Zim Makes Renewed ICDP Commitments

ZIMBABWE has committed to advancing quality Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) services to adolescent girls, women and young people in line with the ICPD25 goal of ending the unfinished business to health access. By Michael Gwarisa in Nairobi, Kenya Presenting the commitments on the closing day of the 25th International Conference on Population Development (ICPD), Director Policy, Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation in the Ministry of Health and Care (MoHCC) Dr Robert Mudyiradima said Zimbabwe was willing to make revisions to certain policies hindering access to sexual reproductive health and rights.…

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Bloodbath In Health Sector As Gvt Fires 211 Doctors

THE total number  of doctors who have been served with termination of employment letters has risen to 211 from 70, as purging of what government has described as dissident doctors continues. By Kudakwashe Pembere According to the Health Service Board (HSB), 211 striking doctors have been fired for going on a job action which the Labour Court deemed unlawful alongside playing truant to the disciplinary hearings.As of November 5, the number of doctors dismissed from work stood at 77. To date, 279 doctors have been served with charge letters, 213…

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#BREAKING: Gvt Fires 77 Medical Doctors

MINISTER of Information and Broadcasting Services Senator Monica Mutsvagwa has announced that 77 doctors have been fired by government following the Labour Court ruling declaring the job action illegal. By Michael Gwarisa and Kudakwashe Pembere Briefing a post cabinet press briefing on Tuesday, Minister Mutsvangwa said firing the doctors was within the confines of the country’s health laws and Constitution. Cabinet was informed by the Minister of Health and Child Care that the public hospital doctors strike had gone beyond 63 days.  Medical services in most central hospitals therefore remain…

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iPhone Introduces Period Emoji To Demystify Menstruation

VISITS from “Aunt Flow” during “that time of month” are officially over — along with all the other euphemisms that people use to secretly talk about their menstrual cycle. The long-awaited period “drop of blood” emoji is finally available on iPhone keyboards in “a real breakthrough” in fighting the stigma around menstruation — and advocates say it’s about time we got this bloody conversation started. As a part of Apple’s iOS 13.2 update, the tech giant released a set of 350 brand-new emojis including mixed-race couples, gender-neutral individuals, people with…

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Senior Council Management Threaten Nurses To Return To Work

NURSES from all council clinics in Harare downed tools this morning citing incapacitation as the major reason behind the move. By Michael Gwarisa According to nurses who spoke to HealthTimes, top officials in the City of Harare were today moving around clinics threatening the nurses to return to work or face disciplinary action. Council has been ignoring our incapacitation please over the few months and this has worsened our living standards as we can no longer afford to meet our basic daily needs such as food, rentals, transport among others.…

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52 UZ Medical Students Told To Abandon Degree And Pursue Other Programs

CLOSE to 52 second year medical students from the University of Zimbabwe College of Health Sciences feel unfairly treated for being told to discontinue their program after their request to rewrite a course was disapproved. By Kudakwashe Pembere A letter in possession of HealthTimes written to the students advised them to join a different program. I regret to advise you that you have not been granted approval to repeat AT2M/AT2DM. you are therefore advised to discontinue and apply to join a different program,” said the institution’s deputy registrar Dr Blessing…

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Harare Hospital Mulls Simulation-Based Medical Education

HARARE Central Hospital (HCH) is planning to establish an innovation and simulation hub to equip nursing students and staff in latest medical learning trends. By Kudakwashe Pembere In an interview with HealthTimes, HCH Clinical Director Dr Christopher Pasi said the simulation-based medical education (SBME) will help students and staff a great deal in reducing medical errors. The innovation and simulation hub will help students and staff by having a virtual learning system where resources will be available online. They will be helped in things like setting up of equipment. This…

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Early Child Marriages Expose Marange Adolescent Girls To HIV Infection- FACT

FAMILY Aids Caring Trust  (FACT) Community Health Officer, Ms Mirriam Muchadzingwa says there is need to scale up efforts to curb early child marriages in Marange District in order to address the growing HIV burden in young girls. By Michael Gwarisa Speaking to HealthTimes during a Media Tour in Marange recently, Mrs Muchadzingwa said even though the rate of new infections in young girls was still low in the district, cases were being recorded and early child marriages could be the biggest source of the infections. This place is not…

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TB Activists Disrupt Global TB Conference Over Exorbitant Prices

DOCTORS Without Borders (MSF) joined tuberculosis (TB) activists to disrupt the opening ceremony of the 50th Union World Conference on Lung Health in Hyderabad today, urging pharmaceutical corporations to make improved drug-resistant TB (DR-TB) treatment affordable and available for hundreds of thousands of people around the world who desperately need it. For the first time in over half a century, there are three new DR-TB drugs – bedaquiline, delamanid and, most recently, pretomanid – that can offer people a better chance to be cured, but barriers to access including high…

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Global tuberculosis epidemic cannot be ended unless it is eliminated in India

THE 50th Union World Conference on Lung Health taking place in Hyderabad, India, has opened with a call to end the emergency of the global tuberculosis (TB) epidemic, now responsible for killing some 1.5 million people each year. “Ending the TB emergency starts right here in India,” said José Luis Castro, Executive Director of the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (The Union), convenor of the Union World Conference, which is being held for the first time in India in half a century. The Indian government led by Prime…

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