UK regulator approves Moderna Covid Vaccine For 12-17 Year Olds

Britain’s health regulator has approved Moderna’s Covid vaccine for use in children and young people aged 12 to 17 years. It is the second Covid-19 jab authorised for those aged between 12 and 17, after the Pfizer vaccine. The Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) said that it is up to the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation to advise the government on whether children in this age group should be given the Moderna jab. The MHRA said that the jab – also known as the Spikevax vaccine –…

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Delta Variant Now Accounts For 98% COVID-19 Infections In Zimbabwe

INFORMATION minister, Senator Monica Mutsvangwa genomic sequencing for COVID-19 has confirmed that Delta variant was responsible for majority of infections in the country. Health Reporter Speaking during a Post Cabinet Media briefing, Senator Mutsvangwa said a comprehensive genomic sequencing report would soon be made public. A genomic sequencing for COVID-19 samples collected in Harare revealed that 98% of the samples were of the Delta variant. The citizenry is informed that the national genomic sequencing survey is in progress and the results will be announced to the public,” said Minister Mutsvangwa.…

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Shamwari yeMwanasikana Challenges Death Of a 14year old Who Died Giving Birth At Madzibaba’s Shrine

Shamwari yeMwanasikana, a Non- Governmental Organization that advocates for  the empowerment and emancipation of the girl child in Zimbabwe has challenged the death of a 14 year old in the hands of an apostolic sect member after denying her hospital assistance. Staff Reporter In a press statement Shamwari yeMwanasikana indicated the 14 year old girl died during labour in the hands of a madzibaba infringing section 76 of the constitution which advocates for the right to health access. It is infuriating that the young girl met her untimely death in…

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CDC Warns That Delta Variant Now Infecting Vaccinated People, The Variant Is More Contagious Than Chicken Pox

THE Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued a stern warning about the delta variant of the coronavirus: “Acknowledge the war has changed.” Now, it says even vaccinated people are able to readily spread the virus. That is part of the message from a recent internal presentation prepared by the CDC detailing findings, some of which are considered preliminary, on the dangers posed by the delta variant, which has already led to a spike in cases in the United States. The document, obtained Friday by NBC News and first…

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Amended Health Act Prohibits Health Workers From Striking

THE newly amended Health Public Act by the government now criminalizes individuals who are members of any trade unions in health services body to organize a job action contrary to the newly gazetted law. Staff Reporter The new amendment also criminalizes health workers to go on a job action for more than 72 hours in any given 14 days period. This attracts a penalty. “Any individual who is a member of governing body of any trade union or representative body of members of the health service which incites or organizes…

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Lawyers Fight Suspension Of Pregnant Student Nurse From Training

SIBONGINKOSI Jacoline Dube, a student nurse at United Bulawayo Hospital (UBH) was suspended from training on May 17 this year following a positive pregnancy test result. Staff Reporter The move by UBH has prompted Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR) to approach the United Bulawayo Hospitals (UBH) seeking Dube’s reinstatement into the programme. In a letter written to UBH Chief Executive Officer Dr Narcisius Dzvanga, Jabulani Mhlanga of ZLHR protested against the discrimination and ill-treatment of the aspiring nurse. Mhlanga said Dube had advised him that on the day the…

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PSMAS Launches Contact Centre

Premier Service Medical Aid Society has launched a new Contact Centre meant to provide an additional platform for efficient and effective support to its members. Own Correspondent The Contact Centre, which started operating this month will provide personalised experience to the members by executing inbound and outbound communication with PSMAS members as well as prospective members. It comes with various interactive platforms that include the Web Chat accessed via the PSMAS website, Facebook, WhatsApp and E-mail. Stakeholders can also contact PSMAS Contact Centre through their telephone lines. Through operationalisation of…

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#JUSTIN: Form 5 Classes Begin On Monday

THE 2021 Form Five classes will begin on Monday next week, with learners required to pay fees proportional to the remainder of the First Term school days. The current school term is expected to end on June 4. A circular from the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education Permanent Secretary, Mrs Tumisang Thabela, addressed to school authorities reads: “The 2021 Form Five classes will commence on Monday, the 10th of May 2021, for all schools across the country. “Fees will be paid on a pro-rata basis using the following formula:…

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Have Heightened Sense Of Readiness Against COVID-19-Warns WHO

THE World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Office has warned Africa to be ready and making sure that there is a strong surveillance against COVID-19 as most countries are an increase in the COVID-19 confirmed cases. Staff Reporter Speaking during the epidemiology update of COVID-19, Dr Matshidi Moeti, WHO Regional Director for Africa said the resurgence in COVID-19 cases was worrisome There have now been more than 4.5 million COVID-19 cases and 120.00 lives on the African Continent. Overall, we are still seeing a plateau with a slide uptake but the…

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#NewsInBrief: Court Releases Dr Manangazira’s Passport

MINISTRY of Health and Child Care (MoHCC) Director Epidemiology Services, Dr Portia Manangazira who is facing nepotism  and abuse of office charges after employing 27 relatives including her father late last year, has successfully applied for the release of  her passport. NewsRoom Dr Manangazira appeared before magistrate Stamford Mambanje who released her passport to allow her to travel to Zambia on a business trip.  

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