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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Separating Newborns From Mothers During COVID-19 Pandemic Could-19 Result In High Infant Mortality

A new research by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and partners shows that keeping mothers and their newly born babies together after birth could save more than 125,000 lives and prevent unnecessary infant mortality. By Staff Reporter The study also indicated that the prevailing COVID-19 pandemic has severely affected the quality of care given to small and sick newborns, resulting in high  infant suffering and deaths. Disruptions to essential health services during COVID-19 have severely affected the quality of care provided to some of the most vulnerable babies, and this…

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Government pleads for the increase of vaccine uptake

THE Zimbabwean government has pleaded with citizens to increase the uptake of the Sinopharm vaccine as the country is banking on mass vaccination to defeat the raging Coronavirus. Staff Reporter The uptake of the first batch of the vaccination seems to be very low because of many conspiracy theories that have been awash on different social media platforms. Addressing the nation virtually, Emmerson Mnangagwa, the President of Zimbabwe said the government was investing in massive vaccination and people should turn up in their numbers to get vaccinated. Since 2020, Zimbabwe…

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Parirenyatwa, Higherlife Partner To Offer FREE COVID-19 Testing To School Children As Schools Reopen

PARIRENYATWA Group of Hospitals in partnership with Higherlife Foundation is offering free of charge COVID PCR testing and certification for students in Secondary Schools and Tertiary institutions. In a statement, Parirenyatwa Hospital said “The voluntary free of charge testing will take place between 15 and 22 March 2021 at Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals casualty car park. 150 students are targetted per day on a first come first serve basis. The testing will be done between 8am and 3.30 pm everyday. Students coming for testing should bring their institution identity card…

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Zimbabwe Wellness Virtual Summit On The Cards

THE Mind Body and Soul Festival (MBSF) is set to hold a virtual wellness summit for Zimbabwe in June with the aim of imparting health and wellness information as well as promote a health seeking culture and health consciousness. Staff Reporter In a statement, MBSF  events coordinator, Linda Chibwe said the summit the first of its kind in Zimbabwe and was relevant especially these days,where people’s health has been affected by Covid-19 induced lockdowns and a seismic shift in ordinary day to day life. The trailblazing virtual Wellness Summit will…

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One Year Into The COVID-19 Pandemic, 12 Million Women Experience Contraceptives Interruptions

AN estimated 12 million women have experienced disruptions in their family planning services due to the COVID-19 pandemic, leading to 1.4 million unintended pregnancies, according to new estimates released today by UNFPA and Avenir Health. The projections – which take into consideration real-world observations and data – were announced on 11 March, one year since the uncontrolled spread of COVID-19 was officially declared a pandemic. These latest figures come even as many countries, particularly high-income countries, show early signs of steeply declining birth rates. Together, the findings demonstrate how severely…

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Africaid-Zvandiri Improves Viral Load Testing Coverage in Beitbridge

THE Zvandiri Program supports and cares for children, adolescents and young people living with HIV (CAYPLHIV) aged 0-24 years. The organization began working in Beitbridge in all 19 health facilities, in October 2020, with funding from USAID. By Africaid Zvandiri Before implementation started, the Ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC) and Africaid-Zvandiri conducted a baseline survey which showed that only 345 out of 1845 (19%) CAYPLHIV in the district had a documented and valid viral load (VL) result. Shortages of testing reagents at the district laboratory, transportation of blood…

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Government of China invests $1,24 million for the health of women and girls in Cyclone Idai affected districts of Zimbabwe

THE Government of China and United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) has donated  reproductive health medical equipment and medicines as part of the US$1,24 million support to the Government of Zimbabwe‘s Health Assistance Project for Women and Girls in Zimbabwe Affected by Tropical Cyclone Idai in Chimanimani and Chipinge districts. The objective of the health assistance project is to enable the Ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC) to strengthen emergency obstetric and neonatal care in the cyclone affected areas in Zimbabwe. This is in turn expected to contribute to the…

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International Women’s Day: Achieving an equal future in a COVID-19 world Message from the Zimbabwe Spotlight Initiative to eliminate violence against women and girls 8 March 2020

THE COVID-19 pandemic has cast a dim light on the progress made in achieving gender equality by 2030 in Zimbabwe as part of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. A little over one year since the pandemic struck, a myriad of studies and surveys have reported  exacerbation of gender inequalities as women and girls continue to bear the brunt of unpaid labour, while being disproportionately at risk of violence compared to their male counterparts.  The pandemic is indeed not only a health crisis but also a social one. The COVID-19…

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