Wilkins Get USD500 000 Facelift From Chinese Businessmen

CHINESE private companies in Zimbabwe have earmarked USD500 000 for the refurbishment of Wilkins Infectious Diseases Hospital, HealthTimes has learnt. By Kudakwashe Pembere Wilkins is designated Isolation facility for handling of coronavirus disease in Harare. Speaking to this publication on the sidelines of the Launch of the Wilkins Hospital Refurbishment Project at the Chinese Embassy, Jin An Corporation Pvt Limited Managing Director Mr David Zhou said they want to complete the renovations as fast as they can before the virus comes into the country. In our budget it’s about half…

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#JUSTIN: Gvt Agrees To Shut Schools Due To Covid-19

THE Zimbabwean government has genuflected to the demands of parents and stakeholders in the education sector to close schools in the wake of the Coronavirus (Covid-19) which has wrecked havoc across the globe. By Michael Gwarisa Even though Zimbabwe is yet to record a single case, President, Emmerson Mnangagwa said schools would be closed on March, 24, 2020 to allow for orderly closure of the institutions. Following concerns from parents, as well representations by the educational sector, government has decided that all schools and tertiary institutions (colleges, polytechinics and universities)…

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Coronavirus Versus Allergies, Here Is How To Notice The Difference

If you have a runny nose or itchy eyes, it doesn’t mean you have the novel coronavirus. However, if you have a dry cough, fatigue, and a fever, you might have COVID-19. Then again, it could also be seasonal flu. SOURCE: HEALTHLINE “Not all symptoms are created equally. While it might seem like you have coronavirus, you may simply be experiencing seasonal allergies or influenza,” Lindsey Elmore, PharmD, a board-certified pharmacotherapy specialist and host of “The Lindsey Elmore Show,” told Healthline. “There are many symptoms of cold, flu, and COVID…

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Stapleford Muslim Community Gets HIV Education

THE Muslim AIDS Support Trust (MAST) is stepping up its efforts to raise awareness on HIV/AIDS alongside other diseases posing as public health threats. By Kudakwashe Pembere recently in Mt Hampden At a health training gathering for members of the Islam Faith on Sunday in Stapleford, Mt Hampden, it emerged that there was lack of knowledge among them on how to manage their health especially with HIV. Imam Rasheed Naino one of the organisers his HIV/Health Education campaign from MAST said they have been doing this since 2008 but were…

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Zim Launches Coronavirus Preparedness Response Plan

ZIMBABWE’S President Emmerson Mnangagwa has today launched the country’s Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) National Preparedness Response Plan. By Kudakwashe Pembere This follows his declaration of COVID-19 in Zimbabwe as a national disaster on Tuesday. Addressing local and diplomatic delegations, Mnangagwa said the COVID-19 was a threat not to be ignored given its detrimental impact on Zimbabwe’s major trading partners and the world. The World Health Organisation (WHO) has called it COVID 19 disease. Although global evidence is suggesting that the elderly and those with pre-existing medical conditions are at highest risk,…

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Police Vetting For Sunday School Teachers To Curb Child Sexual Abuse

ZCC Liason Officer Rev Samuel Sifelani

ZIMBABWE churches have introduced police vetting for aspiring Sunday School teachers in a bid to reduce growing cases of Child Sexual abuse in churches, HealthTimes can reveal. By Michael Gwarisa This revelation was made by Zimbabwe Council of Churches (ZCC) Liaison Officer, Reverend Samuel Sifelani at the Women and Girls Symposium in Epworth recently. Our goal is to ensure that the church becomes a refuge for people facing abuse. However, sexual abuse has also become an issue in the church where people are facing various forms of abuse including sexual…

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DEAF Zim Embarks On ART Defaulter Tracking Drive

DEAF Zimbabwe Trust (DZT) has kick-started a community Anteretroviral Treatment (ART) defaulter tracking campaign aimed at reducing default rates and increasing uptake of the live saving drugs amongst people living with HIV. By Michael Gwarisa Speaking to HealthTimes, Veronica Mwanza from Deaf Zimbabwe Trust said the project also has a a disability component where they folloup and offer support to people with various disabilities. We do what we call Defaulter tracking and psycho social support and adherence support to people living with HIV in selected areas that the project cover…

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Crisis Coalition Calls For Zim’s Immediate Implementation Of Coronavirus Preparedness Plan

THE Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition (CiZC) implores the government of Zimbabwe to speedily draft and implement a national plan on managing and mitigating the spread of Covid-19 (Corona Virus) in Zimbabwe. While we commend the government for issuing a gazette on measures to contain COVID 19, developments in the country before and after these measures do not point to vigilance in insulating citizens against Coronavirus. Barely a day after banning public gatherings, a rally with thousands of citizens in Nyanga was held today. Such a development undermines the measures to…

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#CORONAVIRUS: Zim Parliament Suspends Business

SOURCE: THE HERALD Parliament yesterday adjourned for seven weeks and suspended all international travel and public hearings as part of national precautions against coronavirus which causes Covid-19 while cities and municipalities speeded up plans to prepare suitable isolation facilities. Courts solemnising civil marriages are limiting attendance to just the couple and two witnesses. Churches have agreed to limit services and numbers attending. So far, there have been no confirmed cases of coronavirus in Zimbabwe, with three Chinese nationals isolated at Wilkins Infectious Diseases Hospital on Monday testing negative for Covid-19…

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