Drug Abuse Threatens Zimbabwe’s Future Economic Prospects-Experts

THE prevailing substance abuse scourge in Zimbabwe could have a long term impact on the country’s economic development as more young people of productive age are getting hooked on drugs owing to a myriad of factors chief among them being the economic induced hardships and idleness. By Patricia Mashiri In an interview with HealthTimes, leading Psychologist, Dr Kudakwashe Muchena, said  there was need for communities to work with the government to win the fight against drug abuse that has reared its ugly head over the few years and has been…

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Zimbabwe launches National Drug Master Plan

ZIMBABWE has launched a five-year National Drug Master Plan which runs from 2020-2025 which seeks to address a range of drug related issues. By Patricia Mashiri Dr Jasper Chimedza , the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health and Child  (MoHCC) said there was need to address supply, demand reduction as well as control of illicit substances based on International Drug Control Conventions and in line with the principles of balanced approach to drug control. Substances that are commonly abused in Zimbabwe include alcohol (both licensed and unlicensed brews) tobacco,…

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Covid-19 Vaccines Don’t Cause Infertility Says WHO Zimbabwe

REPORTS that COVID-19 vaccines cause infertility in both women and men are nothing more than mere conspiracy theories and false unscientific claims, the World Health Organisation (WHO) Zimbabwe has said. By Patricia Mashiri Zimbabwe launched its national COVID-19 vaccination program in February this year after receiving its first 200 000 doses of the Sinopharm vaccine from China. However, there has been low uptake of the vaccine owing vaccine hesitancy largely due to widespread misinformation and conspiracy theories. In an interview with HealthTimes, Dr Lincoln Charimari,the World Health Organization (WHO) Zimbabwe…

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5 Pupils Test Positive For COVID-19 At Sacred Heart Girls High

FIVE students have tested positive for COVID-19 at Sacred Heart Girls High school in Bulawayo. Staff Reporter The announcement was made by the Headmistress, Mr Ludo Ncube through a statement that was addressed to the parents and guardians. On behalf of the school family, I would like to confirm five cases of COVID-19 all being pupils at our school. Tests for COVID-19 were administered at Esigodini Hospital after realizing that nine of our students had flu symptoms. We sent nine of them to the hospital, five of them tested positive…

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UZ Seeks To Enhance Medicines Research Opportunities In Zimbabwe

THE University of Zimbabwe (UZ) is committed  providing research opportunities in new medicines to its students so as to fulfill the Education 5.0 mandate which consist of teaching, research, community service, innovation and industrialization. By Patricia Mashiri The new medicines research will among other things help ease the burden of drug importation, in the process aid in the reduction in drug prices. This means more people locally will have more access to medicines. Speaking at the National Dialogue on the Local Manufacture of Medicines in Zimbabwe, Professor Florence Mtambanengwe, the…

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Relying On Donors For ARVs A Health Time-bomb Says NAC Boss

THE National AIDS Council of Zimbabwe (NAC) Chief Executive Officer, Dr Bernad Madzima says the prevailing scenario whereby the country relies heavily on donors for Antiretroviral medicines was unstainable. By Patricia Mashiri Zimbabwe is one of the countries with the biggest population in need of the antiretroviral (ART) medicines. It has a population of about 1.4 million people in need of ART. Speaking at a National Dialogue on the Local Manufacture of Medicines in Zimbabwe, Dr Bernard Madzima said the country’s AIDS Levy is used to procure ART medications but…

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Capacitate Local Pharmaceutical Companies To Manufacture ARVs, Gvt Told

THE Zimbabwe National Network of People Living With HIV (ZNNP+), has called on government to ensure local drugs manufacturing companies are fully resourced and equipped to manufacture life saving Antiretroviral medicines. By Patricia Mashiri Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) championing HIV and AIDS issues in the recent years petitioned parliament to ensure uninterrupted availability of ARV drugs following reports of recurrent stock-outs and drugs unavailability. Speaking  at the National Dialogue on the Manufacturing of Medicines in Zimbabwe, Deputy Health and Child Care Minister, Dr John Mangwiro said government was committed to…

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Mnangagwa announces Easter COVID-19 restrictions

PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa has announced additional measures against the spread of COVID-19 pandemic during the Easter holidays. By Patricia Mshiri “To safeguard or Nation, we need to take some additional measures to avoid a 3rd wave of the pandemic which is already attacking some Nations of the World:” For the duration of the Easter holidays: 1. Travellers coming into the country from neighbouring States must undergo valid COVID-19 PCR tests not more than 48 hours from the time of their departure for Zimbabwe. Travellers without afrosaid valid test results clearing…

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Retail Pharmacists Association Petitions Parliament Over Obsolete Public Health Act amendment

THE Retail Pharmacists Association (RPA) has submitted their petition to Parliament seeking the amendment of the Public Health Act. By Patricia Mashiri Giving Oral Evidence to the Health and Child Care Parliamentary Portfolio committee, Jocelyn Chaibva the Chairperson, RPA Association said the Public Health Act was crafted in 1924 when medical related professions were still few and it does not recognize them although other health related have increased. The Health Public Act was registered long before some of the health professionals came into existence hence they are not recognised by…

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Mutare Hospitality Industry Welcomes Vaccination

THE tourism industry in Mutare has embraced the national vaccination programme as the second phase of the vaccination is slowly gathering momentum across the country. By Patricia Mashiri John Mugwagwa, the Chief Executive Officer Skyview hotel said they work with a lot of people in the tourism industry therefore this is a chance for them to protect themselves as. He also mentioned that the vaccine came as a Messiah as they were long waiting for solution to the COVID-19 pandemic. I saw our leaders getting vaccinated and I felt I…

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