#BREAKING: Citizens Returning To Zimbabwe To Be Quarantined At Their Own Expense

CABINET has announced that citizens wishing to return to Zimbabwe will now be quarantined at their own expense as part of efforts to curb the spread the of the coronavirus. Staff Reporter According to information minister, Senator Monica Mutsvangwa, the country has as at 16 May, 2021, recorded cumulative COVID-19 cases of 38 560, with 36 329 recoveries and 1 582 deaths. The recovery rate stands at 94.2%, with 95.5% of COVID-19 positive cases being attributable to local transmission. The number of active cases stand at 649. In order to…

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One Bucket Of Maize Equals To One Round Of Sex: COVID-19 Induced Desperation Stalks Rural Sex Workers in Zimbabwe

THE once thriving profession of sex work has hit rock bottom across the country following a prolonged lockdown period which has seen most public places and beer selling joints being closed for more than a year. By Michael Gwarisa Unlike in the previous period before COVID-19 when sex workers had bargaining power and demand for their services exceeded supply, the COVID-19 induced lockdown has literally made most men realize that family comes first and hiring an escort or sex worker is not a necessity. In the midst of the ongoing…

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China Donates 100 000 Vaccine Doses To Zim Military

THE People’s Liberation Army of China has donated 100 000 Sinopharm vaccines to Zimbabwe Defence Forces (ZDF) to help the country in the fight against the deadly COVID-19 pandemic. By Patricia Mashiri The donation was handed over this Monday to the Minister of Defence and War Veterans, Oppah Muchinguri-Kashiri by Chinese Ambassador to Zimbabwe, Guo Shaochun. In his speech Ambassador Shaochun said the donation was a gesture of showing their continued support to Zimbabwe during the pandemic. Now we are at a time that needs more solidarity, trust and mutual…

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Macheke Married Woman Turns To Sex Work To Raise University Tuition

ELIZABETH (not real name) (33) could not enroll in University or College at a young age owing to a myriad of factors  chief among them being economic factors and lack of funds to support her through tertiary education. When the Women’s University In Africa (WUA) opened up applications for block release studies, she applied and enrolled for a Bachelor of Social Work, Honors Degree. By Michael Gwarisa recently in Macheke Elizabeth is married, but her husband has since migrated into the diaspora where he is doing some menial jobs and…

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DREAMS Program Reignites Hope In Rushinga Girls

AT the age of 11, Patience Chikozomba from Mukwatsa village and a primary school pupil at Magaranhewe Primary school in Rushinga  was already thinking of dropping out of school since her parents couldn’t  afford school fees for her and her siblings. Other girls her age or slightly older have already eloped or been married off due to the biting poverty obtaining in the area despite it being a resource rich community. By Michael Gwarisa in Rushinga According to the National Aids Council (NAC), even though there are starting to witness…

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ZCSOSUNA Launches Health Youth-led Advocacy Project

ZIMBABWE Civil Society Organisations Scaling Up Nutrition Alliance ZCSOSUNA, with support from UNICEF and in partnership with Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education, and Ministry of Health and Child Care have launched a youth led advocacy project targeting six districts in the country to empower adolescent learners to promote healthy living through consumption if natural foods and products. By Patricia Mashiri The districts include Harare, Makoni, Chivi, Chirumhanzi, Insiza and Bindura. Speaking during a press briefing, Cuthbert Mukora, the Head of Programming Rural Enterprise Trust of Zimbabwe (RETZ) said their…

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Nurses Union Spearheads International Nurses Day Commemorations

THE Zimbabwe Urban And Rural Council Nurses Workers Union (ZURCNWU) is at the fore of the International Nurses Day commemorations to be held the world over on Wednesday. HealthTimes Reporter In a statement, ZURCNWU President Mr Simbarashe Tafirenyika said they have launched a campaign to appreciate the work done by these frontline health workers. Please be advised that this year we will be launching the 12 May Movement with the hashtag #LetsGoWhite, an initiative that seeks to celebrate and commemorate the exceptional work that you as our members are doing.…

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Parliament Pushes For Development And Promotion Of Traditional Medicines

THE report on the development and promotion traditional and complementary medicines by the Parliamentary Portfolio of Health and Child Care Committee shows that there is need to invest in traditional medicines  in a bid to compliment modern medicines in the treatment and care processes. By Patricia Mashiri Although there are no statistics to prove the extent of the use of the traditional and complementary medicines in Zimbabwe to address various diseases and ailments, use of traditional medicines and home remedies by rural and urban people has been on the increase…

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#JUSTIN: Zim Health Ministry Develops Impilo, A Patient Monitoring Tool

THE Ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC) in collaboration with partners have developed a patient registration, evaluation, tracking stock usage and aggregation tool dubbed Impilo in  a bid to improve patience surveillance and management. Staff Reporter Briefing Journalists during a pots cabinet brief, Senator Monica Mutsvangwa said,”government appreciates that, in an increasingly globalised world where the threats of fast-spreading health diseases or disasters are ever-increasing, there is need for availability of real-time data to enable efficient and effective monitoring and decision-making. Accordingly, the Ministry of Health and Child Care,…

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Tobacco Selling Season Triggers GBV In Guruve Married Couples

GURUVE district in Mashonaland Central province has over the past few weeks witnessed a surge in cases of Gender Based Violence (GBV) amongst married couples. By Michael Gwarisa In Guruve Speaking in an interview with HealthTimes on the sidelines of a National AIDS Council (NAC) Editors and Station Managers tour of the province, Guruve District AIDS Action Committee chairperson, Mr Starves Nyangwaru said the GBV was emanating from disputes related to misappropriation of tobacco sales funds mainly by the husbands. In terms of GBV here in Guruve especially looking at…

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