We are not closing says PSMAS

ZIMBABWE’s largest medical aid service provider the Premier Service Medical Aid Society (PSMAS) says it is not going anywhere as claimed on various platforms. By Kuda Pembere PSMAS in a statement rubbished these claims as an attempt to soil its image and reputation. Premier Service Medical Aid Society notes with concern rumours circulating on various platforms of its alleged closure from 2023. The society categorically dismisses these rumours as not only false, malicious and misleading but bent on tarnishing the organisation’s image and reputation,” PSMAS said. The medical aid service…

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GAVI reduces funding towards Zimbabwe’s Immunisation programs

Zimbabwe needs to increase its domestic funding towards health care particularly the childhood immunization program to cushion itself from the impacts of the accelerated weaning off the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI) co-financing facility, HealthTimes has learnt. By Kudakwashe Pembere In the short term, Zimbabwe could become ineligible for the GAVI financing facility since it is reporting an increase its gross national income (GNI) in its journey towards the ambitious upper middle-income status by 2030. The country saw a reduction of GAVI financing for most of its health…

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Mthuli’s Uninspiring Budget Allocation Towards Healthcare Slammed

PUBLIC Health Experts and health economists have criticized the recently announced allocation of 11% towards healthcare, which they believe is still a far-cry from the required allocation of 15% in accordance with the Abuja Declaration. By Michael Gwarisa The government allocation on health and child care as a percentage of the total public expenditure increased from 10.6% in 2022 to 11.2% in 2023, making the Abuja target an elusive pipe-dream. Giving an Analysis of the 2022 Budget, Community Working Group on Health (CWGH) Executive Director, Mr Itai Rusike said while…

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Tsholotsho 9 year old girl’s baby belongs to her nephew

The 9 year old pregnancy saga in Tsholotsho has taken a new twist as DNA paternity results showed the father of the recently born baby being the girl’s nephew aged 13. By Kuda Pembere This comes following the girl’s father being exonerated by pleriminary results. The Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) National Spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi said in a statement the results came from the National University of Science and Technology (NUST) laboratory. “The Zimbabwe Republic Police confirms that the Deoxyribonucleic Acid (DNA) results obtained from National University of Science…

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UNAIDS To Launch The “Dangerous Inequalities” World AIDS Day Report Next Week

UNAIDS World AIDS Day report 2022 will be launched on Tuesday, 29th November in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania, during UNAIDS Executive Director’s visit to the country. The report is called ‘Dangerous Inequalities’ and reveals that inequalities are obstructing the end of AIDS. On current trends the world will not meet agreed global targets on AIDS. Millions of lives are at stake. The new UNAIDS report shows that only urgent action to tackle inequalities can get the world’s AIDS response on track. It shows how world leaders can tackle those inequalities…

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Varume Vakamboita COVID Voshungurudzwa Nedambudziko Rekupera Simba Kwenhengo Dzavo Dzesikarudzi

VANHU vakawanda vakambobatwa ne denda re COVID-19 munguva yakati pfuurei, varikuratidzika kuti vachiri kushungurudzwa nezviratidzo zve COVID-19 nezvimwe zvirerwere zvakawanda kusanganisira kupera simba kwenhengo dzana baba dzesikarudzi panguva dzebonde. Na Michael Gwarisa Dambudziko rehurwere mushure me COVID rakatumidzwa nana mazvikokota kuti Long COVID. Vachitaura nevatori venhau muguta guru re Harare pamusangano wakarongwa neve Health Communicators Forum of Zimbabwe (HCF), Muzvinamushonga wema ndiriri, va Tinashe Mudzviti vakati ivo varume vakawanda vakuuya ku ma pharmacy emuzvipatara zvehurumende ne ayo akazvimrira vachitsvaga mishonga kana mapiritsi angavabatsira kuti vawane simba. Ichokwadi, varume vakawanda vakambosangana…

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People Previously Infected By COVID Now Developing Long COVID Comorbidities in Zimbabwe

SINCE the onset of the Omicron variant in November 2021, COVID-19 has since taken a new trajectory. Unlike its predecessor variants such as Delta, Beta and Alpha which caused severe sickness, hospitalisations and numerous deaths, the Omicron is a complete opposite of the three.  By the end of December 2021, it represented 96% of all COVID-19 infections in the UK and 92% in Denmark. Data from South Africa, the UK, Denmark, Canada and the US all showed a lesser risk of hospitalization when infected with Omicron compared to Delta By…

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WALPE pushes for enactment of sexual harassment Act

The Women Academy for Leadership and Academy for Excellence (WALPE) is pushing for a stand-alone sexual harassment act to be passed into law in order to protect women and girls from sexual predators in the workplace. By Patricia Mashiri The said law will have a stipulated penalty for offenders unlike under the current scenario whereby sexual harassment is covered by the Labour Act (28.1) and the criminal law codification and reform Act (9.23) where the WALPE argues that they are inadequate to protect women. Speaking during a meeting on the…

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Angela Makamure Lands Top Post In MSF

RENOWNED communication specialist and Journalist, Angela Makamure has landed a more senior role to become the new Regional Communications Manager for MSF in Southern Africa Region. By Staff Reporter Before her elevation, Angela served as the Media Liaison and Southern Africa Links Co-ordinator within MSF. After serving you for many years as Media Liaison and Southern Africa Links Coordinator for Doctors Without Borders (MSF) Southern Africa, that time has come to move to the next chapter. I am not leaving MSF, but just shifting to a new position of Regional…

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Generation Health Supports Persons with Albinism

GENERATION Health, one of Zimbabwe’s most sought after medical aid Fund has embarked on a widespread Corporate Social Investment (CSI) drive in a bid to extend a helping hand to various societal groups including persons with albinism. By Michael Gwarisa The Fund is supporting persons with albinism through procurement and distribution of sun protective gear. Generation Health also participated in the 6th annual International Albinism Awareness Day, under the theme “Strength Beyond All Odds.” Albert Musakwa, Generation Health’s Managing Director said advocacy for individuals with albinism goes beyond International Albinism…

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