Another Deadly Disease “Bubonic Plague” Reported In China, World Should Be On High Alert

AUTHORITIES in the Chinese region of Inner Mongolia are on high alert after a suspected case of bubonic plague, the disease that caused the Black Death pandemic, was reported Sunday. SOURCE: CNN The case was discovered in the city of Bayannur, located northwest of Beijing, according to state-run Xinhua news agency. A hospital alerted municipal authorities of the patient’s case on Saturday. By Sunday, local authorities had issued a citywide Level 3 warning for plague prevention, the second lowest in a four-level system. The warning will stay in place until…

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More than half of people with Covid-19 don’t know how they got it — here’s what that means for you

A new survey from the Centers for Disease Control found that 54% of people who tested positive for Covid-19 couldn’t pinpoint how they contracted the virus. The remaining 46% of respondents could recall having close contact with a person — commonly a family member or coworker — who was also diagnosed with Covid-19. These findings are “very concerning,” and suggest that people are likely contracting Covid-19 from people in their community who are asymptomatic, Dr. Joshua Barocas, infectious disease physician and assistant professor at Boston University School of Medicine, said…

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COVID-19 IN ZIMBABWE: WHAT NEEDS TO BE DONE MOVING FORWARD?

Dr Grant Marewanhema

ZIMBABWE witnessed its third spike of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, confirming 73 positive cases, and unfortunately also witnessed a facility death of a young female patient, aged 21, bringing the total number of officially reported deaths to 8. We should always note the careful choice of words, such as officially reported, and confirmed. By Dr Grant Murewanhema THE COVID-19 SITUATION IN THE COUNTRY So do we know the actual COVID-19 situation in Zimbabwe? How accurate are the numbers we report, and are we doing enough community testing? I…

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Ministry receives chemotherapy drugs

MINISTRY of Health and Child Care received a donation of 50 vials of Cisplatin chemotherapy drug from MaishaHealthFund and CassavaSmartech in partnership with Cancerserve Zimbabwe. The medicines were handed over at a ceremony held at the Ministry’s Head Office in Harare yesterday. Speaking at the ceremony on behalf of the Ministry, Acting Chief Director for Preventive Services Dr. Cremance Tshuma appreciated the donation saying that it will go a long way in helping the Ministry in the cancer treatment component where there have been financial challenges especially for common cancers…

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Ministry of Health to resuscitate the National Cancer Strategy

THE Ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC) says it is working on the cancer registry has revived the cancer registry snce the country had been operating without one. HealthTimes Reporter Deputy Minister of Health and Child Care, Dr John Mangwiro called for the revival of that strategy and tasked the Acting Secretary for Health, Dr Gibson Mhlanga to ensure that the National Cancer Prevention and Control Strategy for Zimbabwe was put in place. “You mentioned Dr Nyakabau that the cancer strategy expired in 2018, Dr Mhlanga we want that…

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COVID-19: Women and girls face greater dangers during COVID-19 pandemic

Community Health Worker Lydia Ganda conducting community awareness activities in Boitekong township in Rustenburg. Photographer: Siyathuthuka Media

THE COVID-19 pandemic is having potentially catastrophic secondary impacts on the health of women and girls around the world. Decisions made at every level of the response to the pandemic are resulting in women being further cut off from sexual and reproductive health services, threatening sharp rises in maternal and neonatal mortality. Women and girls are often denied care outright or face dangerous delays getting the services they need. The impacts of misguided policies and barriers to care are especially severe in places with weak or overburdened health systems—including many…

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#VACANCYALERT!!! ZNFPC Is Hiring: Do You Have 5 ‘O’ Levels, A First Aid or Home Nursing Certificate?

5 ‘O’ Levels including English Language First Aid or Home Nursing Certificate At least one year experience in a similar position Applications including detailed CVs and certified copies of both academic and professional qualification certificates should be emailed to vacancies@znfpc.org.zw or hand delivered at Number 1 Swissway/ Highfield Road, Southerton Harare not later than 17 July 2020

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Health Care Workers Strike Threatens Lives

THE strike by Zimbabwe’s health care workers threatens lives and will plunge the country’s ailing health sector into a deeper crisis. Health watchdog, Citizens Health Watch (CHW) believes that this, coupled with damning revelations about massive corruption in the procurement of Covid 19 supplies is undermining the country’s response to the virus. HealthTimes Reporter Zimbabwe’s health care workers have for decades worked under extraordinary conditions in a healthcare sector that has been plundered by years of corruption, that is underfunded, has obsolete equipment and regular drug stock outs. The strike…

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Global Wake-Up Call

FROM COVID-19 to climate disruption, from racial injustice to rising inequalities, we are a world in turmoil. By António Guterres At the same time, we are an international community with an enduring vision – embodied in the United Nations Charter, which marks its 75th anniversary this year. That vision of a better future —  based on the values of equality, mutual respect and international cooperation —  has helped us to avoid a Third World War that would have had catastrophic consequences for life on our planet. Our shared challenge is…

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Gvt Moves In To Curb Bulawayo Diarrhoeal Diseases

INFORMATION, publicity and broadcasting services minister, honorable Monica Mutsvangwa says goverment has commenced provision of portable water to Bulawayo residents in the midst of the ongoing diarrhoel epidemic that has already claimed five lives in the city. HealthTimes Reporter In a media brief, minister Mutsvangwa said the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic should divert attention from other health issues. “Whilst focusing on protecting the nation from COVID19, Government has not lost sight of other health challenges bedeviling our communities. It is in this context that the Taskforce noted with sadness the Typhoid…

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