NBSZ Clears Air On Blood User Fees

THE National Blood Services of Zimbabwe (NBSZ) has assured citizens that blood and blood products are still free in all public health institutions. By Michael Gwarisa The call follows a  blood price list which is making  rounds on social media suggesting that the blood blank has increased blood user fees in all health institutions. In a statement, NBSZ Public Affairs manager, Ms Esther Massundah said the National Blood Service Zimbabwe (NBSZ)  made an adjustment to the user fees of blood using the interbank rate which will see a unit of…

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Dr Moyo Appeals For Foreign Currency Allocation To Procure ARVs

HEALTH and Child Care minister, Dr Obhadia Moyo has made a call to treasury to at least grant the National Aids Council (NAC) a preferential interbank rate which allows them to access foreign currency in bulk in order to facilitate procurement of life saving Anti-Retroviral Treatment (ART) drugs. By Michael Gwarisa recently in Masvingo Dr Moyo made the plea at the 2019 World Aids Day (WAD) commemorations at Mucheke stadium in Masvingo. Officiating at the event, Dr Moyo bemoaned the absence of adequate foreign currency to purchase drugs from foreign…

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US Government Injects US$163 Mln To Fight HIV In Zimbabwe

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THE United States Government (USG) through the Presidential Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) in 2019 contributed an amount to the tune of US$163 million to scale up HIV interventions in Zimbabwe’s communities. By Michael Gwarisa recently in Masvingo Speaking at the 2019 World Aids Day (WAD) commemorations in Masvingo, the US Deputy Chief of Mission in Zimbabwe, Mr Thomas Hastings said communities needed to be capacitated to fight the HIV scourge at grassroots level. We have come a long as a partnership between the people of Zimbabwe and the…

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Chinhoyi One Stop Centre For GBV Survivors Launched

THE United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) has launched the One Stop center for  survivors of Gender Based Violence (GBV) in Chinhoyi in an effort to improve access to services for survivors of Gender Based Violence By Michael Gwarisa The GBV One-stop centre is part of the Zero Tolerance for GBV 365 National programme and has been birthed from a partnership between the UNFPA, the governments of Britain, Ireland, Sweden and the European Unione (EU) through support from the ministry of Gender and Community development. Speaking at the launch, UNFPA country…

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Senior Doctors Summoned For Disciplinary Hearings

GOVERNMENT has summoned at least 57 senior doctors who downed tools yesterday demanding the reinstatement of the 488 junior doctors who have been fired by government to date. By Michael Gwarisa Senior Hospital Doctors Association (SHDA) president Dr Shingai Nyaguse told HealthTimes this morning that government was not acting in good faith but was instead pursuing retribution. Instead of addressing our concerns, they have summoned senior doctors to disciplinary hearings instead. It is unfortunate that they have focused on the punitive disciplinary measures and have done nothing to address the…

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Gendered Corruption In Health Sector, Women Bear The Brunt

HEALTH sector corruption has over the years been swept under the carpet and in most cases, citizens tend to turn a blind eye to its existence. By Michael Gwarisa However, evidence gathered by the Transparency International Zimbabwe (TIZ) indicate that health sector corruption  comes in different facets and is an everyday occurrence and affects women the most. Corruption is defined by Transparency International as the “Misuse of entrusted power for private gain.” Corruption in most cases occur when public officials who have been given authority and a goal which further…

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#BREAKING: Seniors Doctors Strike…Order Gvt To Reinstate All Fired Doctors

SENIOR Doctors who had remained behind offering medical services to patients at Parirenyatwa Hospital have downed tools demanding reinstatement of all fired 435 doctors. By Michael Gwarisa and Kudakwashe Pembere In a letter addressed to the Parirenyatwa Hospital Clinical Director, Dr Aspect Muanganidze, the Senior Hospital Doctors Association (SHDA) said the continued victimisation of doctors by government must stop immediately. We, the SHDA met with our members on the 25th of November 2019 and we deliberated on the myriad of challenges currently befalling the medical fraternity. We have noted with…

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Inflation Erodes AIDS Levy Collections…No ARVs Procured In 2019

RUNAWAY inflation coupled with skyrocketing prices for pharmaceutical products has eroded AIDS Levy collections over the past few months, making it difficult for the National Aids Council (NAC) to procure Antiretroviral Treatment (ART) drugs from foreign suppliers, HealthTimes has learnt. By Michael Gwarisa Even though treasury gave NAC the green light to access foreign currency from banks at the prevailing Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) set interbank rate, the organisation has been struggling to purchase lifesaving drugs from foreign sources since suppliers only accept the United States Dollar (USD). Briefing…

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Ex WENELA Miner Recounts Horrific Health Conditions

Talks TB exposure Squalid living arrangements Inhuman treatment & racism IN the mid-70s, at the height of Zimbabwe’s liberation struggle, South Africa opened up job opportunities in its mining fields with the aim of luring the young and youthful men mainly from Zimbabwe, South Africa, Mozambique, Angola and others to work in the mines. By Michael Gwarisa Some say the call by South Africa to have young men work in their mine fields was a botched effort meant to distract young people from joining the liberation struggles in their respective…

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