Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Dedicates Additional Funding to the Novel Coronavirus Response

SEATTLE, February 5, 2020 – The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation today announced that it will immediately commit up to $100 million for the global response to the 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV). The funding will help strengthen detection, isolation and treatment efforts; protect at-risk populations; and develop vaccines, treatments and diagnostics. The new funding is inclusive of $10 million the foundation committed to the outbreak in late January. “Multilateral organizations, national governments, the private sector and philanthropies must work together to slow the pace of the outbreak, help countries protect…

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#BREAKING: Higher Life Foundation Responds To Nurses

LOBBYING for salaries from Higher Life Foundation (HLF), Strive Masiyiwa’s humanitarian organisation says they are currently seized with “assisting significantly in transportation of nurses.” By Kudakwashe Pembere This response comes as Zimbabwe Nurses Association president Mr Enock Dongo called on HLF to intervene with salaries as done with the doctors. Speaking to HealthTimes, HLF CEO Dr Kennedy Mubaiwa said they are working on roping in Vaya transportation for nurses at Chitungwiza Central Hospital. “So with the nurses what we’ve done which probably people are not aware of is that of…

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Zim Requires USD5, 2 million For Novel Coronavirus Preparedness

WITH Zimbabwe yet to have a suspected nor confirmed case, the country needs about USD5, 2million for preparedness against the 2019 Wuhan novel coronavirus. By Kudakwashe Pembere Coordinator of Public Health Emergencies in the Health and Child Care Ministry Dr Isaac Phiri told the interministeral meeting on the 2019 novel coronavirus that the goal for Zimbabwe’s preparedness plan for Zimbabwe is to reduce morbidity and mortality due to coronavirus in the event the virus comes. “What we need to do is to specifically coordinate an effective multisectoral response, enhance surveillance…

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Mimosa Buys Zim Thermo Detection Equipment

ZIMBABWE will in few days receive latest fever checking thermometers procured in South Africa by Mimosa Mining Company. By Kudakwashe Pembere Health and Child Care Minister Dr Obadiah Moyo said this during the first post cabinet briefing for 2020. The equipment is to be used at the country’s points of entry which he says are on high alert against the Wuhan novel coronavirus. “At the same times we are equipped in terms of controlling infection our borders, the airports initially and ground ports. Recently we visited Robert Mugabe, Victoria Falls.…

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Zim Commemorates World Cancer Day As First Lady Decries Poor Health Seeking Behavior

ZIMBABWE’S First Lady Auxillia Mnanangwa has bemoaned poor health seeking behaviour among Zimbabweans which sees them succumb to untreatable advanced cancers. By Kudakwashe Pembere She said this while officiating the World Cancer Day Commemorations on February 4, 2020 themed ‘I am and I will’. “We have had challenges of poor seeking behaviour among our communities. This may be attributed to cultures and beliefs that are negative and can impact facilities and the nation’s productivity. This is the time to encourage each other to take action and seek assistance from our…

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Nurses Demand Salary Package From Higher Life Foundation

NURSES want Higher Life Foundation to intervene with salary packages as done  with the doctors from juniors to consultants which saw them back at work. By Kudakwashe Pembere Fielding questions from parliamentarians on Monday, Zimbabwe Nurses Association president Mr Enock Dongo said this disparity where nurses got nothing while doctors were given a golden handshake by Strive Masiyiwa’s humanitarian foundation. Mr Dongo said this reacting to the Senior Doctors who earlier in the morning had complained that flexible working hours and the handover-takeover period taken left patients unattended. “We commend…

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ZADHR Calls For Strong Novel Coronavirus Surveillance

THE Zimbabwe Association of Doctors for Human Rights calls for strengthening of the country’s surveillance amid the growing public health emergency of international concern, the Wuhan novel coronavirus. This call comes at a time when Zimbabwe proclaimed its alertness against this virus which has so far killed 361 people in China while the Phillipines reported a death today. “Active surveillance, prompt diagnosis and effective treatment of infected individuals have been shown to be the mainstay of containing outbreaks of such nature,” said the association. “. This calls for health workers…

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Zim Leans On SA To Detect Novel Coronavirus

ZIMBABWE does not have the laboratory capacity to detect the new Wuhan coronavirus thus relying on South Africa, HealthTimes has learnt. By Kudakwashe Pembere No confirmed nor suspected cases have been recorded in Zimbabwe. Detecting the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) in 2003, subsequently identifying cases of Avian Flue in 2005, Zimbabwe at the moment does not the laboratory capacity to handle this novel coronavirus as per Health Ministry’s chief director for Preventive Services Dr Gibson Mhlanga’s response to HealthTimes’ question on Zim’s lab preparedness. “No we send to South…

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Zim Allays CoronaVirus Fears

WITH Zimbabwe put in panic mode following its western neighbour Botswana’s suspected novel coronavirus case, national health authorities have assured they neither have suspected nor confirmed cases. By Kudakwashe Pembere In a statement, Health and Child Care Preventive Services Chief Director Dr Gibson Mhlanga disputed the viral messages on social media claiming Zimbabwe as having a suspected case of the n-COv. “The Ministry of Health and Child Care would like to clarify that as of today 31 January 2020, no cases or suspects of coronavirus have been reported in Zimbabwe…

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