Health Minister Sets Technical Committee For Public Hospital Equipment

HEALTH and Child Care Minister Dr Obadiah Moyo has set up a technical committee for the coordination of hospital equipment procurement processes which is end user driven and under NatPharm. By Kudakwashe Pembere This development comes at a time when medical professionals decry obsolete equipment and user-unfriendly machines and instruments. Dr Moyo in an interview revealed his plan to replenish the public health sector with adequate, accurate and trending equipment and sundries. On Thursday, the committee was set up with Dr Harunavamwe Chifamba appointed by the Minister to chair it,…

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Harare To Ban Hosepipes Use

HARARE City is considering banning the use of watering hosepipes as a way of curbing and containing the abuse of the scarce resource. By Kudakwashe Pembere Harare Environmental Management Committee chairperson Counsellor Kudzai Kadzombe said top on their agenda in their first meeting as a committee is to ban hosepipes. “We are facing a water crisis at the moment and we are making a resolution in our first environmental management committee next week to ban the usage of hosepipes,” she said. She explained that the reason why there are banning…

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Study Endorses Psychosocial Therapy In Low and Middle Income Countries

AS Zimbabwe’s Health and Child Care Ministry intends to adopt the Friendship Bench community mental health initiative, a research published on Lancet Psychiatry has shown that psychosocial therapy interventions is effective in bridging the mental health gap in low income and middle income countries. By Kudakwashe Pembere In Zimbabwe, there is a globally renowned intervention named the Friendship Bench where community health workers such as the Mbuya Utsanana and even the youth are used as psychotherapists. The Health Ministry in its 2019-2023 Mental Health Strategic Plan in the adoption of…

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Machete gangs: A mental health perspective

Noreen Wini-Dari & Douglas Zvomuya Zimbabwe has experienced so much traumatic events across generations. Each generation has its own unique and fair share of trauma. With a poor focus on mental health within our country, most people remain untreated and may become perpetrators of violence at family, community or national level. Some of the common manifestations of poor mental health include substance abuse, suicide, depression and various forms of psychopathology. The violent killings that have gripped our nation perpetrated by what have become known as machete gangs can at best be…

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New Public Health User Fees A Threat To Universal Health Coverage

UNIVERSAL Health Coverage can be summarised in two key terms. These are financial protection and quality service coverage. By Kudakwashe Pembere The new hospital user fees have a lot of detrimental implications to the health and wellbeing of this country. Government’s role is to create a level playing field while more importantly, protecting the citizens. Zimbabwe is a nation exemplary in making commitments towards improving health delivery system yet fulfilling them seems to be something taken lightly. Supposed to have a happy new year were Zimbabweans whose festive spirit was…

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Novartis NCDs Medication Zim Bound

ZIMBABWE in next two months will receive non-communicable diseases (NCDs) medication it purchased from Switzerland headquartered pharmaceutical manufacturing company Novartis. By Kudakwashe Pembere Briefing the press in a meeting graced by the Novartis team, Health and Child Care Minister Dr Obadiah Moyo said this development follows the signing of a memorandum of understanding between the two parties in June last year in Switzerland during the World Health Assembly. This time they are focusing on NCDs especially the cardiovascular diseases, cancer, diabetes, respiratory ailments and so on. We are very grateful…

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Medical Aid Coverage Drops Below 10 Percent

MEDICAL Aid coverage among Zimbabweans as of last year must have dropped from the previous figure of 10 percent owing to the continued economic decline  greatly reducing citizens’ capacity to spend and invest towards their healthcare. By Kudakwashe Pembere The Association of Healthcare Funders of Zimbabwe (AHFoZ) issued new pricing guidelines in November last year to cushion members against huge co-payments and shortfalls. The adjusted rates have prompted  members to either downgrade packages or drop health insurance completely. Responding to HealthTimes,  Association of Healthcare Funders of Zimbabwe chief executive officer…

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US Government Delivers 2, 1 Million Bottles Of TLD To Zim

THE United States Government through USAID’s supply chain and procurement project has delivered 2, 1 million bottles of Tenofovir-Lamivudine-Dolutegravir (TLD) to Zimbabwe. By  Kudakwashe Pembere Zimbabwe transitioned to this new regimen with the Dolutegravir component in May 2018 said to have less side effects than Efavirenz. The United States Government USAID’s supply chain and procurement project has delivered 2.1 million bottles of TLD to support the transition to this new treatment regimen,” said USAID. Zimbabwe has about 1, 3 million people living with HIV with 1, 1 million placed on…

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Prohibition Of Service Provision By Medical Aid Societies Challenged

CIMAS Group Chief Executive Officer Mr Vuli Ndlovu on Thursday vented his reservations on the Medical Aid Regulatory Bill prohibiting medical aid societies into service provision. By Kudakwashe Pembere With medical service providers lobbying for this move, the Health and Child Care Minister Dr Obadiah Moyo has pushed for this bill to be approved by Cabinet. Speaking at an information campaign launch at CIMAS head office, Mr Ndlovu said he is against the prohibition part. “The next issue I want to say on the bill is the story coming out…

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CIMAS Launches Campaign To Demystify Medical Aid Misconceptions

CIMAS Medical Aid Society on Thursday launched an information campaign to address the stereotypes about medical aid societies. By Kudakwashe Pembere Dubbed ‘Secure With Us’, the campaign also seeks to increase awareness to their services along with steps taken to add value to them. CIMAS Group Chief Executive Vuli Ndlovu said the primary concern was to promote health of its members and ensure access to affordable quality healthcare. As part of our strategy to preserve and add value to the services that we offer we have restructured our medical aid…

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