Tobacco responsible for 20% of deaths from coronary heart disease

EVERY year, 1.9 million people die from tobacco-induced heart disease, according to a new brief released today by the World Health Organization, World Heart Federation and the University of Newcastle Australia ahead of World Heart Day, marked on 29 September. HealthTimes Reporter This equates to one in five of all deaths from heart disease, warn the report’s authors, who urge all tobacco users to quit and avoid a heart attack, stressing that smokers  are more likely to experience an acute cardiovascular event at a younger age than non-smokers. Just a…

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The Avenues Clinic Lifts Patients Visiting Hours Restrictions

THE Avenues Clinic has riveted to its usual patients visiting hours which had been suspended for the past two months due to COVID-19. By Michael Gwarisa The restoration of visiting hours is effective 22 September 2020 and the the visiting hours schedule will still be limited to one visitor and one visiting hour per patient per day. In the initial communication to the public, the hospital had reported that suspension of visiting hours had been necessitated by the increase in the number of Covid-19 cases which was being reported at…

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WHO & UNICEF Recommit To Accelerating Health & Well-being At All ages

THE World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF have signed a new collaborative framework which will accelerate joint public health efforts that put the most marginalized and vulnerable populations first. HealthTimes Reporter The new Strategic Collaboration Framework builds on a robust 70-year collaboration between the two organizations, and prioritizes four strategic areas for immediate attention and action at all levels of the organizations: universal health coverage, through a primary health care and health systems approach; mental health and psychosocial wellbeing and development; public health emergencies; and maternal and child nutrition. Additionally, the two…

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Masvingo Now Has Only One Active COVID-19 Case

AS Zimbabwe’s COVID-19 cases continue on a downward trend, the Ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC) statistics indicate that Masvingo province now has a single active COVID-19 case. By Michael Gwarisa According to the MoHCC sitrep of September 19, 2020, Masvingo had only one remaining active COVID-19 case, 227 cumulative recoveries against 230 cumulative cases and two deaths. Masvingo is followed by Mashonaland Central which has only nine active cases remaining, 171 cumulative recoveries and 184 cumulative cases. From September 12, 2020 to 18 September 2020, 218 new cases…

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Impala Car Rental Pays Medical Bills For 12 Year Girl Who Got Burnt In Inferno

IMPALA Car Rental (Impala) has, through the Albert Dondo Foundation, donated money and groceries for the upkeep and medical requirements for a 12-year-old Mt Darwin girl, Sharon Chirata who was burnt in an inferno in 2013. HealthTimes Reporter Sharon suffered severe burns that led to her developing contractures which needed money for her to undergo a corrective surgery. The car rental company yesterday also paid an outstanding bill at Karanda Mission Hospital in Mt Darwin before pledging to play their part for a plastic surgery recommended by the doctors. Mr…

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Uzumba Councillor Commences Construction Of Four Clinics, Targets To Reduce Maternal Complications

COUNCILLOR for Uzumba, Ward 14, Cllr Fagio Marowa has embarked on an ambitious project to build four clinics in Mayema, Mutize, Zenga and Kaseke in a bid to improve access to primary health care services for more than 8000 villagers. By Michael Gwarisa Recently In Uzumba At the moment majority of villagers from at least 27 villages are getting health assistance at Nhakiwa Clinic which to some is located 20 kilometers away and in most cases is difficult to access during rainy seasons due to flooded rivers and a rugged…

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ZIMBABWE: Nurses lay foundation for better chronic disease management

IN Zimbabwe, Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) are estimated to account for 31% of total deaths, with diabetes, hypertension and asthma as the main killers.  The country has been facing a number of challenges that have resulted in the deterioration of many facets of daily life, most notably the health sector. Healthcare workers are overwhelmed and doctors, especially in rural areas, are scarce. Millions of Zimbabweans are disconnected from health networks, living far away from larger cities and unable to afford the cost of travel and even treatment. During the last census…

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UK Support To Zim Keeps Essential Health Services Afloat During COVID-19

AN ongoing United Kingdom Government (UK) five-year US$168.8 million health programme in Zimbabwe has seen the health sector offering uninterrupted essential health services despite the COVID-19 crisis. By Michael Gwarisa The UK as a major donor in the health sector also provided US$50 million in 2020 to Zimbabwe through the Health Development Fund (HDF), Global Vaccines Alliance (GAVI) and The Global Fund. Speaking to HealthTimes, the UK’s Development Director for Zimbabwe, Cate Turton said the support from the UK government was also aimed at equipping primary healthcare workers where majority…

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New High Level Commission Established To Track ICPD25 Commitments As COVID-19 Threatens To Sway Progress

A new High-Level Commission of advocates, experts and activists will be established today to help commitments to women’s health and rights made at the November 2019 Nairobi Summit on ICPD25 stay on track, even during the COVID-19 pandemic, which is blocking access to essential services, such as family planning and antenatal care. By Michael Gwarisa The Nairobi Summit secured billions of dollars in commitments from governments, the private sector, foundations and others. It rallied support to achieve “three zeros” – zero unmet need for family planning, zero preventable maternal deaths,…

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UNESCO, UNICEF & WHO Published Updated Guidance On Schools Reopening

THE World Health Organization (WHO), UNICEF and UNESCO have published updated guidelines p guidance on school-related public health measures in the context of COVID-19 as schools across the globe prepare to re-open. HealthTimes Reporter Speaking during a joint Press Briefing with UNESCO and UNICEF, WHO Director General, Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus said the guidance provides practical advice for schools in areas with no cases, sporadic cases, clusters of cases or community transmission Since the beginning of the pandemic, understanding how COVID-19 affects children has been a priority issue. Nine months into…

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