Provide Suitable PPE For Frontline Health Workers- CWGH

GOVERNMENT should move with speed and avail the much needed personal protective equipment (PPE) in order to  contain the spread of COVID-19 between patients and healthcare workers, the Community Working Group on Health has warned. By Michae Gwarisa The call comes hot on heels of sad development at Sally Mugabe Hospital where a Matron succumbed to COVID-19, resulting midwives and other health personal at the institutions  boycotting work citing safety issues due to lack adequate PPE. CWGH Executive Director, Itai Rusike said the country is experiencing PPE shortages at very…

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#JUSTIN: MCAZ Issues Warning Against Using Ivermectin, An Animal Injection To Self Medicate Against COVID-19

THE Medicines Control Authority of Zimbabwe (MCAZ) has warned members of the public against self medicating for COVID-19 using a Veterinary jab called Ivermectin to prevent against COVID-19 infection. By Michael Gwarisa According to MCAZ Acting Director General, Mr Richard Rukwata, their organisation has over the past few weeks been inundated by calls and inquiries concerning the use of the veterinary injection to prevent against infection from Covid-19. In view of the growing number of inquiries and reports received concerning use of Veterinary Ivermectin injection for prevention or treatment of…

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Zimbabwe and Other 11 African Countries Banned From Entering The UK Due To New COVID-19 Variant

THE United Kingdom said on Thursday it would extend a ban on travellers entering England to southern African countries in a measure to prevent the spread of a new COVID-19 variant identified in South Africa. SOURCE: REUTERS The restriction will take effect on Saturday and remain in place for two weeks, the government said in a statement. Entry into England will be banned to those who have travelled from or through any southern African country in the last 10 days, including Namibia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Eswatini, Zambia, Malawi, Lesotho, Mozambique and…

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New Zim Lockdown Might Not Flatten COVID-19 Curve- ZADHR

THE Zimbabwe Association of Doctors for Human Rights (ZADHR) says the new Lvel 4 Lockdown might not yield the intended outcome of flattening the curve of COVID-19 infections owing to a continued defiance of regulations by the generality of the public and the business community. By Michael Gwarisa Giving their 21st COVID-19 Monitoring and Advocacy Report, ZADHR said in as much as they welcome the new lockdown, it exhibits numerous loopholes which could defeat the intended objectives of the restrictions. ZADHR is of the position that the current lockdown measures…

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No PPE, No Work: Harare Hospital Midwives Boycott Work After Matron Dies From COVID-19

MIDWIVES and nurses at Sally Mugabe formerly Harare Hospital have downed tools after their colleague, a Matron at the institution succumbed to COVID-19 in the early hours of Thursday, January 7, 2021. By Michael Gwarisa According to sources privy to the developments, the midwives are refusing to enter the hospital premises until the issue of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) has been resolved. Apparently the midwives  are outside as we speak, they  are refusing to enter the buildings following the death of the Matron. The Matron was on duty on Sunday…

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“Let’s Not Address Health Issues In Silos During Lockdown”

THE National AIDS Council (NAC) Chief Executive Officer, Dr Benard Madzima says the new level four lockdown presents an opportunity for Zimbabwe to correct the mistakes of the first lockdown which saw a sizable number of people struggling to access essential healthcare services. By Michael Gwarisa In an interview with HealthTimes, Dr Madzima said even though HIV  is still a burden on the country’s health sector, it was critical to prioritise other issues such as Gender Based Violence (GBV), maternal health, access to contraceptives, Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR),…

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BREAKING: Zimbabwe Records 34 Deaths and Over 1000 Cases In 24 Hours

ZIMBABWE has recorded 1365 new COVID-19 cases and 34 deaths in the past 24 hours, the highest COVID-19 death rate since the pandemic was reported in Zimbabwe in March 2020. By Michael Gwarisa According to the Ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC) Daily Sitrep of January 5, 2021, the 1365 were local transmissions. 1365New Cases and 34Deaths reported in the last 24 hours. (7 day rolling average* for new cases further spikes to 552 from 383 yesterday). All 1365 are local cases : 777 from Harare alone (Deaths locations…

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Ndevapi Vakubvumidwza Kufamba ne Kushanda PaLockdown (Essential Services)?

ZVICHITEVERA kutemwa kwakaita matanho matsva e Lockdown kuitira kudzivirira kupararira kwe denda re COVID-19, ve Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) ne hurumende ye Zimbabwe vaburitsa ivo mhando yevanhu ichange ichibvimidzwa kudarika pama road block emapurisa zvisina dambudziko mumazuva makumi matatu arikutevera. Na Michael Gwarisa Izvi zvinotevera kushambadzwa kwe Statutory Instrument kana kuti Si 10.21 inoburitsa pachena kuti munhu anonzi essential service ndeupi uye anobvumidzwa kuenda kubasa kana kushanda ndiyani. Mutauriri we mapurisa va Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi vati ivo ruzhinji rweZimbabwe rwunofanira kugara kudzimba rwuchitevedzera danho relockdown level 4. Va Nyathi…

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ZRP Suspends 4 Officers Over DJ Fantan’s Illegal Mbare Gig

THE Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) has suspended four police officers who were on duty the night Chill Spot Records producer, DJ Fantan hosted a New Year’s Eve bash in Mbare in contravention with the new set COVID-19 rules. By Michael Gwarisa In a statement, ZRP Assistant Commissioner, Paul Nyathi said the four officers acted against the expected ZRP standards by allowing DJ Fantan and crew to have the bash even when government had issued a ban on all gatherings and merrymaking. The ZRP confirms that Superintendent Innocent Makumbe, Inspector Garikai…

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Now More Than Ever, We Need To Be Disciplined To Cut The Chain Of Community Transmissions

A few weeks before Christmas I wrote an article: COVID-19 and the festive season: a time to guard against complacency; I also wrote about the need to effectively control human traffic movement into the country. Nevertheless; its now water under the bridge; we are used to reactive not proactive approaches. By Dr Grant Murewanhema At the moment we have widespread COVID-19 community transmission in Zimbabwe. We have not typed the virus, so we don’t know which strains are circulating, but anecdotally, we have a more virulent strain with a higher…

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