Too Early For Zim To Issue Coronavirus Travel Warning Says WHO

THE World Health Organisation (WHO) says it  is too early and unwarranted to issue any restriction on travel or trade for people infected with the novel Coronavirus. By Michael Gwarisa Addressing a combined interagency coordination committee on health and the national taskforce on epidemic prone diseases meeting on Friday, World Health Organisation Zimbabwe Disease Prevention and Control Officer Dr Anderson Chimosoro said WHO does not recommend restriction on travels or trade for people infected with novel coronavirus. At this stage there are no indications that there should be restrictions. It…

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#BREAKING: Former UNICEF Zim Country Rep, Dr Salama Dies

FORMER United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Zimbabwe country representative, Dr Peter Salama has died. By Michael Gwarisa Dr Salama was 51 and leaves behind his wife and three children. He was also the Executive Director of WHO’s Division for Universal Health Coverage – Life Course. The World Health Organization announces with deep sadness the sudden death of Dr Peter Salama, Executive Director of WHO’s Division for Universal Health Coverage – Life Course. In his condolence message, World Health Organisation (WHO) Director General, Dr Tedros Adhanom said Dr Salama’s death was…

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Plan International Launches New Zim Country Strategy

PLAN International has launched its 2019-2024 country strategy that will act as a  yardstick to track and monitor progress and shortcomings the organization could have made in the advancing girls, children and young people’s sexual reproductive health and rights (SRHR). By Michael Gwarisa Speaking a the launch, United Nations (UN) Resident Coordinator Ms. Maria Ribeiro said the country strategy would allow Plan International Zimbabwe and its partners to reflect on key achievements of the previous strategy. The challenge on child protection particularly that of the girl child in Zimbabwe is…

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Demystifying Asthma: One On One With Asthma and Allergies Guru

HAVE you ever felt like a 100 inch mega Wrench is grippingly tightening your chest and your lungs are about to explode and its driving you crazy? You gasp for air, and you feel this tense sensation accompanied by a dry cough and whizzing. You feel dead already and  the temptation to sing “Nearer My God To Thee” is so compelling. Don’t panic as yet, its probably Asthma and all hope is not lost as yet. With earlier diagnosis, proper treatment and management the symptoms could be gone within weeks.…

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Here Is Why Zimbabwe Should Be On High Alert For CoronaVirus

IN December 2019, an outbreak of a rare flue like virus  was reported in China and has since infected hundreds since it was diagnosed in Wuhan, China. By Michael Gwarisa Chinese health expert and scientist  who first decoded the virus  believes the virus which could be a cousin to the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) virus which killed hundreds of people a few year back could have started in animals and spread to humans. On 31 December 2019, the World Health Organisation (WHO) was informed of a cluster of cases…

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#BREAKING: Junior Doctors Finally Accept Masiyiwa’s Offer

THE Zimbabwe Hospital Doctors Association (ZHDA) has finally accepted the Higherlife Foundation mentorship offer, a move that is likely to bring some sanity to the health sector. By Michael Gwarisa In November last year at the height of the doctors strike as a result of incapacitation, the Foundation offered a ZWL100 Million, Training Fellowship for Junior and Senior Resident Medical Officers employed at Public Healthcare institutions of Zimbabwe. However most members from the ZHDA has spurned the offer saying government should come up with long lasting solution to their crisis.…

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#BREAKING: Doctors To Expand Emergency Services In Public Hospitals

SENIOR doctors have agreed to expand the emergency services mode in hospitals in a bid to ease the suffering masses. By Michael Gwarisa In a statement, the Senior Doctors Association of Zimbabwe (SHDA) said the resolution was agreed on following a an exercise they carried out  early this year where they went through the hospitals together with hospital managers; to inspect and physically see the restocking that had been done as well as highlighting on the state of the hospital equipment in the central hospitals around the country. The exercise…

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Smoking greatly increases risk of complications after surgery

TOBACCO smokers are at significantly higher risk than non-smokers for post-surgical complications including impaired heart and lung functions, infections and delayed or impaired wound healing. HealthTimes Reporter But new evidence reveals that smokers who quit approximately 4 weeks or more before surgery have a lower risk of complication and better results 6 months afterwards. Patients who quit smoking tobacco are less likely to experience complications with anesthesia when compared to regular smokers. A new joint study by the World Health Organization (WHO), the University of Newcastle, Australia and the World…

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Women Now Using Tobacco To Shrink Their Private Parts

WOMEN are now applying tobacco powder and other tobacco related products on their private parts in the belief that it shrinks their genitals, increase sexual pleasure and raises the odds of getting pregnant. By Michael Gwarisa The practice of applying tobacco to the lady parts is now popular in most West African countries and has also spread to other African countries including Zimbabwe. Tobacco or “miracle recipe” as it is now called in West African countries “increases sexual pleasure tenfold” or “sends a man into the seventh heaven” and this…

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Desperate Zimbos Turn To Crowd Funding For Healthcare Financing

IN a country where medical aid coverage is less than 10 percent, ordinary Zimbabweans who can’t afford medical aid cover and health insurance have found solace in crowd funding initiatives for critical surgeries and treatment for complicated ailments. By Michael Gwarisa According to the Association of Healthcare Funders Zimbabwe (AHFoZ), medical aid coverage has dropped from a high of 10 percent in 2018 to the current  9 percent, making it untenable for majority of Zimbabweans whose life savings and hard earned cash has turned into manure since August 2018 at…

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