CDC Warns That Delta Variant Now Infecting Vaccinated People, The Variant Is More Contagious Than Chicken Pox

THE Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued a stern warning about the delta variant of the coronavirus: “Acknowledge the war has changed.” Now, it says even vaccinated people are able to readily spread the virus. That is part of the message from a recent internal presentation prepared by the CDC detailing findings, some of which are considered preliminary, on the dangers posed by the delta variant, which has already led to a spike in cases in the United States. The document, obtained Friday by NBC News and first…

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Number Of TB Patients Missing Treatment Still High In Zim

THE Ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC) Deputy Director, Tuberculosis (TB) and HIV services, Dr Charles Sandy says even though Zimbabwe was recently removed from the TB high burden list, it was too early to “Let Our Guard Down” as most TB patients were still missing treatment. By Michael Gwarisa Speaking during a virtual sensitization meeting for the new Stop TB Partnership Zimbabwe grant, Dr Sandy said the treatment coverage for TB was still in the doldrums and the COVID-19 had worsened the situation. Previously, we used to be…

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#BREAKING: Johnson & Johnson Vaccine Approved In Zimbabwe

THE Medicines Control Authority of Zimbabwe (MCAZ), has approved the use of Johnson & Johnson vaccine in Zimbabwe in the management and prevention of COVID-19 infections. By Michael Gwarisa In an interview with HealthTimes, MCAZ Projects and Public Relations Officer, Mr Shingai Gwatidzo confirmed the development. MCAZ reviewed the technical documentation and clinical studies conducted and issued Emergency Use Authorisation for Ministry of Health and Child Care to consider adding to the vaccines for use in Zimbabwe,” said Mr Gwatidzo.  He added that the EUA is subject to a number…

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#COVID3RDWAVE: Health Workers, Funeral Homes Workers Urged To Seek Mental Health Support

MENTAL Health experts have called on front-line health workers fighting COVID-19 in the Red Zones where patients with severe and critical symptoms are being managed, to seek mental health and psychosocial support to avoid accumulating or bottling up traumatic experiences they may be encountering in their line of duty. By Patricia Mashiri The calls comes at the back of increased deaths and hospitalisation of COVID-19 related incidences across the country over the past four weeks. In an Interview, Tafadzwa Meki, Founder of Someone Always Listens Toyou (S.A.L.T Africa) said there…

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Jet Donates Towards Alleviating Childhood Cancer

JET  Stores, a subsidiary of Edgars Stores Limited has handed over ZWL400 000 to KidzCan towards the management of childhood cancer. Staff Reporter The organization also rallied its customers to buy KidzCan branded masks in commemoration of Orange Month, and cancer tees with donations being channelled to KidzCan. Speaking on the donation, Edgars Group Spokesperson, Ms Rumbie Dzimba said,”KidzCan is one of Jet`s main CSI partners since 2019. Annually the Jet brand donates in the form of financial aid to assist in the fight against Kids cancer and also aid…

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Government Maintains Level 4 Lockdown

INFORMATION, Publicity and Broadcasting Services Minister, Senator Monica Mutsvangwa says government the level 4 lockdown measure were still in force even though new COVID-19 infections were on the decline. Staff Reporter Briefing Journalists during a Post Cabinet Media Briefing, minister Mutsvagwa said,”Cabinet was informed that the number of infections decreased slightly, with a total of 14 275 cases being recorded during the week under review, compared to the 21 346 cases recorded the previous week. “This reflected a 49.5% decrease, as the country’s efforts to contain the pandemic showed a…

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Zvishavane Nurse Arrested For Selling COVID-19 Vaccination Cards

A general nurse at Zvishavane District Hospital, Faith Nyoni has been been arrested for selling completed COVID-19 vaccination cards to unvaccinated individuals. HealthTimes Reporter She was arrested after detectives set a trap and caught in action. Through their official Twitter Account, the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) said investigations were still in progress. Faith Nyoni who is employed as a nurse at Zvishavane District Hospital later handed over completed vaccination cards to the detectives. Investigations are in progress. Detectives set a trap and pretended to be in need of vaccination cards…

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MSF Donates Over USD 150,000 Worth Of TB Medication To NATPHARM

INTERNATIONAL medical humanitarian organization Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) today handed over a consignment of TB medication to Zimbabwe’s National Pharmaceutical Company (NATPHARM). Health Reporter This is part of MSF’s contribution to ending TB in Zimbabwe. We are happy that Zimbabwe continues to make huge strides in containing and raising awareness on TB, and we congratulate the country for its removal from the list of countries with a high TB burden,” says MSF Country Representative, Dr. Reinaldo Ortuno.    The TB drugs donated today include first-line treatment for Drug sensitive TB and…

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Amended Health Act Prohibits Health Workers From Striking

THE newly amended Health Public Act by the government now criminalizes individuals who are members of any trade unions in health services body to organize a job action contrary to the newly gazetted law. Staff Reporter The new amendment also criminalizes health workers to go on a job action for more than 72 hours in any given 14 days period. This attracts a penalty. “Any individual who is a member of governing body of any trade union or representative body of members of the health service which incites or organizes…

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