South African Doctor Cures Deafness In World First Middle Ear Transplant Using 3D Technology

A South African doctor and his team successfully pioneered a transplant of a patient’s middle ear using 3D technology to cure his deafness, making it the first in the world. This groundbreaking procedure offers hope to many of those who suffer from loss of hearing. The first patient to receive the transplant was a 35-year-old man who suffered hearing loss as a result of a car accident that damaged his inner ear, according to a press release by the South African Government. The operation was performed by Professor Mashudu Tshifularo and…

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Govt, Unicef Tackle Communication Gaps In Adolescent, Maternal and Child Health

MINISTRY of Health and Child Care’s Family Health Department and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) engaged health promotion officers in the country to tackle communication gaps hampering the utilisation of Reproductive, Maternal, New-born, Child, Adolescent Health and Nutrition (RMNCAH&N) services. By HealthTimes Reporter Speaking the meeting, Priscilla Madzinga-Kusena the Communication for Development Officer at UNICEF said RMNCAH&N outcomes are shaped by individual, community behaviours, social / gender norms. “Delays in seeking care, poor home-based care management of pregnant women and children, supply-side barriers, and lack of an enabling environment…

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Demystifying Dolutegravir based antiretroviral drug regimens

ZIMBABWE recently joined other nations to adopt the new HIV treatment regimens that contain Dolutegravir (DTG).  The complete transition process for Zimbabwe however, will not take less than 10 months to be fully implemented considering that the country has over a million people on first line HIV medicines. By Michael Gwarisa and Dr. Simbarashe Mabaya Countries  adopt normative guidance by the World Health Organization (WHO) which is based on rigorous review and analysis of scientific evidence. Based on this review WHO develops recommendations which make up the next guidelines. Countries…

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Transgender Women At High Risk Of Cervical Cancer- Study

A new study has revealed that Transgender women receiving hormonal therapy are at greater risk of developing breast cancer. The study dubbed “Breast Cancer Risk in transgender people receiving hormone treatment” has revealed that there was an increased risk of breast cancer in trans women compared with cisgender men, and a lower risk in trans men compared with cisgender women. In trans women, the risk of breast cancer increased during a relatively short duration of hormone treatment and the characteristics of the breast cancer resembled a more female pattern. Most…

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Swiss Based Technicians To Fix Radiotherapy Machines Soon: Health Minister

TECHNICIANS from a Switzerland based company Varien are expected in the country soon to fix the broken radiotherapy machines at Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals, a senior government official said on Tuesday. By Kudakwashe Pembere This was said by Health and Child Care Minister Dr Obadiah Moyo at the launch of the Phase 3 China-Zimbabwe Maternal and Child Care, Cervical Cancer Screening and Treatment Project at Parirenyatwa. With all the machines across the country’s public health institutions grounded, there was an uproar from Zimbabweans blaming Government for neglecting cancer patients. But…

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Parirenyatwa Hospital Gets Cervical Cancer Treatment Equipment

PARIRENYATWA Group of Hospitals received cervical cancer screening equipment  from the Chinese Embassy for the ongoing third round of screening and treatment in conjunction with a Chinese hospital, Hunan Province Maternal and Child Hospital. By Kudakwashe Pembere First Lady Auxillia Mnangagwa who officiated the launch of this project thanked the Chinese Government for donating the equipment and expertise. I understand that last year, the project targeted 1000 women and was pleased to know that they exceeded their expectations. I hope this year they will again exceed the targeted number,” she…

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US Gvt Donates Additional US$600,000 To Cyclone Idai

THE United States Government’s (USG) has extended another US$600,000 towards Cyclone Idai, bringing the total amount of financial aid from America towards the disaster to US$3.1 Million, a USG official has confirmed. By Michael Gwarisa Briefing a discussion on Zimbabwe’s path to prosperity, US Ambassador to Zimbabwe, Mr Brian Nichols said the American government was committed to assisting Zimbabwe through providing humanitarian assistance whenever the need arises. “The United States is continuing to support Zimbabwe in this difficult moment in the wake of Cyclone Idai. I would like to announce…

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Nursing Now Zimbabwe Project Launched

ZIMBABWE has launched the Nursing Now Zimbabwe, a global program aimed at raising the status and profile of nursing worldwide in efforts to attain Universal Health Coverage (UHC) through motivating and healthcare workers . By Michael Gwarisa The Nursing Now Zimbabwe seeks to be a platform to increase the visibility of nursing and midwifery through recognising and celebrating the role nurses and midwives play in contributing to health within our society particularly in Primary Health Care. Speaking at the launch of the program, Health and Child Care minister, Dr Obadiah…

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First Lady Auxillia Mnangagwa Appointed Health Ambassador

GOVERNMENT has  bestowed another special recognition to the First Lady Auxillia Mnangagwa appointing her the country’s Health and Child Care Ambassador for the role she plays in the country’s health sector. By Kudakwashe Pembere Last year she was made the Maternal and Child Health Ambassador. With her role in fighting cancer of the cervix,  she was made the Health Ambassador and she received a trophy. In her acceptance speech while accepting the new role, the First Lady said she takes this recognition as a challenge to work harder. “It is…

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“Our Salaries Are Now Useless”- Zim Nurses

THE prevailing economic crisis has not spared the health sector employees whose living standards continue to deteriorate despite a salary increase of between 25% and 29% for all civil servants which was effected two months ago. By Michael Gwarisa Government proposed the increment as part of a $400 million cost of living adjustment for all civil servants following a series of industrial actions from government employees which include nurses and doctors. Speaking during the launch of the Nurses Now Zimbabwe program in Harare, Zimbabwe Nurses Association (ZINA) president, Mr Enoch…

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