Time To Treat Mental Health As An Emergency Of National Concern

OVER the past few days, Zimbabwe was gripped with horrendous tales of how one Thubelithe Khoshow (26), a businessman based in Kwekwe went on a rampage, murdering six people and injuring five others on October, 9 2021. A police report revealed that when Thubelithe became mentally disturbed and acted violently, he was taken to a church’s shrine by her aunt for prayers. By Patricia Mashiri Unfortunately for his family, they found it noble to take Thubelithe to a shrine instead of a mental health facility or health institution for that…

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NAC Partners KidzCan In 2021 Pro-AM Golf Tournament

THE National AIDS Council (NAC) has this year partnered KidzCan, an organization that is dedicated to increasing survival chances of children with cancer in the 2021 NAC Professionals and Amateurs (Pro-AM) tournament which is aimed at raising resources to support anti-cancer initiatives. By Patricia Mashiri This year’s tournament will start with a professional golfers playing on the 20th to the 21st October, before playing against amateur golfers in the finals on the 22nd of October 2021. Speaking during a press conference, Dr Bernard Madzima, NAC Chief Executive Officer said the…

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ZUJ Conducts Gender Equity And Safety Training Workshop For Journalists

IN a move meant to bring gender equity and safety in the workplace, the Zimbabwe Union for journalists (ZUJ) recently conducted a gender safety workshop for both male and female journalists. By Patricia Mashiri Issues of gender inequality, harassment and abuse in newsrooms have been topical rooms females being the most affected ones. Speaking at the training Michael Chideme, The President of ZUJ said journalists should raise alarm over gender-based violence and harassment in newsrooms. I hope there are gender desks where journalists can raise these issues. Wherever we are…

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Restart Whole Vaccination Process, COVAXIN Recipients Told

THE COVID-19 Chief Coordinator in the President’s Office, Dr Agness Mahomva has urged Zimbabweans who received their first jabs of COVAXIN vaccine but failed to get their second doses to start afresh with a different one. By Patricia Mashiri She made this plea following indications that thousands of people who received their first doses of the COVAXIN vaccine in May and June when Zimbabwe received its shipment of 35,000 doses from India are yet to get their second jabs five months down the line. Speaking during a Science Cafe, Dr…

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ZWMB Partners Youth Engage To Provide Loans To Young Women

ZIMBABWE Women Microfinance Bank (ZWMB) has partnered with Youth Engage, a grassroots focused organization that advocates for the health of young people in their diversity to give financial freedom to  young women and girls. By Patricia Mashiri The Bank empowers women economically and socially by providing access to affordable and innovative women-centered financial products and services. It also assists young women in their individual capacity, in groups/clubs/cooperatives or as micro, small, and medium enterprises. Speaking to HealthTimes, Ms Barbara Muyengwa, Head of Marketing and Public Relations ZWMB said they decided…

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Male Breast Cancer Accounts For 0.9% In Zimbabwean Men

HOSPICE and Palliative Care Association of Zimbabwe (HOSPAZ), an organization that deals with palliative care for cancer, TB, HIV and other communicable and non-communicable diseases have warned that men were not excluded from developing breast cancer and should always be on the lookout for signs and symptoms of the disease. By Patricia Mashiri The call also comes in the month when the world is commemorating breast cancer awareness month which is running under the theme Budding Up With One Another Because No One Should Fight Cancer Alone. Speaking to HealthTimes…

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Vice President Opens Kwekwe Infectious Disease Hospital

THE Vice President and Minister of Health and Child Care, Dr Constantino Chiwenga has officially opened the Kwekwe Infectious Disease Hospital which will cater for all infectious diseases except COVID-19. By Patricia Mashiri Speaking during the official opening, Vice President Chiwenga commended the city of Kwekwe’s leadership for  constructing the infectious disease hospital. Let me hasten to underscore that this facility will not cater for COVID-19 patients, but all other infectious diseases that the Kwekwe community would suffer from. To the City of Kwekwe, I also want to recognize the…

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Parental Involvement, The Missing Link In The SRHR Conversation- Australian Ambassador

AUSTRALIAN ambassador to Zimbabwe,  Bronte Mousles has urged parents to have Sexual Reproductive Health Rights (SRHR) conversations with their kids so as to avoid mistakes and untold stories of the past. By Patricia Mashiri Speaking during the International Day of the girl child Sexual Reproductive Health symposium which was hed under the theme, “Digital Generation, Our Generation,” Ambassador Mousles said times have changed and parents need to step up take part. If we don’t talk about these issues or be part of them, a gap will be left which will…

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Zim’s COVID-19 Hospitalizations Decreases Further

THE country has of late been recording a significant drop in the number of COVID-19 new cases which has seen hospitalizations and  COVID-19 related bed occupancy decreasing drastically. By Patricia Mashiri Speaking during a cabinet briefing Senator Monica Mutsvangwa, Information and Broadcasting Minister said, “…regarding case management, infection, prevention and control, the number of people in need of hospitalization for COVID-19 continues to fall, with the country’s bed occupancy rate decreasing from 4.62% the previous week to 4.3% during the week under review. Ninety-four (94) new admissions were recorded, with…

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S.A.L.T Africa Takes Suicide Prevention Campaign To Tertiary Institutions

IN an initiative meant to reduce the number of suicides which have of late been on the increase in tertiary institutions, Someone Always Listens Toyou (S.A.L.T AFRICA), has embarked on nationwide campaign on suicide prevention in institutions of higher learning. By Patricia Mashiri Suicides cases in tertiary institutions have been on the rise with the most recent one being the case of  a Harare polytechnic student committed suicide after his girlfriend of four years reportedly eloped to another man. Speaking at the suicide awareness campaign held at Harare Polytechnic Tapiwa…

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