#Coronavirus: Zim Cases Rise To Seven

WITH Zimbabwe’s President Emmerson Mnangangwa announcing the lockdown measures, the country has confirmed seven Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) as of March 27, 2020. By Kudakwashe PembereFrom the seven, one succumbed to the disease. Yesterday, Zimbabwe had five COVID-19 cases.  All of the latest confirmed cases are in Harare showing mild symptoms. The first confirmed case in Victoria Falls is still mildly ill, according to the latest Health Ministry update. “Of the confirmed cases, three are due to contact with an infected individual locally. Our teams are currently seized with enhanced surveillance…

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#BREAKING: We Never Admitted A Covid-19 Patient Says Avenues Clinic

THE Avenues Clinic has rebuffed social media claims that a male Coronavirus (Covid-19) patient from Zimre Park died while admitted at their facility. By Kuda Pembere In the early hours of Thursday morning, social media was awash with information suggesting that indeed  a patient had died at the Avenues, after  social media users  had posted on their  Facebook and Twitter accounts that Avenues Clinic was handling a COVID-19 case. In a statement, The Avenues clinic said this was fake news. The Avenues Clinic has noted with great concern fake news…

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ZADHR Calls For Urgent Provision Of ICU Ventilators As Zim Records Third Case

AS Zimbabwe records its third confirmed coronavirus disease (COVID-19) case,the Zimbabwe Association of Doctors For Human Rights (ZADHR) is calling on government to provide 100 Intensive Care Unit life support mechanical ventilation units required for severe cases of Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19). Health Ministry COVID-19 statement The association also said government should provide mental health support for Zimbabweans amid the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) crisis. Below is their statement

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Coronavirus Disease Taskforce Set

TODAY’S Cabinet sitting had the Coronavirus Disease COVID-19 as its sole business which saw the setting up of an interministerial taskforce. This response comes following the death of media personality Zororo Makamba. Leading the Taskforce is the Health and Child Care Minister Dr Obadiah Moyo. “As Chairman of the Task Force, Honourable O. Moyo is required to make use of the Civil Protection Unit which has the requisite geographical spread and representation for maximum, effective, collective response and action as displayed in the management of the Cyclone Idai Disaster. “The…

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SAYWHAT Steps Up PrEP Availability And Accessibility For College Students

SAYWHAT,an organisation advocating for University Students’ Sexual Reproductive Health Rights(SRHR) in Zimbabwe wants Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) at college clinics as a preventive measure. By Kuda Pembere Speaking at a workshop addressing how students in universities are having challenges in accessing PrEP,a SayWhat and AVAC Fellow Cleopatra  Makura said in her findings, she noticed that most clinics do not have this product. Her research found a big gap among university students females in particular since they are the most vulnerable. “Basically it’s for us to have awareness. The first thing for…

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Wilkins Get USD500 000 Facelift From Chinese Businessmen

CHINESE private companies in Zimbabwe have earmarked USD500 000 for the refurbishment of Wilkins Infectious Diseases Hospital, HealthTimes has learnt. By Kudakwashe Pembere Wilkins is designated Isolation facility for handling of coronavirus disease in Harare. Speaking to this publication on the sidelines of the Launch of the Wilkins Hospital Refurbishment Project at the Chinese Embassy, Jin An Corporation Pvt Limited Managing Director Mr David Zhou said they want to complete the renovations as fast as they can before the virus comes into the country. In our budget it’s about half…

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Stapleford Muslim Community Gets HIV Education

THE Muslim AIDS Support Trust (MAST) is stepping up its efforts to raise awareness on HIV/AIDS alongside other diseases posing as public health threats. By Kudakwashe Pembere recently in Mt Hampden At a health training gathering for members of the Islam Faith on Sunday in Stapleford, Mt Hampden, it emerged that there was lack of knowledge among them on how to manage their health especially with HIV. Imam Rasheed Naino one of the organisers his HIV/Health Education campaign from MAST said they have been doing this since 2008 but were…

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Zim Launches Coronavirus Preparedness Response Plan

ZIMBABWE’S President Emmerson Mnangagwa has today launched the country’s Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) National Preparedness Response Plan. By Kudakwashe Pembere This follows his declaration of COVID-19 in Zimbabwe as a national disaster on Tuesday. Addressing local and diplomatic delegations, Mnangagwa said the COVID-19 was a threat not to be ignored given its detrimental impact on Zimbabwe’s major trading partners and the world. The World Health Organisation (WHO) has called it COVID 19 disease. Although global evidence is suggesting that the elderly and those with pre-existing medical conditions are at highest risk,…

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Crisis Coalition Calls For Zim’s Immediate Implementation Of Coronavirus Preparedness Plan

THE Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition (CiZC) implores the government of Zimbabwe to speedily draft and implement a national plan on managing and mitigating the spread of Covid-19 (Corona Virus) in Zimbabwe. While we commend the government for issuing a gazette on measures to contain COVID 19, developments in the country before and after these measures do not point to vigilance in insulating citizens against Coronavirus. Barely a day after banning public gatherings, a rally with thousands of citizens in Nyanga was held today. Such a development undermines the measures to…

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