LafargeHolcim Signs Landmark Pledge To Reduce Global Carbon Footprint

LafargeHolcim, the holding company for local cement manufacturer Lafarge Cement Zimbabwe, joins the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) “Business Ambition for 1.5°C,” becoming the first global building materials company to sign the pledge with intermediate targets for 2030, validated by SBTi[1]. This commitment builds on LafargeHolcim’s leadership in green construction with cutting-edge solutions such as ECOPact, its green concrete, and Susteno, its leading circular cement. As a subsidiary of LafargeHolcim, Lafarge Cement Zimbabwe fully subscribes to this commitment. HealthTimes Reporter In its 2030 goals, LafargeHolcim is further lowering its target…

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Zimbabwe Commences Nationwide Deworming Exercise, 300 000 Targeted For free Bilharzia Treatment in Shamva and Mount Darwin

THE Ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC) with support from the World Health Organisation (WHO) and Higherlife Foundation have kick-started the National Mass Treatment for bilharzia and intestinal worms as a follow-up to the healthcare worker’s Mass Drug Administration (MDA) training exercise which concluded last week in Shamva and Mount Darwin. By Michael Gwarisa The National Mass Treatment exercise started in Mashonaland Central Province this week in (Shamva and Mount Darwin). WHO started their support visit at Chitse Clinic in Mt Darwin where WHO is providing on the job…

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2018 Cholera Drug Resistance Burden Linked To Poor Waste Management

IMPROPER disposal and management of waste in Zimbabwe has given rise to Antimicrobial drug resistance (AMR) especially for diarrhoeal diseases as people end up continuously taking antibiotics to manage recurring diseases, Director Epidemiology and Disease Control in the Ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC), Dr Portia Manangazira has said. By Michael Gwarisa The revelations also follows a recent study by local epidemiologists which concluded that the Cholera epidemic of 2018 which ravaged Zimbabwe, had high incidences of drug resistance which made it difficult to contain the disease using the…

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Deforestation, Pollution Drive Zim’s Medicinal Herbs Into Near Extinction

EXTRACTION of medicines from the natural vegetation for both traditional and scientific medical purposes is under threat owing to uncontrolled deforestation and environmental pollution by industries, a top traditional healer has said. By Michael Gwarisa Speaking in an interview with HealthTimes, Mr Friday Chishanyu, the president for the Zimbabwe National Practitioners Association (ZINPA), an organisation which represents traditional healers including herbalists said unlike in the old days, they now have to travel long distances in search of herbs owing to deforestation and the effects of climate change. We now have…

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#JUSTIN: Police To Use Water Cannons To Disinfect Harare Covid-19 Hotspots

THE City of Harare in partnership with the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) has advised residents in Harare to comply with the directive to stay at home as they conduct a more extensive disinfection of the Covid-19 hot-spots. By Michael Gwarisa In a tweet, City of Harare said, “Dear Residents, We advise you that we are being assisted by ZRP to disinfect all hotspots in the City. ” These include Mbare Musika, Mbare Hostels, and all CBD bus ranks. Police will be using vehicles traditionally used during riot control.”

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Empowered communities in Harare fighting cholera and typhoid

IN Zimbabwe’s capital Harare, recurring outbreaks of cholera and typhoid fever are a pressing health concern. In many of the city’s suburbs, public water supply is unreliable, and leaking sewage pipes, pit latrines, and poor waste management contaminate the groundwater. Using innovative borehole technology and empowering communities to manage their own water points, Doctors Without Borders (MSF) has developed a highly effective environmental health toolkit. A small, dimly lit entrance leads into the dozen rundown apartment blocks of Mbare flats in southern Harare. Satellite dishes and laundry lines clutter the…

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#TalkingAllergies With Prof E. Sibanda: All You Need To Know About Seasonal Allergies

DID you know that worldwide, the prevalence of allergic diseases are increasing especially in low and middle income countries, our Zimbabwe included. Not only are more allergies related cases being recorded but also the allergies are increasing in their complexity and severity especially in children and young adults. Allergic conditions range from life threatening asthma, food allergies, rhinitis, conjunctivitis, urticarial, eczema, eosinophilic disorders, including eosinophilic esophagitis, and drug and insect allergies. According to the World Allergies Organisation (WOA), globally, 300 million people suffer from asthma and about 200 to 250…

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NetOne Fights For Wetlands Preservation

MOBILE Network Operator, NetOne is complementing  government and other key players in coming up with workable strategies of sustainably managing the environment in particular wetlands. HealthTimes Correspondent Under its One Environment Corporate Social Investment pillars, NetOne  took time to appreciate efforts by various environmental awareness organisations that include EMA, Birdlife Society, Harare Wetlands Trust to educate students from over 40 schools on the importance of wetlands and biodiversity at a World Wetlands commemorations event that took place at Haka Game Park. Wetlands Day is celebrated every year in February to raise global awareness…

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Study Exposes Correlation Between Diesel Generator Fumes and Rise In Respiratory Diseases in Zim

ZIMBABWE has been battling long hours of load shedding and prolonged hours of darkness since early 2019.Most Zimbabweans have resorted to alternative energy sources such as Solar Panels, Gas for cooking and refrigeration, Kerosene, rechargeable lamps and generators. By Michael Gwarisa In as much switching to alternative energy sources is a welcome move, majority of the combustible sources could result in negative health implications. Diesel generators for example produce these small carbon like particles which if inhaled could pose some serious respiratory consequences. According to a study titled,”Health effects of…

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EMA Moves To Ban Diapers

  SOURCE: THE HERALD Disposable diapers could soon be banned for posing a serious hazard to the environment as they create enormous amounts of toxic trash that takes 500 years to decompose in landfills while their improper disposal allows excrement to be washed into rivers. While many Zimbabweans who have stopped using traditional washable cloth nappies are against the proposed ban, as they say disposables provide convenience and save on time, soap and water, the Environment Management Agency (EMA) is already lobbying Government to ban them. EMA argues that disposable…

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