Time To Treat Mental Health As An Emergency Of National Concern

OVER the past few days, Zimbabwe was gripped with horrendous tales of how one Thubelithe Khoshow (26), a businessman based in Kwekwe went on a rampage, murdering six people and injuring five others on October, 9 2021. A police report revealed that when Thubelithe became mentally disturbed and acted violently, he was taken to a church’s shrine by her aunt for prayers. By Patricia Mashiri Unfortunately for his family, they found it noble to take Thubelithe to a shrine instead of a mental health facility or health institution for that…

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Teen Pregnancies and Early Marriages Rear Ugly Head in Zim’s Farming Communities

IT’S a normal day inside Sable Ranch, a farming community at least 6 kilometers outside Marondera town in Mashonaland East province. Since its tobacco planting season, majority of labourers have been sent on a two-week long leave to give the tobacco plant enough time to grow. Just like their parents, school children at Ranch Farm and other surrounding farming communities are attending school just twice every week to adhere to government set COVID-19 prevention protocols. By Michael Gwarisa recently in Marondera, Mashonaland East While the adults have capitalized on the…

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Community Health Workers Go Digital

WHEN Nelson Mwanawenyu, a nurse at a plantation estate clinic in Manicaland province applied for a position with a private health institution in the city of Mutare, he was told the interview would be conducted through the Skype social media platform. By Caiphas Chimhete, CWGH He innocently asked the secretary who had phoned him to give exact directions to Skype, which he thought were some magnificent building in the mountainous city. Mwanawenyu’s enquiry sent the secretary into a bout of laughter. She however later explained to him that Skype was…

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How Tragedy Birthed Mpilo Hospital’s Pediatric Cardiac Care Unit

A Cardiac ward for children experiencing heart related complications was recently launched at Mpilo Central Hospital in Bulawayo, marking the beginning of a journey that will see the country reducing morbidity and mortality in children due to cardiac health conditions. By Michael Gwarisa The Cardiac ward at Mpilo was established by an organization called the Brave Little Hearts in Zimbabwe (BLHZ) that was founded by a young woman, Tendai Moyo. However, many might not know the story behind the birth of Brave Little hearts an organization that saw the pediatric…

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Exclusive!!! MCAZ Speaks On COVID-19 Vaccines Linked Reactions In Zim

ZIMBABWE commenced its national vaccination initiative in February, 2021, kickstarting a campaign that would later yield positive results in the country’s COVID-19 management matrix. Even though only 14% of the national population has been vaccinated to date, available Ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC) data shows that vaccination has been working in minimizing the risk of developing severe infections and deaths. However, since commencement of the national vaccination program, there has been speculation and skepticism around vaccination, vaccine hesitancy and vaccine phobia as citizens adopted a laid-back approach towards…

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Rise In Suicides Among Zim Male Tertiary Students Exposes Need for Peer-to-Peer Counseling in Zim Universities and Colleges

AS the world marks Suicide prevention Month this September, a rather disturbing trend has reared its ugly head in Zimbabwe. Within a space four weeks, two local tertiary male students have committed suicide over matters of the heart. It’s possible that there could be more other male students struggling with mental health issues right now and probably contemplating the worst and without proper mechanisms and interventions in place, more lives could be lost. By Michael Gwarisa Suicide is preventable but why is it that we continue losing lives to this…

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Embracing My Beautiful Scars: Christine’s Journey With Vitiligo

“IF you look closely at a tree, you will notice its knots and dead branches, just like our bodies. What we learn is that Beauty and imperfection goes together wonderfully,” said renowned American Actor and philanthropist, Matthew Fox in one of his famous Quotes. By Michael Gwarisa The above quote aptly sums how one 21-year-old Christine Tafadzwanashe Matyavira, a young Zimbabwean model from Mbizo, Kwekwe and a University of Zimbabwe Film, Radio and Television Production student has changed the course of her life by accepting her skin condition and using…

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Tattooing Your Loved Ones’ Images Or Names On Your Bodies Could Cause Serious Mental Health Issues When The Relationship Ends In Tears- Psychologist

LOVE is a beautiful thing and should be celebrated in any way possible. People have different ways of showing and expressing love and affection. Of late, the practice of having a loved one’s name or face tattooed to one’s body has become trendy and the in thing. By Michael Gwarisa Maybe before delving into the gist of this article, it is critical to speak briefly on the background of tattoos and how they became a part of our lives. A tattoo is defined as an indelible or permanent mark fixed…

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How To Make A Police Report For A Rape Or Sexual Gender Based Violence Offense?

MANY a time, survivors of Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV) or rape find themselves between a rock and hard surface after a rape crime would have been perpetrated against them. Due to information gaps, some rape survivors fail to take the necessary post rape procedures and keep the rape a secret leading to some health complications. By Michael Gwarisa It is imperative to note that in as much as rape or SGBV is a crime, it is first and foremost a health emergency. Thus, survivors are advised to seek…

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Isolated And Frowned Upon: The Plight Of Zim Women With Obstetric Fistula

 UNFPA Says there is need for post-surgery psycho-social support for survivors MEMORY (50) (real name protected) from Bikita, Masvingo experienced Obstetric Fistula for the first time on October, 27, 1995 when she had her second child. At first, she didn’t even know what was happening to her, she thought it was just a minor tearing which would heal after a few days. Obstetric fistula is described as the “most devastating birth injury” by the World Health Organization (WHO), that results in continuous and uncontrollable leaking of urine or faeces, resulting…

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