Doctors Association President Abduction Condemned

ZIMBABWE Hospital Doctors Association (ZHDA) president, Dr Peter Magombeyi has reportedly been abducted by three unidentified men under unclear circumstances. By Michael Gwarisa The abduction is believed to have happened around 22:00 hours on Saturday, September 15 in Budiriro while he was in the company of his colleagues. Speaking to HealthTimes, ZHDA Secretary General, Dr Anelle Bhebe said the development had shook the association and called on government to urgently investigate the abduction. I just heard from his colleagues he went missing at 2020 yesterday in Budiriro. He was abducted…

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Health Ministry Conducts Digital Health Preparedness Assessment

THE Ministry of Health And Child Care’s assessment of its institutions’ readiness for digital health is well on course as experts are on the verge of starting compiling the report next week. By Kuda Pembere The Deputy Director of Information Technologies in the Health Ministry Mr Trymore Chawurura told HealthTimes the evaluation process of the country’s public health institutions digital health infrastructure preparedness began about a forthnight ago. “We did an assessment, facility by facility out of 140 randomly selected sites. We finished the data collection digitally now what’s left…

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Malnutrition Spikes In Cyclone Idai Hit Communities

CHIPINGE District Hospital is battling increased cases of malnutrition emanating from Chimanimai, some parts of Chipinge and Mozamabique which were hit by the tropical cyclone idai, HealthTimes has learnt. By Michael Gwarisa in Chipinge Speaking to Journalists during the Post Cyclone Idai assessment media tour which was organised by the World Health Organisation (WHO), UNDP and the Ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC), Chipinge District Acting Medical Officer (DMO), Dr Ozimmo Matekenya said the malnutrition crisis was most prevalent in children and babies under the age of five. In…

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Zim Breaks World Kidney Removal Surgery Record

ZIMBABWE has broken the world record of removing a large kidney tumor, offsetting a Japanese operation done in 2009. By Kudakwashe Pembere A Zimbabwean woman Mrs Milka Gwatiringa had a kidney mass weighing 12, 6 KGs surgically removed at Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals on July 31, 2019 after having it for about 11 years. The tumor was 33cm long with a width of about 30 cm. Recorded in the International Journal of Urology, a Japanese Professor Kazumi is said to have removed a record large 11, 5 KG tumor. Briefing…

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Harare Women Delivering In Candlelight

WOMEN in most Harare City Polyclinics are delivering their new born babies with the aid of Candlelight owing to the prevailing power cuts which have crippled most health sector operations By Kudakwashe Pembere In an interview with HealthTimes, Harare City Health Director Dr Prosper Chonzi said they have been having challenges with the solar systems they use though they have since addressed the problems. That has been sorted I think. That has been rectified. There was a power problem recently. All our clinics have solar power as backups including the…

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#BREAKING: New NatPharm Board In First Sitting

WITH barely three months after being appointed by the Health and Child Care Minister Dr Obadiah Moyo, the new National Pharmaceutical Company (NatPharm) board sits for its debut board meeting tomorrow morning, HealthTimes has learnt. By Kudakwashe Pembere NatPharm chairperson Dr Billy Rigava told this publication that appointment of Advocate Rachel Chibaya as Vice Chairperson preceded this meeting, setting the tone for the passing of resolutions.  She was selected by the Human Resources Committee, Finance amd Business Development Committee as well as the Audit risk and legal committee. All the…

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#BREAKING: New Health Services Law To Bar Doctors From Striking

GOVERNMENT has approved the principles of the  the new Health Services Amendment Bill which only allows aggrieved health workers to go on strike for a few  hours, a Cabinet official said on Tuesday. By Kudakwashe Pembere The legislation with principles approved by Cabinet forbids indefinite job action by health workers. During a post cabinet press briefing, Health and Child Care Minister Dr Obadiah Moyo said they will not tolerate an industrial action which at the end of the day endangers the lives of patients. The Bill will make sure that…

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There Is No Going Back This Time- Doctors

GOVERNMENT doctors who downed tools today (September 3 2019) citing incapacitation as a result of the prevailing economic woes, have vowed to dig in until their demands are met. By Michael Gwarisa In an interview with HealthTimes, Zimbabwe Hospital Doctors Association (ZHDA) acting president Dr Peter Magombeyi  said they will not be forced into submission by any tricks and negotiations need to be impartial and sincere. It’s incapacitation and not a strike and yes the doctors have heeded the call to withhold their services and not to report for work.…

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WHO Updates Contraceptive Eligibility For Women At High Risk of HIV

WHO has changed its recommendations for progestogen-only injectables and intrauterine devices (IUDs) for women at high risk of HIV from a Category 2 to a Category 1. Additional clarifications are provided for the IUD recommendation. These recommendations stem from a meeting of the Guideline Development Group at which a wide range of stakeholders were represented including experts in family planning and HIV, representatives from affected populations, clinicians, epidemiologists, researchers, programme managers, policy-makers and guideline methodologists. The Group reviewed evidence on hormonal contraception and HIV acquisition published since the previous review…

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Zim Food Peddlers Frying Chicken In Transformer Oil- ZESA

THE Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority (ZESA) Group Public Relations Manager, Mr Fullard Gwasira has warned citizens against buying food in backyard kitchens amidst indications that the operators of such facilities were using transformer oil to fry food. By Michael Gwarisa Mr Gwasira said the transformer oil looks more or less like cooking oil and it was difficult to tell the difference hence the abuse by food peddlers. He however warned that the oils contain harmful toxins which may lead to cancers and other health complications. Why thieves steal transformer oil:…

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