#BREAKING: Africa Records First Coronavirus Case

Egypt has confirmed its first case of coronavirus, also the first known infection on the continent of Africa. SOURCE: DW. The patient — who is not from Egypt — did not show any symptoms of being ill. Egypt on Friday confirmed its first case of coronavirus, making it the first known infection in Africa. A joint statement from Egypt’s health and population ministries said the patient was not from Egypt. It did not say what nationality the person was or where they had been prior to arriving in Egypt. The…

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Zimbabwe To Use ARVs To Treat Coronavirus

THE Zimbabwean government is upbeat about its preparedness levels against the Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID 19) saying antiretroviral medicines used elsewhere for the recovery of patients are in full stock. By Kudakwashe Pembere In an interview with HealthTimes on Tuesday, Health and Child Care Minister Dr Obadiah Moyo said Zimbabwe has fully stocked with the antiretroviral drug reportedly being used in the recovery of patients confirmed to have coronavirus. “We have Kaletra and we are hearing reports that it is helping a lot. They then use it in combinations with…

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MedTours Africa Eyes Global Market

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MEDICAL tourism firm, MedTours Africa has set its eyes on the global market at the back of a growing demand for their services in other regions. By Michael Gwarisa In an interview with HealthTimes on the sidelines of the MedTours Africa 5th Anniversary celebrations in Harare, MedTours Executive Director, Dr Cheu Pswarayi said demand for medical tourism services was on the rise the world over and they intend to fill hat gap. We are going global, Medtours Africa is going global because what we have seen in the five years…

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More People From Coronavirus Affected Countries Enter Zim

OVER 1 400 people from the COVID-19 affected countries have entered Zimbabwe since the declaration of the pandemic as a public health emergency of international concern. By Kudakwashe Pembere This emerged during the second cabinet decision matrix for 2020. Health and Child Care Minister Dr Obadiah Moyo at the Interministeral meeting on COVID 19 last week had said the number was 741. Media,Information and Broadcasting  services minister Senator Monica Mutsvangwa said to date, 1 433 travellers have been reported to have passed through Zimbabwe’s ports of entry that are screening…

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#Breaking: Zim Health Ministry IT Technicians Estonia Bound

THE Estonian Government is drafting invitations which will see Information Technology technicians from the Health and Child Care Ministry travel to Estonia on a date to be announced, HealthTimes has learnt. This visit to the European country is for Zimbabwe to learn about the country’s robust e-Health system By Kudakwashe Pembere Speaking to this publication from Estonia on Wednesday (today), the country’s foreign ministry’s director of Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Aid Mrs Kadi Metsandi said plans are underway to invite the technical team from Zimbabwe to their country. “Good morning,…

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WHO Renames Wuhan Coronavirus To ‘COVID-19’

AFP-THE World Health Organisation(WHO) on Tuesday announced that “COVID-19” will be the official name of the deadly virus which was first reported in Wuhan, in  China, saying the disease represented a “very grave threat” for the world but there was a “realistic chance” of stopping it. WHO had earlier given the virus the temporary name of “2019-nCoV acute respiratory disease” and China’s National Health Commission this week said it was temporarily calling it “novel coronavirus pneumonia” or NCP. “We now have a name for the disease and it’s COVID-19,” World…

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Researchers Not Giving Up On Imbokodo HIV Vaccine Study

PERSISTENT researchers feel the halted HTVN 702 study on the efficacy of an HIV vaccine will not affect the Imbokodo Vaccine Trial study launched in 2017. By Kudakwashe Pembere HVTN  702 study was stopped following an interim analysis conducted on 23 January 2020 by an independent Data and Safety Monitoring Board (DSMB) that reviews all data regularly to ensure the safety of participants and determine if the study should continue. The DSMB assessment concluded that the experimental vaccine regimen used in the trial did not prevent HIV infection. The vaccine…

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Shortened DR TB Treatment Offers Ray Of Hope For TB Patients

A Study by the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (The Union) shows long-term effectiveness for shortened DR-TB treatment regimen up to 24 months after treatment completion Results from a Union-led observational study (1) published in The Lancet’s EClinicalMedicine, show that a nine-month shortened treatment regimen for rifampicin-resistant tuberculosis (RR-TB) delivered to patients under programmatic conditions maintains a good level of effectiveness up to 24 months after completion. Until now there has been limited data on the long-term effectiveness of this treatment regimen after completion. The study reports on…

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Breaking: Zim Acquires Latest Coronavirus Testing Technology

REAGENTS and test kits for identifying the 2019 Wuhan Novel Coronavirus are now in country, Health and Child Care Minister Dr Obadiah Moyo said on Monday. By Kudakwashe Pembere Previously, the country relied on South Africa to test for the 2019 n-CoV.Zimbabwe has the equipment required for this feat housed at the National Health Laboratory Services at Sally Mugabe Central Hospital, Mpilo Victoria Falls Airport. The reagents are in country, this is what we are saying. Besides that we are sourcing kits for the rapid testing which takes 15 minutes.…

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Five Die In Byo, As Prophets Order Them To Stop Taking ARVs

AT least five people died in Bulawayo in the period leading to the 2019 festive season following indications that they had discontinued taking Antiretroviral medications at their prophets’ orders, HealthTimes has learnt. By Michael Gwarisa recently in Bulawayo The revelation came into the open when members of various HIV and AIDS support revealed that they stumbled upon stashes of Antiretroviral treatment drugs in the deceased’s’ rooms while some had publicly confessed that they had been ordered to stop taking their medications by their pastors and prophets. National Aids Council Bulawayo…

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