Veteran Oncologists, Dr Nyakabau Retires From Parirenyatwa Oncology, Cherishes Team Work At The Institution

RENOWNED Oncologist, Dr Anna Mary Nyakabau has retired from Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals after having served for 33 years at the same  institution where she rose through the ranks to become one of the most sort after Consultant Specialist Oncologists in the country. By Michael Gewarisa In an Interview with HealthTimes, Dr Nyakabau said Parirenyatwa Hospital opened up various life opportunities for her and for that, she will remain indebted to the institution. I am very grateful for the companionship, understanding and teamwork I experienced at Parirenyatwa hospital over the…

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Engage Communities First Before Rolling Out Vaccine, WHO Tells African Governments

THE World Health Organisation (WHO) Regional Director for Africa, Dr Matshidiso Moeti says communities must be part of the COVID-19 vaccination process and should be be engaged earlier to create buy in from communities. By Michael Gwarisa Speaking during a virtual press conference that was facilitated by APO Group, Dr Moeti said Africa was still lagging behind in terms of readiness for the COVID-19 Vaccines Roll-out and more community awareness needed to be done before the vaccine distribution commences. Developing a safe and effective vaccine is just the first step…

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Health Minister Rebuffs Hospital Beds Shortages Reports

HEALTH and Child Care Mnister, Vice President Constantino Chiwenga has dismissed reports that the country’s health system is reeling from acute bed shortages. By Michael Gwarisa In a press statement, Vice President Chiwenga described the reports as baseless accusations by what he termed “Pen Mercenaries” and fake news peddlers. In light of widely circulating reports alleging that there is a serious deficit of hospital beds, let me point out that these were ‘embellished social media allegations by some pen-mercenaries.’ However, if the need arises in future, my Ministry may consider…

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#JUSTIN: One Person Dying Every Hour To COVID-19 In Zimbabwe- Prof Ngwenya

THE coronovirus second wave has hit Zimbabwe hard, amidst indications that the country could officially be losing a life every hour to COVID-19 while the daily infection rate has breached the 1000 mark By Michael Gwarisa Responding to the Ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC) daily Sitrep of January 14, 2020 on his Micro-blogging Site, Mpilo Hospital Chief Executive Officer, Professor Solwayo Ngwenya warned the public to be vigilant and abide by the set COVID-19 prevention regulations in order to defeat the virus. Coronavirus: daily new cases breach 1000,…

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Zvaungade Kuziva Nezve Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine

NYIKA ye Zimbabwe mumwedzi iri kutevera ichange ichibaya  nhomba kana kuti vaccine re kudzivirira kubva kuhutachiwana hwe Coronavirus hunokonzera denda re COVID-19. Mumiriri we United Kingdom (UK) mu Zimbabwe, Muzvare  Melanie Robinson vakavimbisa ivo kuti nyika yavo ichange ichibatsira nyika ye Zimbabwe nekubaya vanhu mamiriyoni matatu nhomba yekudzivira kubva ku Covid-19. Na Michael Gwarisa Zvipatara zvakawanda mu Britain zvakatotanga kubaya vanhu domwe rekutanga (first dose) re vaccine re Pfizer. Bazi rinoona nezvehutano mu Britain re National Health Service (NHS) rakati iro nhomba ye Pfizer rakachena huye harikuvadzi zvakare rinodziviria kubva…

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Provide Suitable PPE For Frontline Health Workers- CWGH

GOVERNMENT should move with speed and avail the much needed personal protective equipment (PPE) in order to  contain the spread of COVID-19 between patients and healthcare workers, the Community Working Group on Health has warned. By Michae Gwarisa The call comes hot on heels of sad development at Sally Mugabe Hospital where a Matron succumbed to COVID-19, resulting midwives and other health personal at the institutions  boycotting work citing safety issues due to lack adequate PPE. CWGH Executive Director, Itai Rusike said the country is experiencing PPE shortages at very…

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#JUSTIN: MCAZ Issues Warning Against Using Ivermectin, An Animal Injection To Self Medicate Against COVID-19

THE Medicines Control Authority of Zimbabwe (MCAZ) has warned members of the public against self medicating for COVID-19 using a Veterinary jab called Ivermectin to prevent against COVID-19 infection. By Michael Gwarisa According to MCAZ Acting Director General, Mr Richard Rukwata, their organisation has over the past few weeks been inundated by calls and inquiries concerning the use of the veterinary injection to prevent against infection from Covid-19. In view of the growing number of inquiries and reports received concerning use of Veterinary Ivermectin injection for prevention or treatment of…

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New Zim Lockdown Might Not Flatten COVID-19 Curve- ZADHR

THE Zimbabwe Association of Doctors for Human Rights (ZADHR) says the new Lvel 4 Lockdown might not yield the intended outcome of flattening the curve of COVID-19 infections owing to a continued defiance of regulations by the generality of the public and the business community. By Michael Gwarisa Giving their 21st COVID-19 Monitoring and Advocacy Report, ZADHR said in as much as they welcome the new lockdown, it exhibits numerous loopholes which could defeat the intended objectives of the restrictions. ZADHR is of the position that the current lockdown measures…

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No PPE, No Work: Harare Hospital Midwives Boycott Work After Matron Dies From COVID-19

MIDWIVES and nurses at Sally Mugabe formerly Harare Hospital have downed tools after their colleague, a Matron at the institution succumbed to COVID-19 in the early hours of Thursday, January 7, 2021. By Michael Gwarisa According to sources privy to the developments, the midwives are refusing to enter the hospital premises until the issue of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) has been resolved. Apparently the midwives  are outside as we speak, they  are refusing to enter the buildings following the death of the Matron. The Matron was on duty on Sunday…

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“Let’s Not Address Health Issues In Silos During Lockdown”

THE National AIDS Council (NAC) Chief Executive Officer, Dr Benard Madzima says the new level four lockdown presents an opportunity for Zimbabwe to correct the mistakes of the first lockdown which saw a sizable number of people struggling to access essential healthcare services. By Michael Gwarisa In an interview with HealthTimes, Dr Madzima said even though HIV  is still a burden on the country’s health sector, it was critical to prioritise other issues such as Gender Based Violence (GBV), maternal health, access to contraceptives, Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR),…

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