New Research Encourages Zimbabweans To Eat Insects To Boost Nutrition

FINDINGS from a new research by local nutritionists has found high crude protein content in at least three edible insects available in Zimbabwe which could go a long way in alleviating rampart cases of under-nutrition and malnutrition. By Michael Gwarisa The research dubbed “PROTEIN QUALITY OF COMMONLY CONSUMED EDIBLE INSECTS IN ZIMBABWE” was conducted between 2015 and 2017 and authored by Dexter Chagwena a nutritionists in the ministry of health and child care (MoHCC) department, Matanhire GT,  Jombo TZ and CC Maponga. Commenting on the findings of the research, Chagwena…

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Sanitary Wear Prices Go Berserk

PRICES of sanitary wear remains beyond the reach of many women in Zimbabwe, despite the government’s move to scrap import duty on the commodity in order to make it more affordable. SOURCE: ZBC News The development has forced women to resort to the use of unhygienic alternatives, hence exposing them to cancerous and other health related hazards. A snap survey carried out by ZBC News revealed that the cheapest pack of sanitary pads goes for close to ZW$12, while expensive brands are pegged at ZW$20. Women who spoke to ZBC…

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Nurses Down Tools…As Ultimatum Expires

NURSES from all public health institutions have gone on a one week long industrial action, healthtimes has learnt. By Michael Gwarisa In a letter directed to the Health Services Board apex Council, the Zimbabwe  Nurses Association (ZNA) said the 14 day altimutim they had given the authorities to resolve their griviances had lasped, hence the strike. “It was noted in the aforementioned meeting that whilst there had been some attempts to address minor grivances, the most important grievances relating to remuneration of Health workers vis-a-vis the current economic climate have…

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#EXCLUSIVE: HPA Dismisses Corruption Claims Against Nurses Council

THE Health Professions Authority has dismissed corruption allegations levelled against the Nurses Council of Zimbabwe (NCZ) board led by Dr Lillian Dodzo as baseless after finding the insinuations devoid of evidence. By Kudakwashe Pembere Some of the reported allegations include the council being fleeced of thousands of dollars by board members, ditching digitization projects, abuse of funds, among other issues. The Health Professions Authority (HPA) of Zimbabwe is a health professions regulatory body which was established following the repealing of the Medical, Dental and Allied Professions Act (Chapter 27:08) and the…

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Nyaope Madness Hits Zimbabwe…Youths Mixing ARVs With Mbanje To Get High

ZIMBABWEANS are abusing an antiretroviral drug, Tenolam Efavirenz (Tenolam E) to get high which has forced health workers to tightly monitor the collection routine of these pills, HealthTimes has learnt. By Kudakwashe Pembere The drug mixture is called Nyaope or Whoonga in South Africa and is a blend of HIV medications, Heroin, and rat poison. Speaking at the International Drug Abuse Day Commemorations in Mabvuku organized by an  antidrug abuse startup Evaluate My Future, Mabvuku Satellite Clinic Acting Sister-In-Charge Sister Gillian Tavhanya said they learnt this rampant abuse after observing…

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‘Online Renewal Of Nurses’ Certificates Next Year’

THE Nurses Council of Zimbabwe intends to have nurses renew their practicing certificates digitally next year, an official said. By Kudakwashe Pembere Speaking to journalists after a Health Committee hearing, NCZ Chair Dr Lillian Dodzo said they were charmed with the Kenyan Nurses Council’s modus operandi when they visited the country. “It started sometime when nurses’ council participated at the EXACOM conference which is a council for nurses in central and southern Africa. Then when we were in kenya we said to ourselves that maybe we should visit the Kenya…

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1 200 Nurses Seated Home: Govt

GOVERNMENT says there are about 1 200 registered nurses who are unemployed in the country. By Kudakwashe Pembere Ministry of Health and Child Care’s chief nursing officer Ms Cynthia Chasokela told the health parliamentary committee on Tuesday that about 17 000 nurses are employed in government, mission and local authority institutions. “Within the ministry’s health service body, we have an establishment of close to 17 000 nurses and at the moment we filled all the ministry of health posts except maybe plus or minus five percent. “As you know we…

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Mwendera Retains PSZ Presidency

MR Portiphar Mwendera was recently re-elected president of the Pharmaceutical Society of Zimbabwe during the elections at the representative body of retail pharmacies, pharmaceutical wholesalers and manufacturers. By HealthTimes Reporter In a tweet announcing the recent development, PSZ wished him and the committee the best. “We are pleased to announce the recently elected PSZExecutive Committee made up of: President – P Mwendera Vice President – G. Chareka Secretary – P Maposa Treasurer- T. Ndubiwa IPP – S Mpofu “We wish them all the best as they lead Zim’s oldest professional…

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Calls For Free Sanitary Pads Mount

CALLS for government to provide free sanitary pads for Zimbabwean young girls grow at a time they are still beyond the reach of many. By Kudakwashe Pembere Despite government announcing its plans to introduce this much needed initiative, organisations dealing with menstrual health feel much can be done to improve the lives of girls. Sanitary pads are a very critical component for women and girls reproductive health requirements but owing to their exorbitant cost, most are having to look for alternatives some of which could have undesirable after effects in the long run.…

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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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