#BREAKING: Gvt Hospitals Bosses Fired, HSB Says Its Restructuring

ZIMBABWE’S public health institutions could be running on auto pilot amidst indications that all Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) in government hospitals have been dismissed under what the Health Services Board (HSB) has described as a restructuring exercise. By Michael Gwarisa In an interview with HealthTimes, HSB Board Chair Paulinos Sikhosana said the restructuring was meant to bring sanity in all public health institutions. There is a  restructuring going to improve efficiency effectiveness and integrity, so that’s the only statement that I can tell you,” said Dr Sikhosana before he hung…

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#JUSTIN: Two Parirenyatwa Hospital Employees Test Positive For COVID-19

TWO out of 26 members of staff at Parirenyatwa Hospital, who had just completed their shifts in the institution’s COVID-19 center have tested positive for COVID-19, HealthTimes has learnt. By Michael Gwarisa In a statement, the institution said those who tested positive were immediately quarantined to avoid further spreading the disease. Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals would like to inform the public that two out of 26 staff members who had completed one of their shifts in our COVID-19 Centre tested positive for SARS-Cov-2. “Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals has three teams…

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#JUSTIN: Many Could Die, As Zimbabweans Fail To Access Health Services

THOUSANDS of desperate Zimbabweans were this week left without public health services for the third week as health care workers continued striking, amid growing fears that many will be left to die as a worsening crisis in the health care sector takes its toll, warns Citizens Heath Watch (CHW). By HealthTimes Correspondent  This week, 18 health care workers at the government run, referral hospital United Bulawayo Hospitals tested positive for Covid 19, as nurses at public institutions countrywide continue to withhold their services making the plight of Zimbabweans more challenging,…

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Dark Week For Zimbabwe, As COVID-19 Kills 5 Within A Few Days

ZIMBABWE has recorded another COVID-19 fatality, this time a 63 year old woman from Matabeleland North Province , bringing the total number of coranavirus deaths recorded this week to five, the highest weekly death toll the country has recorded since the pandemic was recorded in the country. By Michael Gwarisa The cumulative total number of deaths in Zimbabwe currently stands at 13 with majority of the cases having been recorded during the period July 6 to 10, 2020. According to the Ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC) daily COVID-19…

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FDA Authorizes Marketing of IQOS Tobacco Heating System with ‘Reduced Exposure’ Information

THE U.S. Food and Drug Administration authorized the marketing of Philip Morris Products S.A.’s “IQOS Tobacco Heating System” as modified risk tobacco products (MRTPs). By Michael Gwarisa This marks the second set of products ever to be authorized as MRTPs and the first tobacco products to receive “exposure modification” orders, which permits the marketing of a product as containing a reduced level of or presenting a reduced exposure to a substance or as being free of a substance when the issuance of the order is expected to benefit the health…

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#JUSTIN: Mnangagwa Hints On Lockdown Review

PRESIDENT Emerson says there is need for a review of lockdown measures in a bid to curb the spread of COVID-19. By Michael Gwarisa The announcement comes after the country has recorded its darkest week since the COVID-19 was reported in the country. Speaking during a Politburo Meeting, President Mnangagwa said, “The recent rapid spike of infections requires that we make another review of the COVID-19 Lockdown measures.”    

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#JUSTIN: Call Off 31 July Protests, Gvt Warns Opposition As Local COVID-19 Cases Skyrocket

INFORMATION, publicity and broadcasting services Minister, Honorable Monica Mutsvangwa, has called on all political leaders to call off the planned 31 July protests citing COVID-19 infections fears, amidst a spike in local transmissions. By Michael Gwarisa In a media brief, Minister Mutsvangwa said in as much as the call protests was a democratic right, it was ill-timed and could expose millions of Zimbabweans to COVID-19 infections. On 1 July, Zimbabwe recorded 14 new cases, on the 4th the number shot to 73 new cases, and yesterday our numbers jumped to…

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UNICEF Zim In Major COVID-19 & Immunization Cold Chain Donation

THE Ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC) today received a consignment consisting of 968 solar direct driven refrigeration towards Zimbabwe’s expanded program on immunization and 134 Oxygen Concentrators in support of Zimbabwe’s fight against COVID-19. By Michael Gwarisa The delivery is part of the Health Development Fund (HDF) that is managed by UNECEF while the 968 solar direct refrigerators were procured by GAVI at a tune of US$3, 444, 828.15 Million. The HDF is funded by the United Kingdom DFID, European Union (EU), Irish Aid, and the Global Vaccines…

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#JUSTIN: Blood Coupon Facility Suspension Lifted…As Gvt Pays ZW$43 Million To NBSZ

THE National Blood Service of Zimbabwe (NBSZ) has confirmed receipt of an amount to the tune of  ZW$43.5 Million from treasury from an outstanding bill of ZW$125, 710, 200 Million, a move which is likely to ease operational constraints bedeviling the blood bank. By Michael Gwarisa The NBSZ had recently written to all public health institutions advising them of a suspension of the coupons facility which would grant them access to blood and blood products on credit. However owing to financial challenges, the facility had been suspended, paving way for…

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#BREAKING: Free Blood Initiative Under Siege As NBSZ Suspends Blood Coupons

PATIENTS in need of blood and blood products in both public and private health institutions will likely be forced to pay in United States Dollars (USD) or an exchange rate equivalent to the Old Mutual implied rate or other comparable exchange rates, following the suspension of the coupon facility which would see health institutions access blood and blood products on credit. By Michael Gwarisa The move also comes after the National Blood Service of Zimbabwe (NBS) has been making numerous calls for foreign currency injection from government to facilitate the…

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