WHO Releases New Guidance For Outdoor Events And Mass Gatherings Amid Pandemic

As leading countries move towards establishing normalcy, World Health Organization (WHO) issued guidelines on mass gathering amid the pandemic. SOURCE: THE REPUBLICWORLD.COM As leading countries move towards establishing normalcy, World Health Organization (WHO) issued guidelines on mass gathering amid the pandemic. The new guidelines, which include suggestions such as holding gathering outside, inviting only healthy people etc, recommend changes to large events and encourage people to do a ‘risk assessment’ before organizing events. This comes as the coronavirus pandemic has infected a total of 6,063,588 and killed 369244 people across…

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How Zim Quarantine Centres Have Become Drivers Of COVID-19 Infections

CONSIDERING that Zimbabwe’s single most potent Covid19 threat has been from returnees, more effort should have been directed towards containment of the disease from those coming in. This includes a systemic process of testing and monitoring of those returning, and gradual reintegration into their communities. By Munyaradzi Madziwa The same measures being enforced amongst the general populace such as protective masks, sanitising and social distancing should apply to the returnees. Further than that returnees must be monitored daily for clinical signs and symptoms which might signal Covid-19 infection. In my…

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Zim First Lady Appoints TB Champions

FIRST Lady, Amai Auxillia Mnangagwa has appointed 21 Tuberculosis (TB) Champions with the aim of raising awareness of matters to do with TB in communities and  grassroots level. By Michael Gwarisa Officiating at the launch, Amai Mnangagwa said the TB champions initiative was among some of the partnerships government  was exploring to improve the country’s health systems. These partnerships should aim to contribute towards improved knowledge and awareness of the 2 related conditions as well as ensuring universal access to high quality services for both conditions. As Health Ambassador I…

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ART Adherence Critical Even During Lockdown- SAfAIDS

SOUTHERN Africa HIV and AIDS Information Dissemination Service (SAfAIDS) Sub Regional Head and Country Representative in South Africa,  Mr Ngoni Chibukire says adherence to lifesaving Antiretroviral drugs should be observed religiously despite the ongoing lockdowns. By Michael Gwarisa His calls come at the back of increased reports of cases whereby people living with HIV in most parts of the SADC region have been failing to access their ARVs during the lockdown period. In an interview with HealthTimes, Mr Chibukire said the health needs of PLHIV have not changed because there…

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COVID-19 IN ZIMBABWE: WHERE ARE WE GOING?

Dr Grant Marewanhema

ZIMBABWE recorded its first case of COVID-19 on 20 March 2020, but until 2 weeks ago we had less than 50 cases. This trend is significantly different from what was observed in Europe, America, the UK and China, which saw exponential increases in infections once they had recorded their first cases. By Dr Grant Murewanhema Others have argued that we have not been testing enough, but the situation on the ground has been very stable. On the clinical side, we have not witnessed a significant spike in clinically suggestive cases,…

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