241 Zim Children Admitted For Severe Acute Malnutrition Treatment During Lockdown

THE COVID-19 induced lockdown has worsened the food security situation at household level, in the process, compromising the nutrition status of children and pregnant women, amidst indications that a total 214 children were admitted for treatment of Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM) by the month of May, 2020. By Michael Gwarisa According to the 2020 Zimbabwe Humanitarian Response Plan which was launched in April this year, around 7 million people across the country are in urgent need of humanitarian assistance. The Zimbabwe Vulnerability Assessment Committee (ZIMVAC) report also highlighted that the…

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#JUSTIN: Zim Records 13 Local COVID-19 Cases In One Day

ZIMBABWE today recorded 14 new COVID-19 cases including one returning Zimbabwean from South Africa and 13 local cases. By Michael Gwarisa According to the Ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC) daily COVID-19 update, all the cases are in isolation where they are being managed. Fourteen cases tested positive for COVID-19 today. These include a returnee from South Africa (1) and 13 local cases who are isolated. “Two of the local cases are contacts  to known confirmed cases. investigations are under way to establish the source of infection for the…

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African Union Says Urgent Need To Address Patents & Technology Barriers For Access To Future COVID-19 Vaccines

IN a communique issued following the ‘Africa’s Leadership Role in COVID-19 Vaccine Development and Access’ conference of the African Union (AU), African health ministers took a crucial step to state their concern that patents and other technology barriers could negatively impact the ability to ensure access of future potential COVID-19 vaccines in developing countries. This acknowledgement stands in stark contrast to the misconception commonly expressed by pharmaceutical corporations and some public health actors that intellectual property does not play a major role in restricting access to vaccines. Not only does…

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Global Wake-Up Call

FROM COVID-19 to climate disruption, from racial injustice to rising inequalities, we are a world in turmoil. By António Guterres At the same time, we are an international community with an enduring vision – embodied in the United Nations Charter, which marks its 75th anniversary this year. That vision of a better future —  based on the values of equality, mutual respect and international cooperation —  has helped us to avoid a Third World War that would have had catastrophic consequences for life on our planet. Our shared challenge is…

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#JUSTIN: Restaurants Now Allowed To Serve Sit-in Meals

GOVERNMENT has resolved to allow restaurants to serve sit-in meals as the country gradually moves towards relaxing COVID-19 restrictions. By Michael Gwarisa Briefing Journalists during a Post Cabinet Media Briefing, Information, publicity and broadcasting services, Ambassador Monica Mutsvangwa said the move was also part of the easing of restrictions for the hospitality and tourism industry which is amongst the sectors which have been hardest hit by the COVID-19. In the tourism and hospitality sector, requests for variations of Operating Conditions in respect of Restaurant Operators and to re-open Safari Operators…

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Masiyiwa gives US$50 monthly assistance to help COVID-19 victims for 3 months Calls on victims to step forward in order to get support

WORRIED that there are people suffering at home from COVID-19 that have not come forward, Strive Masiyiwa, through his Higher Life Foundation (HLF), called upon them to come forward on their own and report their status so that they can get assistance worth US$50 per month. Masiyiwa, whose HLF now offers free COVID-19 testing, wants to identify and support anyone who is currently suffering from the disease but has no real incentive to come forward. The foundation is offering food, water, blankets, airtime and medicines, among other forms of support,…

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Gvt Moves In To Curb Bulawayo Diarrhoeal Diseases

INFORMATION, publicity and broadcasting services minister, honorable Monica Mutsvangwa says goverment has commenced provision of portable water to Bulawayo residents in the midst of the ongoing diarrhoel epidemic that has already claimed five lives in the city. HealthTimes Reporter In a media brief, minister Mutsvangwa said the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic should divert attention from other health issues. “Whilst focusing on protecting the nation from COVID19, Government has not lost sight of other health challenges bedeviling our communities. It is in this context that the Taskforce noted with sadness the Typhoid…

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Politics, Religion & Populism At Crossroads With Science: The Battle For Supremacy In The COVID-19 Pandemic

Dr Grant Marewanhema

MAJORITY of the people across the world are now familiar with COVID-19, and many are slowly losing interest. Across many nations the initial fears that gripped populations are dying a natural death, and the momentum to protect the communities is slowly dying as people yearn for return to normalcy. By Dr Grant Murewanhema Some parts of the world are seeing remarkable declines in cases, some experiencing second waves, whilst some are still in the first wave. However, it is critical to realise that this is the worst pandemic in human…

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Harare Hospital Striking Nurses Ignore Woman Experiencing Labor Pains, Baby Dies, Mother Walks From Car With Stillborn Hanging Between Her Legs

A Harare women recently lost her baby in a suspected case of negligence after Harare Central Hospital nurses ignored her call for emergency labour attention, HealthTimes can exclusively reveal. By Michael Gwarisa In a harrowing narration to this publication, the lady, Valerie Mashiri (37) said the nurses insisted her case was not an emergency and maintained she should instead get a scan and stop being a cry baby. On June 17, 2020, it was week 21 of my pregnancy, I woke up with slight cramps and since it was cold,…

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#COVID-19: ARVs Cost Could Go Up- UNAIDS Warns

THE COVID-19 could affect the availability, cost and distribution of antiretroviral (ARVs) medicines  in low- and middle-income countries around the world, a new UNAIDS study has revealed. HealthTimes Reporter According the study, the impact on production and logistics caused by COVID-19 could have a significant effect on antiretroviral therapy supply worldwide, but steps taken now could lessen the damage done. The UNAIDS survey discovered that the lockdowns and border closures imposed to stop COVID-19 are impacting both the production of medicines and their distribution, potentially leading to increases in their…

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