yet consume a fake and substandard version of Flumed found being sold in some Harare and Chivhu pharmacies. By Kuda Pembere This is part of its efforts of safeguarding the safety and efficacy of medicinal products for public and animal health. “This Medicinal Product Alert relates to one falsified version of Flumed ® (Paracetamol/ Phenylephrine Hydrochloride/ Dextromethorphan Hydrobromide/ Chlorpheniramine Maleate) Syrup circulating in Harare and Chivhu, presented under the name Flumed ® Syrup manufactured by Varichem Pharmaceuticals,”…

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Zim Tobacco Use To Drop

THE prevalence of tobacco users in Zimbabwe is expected to drop next year to 12percent from 24, 6 percent in 2015, a latest World Health Organisation report on trends in prevalence of tobacco use 2000-2025 forecasts. By Kudakwashe Pembere The third edition of this report, states in 2000 the prevalence of tobacco users and smokers stood in Zimbabwe was 29, 6 dropping to 24, 6 percent in 2015 while expected to further decrease to 12 percent in 2020. The WHO projects the prevalence to be reduced to 11, 4 percent…

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Zim Gets USD500million Global Fund Grant

ZIMBABWE has been given a USD500 million grant by the Global Fund To Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria which will be spread from 2020 to 2022. By Kudakwashe Pembere Of the grant, USD425 034 576 was earmarked for HIV/AIDS, USD 23,771,855 for Tuberculosis and USD 51,684,333 for Malaria. The Global Fund’s 2020-2022 allocation methodology is geared toward increasing the overall impact of programs to prevent, treat and care for people affected by HIV, TB and malaria, and to build resilient and sustainable systems for health. The allocations provide significantly more…

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National Health Commission Key For UHC

A National Health Commission to coordinate all diseases in the country aside from HIV/AIDS could help Zimbabwe achieve universal health coverage by 2030, a Public Health Advocate has said. By Kudakwashe Pembere Ms Tariro Kutadza proposed the nation to come up with a national health commission or better yet modify the National Aids Council of Zimbabwe (NACZ) to wear the UHC eyes. She said the country could take a leaf from Botswana which rebranded itself to a National Aids and Health Promotion Agency from the National Aids Council of Botswana.…

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Zim Poised To Become Sub Saharan Africa’s Hub For Urinary Tract Endoscopy: Chinese Official

THE Chinese Government envisions Zimbabwe becoming a largest urinary tract endoscopy centre for Sub-Saharan Africa. By Kudakwashe Pembere This was said by the Vice Governor of Hunan Province in China Wu Guiying while handing over Urinary Surgical Instrument Donation to Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals. “Especially, this year marks the fourth year that Xiangya Hospital of Central South University and Parirenyatwa Hospital of Zimbabwe have launched a program of cooperative hospital in urology. In the past four years, we have strengthened cooperation and are committed to establishing the largest urinary tract…

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Govt Electrifies Rural Clinics In 3rd 100 Day Cycle

CABINET says some healthcare facilities in rural areas across Zimbabwe were electrified during the third 100 day cycle. By Kudakwashe Pembere This report was made by the Minister of State for Presidential Affairs, Monitoring and Implementation of Government Programs Honorable Joram Gumbo. “42 institutions including schools, clinics and homesteads and service centres were electrified in the rural provinces,” announced the Minister of information, media and broadcasting services Senator Monica Mutsvanga in the last Post Cabinet media Briefing of the year. This electrification of clinics comes at a time when most clinics…

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First Line ART For Paediatrics Expected Soon

ABACAVIR/LAMIVUDINE, an antiretroviral regimen is expected into the country anytime soon, HealthTimes has learnt. By Kudakwashe Pembere Since 2013 World Health Organisation(WHO) Guidelines have recommended Abacavir/Lamivudine (ABC/3TC) as the preferred nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors (NRTI) backbone in first-line ART in children ages 3-10years and as one of two preferred NRTI backbones for first line in infants and children ages 0-3 years. NatPharm Operations Manager Mr Charles Mwaramba in an interview said, “Last time I heard, we learnt that medicine should arrive.” He however didn’t have the latest update since they have…

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