More Misery For Zim Health Workers, As Government Scraps Allowances

GOVERNMENT through the Health Service Board (HSB) has communicated its intentions to remove unclaimable night duty allowances for healthcare workers, a move that is likely to further dampen morale among healthcare workers. Staff Reporter Responding to the Apex Panel’s request, the HSB Executive Director, Ms Ruth Kaseke said the changes were effective April 1, 2021. It is noted that the Health Sector Bipartite Negotiating Platform meeting of April 7 2020, Apex Panel requested for review of Health Sector Specific Allowances. Please be advised that treasury has affirmed its position, as…

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Zim Boarding School Records 78 New Cases, As COVID-19 Cases Begin To Rise

THE country’s COVID-19 cases have been on an upward trend over the past few days post the just ended Easter Holidays with majority of cases having been recorded in one boarding school in Matebeleland South. HealthTimes Reporter According to the Ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC) daily Situation Reports (SITREPs), for the past three days, cases have been increasing at an unprecedented rate. As at April 7, 2021, 18 new Covid-19 cases were recorded before they jumped to 68 on April, 2021 and 95 new cases on April, 9…

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Consider Door To Door Administration Of Vaccines For The Elderly And Those With Chronic Conditions

BEATNCDs, a local non profit organization advocating for the prioritization and inclusion of those with Chronic and Non Communicable Diseases  (NCDs) on the national health agenda has called on government and local authorities to make vaccines easily accessible for people with NCDs. HealthTimes Reporter Speaking to HealthTimes, BeatNCDs Director Jacob Ngwenya said some people living with Chronic ailments were bedridden and therefore cannot travel to institutions offering vaccinations, hence the need for a customized vaccine distribution plan for that specific group of people. People living with non communicable diseases (PLWNCDs)…

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COVID-19 Pushes Africa To Back Of The Queue In Accessing Essential Health Services Says WHO

THE prevailing COVIND-19 pandemic has exacerbated existing inequalities to accessing health care services for low and middle income countries with the biggest impact being felt in African countries, the World Health Organisation  (WHO) Regional Director for Africa, Dr Matshidiso Moeti has said. By Staff Reporter In her World Health Day 2021 address, Dr Moeti said African countries have been pushed to the back of the queue in terms of accessingCOVID–19 test kits, personal protective equipment as well as vaccines. This World Health Day, WHO is calling on everyone to participate…

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Zim To Buy A Million Vaccine Dosses Every Months

FINANCE and Economic Development Minister, Professor Mthuli Ncube says government has set mobilised USD100 million towards the purchase of Covid–19 vaccines to cover a significant portion of the population in order to achieve herd immunity. By Staff Reporter In a statement, Prof Ncube said they have also arranged with leading freight company DHL to transport vaccines in the future. I am pleased to announce that Government has this week received 1,056,000 doses of Covid –19 vaccines purchased from China, which are being made available to Zimbabwe Citizens free of charge…

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1.4 Million People Missed TB Treatment And Care In 2020 Due To COVID-19

AN estimated 1.4 million fewer people received care for tuberculosis (TB) in 2020 than in 2019, according to preliminary data compiled by the World Health Organization (WHO) from over 80 countries- a reduction of 21% from 2019. . HealthTimes Reporter The countries with the biggest relative gaps were Indonesia (42%), South Africa (41%), Philippines (37%) and India (25%) The effects of COVID-19 go far beyond the death and disease caused by the virus itself. The disruption to essential services for people with TB is just one tragic example of the…

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Ageism is a global challenge: UN

A new report on Ageism that has been released by the United Nations (UN) indicates that every second person in the world is believed to hold ageist attitudes – leading to poorer physical and mental health and reduced quality of life for older persons, costing societies billions of dollars each year. Staff Reporter The report released today by WHO, Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA) and United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), calls for urgent action to combat…

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Extensive Vaccination Set For Vic Falls

GOVERNMENT has announced plans for a widespread vaccination exercise in the country’s tourism capital, Victoria Falls in a move that is set to ensure  a safe tourist destination. Staff Reporter Victoria Falls has a population of 109,660 and  is currently the country’s biggest tourism hub. Dr John Mangwiro, the Deputy Minister of Health and Child Care who was on a tour of health facilities in Victoria falls disclosed government’s plan that a total of 70 000 doses were set aside for the exercise to be launched on Wednesday. The vaccination…

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WHO declares AstraZeneca safe

THE World Health Organization (WHO) has declared that the Indian vaccine AstraZeneca safe following a public out-cry that it was causing blood coagulation disorders in persons who had received it. Staff Reporter In a statement WHO acknowledged that some countries have suspended the use of the vaccine. However, they still consider it safe as its benefits outweighs its risks. Some countries in the European Union (EU) have temporarily suspended use of the AstraZeneca COVIS-19 vaccine as a precautionary measure based on reports of rare blood coagulation disorders in persons who…

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Government Pardons Inmates To Decongest Prisons

ZIMBABWE has approved the granting of General Amnesty to prisoners who have served at least one third of their sentences in a bid to decongest prisons in the midst of the prevailing COVID-19 pandemic. Staff Reporter The move is in line with Section 112 of the Constitution of Zimbabwe which empowers the President after consultation with Cabinet,to exercise the power of mercy to grant pardon to any person concerned in or convicted of an offense against law Briefing journalists during post cabinet media briefing, Information and publicity minister, Senator Monica…

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