Kwekwe lockdown extended

CABINET has announced that the  localised Kwekwe lockdwon that was imposed three weeks ago would be extended by another two weeks, following a rise in Covid-19 infections in the mining town. By Tanaka Moyo Speaking during a press briefing Senator Monica Mutsvangwa, the Minister of Information and Broadcasting Services confirmed the extension of lockdown in Kwekwe. The nation is informed that Cabinet has approved that the lockdown in Kwekwe be extended by a further two weeks. The development comes in the wake of a surge in positive cases in Kwekwe,…

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Zim COVID-19 Mobile App Now On Google Play Store

CABINET has announced that the ZIMCOVID Safe mobile application, an information app was now present on Google Pay Store and ready for downloading. By Tanaka Moyo Speaking during a post cabinet media briefing, Information minister, Senator Monica Mutsvangwa, said there was need to curb misinformation and disinformation around COVID. Government takes this opportunity to inform the nation that the Ministry of Health and Child Care has developed the ZIMCOVID Safe Interactive App was developed with the aim of reducing traffic of calls to health institutions, to educate the public about…

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Zimbabweans Risk Incomplete Vaccination

THE prevailing shortages of first doses of vaccines being administered in Zimbabwe could result in majority of citizens being partially vaccinated if something is not done urgently, a Public Health Expert has warned. By Tanaka Moyo There have been widespread and confirmed reports of shortages of first dosses of the Sinopharm and Sinovac vaccines especially around urban poly clinics resulting in people being turned away without getting jabbed. In an interview with HealthTimes, Mr Itai Rusike, the Executive Director for the Community Working Group on Health (CWGH) said the issue…

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Zim Public Not Ready For Another Long Lockdown

MAJORITY of people who spoke to HealthTimes have indicated that going into another lockdown would worsen an already fragile socio-economic situation in the country. By Tanaka Moyo Their fears come at the back of government’s recent move to institute a localised lockdown in Kwekwe following the detection of a highly virulent and infectious Indian variant B.1.617.2 in the mining town. Junior George Jonasi an actor popularly known as ‘Tumbwiti’ in a local drama called Tunga, also a film producer and a script writer expressed great concern that the Indian variant…

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Ruwa Residents Enjoying Vaccination Experience

THE decentralization of COVID-19 vaccination has received overwhelming response from communities around the capital Harare and other parts of the country where vaccines are being administered. By Tanaka Moyo Speaking in an interview with HealthTimes in Ruwa, Mrs Shamiso Zvinamano who is also a vendor in Ruwa said she got vaccinated to protect her family and customers she interact with on daily basis. I got vaccinated to protect my family and myself if i am to get in contact with a customer who have Covid-19. I am guaranteed that I…

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CWGH Applauds Zim Malaria Control Interventions

THE Community Working Group on Health (CWGH) has commended strides  that have been made by the Zimbabwean government and partners such as Global Fund in the fight to end malaria. By Tanaka Moyo The Global Fund partnership provides 56% of all international financing for malaria and have invested more than US$13.5 billion in malaria control programs since the year 2002. In his their statement to celebrate this year’s Malaria day under the theme ‘Zero Malaria, Draw the line against Malaria’, CWGH’s Executive Director, Mr Itai Rusike said the partnerships between…

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Government On High Alert Over COVID-19 In schools

GOVERNMENT says it will be scaling up COVID-19 surveillance and testing in schools to avert a possible spike in cases which could lead to a third wave. By Tanaka Moyo Speaking during a press briefing Monica Mutsvangwa the Minister of Information and Broadcasting services said the government was aware that there were confirmed COVID-19 cases in some schools and it was assured that there was surveillance. Cabinet notes that the strong COVID-19 surveillance system that Government had put in place had enabled the Ministry to detect outbreaks early. Cabinet was…

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Boarding Students Not Allowed To Travel Home For Independence Holiday

THE Zimbabwean cabinet has resolved that boarding school learners should not travel back home over the Independence holiday as a way of curbing the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. By Tanaka Moyo Speaking during a press briefing Monica Mutsvangwa, the Minister of Information and broadcasting services said the COVID-19 confirmed cases at Sacred High School were under control as it was easily detected. Last week’s outbreak at Sacred Heart School in Umzingwane District of Matabeleland South Province was easily detected and dealt with. Out of the 248 students and 33…

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ZADHR worried about low vaccination uptake

THE Zimbabwe Association of Doctors for Human Rights (ZADHR) has raised concern over the low uptake of the COVID-19 vaccine across the country. By Tanaka Moyo Commemorating this year’s World Health Day under the theme ‘Building a fairer, healthier world for everyone’. ZADHR through a press release expressed a great worry that again this year’s commemorations are being held in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic and a great population is not willing to get vaccinated most probably because of lack of information. In this vein, ZADHR applauds governments across…

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