WHO Names New COVID-19 Omicron

THE World Health Organisation (WHO) Technical Advisory Group on SARS-CoV-2 Virus Evolution (TAG-VE) has named the new COVID-19 strain that was discovered in South Africa Omicron and a SARS-CoV-2 Variant of Concern. By Michael Gwarisa The TAG-VE is an independent group of experts that periodically monitors and evaluates the evolution of SARS-CoV-2 and assesses if specific mutations and combinations of mutations alter the behaviour of the virus. The TAG-VE was convened on 26 November 2021 to assess the SARS-CoV-2 variant: B.1.1.529. The B.1.1.529 variant was first reported to WHO from…

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Africa CDC Warns Against Knee-Jerk Travel Ban

THE Africa Center for Disease Control (Africa CDC) says there is no science to prove  that travel bans work against reducing spread of the coronavirus. By Michael Gwarisa This comes as a reaction to the move by the United Kingdom (UK), Singapore and other countries that have imposed bans on Southern African countries for fear of of the new variant the B.1.1.529 that was detected by South African scientists. In a statement, the Africa CDC said, “Africa CDC strongly discourages the imposition of travel ban for people originating from countries…

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FIFA supports World Health Organization 16-day campaign to raise awareness on domestic violence

FIFA and the World Health Organization have teamed up to raise awareness about domestic violence and support those at risk, during the 16 days of activism against gender-based violence. The campaign kicks off on today’s International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and will run until Human Rights Day on Friday 10 December. “Violence is never the answer, especially at home, which should be a safe environment for everyone, and particularly for women and children,” said FIFA President Gianni Infantino. “It is FIFA’s statutory obligation to respect all…

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Spotlight Initiative Delivers Safe Market, One Stop Centre To Address GBV

Harare – the Government of Zimbabwe, the European Union, and the United Nations together with local authorities in the Epworth district launched a Safe Market and One Stop Centre as part of ongoing joint efforts to end violence against women and girls. The opening of the Safe Market Space and the One Stop Centre coincided with the beginning of the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based violence that will take place under a localized theme “End Violence Against Women Now: No to child marriages!” Women Affairs, Community, Small and Medium…

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Zim Gvt In Schools COVID-19 Vaccination Blitz For 16 To 17 Year Olds

THE Zimbabwean government has announced a jump in the national COVID-19 vaccination numbers over the past seven days at the back of increased uptake of vaccines in the 16 to 17 years age groups in schools countrywide. By Michael Gwarisa Briefing Journalists during a Post-Cabinet Media Briefing in Harare, Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services Minister, Senator Monica Mutsvangwa said the cumulative number of vaccines administered in the previous week increased significantly following the extension of vaccination towards the 16 to 17 year olds in schools. On the national vaccination programme,…

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RedSafe’ Provides Digital Vault And Information Service For Families Affected By Migration

Harare – The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has launched a free, digital humanitarian platform for people affected by migration, armed conflict, and other situations of violence to safely store copies of passports, medical records and other important paperwork. Own Correspondent The application is being piloted by Zimbabwe Red Cross Society (ZRCS) and South African Red Cross Society (SARCS), with technical and financial support from ICRC. As part of the global Red Cross Movement, the ZRCS continues to offer the Restoration of Family Links programme which seeks to…

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Zimbabwe Urged To Invest Heavily Towards Biomedical HIV Prevention Research

THERE is need for Zimbabwe to mobilise domestic financial and technical resources for the purposes of enhancing HIV Biomedical research and development, experts have said. By Michael Gwarisa This was revealed during a mini Biomedical HIV-Prevention Forum (BHPF) that was held in Harare.  The Biennial Forum is an official pre-conference of the International Conference on AIDS and STIs      in Africa (ICASA). The BHPF in 2021 is the fifth such event, following the successful events hosted in 2013, 2015, and 2017. Three countries, Cote d’Ivoire, Zimbabwe and Rwanda will be hosting…

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List Of Zim Facilities Offering Rehabilitation Support To Those Suffering From Drug Or Substance Addiction

REHABILITATION CENTERS 1. Highlands Halfway Home +2638644210999 2. Ruwa Rehabilitation Centre +263273790238 3. Serenity Mind Centre +263716825245 4.Mandipa Hope Rehabilitation +263776911153 5. Tirivanhu Rehabilitation +263773593014 6.Mubatirapamwe Trust +263772379751 7. Beatrice Rehabilitation Centre, Harare 8. Tariro Rehabilitation Centre, Harare 9)For Youths By Youths, Harare & Mash West +263775462468 +263773238941 The following public psychiatric institutions also offer help in fight drug addiction: 1. Sally Mugabe Psychiatric Unit (Harare) 2. Parirenyatwa Annex Psychiatric Unit (Harare) 3. Ingutsheni Psychiatric Hospital (Bulawayo) 4. Ngomahuru Hospital and Halfway House (Masvingo).

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Health Ministry Dismisses Viral Video Of Woman Claiming She Reacted To Vaccine

THE Bulawayo Metropolitan Provincial Medical Director (PMD),  Dr Maphios Siamuchembu has poured water on a video currently making rounds on social media of a 27 year old woman, Cleopatra Ncube from Cowdry Park in Bulawayo who claims to have developed an adverse reaction that led to her fingers and lower limbs drying up soon after getting jabbed with the Sinovac, a Chinese manufactured vaccine being administered in Zimbabwe. By Michael Gwarisa According to the viral video, Cleopatra took the vaccine on July 27, 2021 when health officials were conducting inoculations…

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