Higher Life Foundation, End Fund Join NTDs Fight

HIGHERLIFE Foundation and The End Fund has joined hands with the Ministry of Health and Child Care, UNICEF and World Health Organization ( WHO) in the fight of Neglected tropical diseases(NTDs). By Patricia Mashiri in Victoria Falls Speaking in an interview on the sidelines of a stakeholders meeting for the feedback on the results of the impact assessment of six rounds of mass drug administration for schistosomiasis and soil transmitted helminthiasis the Higherlife Foundation Chief Executive Officer, Dr Kennedy Mubaiwa said despite the foundation’s strong education background, they got involved…

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Zim Research Finds Correlation Between HIV and Bilharzia

MEN and women with bilharzia are more vulnerable to HIV and AIDS, a Zimbabwean researcher says. By Patricia Mashiri in Victoria Falls Presenting his findings at a stakeholders feedback meeting on the results of the impact assessment round six of Mass Drug Administration (MDA) for Schistosomiasis (SCH) and Soil Transmitted Helminthiasis (Sth) in Victoria Falls, Director of National Institution of Health Research, Professor Nicholas Midzi said people with Bilharzia have a high chance of contracting HIV/AIDS. “We engaged 570 reproductive women and observed that more than 40% of them who…

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#BREAKING: Gvt Fires 77 Medical Doctors

MINISTER of Information and Broadcasting Services Senator Monica Mutsvagwa has announced that 77 doctors have been fired by government following the Labour Court ruling declaring the job action illegal. By Michael Gwarisa and Kudakwashe Pembere Briefing a post cabinet press briefing on Tuesday, Minister Mutsvangwa said firing the doctors was within the confines of the country’s health laws and Constitution. Cabinet was informed by the Minister of Health and Child Care that the public hospital doctors strike had gone beyond 63 days.  Medical services in most central hospitals therefore remain…

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Let’s talk about our reality: Are we failing our young people?

THE recent picture of a first year University of Zimbabwe student lying lifeless in a pool of blood, after trying to abort a pregnancy using a coat hanger brings a chill to one’s spine. If she made it to University, surely she should be knowledgeable about pregnancy and how to prevent it? Surely, she should understand enough of her anatomy to know that a coat hanger is unlikely to dislodge a foetus, that what she is doing is damaging to her internal organs. By Patricia Machawira The reality is that…

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iPhone Introduces Period Emoji To Demystify Menstruation

VISITS from “Aunt Flow” during “that time of month” are officially over — along with all the other euphemisms that people use to secretly talk about their menstrual cycle. The long-awaited period “drop of blood” emoji is finally available on iPhone keyboards in “a real breakthrough” in fighting the stigma around menstruation — and advocates say it’s about time we got this bloody conversation started. As a part of Apple’s iOS 13.2 update, the tech giant released a set of 350 brand-new emojis including mixed-race couples, gender-neutral individuals, people with…

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Senior Council Management Threaten Nurses To Return To Work

NURSES from all council clinics in Harare downed tools this morning citing incapacitation as the major reason behind the move. By Michael Gwarisa According to nurses who spoke to HealthTimes, top officials in the City of Harare were today moving around clinics threatening the nurses to return to work or face disciplinary action. Council has been ignoring our incapacitation please over the few months and this has worsened our living standards as we can no longer afford to meet our basic daily needs such as food, rentals, transport among others.…

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Zim Should Honour Abuja Declaration in 2020 Budget

CIVIL Society Organisations (CSOs) have called on government to increase domestic funding for Zimbabwe’s healthcare in the forthcoming 2020 national budget so as to stimulate Universal Health Coverage (UHC). By Patricia Mashiri Zimbabwe’s healthcare system is currently in intensive care owing to a plethora of factors chief among them being the poor funding from treasury amongst a host of other ills which have literally brought the sector on its knees. Speaking during the Civil Society Engagement on the Development of a Submission Paper on Priority Funding Areas in the 2020…

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South Africa Defers Dolutegravir Rollout

Stocks of the new treatment are already on the shelves of some clinics — but lingering concerns over a possible low risk of birth defects associated with this new antiretroviral have stalled the country’s switch to better medication for a second time. SOURCE: BHEKISISA The national health department has been forced to postpone a nationwide rollout of the latest blockbuster HIV treatment amid persistent concerns about what may be a low risk of birth defects linked to the drug’s use. This is despite the World Health Organisation (WHO) greenlighting the…

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Want To Lose Weight The Natural Way, Try Garcinia Camborgia

OVER the years, many people have been suffering from weight gain which  leads to obesity. The risks which are mainly associated with weight gain are however overwhelming . The leading cause of death are Chronic Heart Diseases which are mainly caused by unhealthy lifestyles. By Audrey Tsungai Tadu For the past decades, scientists have been trying to find the most natural ways of losing weight without damaging the body system. There are a lot of advertised chemical pills which really sound appealing because there is a promise to lose all…

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Doctors Defy Government’s Orders to Return to Work

DOCTORS have defied government’s call to return to work by Monday at 0800hrs arguing their employer has shown “continued ignorance” regarding the issues at stake. SOURCE: NEWZIMBABWE.COM Government medical practitioners have been on strike for the whole of last month especially junior doctors but have since been joined by their senior counterparts. The Zimbabwe Hospitals Doctors Association (ZHDA) in a statement on Sunday stated that Health Minister Obadiah Moyo’s comments were regrettable as he was aware that they (doctors) were equally not happy with the situation at the country’s health…

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