#JUSTIN: All Zim Roads Declared State of Disaster

Following a presentationon the state of the country’s roads by the Minister of Local Government and Public Works, Cabinet noted that due to extensive damage on roads, some areas have been rendered inaccessible. This state of affairs has adversely affected socio-economic activities such as distribution of food and inputs and the delivery of important services. POST CABINET BRIEF EXTRACT “Cabinet has resolved that all roads in the country be declared a State of Disaster. The Declaration will facilitate the release of resources for the repair and rehabilitation of all roads…

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OPINION: COVID-19 Home Remedies: Now You See Why We Should Preserve Biodiversity, Don’t You?

FOR more than 12 moths, the world has been at the mercy of the COVID-19 pandemic caused by the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) and to date, close to 100 million infections and 2.06 million deaths have been recorded globally. According to experts, the COVID-19 is the most significant public health problem since the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic By Michael Gwarisa Even though there is no cure yet for the COVID-19, the global recovery rate currently stands at 53.1 million. Majority of the COVID-19 cases have been reported…

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Cholera Elimination Roadmap and Public Health Emergency Operations Center Launched In Zimbabwe

HEALTH and Child Care Minister, Vice President Constantino Chiwenga has officially launched the Zimbabwe the Cholera Elimination Roadmap (2018-2028) and the Public Health Emergency Operations Center (PHEOC). By Michael Gwarisa Officiating at the launch event, VP Chiwenga said even though the launch of the Cholera elimination roadmap comes two years into the tenure of the Plan,  implementation of the National Cholera Elimination Strategic Plan has been ongoing, since year 2018. This includes a thorough evaluation of the programme, by the Independent Review Panel of the Global Taskforce for Cholera Control.…

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NAC/UNICEF Collaborate To Integrate WASH and HIV Programs For Positive Health Outcomes In Sanyati

IN a bid to reduce diarrhoeal induced morbidity and mortality amongst People Living with HIV (PLHIV) as well as influence behavior change, the National AIDS Council (NAC) has partnered the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNCEF) and the Ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC) to integrate HIV and Water, Sanitation and Hygiene programs in Sanyati districts.   By Michael Gwarisa recently in Sanyati A study conducted by the Anglo-American Group foundation indicate that Diarrhoea remains a very common disease affecting about 90% of people living with HIV in Southern Africa,…

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Zimbabwe’s Antimicrobial Resistance threat to grow if not tackled in a holistic manner

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Harare, Zimbabwe –There is growing evidence of Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) in Zimbabwe. A study conducted by local epidemiologists following the 2018 cholera outbreak concluded that there had been high incidences of drug resistance which made it difficult to contain the disease using the usual antibiotics. The latter, has been a result of Zimbabweans abusing antibiotics due to unregulated consumption and not completing the full course when prescribed by the doctors. By Tatenda Chimbwanda Therefore, Zimbabweans need to stop misusing antibiotics and adhere to the full course of treatment when prescribed…

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How Antibiotics Are Finding Their Way Onto Your Diner Table

AS the world is grappling with emerging novel public health threats and natural disasters, lurking in the dark is an even more lethal and irreversible health challenge, Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR), a catastrophe which could wipe out an entire civalisation if something is not done NOW. By Michael Gwarisa According to the World Health Oragnisation (WHO), by the year 2050, the world will be faced with a catastrophe of double proportions and will be losing about 10 million people yearly at a huge cost.  A number of strides have been made…

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Zimbabwe Observes Week Long Antimicrobial Resistance Awareness Campaign

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ZIMBABWE has joined the rest of the world in commemorating the World Antibiotic week which is meant to increase awareness and educate communities on the dangers associated with Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in a bid to influence behavior change and attitudes towards antibiotics use, consumption and disposal. By Michael Gwarisa The Antibiotic awareness week is running from 18 to 24 November, 2020 and as part of the awareness raising efforts, the country has also come up with a Jingle that will be played on various radio stations as well as poems…

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UNITED STATES PROVIDES ADDITIONAL US$ 3 MILLION FOR HUMANITARIAN DEMINING IN ZIMBABWE

THE United States government is pleased to announce an additional USD $3 million for humanitarian demining projects in Zimbabwe. Since 1998, the United States has invested more than $23.9 million in Zimbabwe to protect people from landmines and promote economic opportunities through safe access to land. The United States supports the Government of Zimbabwe’s goal to safely clear all minefields in the country by 2025. As Ambassador Nichols stated, “Longstanding U.S. support for humanitarian demining in Zimbabwe has destroyed more than 38,000 landmines, returned 8.1 square kilometers of land to…

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Health Precautions To Consider Before Visiting Zimbabwe

AS the world is gradually opening and medical and pharmaceutical experts are working tirelessly to come up with a vaccine and probably a cure for the COVID-19, international and domestic travel to various tourism destinations is set to resume soon. By Michael Gwarisa Preparing for the festive season starts now and in most countries especially in the developed world, planning started as early as January 2020. However, with the coming in of COVID-19, most traveling plans were shelved and for other countries, traveling could resume as late as 2021 December.…

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Breaking the Cycle of Neglect: New Report Highlights the Economic Benefits of Eliminating NTDs in Africa

More than 1.7bn people require treatment for neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) worldwide, with over 40% of the burden in Africa. Data indicate that reducing the illness and early death associated with NTDs would increase adults’ current and future economic productivity. Treating and preventing NTDs at a large scale could greatly increase the GDPs of countries that are currently burdened by disease.  OVER 560 million people across Africa remain at risk of neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) – a group of parasitic and bacterial infectious diseases, such as river blindness and intestinal…

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