#JUSTIN: Restaurants Now Allowed To Serve Sit-in Meals

GOVERNMENT has resolved to allow restaurants to serve sit-in meals as the country gradually moves towards relaxing COVID-19 restrictions. By Michael Gwarisa Briefing Journalists during a Post Cabinet Media Briefing, Information, publicity and broadcasting services, Ambassador Monica Mutsvangwa said the move was also part of the easing of restrictions for the hospitality and tourism industry which is amongst the sectors which have been hardest hit by the COVID-19. In the tourism and hospitality sector, requests for variations of Operating Conditions in respect of Restaurant Operators and to re-open Safari Operators…

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Masiyiwa gives US$50 monthly assistance to help COVID-19 victims for 3 months Calls on victims to step forward in order to get support

WORRIED that there are people suffering at home from COVID-19 that have not come forward, Strive Masiyiwa, through his Higher Life Foundation (HLF), called upon them to come forward on their own and report their status so that they can get assistance worth US$50 per month. Masiyiwa, whose HLF now offers free COVID-19 testing, wants to identify and support anyone who is currently suffering from the disease but has no real incentive to come forward. The foundation is offering food, water, blankets, airtime and medicines, among other forms of support,…

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Time To Confront Silent & Endemic Crisis Of Harmful Practices- UNFPA

EVERY year, millions of girls are subjected to practices that harm them physically and emotionally, with the full knowledge and consent of their families, friends and communities, according to the State of World Population 2020, released today by UNFPA, the United Nations sexual and reproductive health agency. At least 19 harmful practices, ranging from breast ironing to virginity testing, are considered human rights violations, according to the UNFPA report Against My Will, which focuses on the three most prevalent ones: child marriage, female genital mutilation and extreme bias against daughters…

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Gvt Moves In To Curb Bulawayo Diarrhoeal Diseases

INFORMATION, publicity and broadcasting services minister, honorable Monica Mutsvangwa says goverment has commenced provision of portable water to Bulawayo residents in the midst of the ongoing diarrhoel epidemic that has already claimed five lives in the city. HealthTimes Reporter In a media brief, minister Mutsvangwa said the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic should divert attention from other health issues. “Whilst focusing on protecting the nation from COVID19, Government has not lost sight of other health challenges bedeviling our communities. It is in this context that the Taskforce noted with sadness the Typhoid…

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Delayed Justice For GBV Victims As Courts Lockdown

DOROTHY (not real name) is married and has a two-year-old child and lives in Epworth. Over the past few days, they have been having fights regarding her new pregnancy which her husband believes its not his and she should have it terminated. By Michael Gwarisa On one occasion, her husband hit her so hard with a log and threatened her with worse torture should she report the case to the police. She had to sleep in the fields just to escape from her brutal husband who has of late become…

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Politics, Religion & Populism At Crossroads With Science: The Battle For Supremacy In The COVID-19 Pandemic

Dr Grant Marewanhema

MAJORITY of the people across the world are now familiar with COVID-19, and many are slowly losing interest. Across many nations the initial fears that gripped populations are dying a natural death, and the momentum to protect the communities is slowly dying as people yearn for return to normalcy. By Dr Grant Murewanhema Some parts of the world are seeing remarkable declines in cases, some experiencing second waves, whilst some are still in the first wave. However, it is critical to realise that this is the worst pandemic in human…

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Despite Testing Positive For HIV, Surviving Sexual Abuse @17 and Attempting Suicide, Thelma Emerges A Victor

CATHERINE Murombedzi has known Thelma for three years. A youth in the Pan African Positive Women’s Coalition- Zimbabwe, (PAPWC-ZIM) and the Zimbabwe Women living with HIV National Forum (ZWLHNF), Thelma is unpredictable and can be happy this moment and withdrawn thereafter. Thelma avoids crowds and noise, usually taking a lone seat during tea breaks. By Catherine Murombedzi, Health Correspondent Unlike youths her age, she is more on the mature side and is selective, very selective when most people are happy to have a full plate of everything when buffet is…

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Sex Workers Panic Over New Condom Prices

SEX workers from most parts of the country have raised a red flag over the new prices of condoms which has gone beyond the reach of many, a situation which could lead to a spike in new HIV infections and Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs). By Michael Gwarisa A pack of Durex Condoms now range between ZW$107 and ZW$119 which is twice the price of bread. To worsen the situation, accessing free condoms or Dembare Condoms has also become a challenge. Sex workers who spoke to HealthTimes pleaded with government to…

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Harare Hospital Investigates Horror Labour Case

HARARE Central Hospital (now called Sally Mugabe) says it is investigating a case where one Mrs Valerie Mashiri (37) lost her baby after being ignored by nurses who were on duty on the fateful night. Through their Micro-blogging site, Sally Mugabe Hospital said “We at Sally Mugabe Central Hospital have noted with concern the report detailing the alleged treatment of Mrs Valerie Mashiri on her visit seeking medical care. We would like to state that this is not the way our clients should be treated. We are investigating the matter.

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CSOs Push For Amendment Of Law Inhibiting Adolescents Access To SRH Services

CIVIL Society Organizations (CSOs) are advocating for the amendment of a section of the Public Health Act to remove restrictions for adolescents to access Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) without parental consent. By Patricia Mashiri The existing law allows adolescents to access to SRH services however with limitations regarding access to contraception, sex education and termination of pregnancy which according to CSOs, has led to an increase in spread of HIV/AIDS among adolescents, unplanned pregnancies and illegal termination which in most cases took the young girls lives because most of…

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