Electrical Short Circuit Might Have Caused Mpilo Hospital Fire- Minister Modi

DEPUTY Minister of Industry and Commerce, Raj Modi said the fire that gutted down Mpilo Central Hospital hostels last might have emanated from a faulty and short circuit. By Michael Gwarisa Even though the fire brigade is yet to conclude their investigations, it is believed that residents of the hostels had reported seeing some sparks emanating from the distribution box or electrical room before. Speaking to Journalists during a tour of the gutted down building, Minister Modi said there was need to scale up fire surveillance and detection systems at…

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Zim COVID-19 Cases Start Increasing

THE number of active COVID-19 rose to 699 in the past 24 hours following the recording of 113 new cases with majority of cases having recorded in Masvingo. Staff Reporter According to the Ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC) daily Situation Report, The 94 cases reported today from Masvingo include 16 that tested positive yesterday and 78 that tested positive, all from a localized outbreak at an education institution (Bondolfi Teacher’s College) in Masvingo district. 113New Cases(All Local )and 2Deaths reported in the last 24 hours. (7 day rolling…

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Zim to receive more 500 000 vaccine doses

ZIMBABWE is set to receive 500 000 Sinopharm vaccine doses which were procured from China in June to boost the vaccination programme which is currently underway in the country. By Patricia Mashiri Speaking during a Cabinet briefing Senator Monica Mutsvagwa,  the Minister of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services said they were expecting the vaccines in the country next month. Regarding vaccine procurement, the public is informed that delivery of the 500 000 Sinopharm vaccine doses which were ordered from China is expected in June. “Government continues to urge the public…

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Fire Guts Down Mpilo Hospital Hostels

MPILO Central Hospital Chief Executive Officer, Professor Solwayo Ngwenya has announced that the health institution’s doctors hostels was last night gutted by fire. HealthTimes Through his Twitter Account, Professor Ngwenya said, “Terrible things at our hospital, Thixo! Why us, Why? Mpilo Central Hospital, Our Only Pride!!” This is the second time within a space of three years that the hospital’s hostel have caught fire and burning thousands of dollars worth of properties.  

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COVID-19 exposes children to Child labor

A report by the Human Rights Watch shows that there has been a rise in Child labor in countries like Ghana, Nepal and Uganda due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Staff Reporter According to the International Labour Organization even though the three countries had made remarkable strides in reducing child labour which had decreased by approximately 94 million between 2000 and 2016 presenting a 38% drop, the prevalence of child labor is on its way up. Jo Becker, Children’s Rights Advocacy Director Human Rights Watch said policies protecting children should be…

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Isolated And Frowned Upon: The Plight Of Zim Women With Obstetric Fistula

 UNFPA Says there is need for post-surgery psycho-social support for survivors MEMORY (50) (real name protected) from Bikita, Masvingo experienced Obstetric Fistula for the first time on October, 27, 1995 when she had her second child. At first, she didn’t even know what was happening to her, she thought it was just a minor tearing which would heal after a few days. Obstetric fistula is described as the “most devastating birth injury” by the World Health Organization (WHO), that results in continuous and uncontrollable leaking of urine or faeces, resulting…

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Children More Prone To Typhoid Fever: WHO

THE World Health Organisation (WHO) Zimbabwe National Professional Officer for Expanded program on Immunization, Dr Maxwell Rupfutse  said research shows that children under the age of four are more susceptible to typhoid as compared to other age groups. By Patricia Mashiri Speaking during a virtual media sensitization meeting on Typhoid Conjugate Vaccine Introduction and catch up vaccination campaign, Dr Rupfutse said typhoid fever death rates may rise when left untreated. Severe cases may lead to serious complications or even death. Death rates in typhoid fever range from 1-4% in treated…

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Zim Public Not Ready For Another Long Lockdown

MAJORITY of people who spoke to HealthTimes have indicated that going into another lockdown would worsen an already fragile socio-economic situation in the country. By Tanaka Moyo Their fears come at the back of government’s recent move to institute a localised lockdown in Kwekwe following the detection of a highly virulent and infectious Indian variant B.1.617.2 in the mining town. Junior George Jonasi an actor popularly known as ‘Tumbwiti’ in a local drama called Tunga, also a film producer and a script writer expressed great concern that the Indian variant…

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White Sadza Is Very Fit For Human Consumption- Zim Nutritionists

LAST week, Zimbabwean Journalist, Hopewell Chin’ono torched a storm on social media when he attacked Zimbabwe’s staple food, Sadza and suggested through his tweet that Zimbabweans should dump Maize meal Sadza for small grains since Maize was only fit for livestock consumption. “Sadza has ZERO value to our well-being!” he said. “Our ancestors ate superior starch than Sadza. Why aren’t we doing the same? Maize is originally Mexican. In advanced economies, it is for cattle!” By Michael Gwarisa He also added that Maize meal is fortified because it lacks the…

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Zimbabwe Rolls Out “SAYANA PRESS,” A New Long-term Contraceptive Method

A modern and long lasting but reversible contraceptive method called Sayana Press, is currently being rolled out across Zimbabwe in a move that is set to expand birth control options for women. By Michael Gwarisa The contraceptive product was piloted in 2020 while the rollout commenced in April 2021 covering, Mashonaland East, Matebeleland North, Bulawayo and Matebeleland South. In other parts of the country, the Sayana is only being administered at Zimbabwe National Family Planning Council (ZNFPC), Population Services International (PSI) and Population Services Zimbabwe (PSZ) clinics. Speaking to HealthTimes,…

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