India Discovers New COVID-19 Mutant Strain Resistant To Natural And Vaccine Acquired Immunity

SOURCE: BBC A new “double mutant” variant of the coronavirus has been detected from samples collected in India. Officials are checking if the variant, where two mutations come together in the same virus, may be more infectious or less affected by vaccines. Some 10,787 samples from 18 Indian states also showed up 771 cases of known variants – 736 of the UK, 34 of the South African and one Brazilian. Officials say the variants are not linked to a spike in cases in India. India reported 47,262 cases and 275…

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One In Three Women Globally Experience Violence Says WHO

THE World Health Organization (WHO) has called on governments to intensify the fight against violence against women amidst indications that  1 in 3 women, around 736 million, are subjected to physical or sexual violence by an intimate partner or sexual violence from a non-partner, a number that has remained largely unchanged over the past decade. Staff Reporter This violence starts early: 1 in 4 young women (aged 15-24 years) who have been in a relationship will have already experienced violence by an intimate partner by the time they reach their…

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1 in 4 people projected to have hearing problems by 2050

Nearly 2.5 billion people worldwide ─ or 1 in 4 people ─ will be living with some degree of hearing loss by 2050, warns the World Health Organization’s (WHO) first World Report on Hearing, released today. At least 700 million of these people will require access to ear and hearing care and other rehabilitation services unless action is taken. “Our ability to hear is precious. Untreated hearing loss can have a devastating impact on people’s ability to communicate, to study and to earn a living. It can also impact on…

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Ngomahuru Psychiatric Hospital Main Link Bridge Collapses

MASVINGO – A bridge which links Ngomahuru Psychiatric Hospital from Bhati Business Centre along the Masvingo-Beitbridge Highway has collapsed and is impassable. SOURCE: Masvingo Mirror Govokwe bridge which is 800m from Ngomahuru collapsed on its left side this morning following recent heavy rains. The bridge is only passable on foot. Ngomahuru Sister-in-charge and spokesperson Morgan Manzunzu confirmed the matter to The Mirror. Manzunzu said the hospital is accessible from a road at Ngara Business Centre which is 12km from Bhati in the Beitbridge direction. The Govokwe Bridge road stretches for…

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How Does HIV Accelerate Aging?

SOURCE: .healthgrades.com If you have human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), you might also have other medical problems that are usually only experienced by older people. Even though there’s been a lot of research on the subject, doctors are still trying to understand how HIV accelerates the aging process. One thing’s for certain: scientists seem to agree that having HIV does mean you’ll age faster than someone without the disease. So how does HIV speed up the aging process? There are several theories being explored. Metabolic Changes If you have HIV, much…

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#JUSTIN: Health Ministry Epidemiology Director, Manangazira In Court For Embezzling COVID-19 Funds

THE HERALD: The director of Epidemiology and Disease Control in the Ministry of Health and Child Care, Portia Manangazira appeared at the Harare Magistrates’ Court on allegations of misappropriating funds and fuel meant for training 800 community health workers who were to raise awareness on Covid-19 in the country. Manangazira appeared before deputy chief magistrate Mrs Bianca Makwande charged with four counts of criminal abuse of duty as a public officer. The funds and fuel were part of the US$796 675 disbursed by the Health Ministry to train 800 health…

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Govt trains mental health officers

GOVERNMENT has started training mental health officers countrywide to ensure people get counselling services during this period when Covid-19 is wreaking havoc in communities. SOURCE: Sunday Mail Medical experts say health workers should offer basic psychological support to people who would have tested positive for Covid-19 and screen those who show signs of mental health challenges. It is believed that rising cases of coronavirus are causing fear and anxiety in societies. Older persons, care providers and people with underlying health conditions — who are understood to be susceptible to the…

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How to recognize Covid-19 symptoms in children, based on pediatricians’ advice

(CNN)Are parents really supposed to be reassured by all this talk about “mild” cases of Covid-19 in children? What about the unfortunate “few” youngsters who have died or come down with a strange and severe associated illness? No parent wants to take the odds that their child might be the exception to the rule. “We’ve had 90 deaths in children in the United States already, in just a few months,” Dr. Sean O’Leary, vice-chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Infectious Diseases, told CNN’s Anderson Cooper on Monday.…

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Negligence In Zimbabwe’s Medical Practice

JULY 28 marked the anniversary of the death of Lucy Eggy Munemo, a victim of negligent practice in the medical field. Having been admitted to a private hospital (Arundel Medi Clinic) in the afternoon on the day in question, she died at the same facility just before they could transfer her to the Avenues Clinic. Ambulance staff tried to resuscitate her but this was all in vain as she was pronounced dead at the clinic. By Sam Duma The medical practice in question was operating on the Rock Foundation premises…

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Safety Remains Top Priority As United States Government Develops Vaccine

AS America and the world is working swiftly to develop a vaccine against SARS-CoV-2, the new coronavirus responsible for COVID-19, the United States Government has emphasized that they would prioritize safety above anything else in developing the much awaited vaccine. Many people are pinning their hopes on the development of a safe and effective vaccine for COVID-19 that can stop the spread of the virus. Through its Operation Warp Speed initiative, the Trump administration is investing billions of dollars to accelerate efforts in the U.S. to develop, manufacture and distribute…

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