Zim Launches Viral Hepatitis Program

ZIMBABWE has launched a National Viral Hepatitis program to tackle hepatitis infections known to cause liver inflammation and damage. By Kudakwashe Pembere The inflammation is swelling that occurs when tissues of the body become injured or infected. Inflammation can damage organs. Researchers have discovered several different viruses that cause hepatitis, including hepatitis A, B, C, D, and E. Speaking at the launch, acting health secretary Dr Gibson Mhlanga called on stakeholders to develop a strategy to deal with this rising epidemic. “We desire to catch up with the global community in bringing…

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Call For Financial Commitment To Health Sector

HEALTH lobbyists have called on treasury to prioritize the health care sector the same way they  bail out the fuel situation. By Kudakwashe Pembere This call comes at a time when the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe quickly moved in with a US$50 million facility to calm the fuel crisis when a health tempest rages on. With pharmaceutical wholesalers in Zimbabwe currently requiring US$37, 8 million to settle arrears with foreign suppliers and manufacturers, the whole health sector according to Health and Child Minister Dr Obadiah Moyo needs US$400 000. Little…

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EXCLUSIVE: Pharmaceutical Wholesalers Speak On ‘Cartel’ Claims

INDIAN Pharmaceutical companies operating in Zimbabwe have refuted claims that there are running a ‘medicine wholesale cartel’ in Zimbabwe colluding in the pricing madness of medicines to quash competition. By Kudakwashe Pembere The response comes hot on the heels of reports that there is a cartel of pharmaceutical wholesalers in Zimbabwe monopolising drugs. Investigations done by this publication show there are several wholesalers responsible for the distribution of medicines in Zimbabwe by the Medicines Control Authority of Zimbabwe. With international manufacturers that directly ship the medicines into the country the number…

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D Day For NatPharm Management

WITH Health Minister Dr Obadiah Moyo following up on the National Pharmaceutical Company management tomorrow, the organisation is confident they lived up to what was required of them in clearing their Harare Branch Warehouse. By Kudakwashe Pembere This follows the Health Minister’s seven day ultimatum for the state controlled pharmaceutical distributor to ensure that the medicines are delivered several state owned hospitals around the country. Dr Moyo told this publication that he would see if his directive was followed tomorrow. “Tomorrow is when we will be at NatPharm checking if…

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National Health Insurance Next Year

HEALTH and Child Care Minister Dr Obadiah Moyo has assured the nation that the  National Health Insurance Scheme will be up and running  by January next year. By Kudakwashe Pembere He told journalists on the sidelines of the World Health Day Commemorations on Friday that plans to realise Universal Health Coverage through this health scheme are well on course. “With universal health coverage we are looking at national health insurance. We have already started on the national health insurance scheme. Our plans are very well advanced now working together with…

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Zim Commemorates World Health Day

ZIMBABWE commemorated the World Health Day on Friday 10 May, 2019 whose thrust was on Universal Health Coverage (UHC). By Kudakwashe Pembere The celebrations appropriately themed come at a time when many Zimbabweans are financially burdened to cater for their health needs. Officiating the commemorations, Health and Child Care Minister Dr Obadiah Moyo said Government’s commitment in seeing Zimbabwe attain Universal Health Coverage has been evidenced by ensuring that infants and elderly do not pay for health services at government institutions. He said Government is in the process of opening…

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Cimas Opens Lafarge Manresa Clinic

CIMAS has opened a state of the art clinic at Lafarge Cement Zimbabwe’s Manresa factory to cater for the public health needs of Lafarge employees and the surrounding community. By Kudakwashe Pembere Officiating the event on behalf of CIMAS Chairperson Mr Luke Ngwerume, Mr Bart Mswaka said the clinic was open to members and non members and is one of their 12 clinics operating under their Healthcare Services Division. “Full credit must go to LaFarge whose brainchild this clinic is. A while ago, we were approached by LaFarge to go…

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Cyclone Idai Pushes Up Malaria Cases and Deaths

MALARIA cases and deaths rose by 11 percent and 18, 5 percent respectively from the beginning of the year on the back of flooding caused by Cyclone Idai, a Health and Child Care Ministry official said on Thursday. By Kudakwashe Pembere Speaking on behalf of Health Minister Dr Obadiah Moyo, the ministry’s Acting Permanent Secretary Dr Gibson Sibanda told journalists that change in weather patterns hamper the efforts made in eliminating malaria in Zimbabwe. “However despite these achievements there were some challenges. This year’s weather changes which alternated between long…

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Engage Males In SRHR Programs: UNFPA

BOYS and men should not be left out in sexual reproductive health and rights (SRHR) programs, a United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) official has said. By Kudakwashe Pembere UNFPA Zimbabwe Country Representative Dr Esther Muia said this at the launch of the State of the World Population (SWOP) 2019 Report on Wednesday. “The title for this year’s State of the World Population Report is “Unfinished business: the pursuit of rights and choices for all” is showing that there is progress in the attainment of reproductive health and rights by women,…

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Health Ministry’s Oral Health Director Dr Mandy Dlamini-Sibanda Dies

DR Mandy Dlamini-Sibanda has died. She was the Director of Oral Health Services at the Ministry of Health and Child Care. By Kudakwashe Pembere According to Zimbabwe Medical Association (ZiMA) she passed away on Saturday after a surgical complication. Keeping up on Faceboook, Twitter and even LinkedIn she described herself as a Trailblazing woman, Loves God, Wife, Mom, Public Health Practitioner, Dentist, and Mentor. She led the Oral Services Department from July 2017 till the time of her death. Mourners are gathered at 3 Bidford close, Greystone Park. Meanwhile, condolence…

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