#BREAKING: Striking Doctors Snub Disciplinary Hearing

STRIKING doctors have snubbed the disciplinary hearings on Friday insisting that demanding fair wages is lawful. By Kudakwashe Pembere Zimbabwe Hospital Doctors Association Treasury General Dr Tapiwa Mungofa told HealthTimes they are financially crippled to attend the hearings. Doctors cannot and are not going to attend the disciplinary hearings because they don’t believe they committed any crime by being broke,” he said. He added they cannot afford transport to go for the disciplinary hearings. “And also the mere fact that doctors are incapacitated means they will not even afford the…

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52 UZ Medical Students Told To Abandon Degree And Pursue Other Programs

CLOSE to 52 second year medical students from the University of Zimbabwe College of Health Sciences feel unfairly treated for being told to discontinue their program after their request to rewrite a course was disapproved. By Kudakwashe Pembere A letter in possession of HealthTimes written to the students advised them to join a different program. I regret to advise you that you have not been granted approval to repeat AT2M/AT2DM. you are therefore advised to discontinue and apply to join a different program,” said the institution’s deputy registrar Dr Blessing…

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Harare Hospital Mulls Simulation-Based Medical Education

HARARE Central Hospital (HCH) is planning to establish an innovation and simulation hub to equip nursing students and staff in latest medical learning trends. By Kudakwashe Pembere In an interview with HealthTimes, HCH Clinical Director Dr Christopher Pasi said the simulation-based medical education (SBME) will help students and staff a great deal in reducing medical errors. The innovation and simulation hub will help students and staff by having a virtual learning system where resources will be available online. They will be helped in things like setting up of equipment. This…

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Zim Medical Student Elected IFMSA Africa Regional Director

A Zimbabwean medical student was recently elected to head Africa’s Directorate for the International Federation of Medical Students Associations(IFMSA) following a tight contest in Taiwan. By Kudakwashe Pembere Allistair Mukondiwa pursuing a medical degree with the University of Zimbabwe College of Health Sciences in an interview said he was happy to be the first Zimbabwean to lead African region’s medical students. Honestly, Im both nervous and excited; nervous because I know how much of a big responsibility it is to grow the voice of medical students in global health and…

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“We Wont Be Attending Disciplinary Hearing”- Striking Doctors

STRIKING doctors will not attend the November 1 disciplinary hearing by Government claiming demanding salary increases was within their rights, HealthTimes has learnt. By Kudakwashe Pembere In an interview with Zimbabwe Hospital Doctors Association (ZHDA) secretary general Dr Tawanda Zvakada said demanding a fair wage did not warrant a disciplinary hearing. “We believe we have not committed any misconduct by demanding a fair living wage,” he said. “No one is attending any hearing.” The doctors are expected to appear for disciplinary hearings for being on industrial action for nearly two…

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‘High Demand For Injectable PrEP Among Zim, SA Women Than In The US’

WOMEN in Zimbabwe and South Africa without HIV may demand long acting injectable pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) more than American women, a latest  HPTN 076 phase 2 clinical research has found. By Kudakwashe Pembere This research comes on the back drop of a high HIV incidence and low adherence to daily oral PrEP among women underscoring the need for more acceptable and easier to use HIV prevention products. The study examined the acceptability of a long-acting injectable PrEP among HIV-uninfected women in Zimbabwe, South Africa and two United States phase 2…

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DTG To Be Across Board: Health Ministry

DOLUTEGRAVIR (DTG) based regimens will be rolled out nationally to all people living with HIV including women of child bearing ages and babies. By Kudakwashe Pembere Recently in Kadoma Addressing a training workshop for civil society on new HIV/TB treatment guidelines, HIV/TB Public Health Specialist in the Health and Child Care Ministry Dr Clorata Gwanzura said with this transitioning they have been targeting a 12, 5 percent coverage of clients eyeing a 100 percent end of next year. The take home message for 2018-2019 is we have moved to DTG…

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RHRN Submit Parly Position Paper On Access to SRHR Without Age Restrictions

RIGHT Here, Right Now Zimbabwe alongside other organisations have submitted their position paper to parliament proposing there be removal of age restrictions to access to Sexual, Reproductive Health and Rights Services. By Kudakwashe Pembere Speaking at a SafAIDS arranged male engagement workshop on removal of access to SRHR to adolescent girls, Youth Engage Programs Manager Ignatius Chipendo said there have been discussions surrounding age of consent to sex, marriage and access to sexual reproductive health. We have already submitted a position paper now to parliament alongside other consortiums and partners…

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USD800K Paid For Global Fund Fifth Replenishment

ZIMBABWE has honoured USD800 000 of its Global Fund fifth replenishment pledge. By Kudakwashe Pembere The country pledged USD1 million for the Global Fund’s 6th Replinishment on October 10 this year in France. In a recent interview with Zimbabwe Aids Network national coordinator Mr Taurai Nyandoro, he said the country fulfilled USD800 000 of the fifth replenishment. “Remember at the 5th replenishment, our pledge was 1m, to date lm told we have paid about USD800 000.  So we are honoring the pledge,” Nyandoro said. Global Fund convenes over 100 countries…

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Undetectable Viral Load Not a License For Unprotected Sex, Says Govt

HAVING undetectable viral load does not warrant unsafe sex practices as there are chances of transmitting the HIV virus, a Health Ministry official says. By Kudakwashe Pembere in Kadoma In an interview with Health Ministry HIV/TB public health specialist Dr Clorata Gwanzura said on their message with U=U an acronym for Undetectable = Untransmissible the goal is to ensure people are virally suppressed. “As long as you are taking your medicines correctly and consistently, that is the result that you should see. However, there are various reasons that would cause…

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