#COVID-19: Anxiety and Coping With The Coronavirus In Zimbabwe

WHEN news of the coronavirus broke at the end of last year, and as the stories from the outbreak became more alarming over time, most people are anxious on the possibilities of the pandemic reaching this country. The Coronavirus (Covid 19) pandemic is becoming a brutal psychological test. This is a dreadful moment with a potentially deadly pathogen on the loose. This public health crisis can take a mental toll on people, especially those struggling with common mental health disorders (CMHD) such as anxiety, depression and other conditions. By Dr…

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#COVID-19 Has Exposed The Fragility Of Our Economies

THE human dimensions of the COVID-19 pandemic reach far beyond the critical health response. All aspects of our future will be affected – economic, social and developmental. Our response must be urgent, coordinated and on a global scale, and should immediately deliver help to those most in need. By Guy Rider, Director General ILO From workplaces, to enterprises, to national and global economies, getting this right is predicated on social dialogue between governments and those on the front line – the employers and workers. So that the 2020s don’t become…

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#JUSTIN: Zimbabwe Covid-19 Cases Rise To 5

ZIMBABWE’S Ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC) has announced that confirmed Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases have  risen to five. By Michael Gwarisa Health Permanent Secretary, Dr Agenes Mahomva said the National Microbiology Reference  Laboratory Center today tested 65 samples and two of these samples tested positive for the Covid-19. Among the 65 samples tested today, was the repeat test for the sample from the individual whom we reported previously as an inconclusive result. Today, he tested negative for COVID-19. “Therefore to date, Zimbabwe has five confirmed cases of COVID-19, including…

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#COVID-19: Share Correct Information To Avoid Stigma & Discrimination

THE Community Working Group on Health (CWGH) has called on government and its stakeholders to be consistent in theory information dissemination processes to curd stigma and discrimination associated with the virus. By Michael Gwarisa CWGH Executive Director, Mr Itai Rusike said in as much as they  commend the government for putting additional precautionary measures against the possible spread of novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), there should be a systematic means of sharing information to the public. Zimbabwe has so far recorded three confirmed cases of the disease which has killed thousands of…

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#BREAKING: We Never Admitted A Covid-19 Patient Says Avenues Clinic

THE Avenues Clinic has rebuffed social media claims that a male Coronavirus (Covid-19) patient from Zimre Park died while admitted at their facility. By Kuda Pembere In the early hours of Thursday morning, social media was awash with information suggesting that indeed  a patient had died at the Avenues, after  social media users  had posted on their  Facebook and Twitter accounts that Avenues Clinic was handling a COVID-19 case. In a statement, The Avenues clinic said this was fake news. The Avenues Clinic has noted with great concern fake news…

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Harare City Commences Makamba’s Alleged Abuse Investigations

HARARE City has begun investigating circumstances surrounding the death of Zororo Makamba who succumbed to the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19). By Kuda Pembere It’s not a post-mortem per se but a probe on allegations that James Makamba’s son’s ill-health was neglected. “Harare City Council is instituting investigations in what happened at Wilkins Hospital when the late Mr Zororo Makamba was admitted. The investigation follows comments by the Makamba family over allegations of impropriety in the manner the patient was handled,” said the Council. Harare City also advised its stakeholders that despite…

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Zim Student Dies Of Covid-19

WASHINGTON. — A Zimbabwean student at St. Andrews University in the United States has died of coronavirus, according to a family spokesperson, Takudzwa Mandaza. Mandaza said his 19-year-old cousin, Melissa Jacqueline, died yesterday. He said the family is devastated by the death of Melissa, whose mother lives in Michigan, USA. Mandaza could not say when Melissa will be laid to rest. “Her dad passed on a while back and she was in Michigan with her mum and other siblings studying at St. Andrews University. “She was asthmatic and she tested…

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Health Ministry Identifies St Annes Hospital For Covid-19 Patients Management

THE Ministry of Health and Child Care’s (MoHCC) has set its eyes on St Annes Hospital as an additional Coronavirus (Covid-19) management centre as government seeks to boost capacity to contain the deadly virus. By Michael Gwarisa The Covid-19 has to date claimed close to 20000 lives and infected hundreds of thousands across the globe including Zimbabwe where the virus has infected three people and claimed  one life already. In a communique addressed to the St Annes management, health permanent secretary, Dr Agnes Mahomva said  they were ready to refurbish…

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#COVID-19: Zim Records First SADC Covid-19 Mortality

ZIMBABWE is the only country in the SADC region to have recorded a Coronavirus Disease fatality. By Kuda Pembere According to the African Union Centre for Disease Control, the continent has 2 475 confirmed cases. “Countries (46) reporting a total COVID-19 2,475 cases, 64 deaths, 203 recoveries by region,” read the organisation’s Situation Report as at March 25. In Southern Africa, there are 740 confirmed cases, one mortality and 12 recoveries. Below are the African countries reporting confirmed cases, deaths and recoveries. Central (145 cases, 5 deaths, 3 recoveries):  Cameroon (70, 1,…

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#CORONAVIRUS: Zim Doctors & Nurses Down Tools Amid COVID-19 Crisis

ZIMBABWEAN nurses and junior doctors have forthwith withdrawn their services feeling their demands have not been met as the country battles with the global pandemic, Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19). By Kuda Pembere Being the health workers who spend most of the time with the patients, nurses are demanding protective personal equipment(PPE) , a COVID-19 risk allowance as well as water supplies at places of work. Following our letter that was presented to our employer 48 hours ago, informing them to urgently attend to our demands as frontline workers, it seems our…

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