Lions Clubs donate US$10 000 PPEs to Zimbabwe

Lions Clubs of District 412 on Wednesday donated Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) to frontline staff at Wilkins Hospital and Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals. HealthTimes Reporter The donation of PPEs, which was also extended to other hospitals in Midlands and Bulawayo, is part of Lions Clubs International US$10 000 kit to help Zimbabwe copy with the Covid-19 pandemic. John Mwinjilo, the Lions Multiple District 412A Chairman of Public Relations, said Lions Clubs International found it fit to donate PPEs to frontline staff in Zimbabwe as a way of protecting them against…

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Masvingo, Chiredzi Sees Spike in STI Infections In Adolescent Girls During COVID-19

AS government continues to ease COVID-19 restrictions, health institutions in Masvingo urban and Chiredzi district have started witnessing a surge in Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) amongst young girls aged between 13 and 24, HealthTimes can reveal. By Michael Gwarisa recently in Masvingo The increase in new STI infections according to the Zimbabwe National Family Planning Council (ZNFPC), has been driven largely by travel and tight lockdown restrictions which characterized the initial stages of the lockdown period, a period where access to Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) services was disrupted. In…

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In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic UNFPA and partners call for greater efforts to ensure access to contraceptives for women and girls

IN the midst of the COVID-19 global pandemic and on World Contraception Day, the UN’s reproductive health and rights agency – the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and partners have called for greater efforts to ensure access to contraceptives for women and girls of reproductive age. This is towards “Zero unmet Need for Contraception” even during emergency and humanitarian situations. HealthTimes Reporter World Contraceptive Day is commemorated each year on 26 September. Launched in 2007, the day was set aside to help raise awareness on contraception to enable young people…

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New normal could drive the future

…thinking outside the box to adapt THE upheaval of 2020 from a virus goes down in history as the worst to impact the global village negatively. By Catherine Murombedzi Humanity must learn to adapt, adopt and adept to the new frontier of 2020. It is a watershed that sets a new normal. Painful as it is, life will never be the same again after 2020. History repeats itself In 1918, a similar virus sent the world in panic mode. More than 50 million people said a ‘premature and permanent good night’…

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Zim Young People Living With HIV Forced To Bribe Hospital Staff To Get Second Line Drugs, Told To Produce Empty ARVs Containers At Security Checkpoints To Prove They Are HIV+ During Early Stages Of Lockdown

LIFE under the COVID-19 induced lockdown has never been the same since the day the Zimbabwean government announced a nationwide lockdown which commenced on March 30, 2020. For most young people living with HIV and on treatment, the emotional scars the lockdown has inflicted on them will take time to heal, as they had to surrender some of their rights and dignity just to access lifesaving Antiretroviral (ARV) drugs. By Michael Gwarisa For 22-year-old Takudzwa who lives in Harare and on second line Antiretroviral (ARVs) treatment, accessing HIV treatment under…

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#JUSTIN: Gvt Announces Phased Schools Reopening Schedule

INFORMATION Publicity and Broadcasting Services minister, Honorable Monica Mutsvangwa has announced the government approved phased school reopening schedule. By Michael Gwarisa According to minister Mutsangwa, Phase 1  of the reopening will start with Grade 7s, Forms 4 and 6 on the 28th of September followed by Grade 6, Form 3 and 5s on 26 October. Phase 3 will open on November 9 2020 with the rest of the learners which covers ECD A and B, grade 1,2,3,4,5 and Forms 1 and 2. More Details to follow…

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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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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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#TalkingCOVID-19WithDrGrant: Rays Of Hope, But No Room For Complacency

Dr Grant Marewanhema

THE past few weeks have seen a marked reduction in the number of PCR-positive COVID-19 cases across all the ten provinces of Zimbabwe. This resonates well with the marked decline in the deaths attributable to COVID-19. Additionally, the number of cases admitted at the treatment and isolation centre at Parirenyatwa has significantly declined, and so are the admissions at Wilkins Hospital and other treatment and isolation centres throughout Zimbabwe. By Grant Murewanhema 218 new cases and 6 deaths were reported from 12 September 2020 to 18 September 2020. Harare still…

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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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