NBSZ Moots Solar Power For Its Centres

NATIONAL Blood Services Zimbabwe is planning to power its blood collection centres by December this year to mitigate the power outages affecting their operations. By Kudakwashe Pembere Speaking to HealthTimes, NBSZ board chairperson Advocate Rodgers Matsikidze said they have been taking with the Energy and Power Development Minister Advocate Fortune Chasi to be placed on their neighbor Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals’ electricity grid. My good brother Advocate Chasi said that they are looking at it and Zesa is also looking at it. What we have noted is the huge cost…

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#BREAKING: Suspected Coronavirus Case In Zim… Wilkins On Lockdown

WILKINS Infectious Diseases Hospital is handling  and investigating a suspected coronavirus case, a visitor who came from China recently, HealthTimes has learnt. By Kudakwashe Pembere and Michael Gwarisa In an interview with HealthTimes, Harare City Health Director Dr Prosper Chonzi said they have moved all the patients to Beatrice Road Infectious Diseases Hospital (BRIDH) to pave way for the investigations. Addressing Zimbabwe’s health sector officials on Monday Dr Chonzi had said the country had a ‘scare case’ they were investigating. The Health Minister said he will be making a  presentation…

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SAP, Converge Solutions co-innovation project delivers powerful healthcare solution for African hospitals

COMPLEX business models, combined with immense pressure to deliver great patient experiences and outcomes, has African healthcare providers turning to technology to improve their operational efficiency and automate back-office operations. This task is now far less daunting with the launch of a new technology platform designed by Converge Solutions and the SAP Co-Innovation Lab specifically for the African healthcare market. Healthcare providers are under increasing pressure to deliver improved patient experiences and streamline their operations with mounting financial constraints,” says Johann Joubert, CEO at Converge Solutions. “The answer to affordable,…

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Coronavirus Death Toll Surpass 2000

THE death toll of the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) outbreak as of February 19 is now 2009 with mainland China‘s number of deaths rising by 136. By HealthTimes Reporter Hong Kong reported a second death who was a 70 year old man with underlying conditions. He had visited the Chinese mainland in January. The territory has 62 confirmed cases. The National Health Commission of the People’s Republic of China noted that on Feb 18,there were 1749 new confirmed cases, 1 185 suspected cases, 236 new serious cases and 1 824 patients…

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Warm Climate Could Act In Zim’s Favor In The Face Of Coronavirus

A Chinese doctor in the country says Zimbabweans have nothing to panic given they have a warm climate and clean air on their side  in the event that Corona virus strikes. By Kudakwashe Pembere Dr Yuandong Jiang, a cardiologist from the 17th Chinese Cohort in the country said while this no reason to celebrate, Zimbabwe nonetheless needs to be prepared. “You see Zimbabwe is a beautiful place. The weather is good. There is enough sunshine good enough to kill the viruses and bacteria because these pathogens don’t like the sun.…

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80 Percent Of Zimbabweans Have Hypertension, Chinese Doctor Says

ZIMBABWEANS are at high risk of developing coronary heart diseases with many of them having hypertension as a risk factor, a cardiologist said on Monday. By Kudakwashe Pembere Dr Yuandong Jiang, a cardiologist from the 17th Chinese Medical team in the country is of the opinion that about 80 percent of Zimbabweans suffer from hypertension. He said this at a training workshop for the country’s health sector on preparedness and response of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). He said the possible effects of the coronavirus to the cardiovascular system were hypertension,…

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Japan To Start Using ARVs To Treat Coronavirus

FILE PHOTO: Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga arrives at the ceremony site where Emperor Naruhito will report the conduct of the enthronement ceremony at the Imperial Sanctuary inside the Imperial Palace in Tokyo, Japan October 22, 2019. REUTERS/Kim Hong-ji

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan is aiming to start trials soon using an HIV treatment for the coronavirus, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said on Tuesday. “We’re currently preparing to start clinical trials using HIV medication on the novel coronavirus,” Suga, the government’s top spokesman, said at a daily press briefing. He added that he could not comment on how long it would take for the new drug to be approved. Japan now has seen over 500 coronavirus cases, with more than 450 of them from a cruise ship docked in…

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Wilkins Hospital Mulls Moving Patients To Pave Way For Coronavirus Cases

HARARE City Owned Wilkins Infectious Diseases Hospital is considering moving all patients to Beatrice Road Infectious Disease Hospital (BRIDH) to pave way for Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) cases should there be confirmed or suspected. By Kudakwashe Pembere Wilkins is the designated isolation facility for Harare along with other northern cities and towns. Speaking to over 67 health workers from the Public and Private Sectors at a training of trainers workshop on Monday, Harare City Health Director Dr Prosper Chonzi said the City has got two infectious disease hospitals. For Harare we…

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Health Ministry Quashes Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Zim Cases Report

ZIMBABWEAN authorities have rubbished reports that the country has over 100 cases of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). In the report which comes  in the wake of a confirmed case in Egypt, a website www.zimnews.net/org reported the country has 118 cases. But the Health Ministry and the Information Ministry damned the report arguing the country does not have a single case. The article which caused panic in the nation has since been removed off the website. Below is the Health Ministry’s Statement   The Ministry of Health and Child Care  (MoHCC)…

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#BREAKING: Africa Records First Coronavirus Case

Egypt has confirmed its first case of coronavirus, also the first known infection on the continent of Africa. SOURCE: DW. The patient — who is not from Egypt — did not show any symptoms of being ill. Egypt on Friday confirmed its first case of coronavirus, making it the first known infection in Africa. A joint statement from Egypt’s health and population ministries said the patient was not from Egypt. It did not say what nationality the person was or where they had been prior to arriving in Egypt. The…

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