HIV+ People With Low CD4 Count Should Consult Before Getting COVID-19 Jab

PEOPLE living with HIV (PLHIV) who have a low CD4 count and an uncontrolled viral load have been urged to defer getting vaccinated against COVID-19 until after discussing with medical practitioners, a medical and HIV expert has said. By Michael Gwarisa CD4 cells are white blood cells that fight infection and the CD4 count is a measure of how healthy one’s immune system is when living with HIV. People Living with HIV have been listed amongst high-risk populations in the country and have also been afforded priority status under the…

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Zimbabwe Not Yet In The 3rd Wave- Experts

CONTRARY to widespread reports that a third COVID-19 wave was already in the country, medical and health experts have assured the nation that the nation was nearing the end of a second of a second wave. By Michael Gwarisa   There have been speculation over the past few weeks following the surging of COVID-19 cases in schools, triggering fears that a third wave might probably started in the country. Speaking during a webinar that was organised by the National AIDS Council (NAC), Dr Takunda Sola who is also the Regional…

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Plans To Form New Nurses Union Loyal To Gvt Exposed

A new nursing labour organization is reportedly on the cards as a ploy by government and the Health Services Board (HSB) to frustrate dissenting voices from within the nursing profession as well as neutralize the Zimbabwe Nurses Association (ZINA) and have individuals loyal to government occupying key positions. By Michael Gwarisa The Zimbabwe Nurses Association has of late been branded as pugnacious and its individuals linked to the regime change agenda owing to a series of industrial actions they been orchestrating over the past few years. US$1 Million worth of…

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Prof Elopy Sibanda Unpacks Childhood Asthma In Zimbabwe

EVERY year, since 1994, the world commemorates World Asthma Day and this day was set aside by the Global Initiative of Asthma in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO) after the realization that Asthma was a common problem, it was a misunderstood problem and its management was challenging. By Michael Gwarisa Back then, there were numerous misconceptions and myths around Asthma by both patients and physicians about what Asthma was all about which made it difficult to deal with as a public health threat. According to data from the…

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New Report Sounds Alarm On Global Shortage Of 900,000 Midwives

THE world is grappling with massive shortage of midwives, exposing  lives of women and newborns to the risk of death, ill health or injury, a new report by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) has revealed. By Michael Gwarisa According to the 20201 State of Midwifrey Report by UNFPA, WHO and the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM) and partners, the world is facing a shortage of 900,000 midwives, which represents a third of the required global midwifery workforce and the COVID-19 crisis has only exacerbated these problems, with the health…

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Cabinet Approves IPEC’S Request To Host Insurance Regulators Indaba Under Strict COVID-19 Regulations

THE Insurance and Pension Commission’s (IPEC) request to host a conference of insurance regulators has been approved by cabinet under strict World Health Organisation (WHO) measures. By Michael Gwarisa Briefing Journalists , Information, Publicity Minister, Senator Monica Mutsvangwa said IPEC has to choose a bigger venue to ensure COVID-19 protocols can be observed. Furthermore, Cabinet approved a request made by the Insurance and Pensions Commission (IPEC) for the Organization of Eastern and Southern Africa Insurers (OESI) to host a meeting of Insurance regulators. The approval was made on the following…

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#JUSTIN: Flush Toilet Systems For Rural Communities To End Open Defecation

THE Zimbabwe Cabinet has approved the implementation of Eaziflush Sanitation Technology for Waste Management in Peri-urban and Rural Communities, which was presented by the Minister of Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare, as the Acting Chairman of the Cabinet Committee on Social Services and Poverty Eradication. Staff Reporter Briefing Journalists during a post cabinet media briefing, Information minister, Senator Monica Mutsvangwa said, “Government wishes to get rid of open pit latrines, implement alternative innovations suitable for transforming rural communities with respect to the provision of clean water and improved sanitation.…

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There Is Nothing Fishy About ZNNP+ Coordinating MIPA Says Dr Madzima

NATIONAL AIDS Council Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Dr Benard Madzima has indicated that the Zimbabwe National Network of People Living With HIV (ZNNP+) was the right platform through which the People Living With HIV (PLHIV) sector should be coordinated. By Michael Gwarisa His response comes hot on the heels of a letter that has since gone viral on social media and was penned by HIV activist and National AIDS Council (NAC) board member, Mrs Tendayi Westerhof where she expressed displeasure in the manner the NAC board was granting the ZNNP+…

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Zim Gvt Should Issue COVID-19 Travel Ban To And From India As Deadly Second Wave Wrecks Havoc In India

ZIMBABWE’S health sector could crush to its knees if the mutant COVID-19 variant in India finds its way into the country, a Public Health Expert has warned. By Michael Gwarisa India is currently grappling with a second wave of the Coronavirus  and for the first times, India recorded more than 400,000 new COVID-19 cases over a period of 24 hours on Saturday while the country’s massive new vaccination drive was hampered in some areas by shortages of the shots. However, other countries such as Australia and Nigeria have already issued…

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