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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DeepEye Initiative: A new innovation to reduce child pneumonia deaths in Zimbabwe

Esau Mhandu and Ronald Tumuhairwe with their Social Venture Challenge awards at the Mastercard Foundation Baobab Summit in Kigali, Rwanda

PNEUMONIA can be deadly for children under the age of five, but it can be treated with the right diagnosis and medical intervention. However, the cost of such tests is beyond the reach of many families in Zimbabwe. Now, two students from Ashesi University have designed a low-cost solution that could lead to better diagnoses and save lives. By Pius Sawa Murefu The DeepEye Initiative was started by 24-year-old Esau Mhandu from Murewa, Zimbabwe and his Ugandan partner Ronald Tumuhairwe, also 24. The two recent graduates met while studying in…

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Zimbabwe Patients ‘Dying In Hospital Car Park’, As Healthcare Workers Strike Persists

DOCTORS in Zimbabwe say the country is facing a crisis from a shortage of healthcare workers as the number of Covid- 19 infections begins to rise. SOURCE: BBC Dr Rashida Ferrand, an epidemiologist at the main public hospital in the capital Harare told the BBC there are too few doctors and nurses because of a health workers’ strike, which began before the pandemic, and a shortage of protective equipment. She told the BBC’s Newsday programme: Quote Message: As a result of that, many wards, including the Covid centre, do not…

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UNFPA & World Food Programme, partners working together to bring sexual and reproductive health services closer to communities at food distribution points

CHARITY Fabeni (35) is one of the beneficiaries of the World Food Programme food distribution exercise in Kamutanho village in Mutare district, about 400 kilometres outside Zimbabwe’s capital, Harare. On a monthly basis she makes the 2 kilometre trip to the food distribution point at Kamutanho school to receive her ration. On one of her monthly visits and much to her delight, Fabeni learnt she could now collect condoms at the food distribution point. SOURCE: UNFPA COMMUNICATION DESK My husband and I had to use condoms to prevent pregnancy for…

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#JustIn: President Mnangagwa Announces New Strict Lockdown Regulations: Here Are The Takehome Messages

Major points from President Cde Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa lockdown measures 1. Non working people to stay at home 2. WEF tomorrow, business closes at 3pm 3. Security services to enforce dusk to dawn curfew 6am to 6pm 4. SME to operate 5. Food markets to remain open and maintain safe measures 6. Intercity transport remain banned 7. Public gatherings remain banned 8.Funeral gatherings remain curtailed 9. Anyone who infects others will be punished 10. President Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa to announce the easing of the said measures Ministry of Information, Publicity…

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#EDITORIAL: COVID-19 Dead Bodies In Africa: Was Melinda Gates’s Predictions Correct?

“Covid-19 will be horrible in the developing world. My heart is in Africa. I am worried. The only reason why the reported cases of the coronavirus disease in Africa is low now is most likely because there have not been wide testing of people. The disease is going to bite hard on the continent. I see dead bodies in the streets of Africa,” said Melinda Gates the Co-Chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in  a Televised interview on CNN in April this year. Following these “Controversial” utterances, Melinda…

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Youth and COVID-19 Diaries: Tutoring brother, nursing granma and learning a new language

Zimbabwe: 28-year-old Sharon Fadzai Muchena’s Story Date of diary session:   “My main worry right now is whether my sanitary [products] will take me through to the end of lockdown.” After COVID-19 was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization, the government of Zimbabwe issued a number of statutory instruments in March this year. One of these imposed a curfew and bans on public gatherings. Zimbabwe has joined other countries in a total lockdown. Today is day 40 and I am locked down with my family (my mom, dad and siblings).…

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