#JUTSIN: UK Announces Support To Zimbabwe And Other Countries To Identify New COVID-19 Variants

HEALTH Secretary Matt Hancock  has announced the United Kingdom’s (UK) support with genomics expertise to help other countries identify new COVID-19 variants comes as researchers at the Quadram Institute outline their work supporting scientists in Zimbabwe. Today’s UK government announcement of the New Variant Assessment Platform will see other countries offered UK laboratory capacity and advice to analyse new strains of coronavirus. In common with many other countries facing the start of the coronavirus pandemic, Zimbabwe recorded its first recorded case of the SARS-CoV-2 in March 2020. Extensive public health…

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COVID-19 Won’t Affect Vaginal Ring Rollout In Zimbabwe- Dr Mgodi

THE prevailing COVID-19 pandemic will not affect rollout of the Dapivirine ring or Vaginal ring, an HIV prevention ring for women,  HIV expert and histopathologist who was also the Dapirivirine ring study chairperson in Africa, Dr Nyaradzo Mgodi has said. By Michael Gwarisa Dr Mugodi’s comments come at the back of indications that COVID-19 could have disrupted access to healthcare services and rollout of certain programs across the globe over the past 12 months. In an interview with HealthTimes, Dr Mgodi said the ring has already received its pre-qualification from…

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Coronavirus Mutation Causing High False Negative Results In Zim-Lancet

NEW Coronavirus strains being reported worldwide could be the reason why most Laboratories in Zimbabwe have been recording high cases of false negative COVID-19 results of late, a top pathologist has said. By Michael Gwarisa Speaking during a virtual press briefing, Lancet Laboratories Chief Executive Officer, Dr Charlse Muronda said the viruses have changed their genetic makeup , in the process making it difficult for other  organisations which have not upgraded their testing equipment to pick the virus during testing procedures. One of the things that have happened with COVID-19…

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Zim Doctors Seek Gvt Approval To Use IVERMECTIN & Nano Silver To Treat COVID-19

ZIMBABWEAN doctors who are at the forefront FIGHTING covid-19 have written to the Ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC) seeking permission to use a veterinary injection Ivermectin and Nano Silver to treat COVID-19. HealthTimes Reporter In a letter written to the health ministry permanent secretary Dr Jasper Chimedza by the College of Primary Health Care Physicians of Zimbabwe, they said they have been successfully using Ivermectin in conjunction with nano silver and the treatment registered god results. Due to our constant perusal of the medical evidence we noticed the…

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#JUSTIN: Mangwana Apologises To Doctors Fo Labeling Them Assassins

INFORMATION, publicity and broadcasting services permanent secretary, Nick Mangwana has issued to doctors whom he had labelled assassins masquerading as physicians. Staff Reporter I expressed my personal view on an issue a Dr had tweeted on. I had no intention to offend any doctor or call any of them names. Since it has caused such offence, I withdraw it & apologise for any offence caused. I just hope we can move and not be distracted from work at hand.

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COVAX Announces new agreement, plans for first deliveries

COVAX announced the signing of an advance purchase agreement for up to 40 million doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine; rollout to commence with successful execution of supply agreements. Additionally, COVAX announced that, pending WHO emergency use listings, nearly 150 million doses of the AstraZeneca/Oxford candidate are anticipated to be available in Q1 2021, via existing agreements with the Serum Institute of India (SII) and AstraZeneca. COVAX is therefore on track to deliver at least 2 billion doses by the end of the year, including at least 1.3 billion doses to…

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TelOne moves to alleviate PPE shortage at Chikurubi Maximum Prison

TelOne has donated Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) worth ZWL$300 000 to Chikurubi Maximum Prison in a move to alleviate PPE shortage at the country’s biggest prison in light of the increased COVID19 transmissions. By Staff Reporter The timely donation which includes hand sanitisers and washable face masks for in-mates was handed over to Zimbabwe Prisons & Correctional Services (ZPCS) health services director Senior Assistant Commissioner Dr. Evidence Gaka at Chikurubi Maximum Prison on Friday this week. The donated items are: 1500 washable masks, 250 surgical masks, 100 heavy duty aprons,…

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471 Health Service COVID-19 Insurance Claims Received To Date- HSB

THE Health Service Board (HSB) says it has received and processed a total 471 claims for cover from members of the Health Service in line with government’s pledge to cushion health care wokers against COVID-19 induced risks. By Staff Reporter In a statement, HSB Executive Chairman, Dr Paulinos Sikosana said  the COVID-19 Employer’s Liability Insurance was  approved in July 2020 to mitigate the social and economic impact of the disease to the affected and their families. The Insurance scheme is designed to give immediate cover to the affected members in…

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Zim Cumulative COVID-19 Cases Cross 30 000 Mark

THE total number of COVID-19 cases that have been recorded since the coronavirus was first reported in Zimbabwe has now breached 30,000. HealthTimes Reporter According to the Ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC) daily sitrep, the country recorded  639New Cases and 38 Deaths reported in the last 24 hours. (7 day rolling average* for new cases falls to 668 from 736 yesterday). As of 21 January 2021, Zimbabwe has now recorded30 047 Cases19569 recoveries and 917 Deaths. All 639 are local cases: 293 cases are from Harare•As of 20…

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The United States Provides 20 Ventilators to Zimbabwe to Respond to COVID-19

THE United States, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), donated 20 brand-new, state-of-the-art ventilators to Solidarity Trust Zimbabwe to help Zimbabweans fight COVID-19. Staff Reporter “Too many Zimbabweans have already passed away due to COVID-19. We express our deepest condolences to all who have lost their loved ones. We are pleased to deliver 20 ventilators, which complement Zimbabwe’s efforts to combat COVID-19 and demonstrate the United States’ ongoing commitment to supporting the people of Zimbabwe through this crisis and beyond,” Ambassador Brian A. Nichols said at the handover.…

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