BLH Zimbabwe: Patience and perseverance are the keys to success, despite the hardships

  In early June Brave Little Hearts Zimbabwe participated in our National Youth Business Expo, as we are looking at establishing sustainable projects to help empower our communities to attain financial freedom. By Tendai Moyo This is so important because donors are hard to come by, and the financial burden of heart communities is so huge. Our target is to be self-sufficient by 2023 so we can meet every financial need, including surgeries, fees, medications, and hopefully, a community-owned heart centre. As much as we are awaiting government intervention, we…

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Govt defends Health Services Bill That Prevents Healthcare Workers From Striking

GOVERNMENT has defended its Health Services Amendment Bill arguing health workers are not allowed to strike for they are an essential service. By Kudakwashe Pembere Health economists and public health experts have described the bill as draconian and counterproductive and it has been blamed for the massive exodus of skilled personal the country is country experiencing. Speaking before the Parliament on behalf of the Vice President who is also Health and Child Care Minister,  Constantine Chiwenga, Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Honorable Ziyambi Ziyambi said unions hoodwinked health workers into…

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Health Ministry tasked to provide provincial COVID-19 vaccination targets

CABINET has directed the Ministry of Health and Child Care to devise monthly vaccination targets for the country’s 10 provinces as a way of increasing COVID-19 vaccine uptake. By Staff Reporter On February 15 2022, 2 868 received the first jab today bringing cumulative for first dose to 4 318 495. The number of people who got their second dose was 2 270 bringing cumulative for second dose to 3 349 207 while 1 594 had their third dose bringing cumulative this dose to 86 364. Upbeat about the COVID-19…

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Girl 9 With Enlarged Tonsils Appeals for US$11K For Surgery

DESPERATE parents for 9 year old Tawana Monisha Chinhenzva are appealing for financial assistance to the tune of US$11,500.00, to have their daughter operated on to remove enlarged Tonsils that are making breathing a daily nightmare for the minor. By Staff Reporter Tawana was born with a bi cleft lip, palate, and brain tissues protruding through her nose. Her condition deteriorated into multiple conditions including enlarged tonsillitis which specialists say needs to be rectified urgently. Her condition has also led to her stunted growth. At a glance, one would assume…

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Unvaccinated Zim Civil Servants Won’t Get Salaries

THE Public Service Commission of Zimbabwe (PSC), has warned that civil servants who refuse to get vaccinated without any proof or meaningful medical reason for not getting vaccinated, shall be barred from their workplaces and will not be getting their salaries for the period of their banishment. By Staff Reporter In a circular written to permanent secretaries for various ministries, PSC Secretary, Ambassador Jonathan Utaunashe called on all vaccinated civil servants to return to work in line with the new COVID-19 containment measures. In view of the announcement by the…

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Armed robbers shoot security guard at Natpharm

A SECURITY guard was shot and injured on Monday morning at the National Pharmaceutical (Natpharm) Company in Bulawayo in a suspected armed robbery incident. SOURCE: THE CHRONICLE The guard was rushed to United Bulawayo Hospitals for treatment. Details were still sketchy as to how many robbers had tried to raid Natpharm. The suspected armed robbers did not get away with anything in the process. When a Chronicle news crew arrived at the scene at about 8AM, police details had surrounded the premises and were collecting statements from those who were…

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Zim Only Has 22 Radiologists

THERE are 22 radiologists serving the whole of Zimbabwe with the majority based in Harare, one stationed in Bulawayo, HealthTimes has learned By Fungai Masona This grim revelation comes at a time when massive brain drain of health workers is further crippling the health sector. In an interview, Dr CADX co-founder Mr Gift Gana said this was testimony to the limited human and infrastructural resources in Zimbabwe. We have got limited resources in Zimbabwe. And this includes radiologists who are our specialists for interpreting medical images. Here in Zimbabwe we…

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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 Fungai Musona 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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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. By Fungai Masona 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,…

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UNICEF Zim Donates DNA Analysis Equipment To ZRP To Assist Rape Victims

IN  a bid to enhance the delivery of justice to survivors of sexual and gender-based violence through DNA evidence, the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) has handed over DNA analysis/forensic equipment to boosts capacity for credible evidence when handling Sexual Gender Based Violence (SGBV) cases. By Fungai Masona The equipment was handed over under the Spotlight Initiative after noting that lack of evidence has been hampering justice and a barrier for survivors to report cases of sexual violence. According to UNICEF, Sexual and gender-based violence offenses are often…

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