Misplaced Priorities: One Month No Electricity In Maternity Wards….Institution Paints Walls

PARIRENYATWA management have ignored an electrical fault which occurred after an inferno engulfed part of the wards last month, forcing the institution to switch off power for the maternity division,  a situation which has been blamed for the rise in mortality and accidents in the maternity wards. By Michael Gwarisa Even though the institution successfully runs a Kangaroo ward where mothers of premature babies are monitored as they naturally warm up their babies through cuddling, the absence of power in the maternity department has worsened the situation as babies are…

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#EXCLUSIVE: Gvt Invades Global Fund Money

THE Global Fund next week dispatches a team to  engage Finance Minister, Prof Mthuli Ncube over the 2 percent intermediated money transfer tax impacting its humanitarian funding efforts for the country, HealthTimes  can exclusively reveal. By Kudakwashe Pembere Global Fund injects the largest chunk of money needed in the implementation of programs and medication of HIV, TB and Malaria and they pumped into Zimbabwe over US$1, 4 billion to date With Treasury collecting a total of $50 million in January 2019 through the two percent electronic transfer tax, the taxation…

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Minister Moyo Threatens To Fire Parirenyatwa Management

…As Health Crisis Deepens …Foreign Supplies Reject Zim USD Payments   HEALTH and Child Care Minister, Dr Obadiah Moyo has cracked his whip on Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals management for failing to arrest the prevailing drugs and sundries crisis at the institution which has forced senior doctors to withdraw their services until the situation  has normalised. By Michael Gwarisa The decline in health services at Parirenyatwa hospital has forced medical doctors to attend to emergency surgeries only, leaving millions of health seekers stranded.  The management team at Parirenyatwa which is…

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#BREAKING: Senior Doctors Down Tools

SENIOR Doctors at Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals have downed tools amidst indications of persistent shortages of basic essential drugs, equipment and sundries. By Michael Gwarisa In a letter addressed to the Group Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for Parirenyatwa by senior doctors and consultants, they indicated that Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals had been facing challenges since November 2018 with a prolonged industrial action but government had of late been reluctant to resolve the issues. “As you are aware Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals has been facing challenges since November 2018 with a…

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NAC To Pump Out $15 Mln To Pay Foreign Suppliers

THE National Aids Council (NAC) is now forced to pump out an extra RTGS$9 million on top of the initial $6 million  in-order to pay foreign suppliers for an ARVs drug consignment that was received when the official market rate between the bond note and US dollar was still pegged at 1:1. By Kudakwashe Pembere In December last year, NAC revealed to a Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Health that they had received US$6 million worth of drugs from foreign suppliers,  an amount they were struggling to settle following government’s move…

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#BREAKING: Zim To Switch To New ARV Drug With Less Side Effects

ZIMBABWE is ready to transition to Teno-Lamuvudine Dolutegrevir (TLD), an Anti-retro Viral (ARV) drug with less side effects, moving away from the Teno-Lamivudine-Efavirenz (TLE) a three in one drug that is taken once a day, a top health official has said By Michael Gwarisa The development comes barely a year after government through the Ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC) deferred rolling out of the Dolutegrevir drug following indications that it posed a great risk to women of child bearing age and adolescent girls which might lead to women…

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More Than 300K Vaccinated In Mass Typhoid Vaccination Drive

A total of 318, 439 people from Harare’s high density suburbs were vaccinated against a target of 325 000 in the mass typhoid vaccine campaign which was rolled out over a period of eight days by the Ministry of Health and Child Care  (MoHCC) through support from partners. By Michael Gwarisa The vaccination campaign which ended today (07/03/2019) was conducted in Glenveiw, Mbare, Budiriro, Kuwadzana, Mufakose, Hopely, Dzivarasekwa, Glen View, Glen Norah, Mufakose and Hatcliff. In an Interview with HealthTimes, Director for Epidemiology and Disease Control in the ministry of…

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Global Fund Team on Funds Tracking Visit To Zim

A Global Fund Team will arrive in Zimbabwe in a fortnight to assess the implementation and procurement progress of projects they fund. By Kudakwashe Pembere This emerged out of the Zimbabwe Country Coordinating Mechanism (CCM) update meeting on Wednesday which is regularly held to track funding, procurement and implementation patterns for Malaria, HIV and Tuberculosis. It was established in response to requirements and recommendations of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (” The Global Fund ” – GF) where GF processes at country level should be led by…

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MCAZ Engages SADC Nations To Curb Illicit Drugs Movement

THE Medicines Control Authority of Zimbabwe (MACAZ), says they have been engagements with other nations in the region to address the growing and unwanted flow of illicit drugs, Through their micro-blogging site, MCAZ said, “At the regional level, we also note that it is not only a problem in Zimbabwe therefore there has been engagements with SADC Heads of Agencies (regulators), where we call for more stringent regulatory standards for such codeine containing products.”  

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#BREAKTHROUGH: Man Cured Of HIV

A British man may be the second person to be cured of HIV after doctors said he was in ‘sustained remission’ after being given stem cells from a donor with genetic resistance to the disease. SOURCE: The Telegrapgh UK The breakthrough comes 10 years after the first such case, known as ‘The Berlin Patient’. The second person, dubbed ‘The London Patient’ was treated by specialists at at University College London and Imperial College in 2016,  and has since shown no sign of the virus. Doctors are hopeful the man is…

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