Doctors Association President Abduction Condemned

ZIMBABWE Hospital Doctors Association (ZHDA) president, Dr Peter Magombeyi has reportedly been abducted by three unidentified men under unclear circumstances. By Michael Gwarisa The abduction is believed to have happened around 22:00 hours on Saturday, September 15 in Budiriro while he was in the company of his colleagues. Speaking to HealthTimes, ZHDA Secretary General, Dr Anelle Bhebe said the development had shook the association and called on government to urgently investigate the abduction. I just heard from his colleagues he went missing at 2020 yesterday in Budiriro. He was abducted…

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Post Cyclone Idai Depression Stalks Chimanimani

News chronic ailments cases recorded Both health workers and affected communities need psychosocial support FARAI Jochoma is by no doubt the most famous fast food dealer in Ngangu, Chimanimani. His makeshift food spot is a hive of activity throughout the day as foodies and local youths gather at his place to buy food or play a game of pool. By Michael Gwarisa recently in Chimanimani His heavily built stature and ever laughing personality hides a story.  A story that is born out of pain, grief and loss of friends and…

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Bad Roads Induced Maternal Deaths Fears Rise Ahead of Rainy Season

EVEN though Memory Chimpinyi (26) from Skyline in Chimanimani gave birth to her baby a month before the Tropical Cyclone Idai disaster struck, the after effects of the storm are currently having a direct negative impact on her post-natal hospital visits. By Michael Gwarisa in Chimanimani Every month she visits Chimanimani Rural District Hospital which is located eight kilometers away from her home through a meandering road and rugged terrain. The dilapidated road and bridges which were washed away by the ferocious monsoon brings some inconceivable anxiety and trauma to…

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Malnutrition Spikes In Cyclone Idai Hit Communities

CHIPINGE District Hospital is battling increased cases of malnutrition emanating from Chimanimai, some parts of Chipinge and Mozamabique which were hit by the tropical cyclone idai, HealthTimes has learnt. By Michael Gwarisa in Chipinge Speaking to Journalists during the Post Cyclone Idai assessment media tour which was organised by the World Health Organisation (WHO), UNDP and the Ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC), Chipinge District Acting Medical Officer (DMO), Dr Ozimmo Matekenya said the malnutrition crisis was most prevalent in children and babies under the age of five. In…

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Stanbic Donates To People Living With Albinism

STANBIC Bank has donated a variety of sun protection products worth $140 000 to members of the Albino Charity Organisation of Zimbabwe (ALCOZ). The financial services institution donated 1 000 units of sunscreen lotions; 1 000 units of antibacterial soap; 1 000 units of lip balm and 1 000 sunhats. The donation comes as the prices of goods and commodities, inclusive of the sun protection products, continue sky rocketing out of the reach of this community due to the prevailing harsh economic environment. ALCOZ has been a major beneficiary of…

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Zim Launches Comprehensive HIV Communication Strategy

THE Ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC) in collaboration with partners have launched the comprehensive national HIV communication strategy for Zimbabwe 2019-2025, which will see HIV programing and interventions being tailor-made in line with the needs of specific HIV high risk groups. By Michael Gwarisa Officiating at the launch ceremony, Health and Child Care Minister, Dr Obadiah Moyo said the new HIV comprehensive strategy would aid in reducing the high HIV burden bedeviling the country through cultivating behavior change amongst various populations and high risk groups. The questions that…

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Proposed Health Services Law To Trigger Massive Brain Drain

THE proposed Health Services Amendment bill could prompt massive skills flight among health professionals should it be passed into law as it stifles the rights of doctors to exercise their democratic right to protest unfavorable working conditions. By Michael Gwarisa In an interview with HealthTimes, Zimbabwe Hospital Doctors Association (ZHDA), acting president, Dr Peter Magombeyi said the proposed bill was draconian and not fit for the 21st century. The first thing that we want to correct about our honorable minister Obadiah Moyo’s statement is the terminology. Doctors are not on…

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Government should engage the doctors to avert the looming strike action

THE Community Working Group on Health (CWGH) executive director, Mr Itai Rusike has called on government to consider reengaging doctors who have downed tools to avoid plunging the country’s already ailing health sector into a deeper crisis. Government doctors last week gave notice that they would go on strike following their rejection of a 60% salary increase offer. Mr Rusike said there doctors demands were not ridiculous and government should engage in good faith if the situation is to be averted. The doctors want their salaries to be adjusted to…

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There Is No Going Back This Time- Doctors

GOVERNMENT doctors who downed tools today (September 3 2019) citing incapacitation as a result of the prevailing economic woes, have vowed to dig in until their demands are met. By Michael Gwarisa In an interview with HealthTimes, Zimbabwe Hospital Doctors Association (ZHDA) acting president Dr Peter Magombeyi  said they will not be forced into submission by any tricks and negotiations need to be impartial and sincere. It’s incapacitation and not a strike and yes the doctors have heeded the call to withhold their services and not to report for work.…

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WHO Updates Contraceptive Eligibility For Women At High Risk of HIV

WHO has changed its recommendations for progestogen-only injectables and intrauterine devices (IUDs) for women at high risk of HIV from a Category 2 to a Category 1. Additional clarifications are provided for the IUD recommendation. These recommendations stem from a meeting of the Guideline Development Group at which a wide range of stakeholders were represented including experts in family planning and HIV, representatives from affected populations, clinicians, epidemiologists, researchers, programme managers, policy-makers and guideline methodologists. The Group reviewed evidence on hormonal contraception and HIV acquisition published since the previous review…

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