#JUSTIN: 11 Nurses Released On ZW$1000 Bail

MBARE Magistrate Court, ZLHR lawyers Rudo Bere and Tinashe Chinopfukutwa have ended the detention of 11 nurses arrested Monday and charged for allegedly violating some national lockdown regulations after securing their release on RTGS$1 000 bail. The nurses have been ordered to report once a week at various Zimbabwe Republic Police stations. SOURCE: ZLHR NEWSDEK

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UNFPA, Partners Call For Eradication Of Early Marriages and Other Harmful Practices In Zim

THE United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) has called for collective effort in ending the growing burden of early marriages and other harmful practices which compromise the health and future of young people especially girls and women. By Michael Gwarisa Every year, millions of girls are subjected to practices that harm them physically and emotionally with the full knowledge and consent of their families, friends and communities, according to the State of World Population 2020, recently launched by UNFPA, the United Nations’ sexual and reproductive health agency. Findings from the State…

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Gvt Prepares Domboshawa Training Centre To Quarantine Returnee Ex-Convicts

GOVERNMENT is in the process of setting up Domboshawa Training center to accommodate ex-convicts returning from neighboring countries. By Michael Gwarisa In a media brief, Information, publicity and broadcasting services minister, Honorable Monica Mutsvangwa said even though there were no known ex-convicts in quarantine centers at the moment, they were planning in advance, in case the need arises. With regards to the quarantining of ex-convicts the Domboshawa Training Centre is still being prepared to accommodate these, as an alternative to Prince Edward High School. However, currently, there are no known…

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Bring It On, We Have Nothing More To Lose, Striking Nurses Tell Gvt After Arrest of Colleagues

THE Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) have arrested and detained  Harare Hospital nurses for allegedly planning to stage a demonstration against slave wages, a move that has sparked anger amongst nurses. By Michael Gwarisa In a statement, the Zimbabwe Nurses Association (ZIMA) President, Enoch Dongo condemned the act and called on authorities to release the health workers immediately. Today, July 6, 2020, we have received information that nurses have been arrested at Harare Hospital. Indications are that the arrests were done allegedly for the purposes of avoiding a demonstration at Harare…

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Zim PLHIV Situation Room Launched

THE People Living with HIV (PLHIV) Situation Room has been launched in Zimbabwe as a means of enhancing communication and data collection system aimed at improving PLHIV engagement, inform service providers, and foster positive change in the HIV response. By Michael Gwarisa Speaking during a virtual launch of the platform, Zimbabwe National Network Of People Living With HIV (ZNNP+) Executive Director, Mr Tatenda Makoni said the facility will boost advocacy work and facilitate communication between Civil Society Organisations and the HIV community. The program comes with a toll-free line and…

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More than half of people with Covid-19 don’t know how they got it — here’s what that means for you

A new survey from the Centers for Disease Control found that 54% of people who tested positive for Covid-19 couldn’t pinpoint how they contracted the virus. The remaining 46% of respondents could recall having close contact with a person — commonly a family member or coworker — who was also diagnosed with Covid-19. These findings are “very concerning,” and suggest that people are likely contracting Covid-19 from people in their community who are asymptomatic, Dr. Joshua Barocas, infectious disease physician and assistant professor at Boston University School of Medicine, said…

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21 Year Old Lady Becomes Zim’s Latest COVID-19 Death

A 21 year old young lady has become the latest COVID-19 casualty in Zimbabwe, bringing the total number of deaths to eight. By Michael Gwarisa The death comes at a time Zimbabwe is experiencing a spike in daily new infections with indications that local and community transmissions could be on the rise owing to the relaxation of restrictions. According to the Ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC) daily COVID-19 update, the country recorded 7 new cases as at July,4 2020. “These include returnees from South Africa (55), Botswana (3),…

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COVID-19 IN ZIMBABWE: WHAT NEEDS TO BE DONE MOVING FORWARD?

Dr Grant Marewanhema

ZIMBABWE witnessed its third spike of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, confirming 73 positive cases, and unfortunately also witnessed a facility death of a young female patient, aged 21, bringing the total number of officially reported deaths to 8. We should always note the careful choice of words, such as officially reported, and confirmed. By Dr Grant Murewanhema THE COVID-19 SITUATION IN THE COUNTRY So do we know the actual COVID-19 situation in Zimbabwe? How accurate are the numbers we report, and are we doing enough community testing? I…

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COVID-19: Women and girls face greater dangers during COVID-19 pandemic

Community Health Worker Lydia Ganda conducting community awareness activities in Boitekong township in Rustenburg. Photographer: Siyathuthuka Media

THE COVID-19 pandemic is having potentially catastrophic secondary impacts on the health of women and girls around the world. Decisions made at every level of the response to the pandemic are resulting in women being further cut off from sexual and reproductive health services, threatening sharp rises in maternal and neonatal mortality. Women and girls are often denied care outright or face dangerous delays getting the services they need. The impacts of misguided policies and barriers to care are especially severe in places with weak or overburdened health systems—including many…

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Health Care Workers Strike Threatens Lives

THE strike by Zimbabwe’s health care workers threatens lives and will plunge the country’s ailing health sector into a deeper crisis. Health watchdog, Citizens Health Watch (CHW) believes that this, coupled with damning revelations about massive corruption in the procurement of Covid 19 supplies is undermining the country’s response to the virus. HealthTimes Reporter Zimbabwe’s health care workers have for decades worked under extraordinary conditions in a healthcare sector that has been plundered by years of corruption, that is underfunded, has obsolete equipment and regular drug stock outs. The strike…

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