A New Virus ‘Nipah,’ Deadlier Than COVID-19 Emerges In India, Kills Boy 12

A 12-year-old boy has died in India of Nipah, a rare virus that is far deadlier than COVID-19 — and one that health officials have long feared could start a global pandemic. The unidentified boy died Sunday at a hospital in Kerala, the southern state already battling the highest number of COVID-19 cases in the hard-hit country, officials there said. He had already visited two other hospitals before his death, putting him in contact with potentially hundreds of people — with up to 11 showing potential symptoms, NDTV reported. Previous…

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World Vision and Partners Launch Project To Strengthen Community-led Actions On Education and disaster preparedness in five districts across Zimbabwe

HARARE, ZIMBABWE: Christian, child-focused humanitarian aid agency, World Vision collaborating with Welthungerhilfe, Christian Blind Mission and various Government of Zimbabwe departments, has launched a project titled Strengthening Community-Led Actions on Education and Disaster Preparedness also known as SCALE-DP project.  Health Reporter With an estimated €2,7million euros (US$3,2 million) funding from the European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid operations (ECHO), the project aims to improve disaster preparedness, early response and access to inclusive education in protective environments for 135,555 children, 40,025 women and 36,946 men. The two-year project which began its…

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Paediatric TB Medications Still Out Of Reach For Many

THE World Health Organization (WHO) recently released new rapid guidance recommending that children of all ages with drug-resistant tuberculosis (DR-TB) have access to all-oral treatment using the drugs bedaquiline and/or delamanid. All-oral regimens simplify DR-TB treatment for children and caregivers by eliminating the use of injectable drugs that can cause deafness and by making the treatment regimens shorter, less toxic, and more effective. Health Reporter However, adopting these new recommendations in high TB burden countries requires access to the paediatric formulations of bedaquiline (produced by Johnson & Johnson) and delamanid…

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PSMAS Introduces Chronic Care Program

IN an effort to improve access to medications for members with chronic medical conditions, Premier Services Medical Aid Society (PSMAS) has introduced a Chronic Medicine Programme with effect from today. (Wednesday, 1 September 2021). Own Correspondent The Chronic Medicine Programme was established to provide a service to members requiring treatment for chronic medical conditions. PSMAS is dedicated to managing chronic medicine use in a manner that is beneficial to the health of members, and to ensuring quality care through holistic member care. The program is designed to benefit both members…

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Misappropriation Of Funds Bleed Education, Health Sectors

GOVERNMENT  has been castigated for diverting resources meant for critical services such as health and education other non-essential sectors at a time the country’s education and health sectors are in the doldrums. By Fadzai Ndangana In the 2021 budget, Treasury allocated ZWL$ 54.7 billion towards the health sector, translating to 13 percent of total budget, 2 percentage points below the Abuja Declaration threshold. Speaking at a virtual Tax Justice and Gender Responsive Public Services Summit this morning, Education Financing Specialist Tapfuma Jongwe said the 2 percent intermediary transfer tax introduced…

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Lift Tax Burden On Vulnerable Communities- Gvt Told

ACTION Aid Zimbabwe (AAZ), has challenged the Zimbabwean government to lift the tax burden on vulnerable communities and instead improve the state of public service provision in the country. By Fadzai Ndangana AAZ Acting Heads of Programs and Resources Mobilisation Ebenezer Tombo said the government and stakeholders should find ways to interrogate how the tax system is being used to improve lives of people in Zimbabwe. This was a fruitful engagement as we debated ways to improve public service provision and make them gender responsive, especially in critical sectors of…

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Here’s What We Know About C.1.2.—South Africa’s New, Highly Mutated Covid Variant

SOURCE: FORBES Topline There has been a lot of buzz this past week over a new coronavirus variant identified in South Africa that appears to be more highly mutated than any other variant flagged by the World Health Organization (WHO) as a variant of interest or concern, but still comprises just a small share of the country’s Covid-19 cases and has not been conclusively investigated for how its mutations impact the behavior of the virus. A shot of the vaccine is administered. Getty Images Key Facts The evolution of this…

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Summit Care trust suicide prevention campaign starts tomorrow

SUMMIT Care Trust, Community Based organization will tomorrow start a Suicide Prevention Campaign starting as a way of commemorating the Suicide Prevention month which falls in the month of September. Health Reporter The campaign will held under the theme “You Matter” and will be focusing on four areas which include Community Awareness, Health Awareness, Family Awareness and Education Awareness. Tanatswa Chikaura, Summit Care Trust Mental Health Advocate, said the campaign was crucial as it seeks to open up awareness about suicide and find ways of preventing the cases from rising.…

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New Covid Variant Found in South Africa Has Concerning Mutations

JOHANNESBURG –  The Delta variant continues to dominate South Africa’s coronavirus infections, but a newly-identified lineage is already said to be circulating in most of our provinces. Professor Barry Schoub says the C.1.2 is still being investigated, and whether it could be more dangerous than other variants of concern, remains to be seen. “It’s a potential variant of interest. It is being investigated very intensively,” he said. “The C.1.2 was first detected in May, it may have been in circulation before, but it was first detected in May in South…

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Pay Presumptive Tax For Smooth Public Health Service Delivery

PARLIAMENTARIANS have urged small business owners to pay taxes so as to support government’s efforts to deliver quality health services in public health instritutions. By Fadzayi Ndangana Addressing a virtual meeting  on Tax Justice and Gender Responsive Public Services (GRPS) Summit earlier today, Chairperson for the Parliamentary Committee on Health Dr Ruth Labode said a as country , there is need to pay taxes in order to improve service delivery in our health institutions. When Mthuli proposed the $30 for tax, I was in support because our hospitals must be…

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