Government bans public gatherings

THE Ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC) has issued a ban all public gathering except funerals which are limited to 30 people. Staff Reporter Speaking during a press briefing, Dr Constantino Chiwenga, Vice President and also Minister of Heath and Child Care said all conferences and meeting must be held virtually. The last 7 seven days have seen 596 new cases and 26 deaths as compared to the same period in May 2021 where we had 132 new cases and 6 deaths. This is a more than 4 fold…

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Advocacy Core Team Applauds Parliament For Bold Stance On Adolescents Access To Health Services

THE recent move by the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Health and the Thematic Committee on HIV and AIDS to request the Ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC) to amend section 35 of the Public Health Act of 2018  has set the tone for more engagement and advocacy with other key stakeholders, the Advocacy Core Team (ACT) has said. By Patricia Mashiri Section 35 of the Public Health Act of 2018, limits young people below the age of 16 from accessing health services including sexual and reproductive health (SRH) services…

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Studies To Determine Dapirivirine Ring’s Safety In Pregnant And Breastfeeding Women Gather Momentum

RESEARCH on the Dapivirine  or Vaginal Ring’s effectiveness and safety in pregnant and lactating women are now at advanced stage as the world prepares to rollout the ring, a tool meant to protect women against the risk of  HIV infection,  Dr Nyaradzo Mgodi, the Chairperson of Dapivirine ring study in Africa has said. By Patricia Mashiri The Dapivirine Vaginal Ring is a silicone made ring which is inserted into the vagina for a period of 28-35 days releasing antiretroviral drug called Dapivirine reducing the risk of HIV infections. Speaking during…

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Deaf Women Included Develops Women Cantered Disability Strategy

DEAF Women Included (DWI), a Non-Government Organization which promotes Sexual Reproductive Health Rights in women and girls with disabilities is working on developing a Working Group on Violence Against Women with Disabilities strategy. By Patricia Mashiri The initiative is aimed at ensuring a more systematic approach to strengthen the inclusion of the rights of women and girls with disabilities to access Gender Based Violence(GBV) services as well as ensuring that gender equality, empowerment of all women and girls, realization of their rights is attained. This comes after the realization of…

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Chiwenga Warns Private Sector Against Charging For COVID-19 Jabs

THE Vice President and Minister of Health and Child Care, Constantino Chiwenga has read the riot act to private player in the health sector who are charging for COVID-19 vaccination jabs which are supposed to be free in the country. By Patricia Mashiri The warning follows revelations that  some private players have been profiteering from the COVID-19 vaccination program at the expense of majority of citizens who are now failing to access vaccines. Speaking during the Reopening of St Anne’s Harare Hospital, VP Chiwenga said “Let me allay fears of…

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Government Officially Reopens St Anne’s Hospital

HEALTH and Child Care Minister, Vice President Constantino Chiwenga yesterday officially reopened St Anne’s Hospital, a move he says will enhance the Church’s role in complementing government’s efforts to provide quality healthcare services. By Patricia Mashiri Speaking during the reopening of St Anne’s Harare Hospital which had closed in February 2016 for repairs and maintenance, VP Chiwenga said Zimbabwe’s health challenges require homegrown solutions. I am very much aware of the contribution of St Anne’s Hospital to the Health Care System in Zimbabwe. I say this because it is our…

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Watch Out For Mental Health Symptoms Always- S.A.L.T

TAFADZWA Meki, the founder of Someone Always Listens Toyou (S.A.L.T Africa) an organization that advocates for mental health issues in Zimbabwe said people should not ignore the tell-tell signs of mental health in their family members and peers as these develop over time and may lead to tragic outcomes such as as suicide and advanced mental illness. By Patricia Mashiri In an interview with HealthTimes, Meki said people should be on the lookout on how they behave, attitude and feelings towards certain things as holding on to things for a…

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NAC Partners Zimbabwe Ladies Golf Union

THE National AIDS Council (NAC) has for the third time partnered the Zimbabwe Ladies Golf Union (ZLGU) in an effort to sensitize women about the need to seek and utilize services for HIV testing, cervical and other cancers screening as well as COVID-19 screening. By Patricia Mashiri In partnership, NAC has sponsored an amount to the tune of USD15,000.00 to the Ladies Golf Tournament which will take place from 27 to 29 August 2021. The tournament will have international teams from South Africa, Botswana,Nambia and Zambia. Speaking during a press…

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Teen Pregnancies Stalk Zimbabwe- Gvt

ZIMBABWE recorded a spike in teenage pregnancies in the first quarter of 2021 at the back rampart sexual abuse amongst a host of other factors leading to an increase in school dropouts. By Patricia Mashiri Speaking during a multi-sectorial dialogue for collective action on adolescent pregnancies, Ministry of Public Service Labour and Social Welfare, Social Development Officer Child Protection Department, Patience Rupende said there was need to address the growing scourge of teen pregnancies and save the future of the girl child. Teenage pregnancies are a result of child protection…

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Humrel Donates Sanitary Wear To Girls With Special Needs

HUMREL Supply Chain Group together with its partners have donated an assortment of sanitary wear and toiletries to Saint Catherine Special School in Eastle, in a move that is likely to ease challenges faced by girls especially those with special needs in managing the menstrual health. By Patricia Mashiri The donation also coincided with the 2021 Menstrual Hygiene Day which is running under the theme “More action & investment in menstrual health & hygiene now!” Some of the partners who collaborated with Humrel in the initiative include Oxfam, Bowerbrands Media,…

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