Dark Week for Zimbabwe, As COVID-19 Claims 88 Lives, infects 4,395 in Seven Days

ZIMBABWE recorded a total 4,395 new COVID-19 infections and 88 deaths, the highest weekly death rate reported since the pandemic was first reported in the country in March 2020. HealthTimes Reporter This is according to the Ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC) daily sitreps tally over a five-days period from Monday, January 4 to Friday, January 8, 2021. The country’s COVID-19 cumulative cases stand at 19,660 while total deaths add to 468. As of Monday, January 4, a total 564 new cases were recorded together with four deaths. All…

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Nine Chan Footballers Test Positive For COVID-19

THE Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA) has announced that at least nine players who are part of the African Nations Championship (CHAN) provisional squad have tested positive to covid-19. HealthTimes Reporter In a statement, ZIFA Communications and Competitions Manager, Xolisani Gwesela said all the affected players have already been quarantined. In  adherence to our Covid-19 medical protocols, all players and members of the technical team were tested on Monday (28 December 2020) upon their return from festive break and the nine were ruled to have tested positive. “All the affected players…

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Condom Shortages In Sanyati As Sex Workers Loot Free Dembare Condoms

SANYATI district has been experiencing recurrent shortages of the famous Blue Panther or Dembare condoms at the back of massive looting of the product by sex workers who later sale the condoms at exorbitant rates to their colleagues. HealthTimes Reporter In an interview in Sanyati recently, National Aids Council (NAC) District Aids Coordinator (DAC) for Sanyati, Virginia Tausa said sex work was most prevalent in the district due rampart artisanal mining activities and some senior sex workers have been collecting condoms in bulk, creating an artificial shortage of the condoms.…

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Zimbabwe Opens School Classes Despite Increase in New COVID-19 Infections

ZIMBABWE today, November 9, 2020 resumes all school classes from Early Childhood Development (ECD) up to Advanced level in line with government set schedule. HealthTimes Brief The resumption of classes however comes at a time Zimbabwe is recording increased cases of COVID-19 with majority of them being local transmissions. According to the Ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC) daily COVID-19 update of November, 8, 2020, recovery rate has dropped from a high of 95% in the past few weeks to 93%, with daily infection rate rising to 5.6% 33…

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Over 1000 Zim Nurses Punished For Defying Flexi Hours Ban

A total 1 280 Zimbabwe nurses face disciplinary action for failure to comply with government’s ban of the flexi hours working arrangement. By Michael Gwarisa The flexi-hours regime was introduced early this year to cushion nurses who had gone on a strike owing to poor wages and high costs of living. In a pots cabinet media brief, Information and broadcasting services minister, Senator Monica Mutsvangwa said Cabinet was briefed by Vice President Honourable C.G.D.N. Chiwenga, as the Minister of Health and Child Care, on the Withdrawal of Labour by Nurses.…

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#JUSTIN: MCAZ Extends Shelf Life For Pyridoxine

THE Medecines Control Authority of Zimbabwe (MCAZ), has extended the shelf-life of various batches of Pyridoxine by five months up to March, 2021 following a request from the Ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC). In letter written to the National Pharmaceutical Company of Zimbabwe (NatPharm) and director health services at City Council run Hospitals and those in the security services, Director Curative Services, Dr Max Hove said that MACAZ conducted laboratory tests of specified batches and they passed all the tests. See Batches Below    

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Chitungwiza Hospital To Conduct Pauper’s Burials For 31 Unclaimed Bodies

CHITUNGWIZA Central Hospital has released names of 31 bodies lying unclaimed at their mortuary since July, 2019 to date. According to the Hospital, they will soon be conducting Pauper Burials for the unclaimed if no one comes to claim the bodies. The Hospital called on relatives or anyone who knows the people on the list to contact hospital. Please See the list Attached Below  

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VP Chiwenga Receives Three Ambulances From Redan

VICE President and Minister for Health and Child Care General (Rtd) Dr Constatntino Chiwenga has recieved a donation of three ambulances from Redan Coupons. The three units will service Masvingo, Gwanda and Marondera and they come with world class hospital standard life support medical equipment. By Michael Gwarisa The ambulances come with a thousand litres worth of dfi fuel coupons and cards each. …Details to follow

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Fake Doctor Unmasked At Parirenyatwa Hospital

PARIRENYATWA Group of Hospitals have handed over to the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) a fake medical doctor who had infiltrated the Accident and Emergency department. By Michael Gwarisa According to a Press Statement released by Parirenyatwa Hospitals, the fake doctor who had posed as a qualified physician registrar was only exposed after he inquired on how to handle a certain procedure from colleagues. The matter was discovered after our Causality Staff doubted his medical proficiency and made some inquires. The suspect has been handed over to the police who are…

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#JUSTIN: Eleven Zim Nurses Acquitted On Contravening Lockdown Regulations Charges

ELEVEN Zimbabwean nurses who were arrested in July for protesting against poor wages and living conditions during the Lockdown period have been acquitted. The 11 were represented by Rudo Bere and Tinashe Chinopfukutwa of Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights have been acquitted after undergoing trial on charges of contravening lockdown regulations by protesting in July against poor salaries and working conditions. SOURCE: Zimbabwe Lawyers For Human Rights

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