Delta Avails ZW$6 Million Towards Zim COVID-19 Battle

ZIMBABWE’S leading beverages manufacturing concern, Delta Corporation has donated an amount to the tune of ZW$5 million to the government of Zimbabwe and ZW$1 million worth of medical accessories which will be channelled directly towards the identified immediate needs of frontline health care and law enforcement officers in the fight against COVID-19. By Michael Gwarisa The COVID-19 has infected more than million people globally and claimed 79, 060 lives. Zimbabwe currently has 10 cases including one death. Over the weeks, private sector and other well wishers have come forward to…

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WhatsApp Limits Mass Message-forwarding To Curb Fake News During COVID-19 Pandemic

ENCRYPTED  messaging service WhatsApp is restricting how often messages can be forwarded in a bid to stop misinformation from ballooning on its platform. SOURCE: BUSINESS INSIDER WhatsApp announced on Tuesday that “frequently forwarded” messages, which it defines as messages that have already been forwarded on five times, will be limited so users can only forward them to one chat at a time. The aim is to stop rumors from spreading exponentially on the messaging service. With the onset of the coronavirus outbreak, WhatsApp’s parent company Facebook has been faced with…

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People still have sex during outbreaks. Forgetting that can be deadly

THE world is gearing up its response to the rapidly spreading new coronavirus, SARS-Cov-2. But as it does so, access to sexual and reproductive health services and care are being severely curtailed. By Matshidiso Moeti and Julitta Onabanjo In 1994, the groundbreaking 1994 International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) in Cairo produced a paradigm-shifting ICPD Programme of Action. The document committed more than 180 countries to ensuring comprehensive sexual and reproductive health care for everyone.It also recognised that sexual and reproductive health and women’s empowerment are intertwined, and that both…

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US Channels $150,000 PEPFAR Money Towards Preventing COVID-19 In Zim

THE United States, through the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (or PEPFAR), is using at least $150,000 USD to help with COVID-19 prevention measures in Zimbabwe specifically targeted at people living with HIV. By Michael Gwarisa This PEPFAR funding includes the purchase of soap, buckets, hand washing stations and hand sanitizer for supported facilities, and the reproduction of COVID-19 communication materials to be shared at supported facilities and through faith and community networks around Zimbabwe. Three PEPFAR clinical implementing partners, OPHID, I-TECH and ZACH, will carry out the…

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WHO Director Slams Racist French Doctors Who Suggested Africa As COVID-19 Vaccine Testing Ground

DIRECTOR General for the World Health Organisation (WHO), Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has taken a swipe at French scientists and medical doctors for suggesting that Africa should be testing ground for COVI-19 Vaccine trials. By Michael Gwarisa Dr Tedros said the remarks by the scientists were nothing more than racist rants and a hangover from a colonial mentality. There was comment I think last week where some couple of scientists said the testing ground for the vaccine will be Africa. Honestly, I was so appalled. These remarks  came at a…

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#JUSTIN: Zim Gvt Allows Herbalist To Treat Covid19 Patients

THE Ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC) has given popular herbalist, Mr Kenneth Chivizhe the green light to run treatment on Covid19 patients. By Michael Gwarisa Health Secretary, Dr Agnes Mahomva said the mentioned herbalist says his herbs can treat Covid-19 like symptoms and should be allowed to operate. “The government of Zimbabwe recognises the use of traditional medicines. To this end, a registered traditional medical practitioner (TMP) can prescribe or administer traditional medicines to his or her patients,” said Dr Mahomva. Read Dr Mahomva’s letter to Dr Chonzi 

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BCG Vaccine Behind Zim’s Low COVID-19 Infections Says Indian Doctor

New Delhi: Countries that do not have a BCG vaccination policy saw ten times greater incidence of and mortality from Covid-19, compared with those who do, a forthcoming study from medical researchers in the US and UK, which analysed data from 178 countries, has found. SOURCE: The Economic Times BCG, or Bacillus Calmette-Guérin, is a vaccine for tuberculosis and is administered at birth in countries that have historically suffered from the disease, such as India. Many rich nations, such as the US, Italy and Holland, have never had a universal…

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How To BEST Prevent and Treat Covid-19 In Resource Limited Settings

WE are all watching with horror as COVID-19 overwhelms the world’s most advanced health systems in Asia, Europe, and North America, leading to tremendous suffering and death. Clinicians, scientists, and communities in low- and middle-income countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East are bracing themselves. Health systems in some of the most resource-constrained areas are fragile and already under strain – and in crowded slums and townships, social distancing and enhanced hygiene measures to slow the spread will be difficult to implement. There is a very narrow…

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Anxiety Grows Over Zim Low COVID-19 Testing Capacity

ZIMBABWEANS are beginning to question the authenticity of COVID-19 results from the National Microbiology testing laboratory due to the low testing levels which most believe do not mirror the actual rate of infection on the ground. By Michael Gwarisa ` Even though more than 16000 people have returned to Zimbabwe since the virus was reported early this year, only 329 tests have been done to date. Of the 329 COVID-19 tests that have been done, 320 have come out negative. In an Interview with HealthTimes, Community Working Group on Health…

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Strive Masiyiwa donates ventilators in Covid-19 response

Econet’s Strive Masiyiwa has donated 45 full Intensive Care Unit (ICU) ventilator suites to be distributed to Zimbabwe’s public hospitals. SOURCE: NEWSDAY The country has been facing a severe shortage of ventilators which are key in managing patients with Covid-19. Zimbabwe is not the only country which has been struggling to secure the life saving equipment which cost from $15,000 up to $100,000 each. Globally countries have raised concerns over lack of these machines which are critical in patients struggling to breath on. The death of broadcaster Zororo Makamba exposed…

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