Parirenyatwa gets US$400 000 worth of hospital medicines and equipment

THE African Diaspora Development Institute (ADDI), on Thursday handed over hospital equipment, medicines and sundries to Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals (PGH) worth US$400 000. By Kudakwashe Pembere Africans in the diaspora mobilised the money to purchase the equipment and medicine in consultation with the PGH doctors and pharmacy department. The equipment comes at a time the Hospital has been bemoaning shortage of equipment.  ADDI president and founder Dr Arikanna Chihombori-Quao commended doctors at the Hospital for working hard amidst challenging times. I cannot thank all you enough for what you…

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Zimbabwe Records 5 000 COVID-19 Cumulative Deaths

Over 5 000 people in Zimbabwe succumbed to COVID-19 related illnesses from the first death recorded on March 23, 2020 to the last day of 2022. By Kuda Pembere During the period under discussion, 260 146 cases were identified since the first case discovered on March 20, 2020. Recovery-wise, 254 067 have recovered between March 2020 to December 31, 2022. As of today (31 December 2022), Zimbabwe has recorded 260 146 Cases, 254 067 recoveries and 5 639 Deaths,” read the Ministry of Health and Child Care COVID-19 situation update…

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Hetero bags first world WHO prequalification of medicines programme generic version of Pfizer’s Covid-19 oral drug

A leading global pharmaceutical manufacturer Hetero Group emerged the first company in the world to be accorded the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) prequalification of medicines programme (WHO-PQ) for its generic version of Covid-19 oral antiviral treatment candidate Nirmatrelvir. This antiviral with Ritonavir is used as part of Pfizer’s Paxlovid. The company said it, “will be rolling out its generic combi-pack under the NIRMACOM brand that will contain 150mg tablets of Nirmatrelvir and 100mg tablets of Ritonavir.” The WHO deemed the drug, Nirmatrelvir, the best option for high risk patients. “This…

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Zim losing US$163 million to mental health disorders per year

Lack of support for mental health issues is costing Zimbabwe US$163 million annually, a leading psychologist said on Wednesday noting more money could be saved if funding or investment in interventions is availed by Government, private sector and technical funders. By Kudakwashe Pembere Speaking on the sidelines of the Abused Substances Diagnostics and Management (ASDM) launch, Dr Gwatirera Javangwe in the Department of Applied Psychology at the University of Zimbabwe told HealthTimes the country is losing a lot of money due to the huge burden of mental health issues. “Currently…

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Zim Launches Family Planning Strategy 2022-2026

Zimbabwe on Friday asserted its Family Planning 2030 commitments among them to ensure a zero unmet need for family planning methods while launching the country’s National Family Planning Strategy 2022-2026 blueprint. By Kudakwashe Pembere Officiating the launch, Vice President and Minister of Health and Child Care Constantino Chiwenga said strategy is anchored on Government seeing family planning and sexual reproduction as key human rights. Today, we reiterate our full commitment to the family planning and contraceptive service programme. While sustaining and consolidating the gains we have made, we are therefore…

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Breaking: Zim flags skin bleaching products

ZIMBABWE’S medical products regulator, the Medicines Control Authority of Zimbabwe (MCAZ) has warned against the sale and use of unregistered skin lightening products in the country. By Kudakwashe Pembere Better known as bleaching in the public sphere, Zimbabweans have been using desperate yet unorthodox means to lighten their skin leaving them exposed to a long thread of undesired side effects. They have been administering products such as oral or injectable Glutathione and injectable Vitamins which the Authority flagged after finding no supporting guidelines for proper dosages and length of treatment.…

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MCAZ issues directives on medicines importation by retail pharmacies

In a bid to plug the influx of unregistered medicines while curbing their wanton importation, the Medicines Control Authority of Zimbabwe (MCAZ) is issuing importation permits for retail, hospital pharmacies which satisfy the Authority’s requirements. By Kudakwashe Pembere Retail or community pharmacies as well as hospital pharmacies are at the bottom of the pharmaceutical supply chain having direct interface with clients. In a circular announcing this new development, MCAZ Acting Director General Mr Richard Rukwata said the Authority arrived at this decision following some pharmacies’ pleas to be given the…

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Treasury fails to fully disburse 2022 Budget Allocation to Ministry of Health

Zimbabwe’s Finance and Economic Development Ministry had by end of September not fully disburse the 2022 National Budget allocation it allocated to the Health and Child Care during the 2022 national budget. By Kuda Pembere This was said by Bulawayo Central Member of Parliament Hon. Nicola Watson who is also the acting chairperson of the health and child care parliamentary committee on Wednesday. The Ministry of Health and Child Care had received 85% of the revised budget of ZWL$146.63billion as at 30 September 2022,” she said. During the period in…

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Seke District Uses 200 000 Condoms Every Three Months

Seke district has a quarterly uptake 200 000 male condoms while female condoms have a range of 5 000 to 10 000. By Kudakwashe Pembere During a Mashonaland East media tour organised by the National AIDS Council (NAC), the organisation’s District AIDS Coordinator (DAC) for Seke district Ms Florence Nyandoro told HealthTimes in an interview last week that, “Our quarterly average uptake for male condoms is 200 000 and the female condoms are in the range of 5 000 and 10 000.” Explaining the uptake difference, she said it was…

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AHFoZ, TGI deal to reduce healthcare costs by 30 percent

Zimbabwe’s largest body representing medical aid societies, the Association of Healthcare Funders Of Zimbabwe (AHFoZ) has partnered regional insurance technology (insurtech) firm Tres Groupe International (TGI) in a deal aimed at dropping healthcare costs for Zimbabweans by 30 percent. By Kuda Pembere TGI comes into this arrangement with its TGI Carenet, a Real Time Claims Processing and Settlement (RTCPS) model to the healthcare industry which is an instant payment platform backed by an EMV Smart card embedded with a microchip as well as the traditional magnetic stripe plus Near Field…

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