Zim Has The Best Breastfeeding Trend: Experts

EXPERTS have commended the country’s breastfeeding trend which is currently amongst the highest in the region  and encouraged mothers to continue breastfeeding even after they would have tested positive for COVID-19. By Patricia Mashiri Speaking to HealthTimes, Mr Dexter Chagwena, a Nutritionist Consultant in the Ministry of Health and Child Care said the breastfeeding trend in Zimbabwe has been good even though there is need to improve on exclusive breastfeeding. Breastfeeding trend in Zimbabwe has been fairly good. We are a breastfeeding country where about between 96-98% of our children…

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Young People With HIV Lament COVID Impact On Healthcare Workers

ZIMBABWE Young Positives (ZY+), a youth led network that advocates for the needs of Young People Living With HIV (A & YPLHIV) has bemoaned the pressure COVID-19 has exerted on health systems which has resulted in healthcare workers being overwhelmed and turning a blind eye to the Sexual Reproductive Health Rights (SRHR) needs of YPLHIV. By Patricia Mashiri Speaking during a media engagement on bodily autonomy funded by AIDS and Rights Alliance for Southern Africa (ARASA), Chido Katsiga, the Assistant Communications and Advocacy Officer ZY+ said the COVID-19 pandemic has…

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Smokers At High Risk Of Getting COVID-19

Dr Lincoln Charimari, the World Health Organization (WHO) Zimbabwe COVID-19 Response Manager, has dispelled the myth that smokers have a high chance of surviving COVID-19 and advised them to get vaccinated. By Patricia Mashiri Speaking to HealthTimes, Dr Charimari said, “Smoking is actually a risk of developing severe disease and dying from it. It damages the lungs and any condition that damages the lungs worsens COVID-19. There is no evidence that smokers spread the virus faster than non-smokers. The vaccine is safe for smokers in the same way it is…

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#COVID3RDWAVE: Health Workers, Funeral Homes Workers Urged To Seek Mental Health Support

MENTAL Health experts have called on front-line health workers fighting COVID-19 in the Red Zones where patients with severe and critical symptoms are being managed, to seek mental health and psychosocial support to avoid accumulating or bottling up traumatic experiences they may be encountering in their line of duty. By Patricia Mashiri The calls comes at the back of increased deaths and hospitalisation of COVID-19 related incidences across the country over the past four weeks. In an Interview, Tafadzwa Meki, Founder of Someone Always Listens Toyou (S.A.L.T Africa) said there…

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SAT Bemoans COVID-19 Induced Restrictions On SRHR Access

COVID-19 induced restrictions that have been in effect and periodically reviewed since March 2020, have had negative impact on access to Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR). By Patricia Mashiri Speaking during a virtual meeting on adapting to the new normal, Dean Mtata, Youth Officer, SRHR Africa Trust (SAT) said there is need to develop systems that cushion you g people against shocks such as natural disasters and disease pandemics. SRHR services are limited for young people. The lockdown brought in limited movement of people therefore the youths have been…

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Zim Receives Another One Million Sinovac vaccines

ZIMBABWE yesterday received one million Sinovac COVID-19 vaccines  procured from China to intensify the fight against COVID-19. By Patricia Mashiri Minister of Finance and Economic Development Mtuli Ncube, said the country had US$92 million for the procurement of vaccines from the United Nation’s vaccines sharing initiative (COVAX) and they were expecting more vaccines. So our vaccination program and vaccine acquisition program is going very well. For the first dose, we are already reaching about 50.000 vaccination per day, which is good going indeed. So all is going well. We feel…

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Covid-19 Impacts HIV Programming In Zim

THE National AIDS Council (NAC) and Zimbabwe National Network of People Living with HIV’s (ZNNP+) programs have not been spared by the ravaging COVID-19 pandemic. By Patricia Mashiri Speaking during a virtual meeting on the impact of COVID-19 on HIV programming Dr Bernard Madzima, Chief Executive Officer NAC said the COVID-19 pandemic brought negative affected HIV and AIDS programs in a negative way. COVID-19 was associated with the lockdowns, there was lots of uncertainty and misinformation that really impacted on programming as most HIV programs happen either at a health…

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Diabetic People Should Get Vaccinated Says Experts

DIABETES specialist and Health and Child Care Deputy Minister, Dr John Mangwiro has urged people with the diabetic condition to embrace vaccination so as to prevent COVID-19 infection as well as avoid critical illness and even death. By Patricia Mashiri His call comes as a response to growing concerns by people with diabetes and other chronic ailments on whether they should take up vaccination or not. In an interview with HealthTimes, Dr Mangwiro said people with diabetes can be vaccinated just as should any other persons with chronic diseases such…

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Zim Launches Special Initiative For Mental Health

ZIMBABWE has introduced a national program for Mental Health and the Zimbabwe Mental Health Investment Case with the aim of improving policy, advocacy, financing and the upholding of human rights, as well as scale up evidence-based interventions and services for people living with mental health disorders. By Patricia Mashiri Mental health disorders include substance abuse disorders and neurological diseases. The strength of the special initiative is based on establishment of evidenced based mental health treatment packages mainly for the treatment of substance use disorders, decentralization of mental health services, establishment…

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Government Allows Private Sector To Vaccinate People In Hotspots At A Fee

IN a bid to scale up vaccination programme the government has extended its national vaccination programme to the private sector. HealthTimes Reporter In a letter addressed to provincial medical doctors, city health directors and chief executive officers of central hospital the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Health and Child Care , Air Commodore, Dr Jasper Chimedza said it was extending its vaccination programme to the private sector starting with private hospitals, clinics and private medicals aid societies. Zimbabwe started the roll out of vaccines on the 22nd February 2021…

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