Govt To Roll Out E-Nurse Recruitment At Provincial Level

STARTING next year, Government will decentralize the electronic recruitment of nurses to the provinces, Health and Child Care Minister Dr Obadiah Moyo said on Friday. By Kudakwashe Pembere Speaking on the sidelines of the Harare Central Hospital Nurses Graduation, Dr Moyo said this enables them to directly recruit nurses while reducing the workload on the national head office. What happens when we are enrolling, we have to make sure we are enrolling the correct candidates. We have to make sure that those candidates don’t just come into the system through…

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#BREAKING: Gvt/Doctors Strike Deal…Doctors To Get Hefty Pay Increase

DOCTORS have been given  a further increment from the previous 60% allocation up to  100% to their on-call allowances after about 46 days of industrial action, HealthTimes has learnt. By Kuda Pembere A source who requested anonymity  told HealthTimes that the doctors’ on call allowances had been increased to up to a 100 percent. The Health Minister Dr Obadiah Moyo confirmed the issue but said a statement will be issued soon by the Health Services Board (HSB). Just confirm with the Health Service Board there has been a further improvement.…

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All Set For ZIMPHIA 2 Rollout

ZIMBABWE will in a few weeks commence roll out of the Zimbabwe Population Based HIV impact Assessment (ZIMPHIA) 2020, which will examine the HIV situation by assessing the coverage and impact of HIV services at population level and measuring the HIV-related risk behaviours using a nationally representative sample. By Michael Gwarisa The survey marks the second Population Based HIV Impact Assessment (PHIA) after the first successful assessment which was held in 2015/2016. Officiating at the ZIMPHIA 2020 National Sensitisation Meeting, Director HIV and Tuberculosis in the Ministry of Health and…

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Zim Spends Less Than ZW$41 On Each Citizen’s Healthcare Needs

ZIMBABWE currently spends less than ZW$41 per person’s health which is far much less than what other regional countries are spending on their citizens. By Kudakwashe Pembere Translated to the interbank market rate of about ZW$16 for a USD1, this amounts to about USD2, 60 for a single Zimbabwean’s healthcare needs. In an interview with Health economist Dr Proper Chitambara said the amount spent for a single Zimbabwean’s health is grossly inadequate. When you look at the per capita per person analysis of our health budget for 2019 we are…

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Govt Struggles To Procure Ambulances For Hospitals

HEALTH and Child Care Ministry is yet to procure the 100 state of the art ambulances for public health institutions due to unavailability of foreign currency in the country. By Kudakwashe Pembere This emerged during a Community Working Group on Health (CWGH) pre-budget meeting held in Harare on Thursday. Health Ministry’s chief accountant expenditure Mrs Tennis Lynette said they had planned to buy the ambulances with the money promised by the Finance Ministry in its supplementary budget presentation. We have not yet received the money as yet although the treasury…

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Zim Progresses In Putting Abortion Act On National Agenda

ZIMBABWE is amongst  a few countries on the African continent which have made strides in discussing about the need to have a progressive Termination of Pregnancy Act (TOP) at a national level, a sign the country is warming up to the need of having an abortion friendly law, a sexual reproductive health official has said. By Michael Gwarisa At least 14 countries are having dialogue on the issue of Termination of Pregnancy but Zimbabwe seem to have moved a step further as compared to other countries which are currently at…

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Overcoming multidrug-resistant TB in displacement

FOR the first time since 2015, MSF’s clinic in Shan State has cured two patients of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB). The couple contracted MDR-TB after being displaced by armed conflict, then had to leave their children and home for almost two years of treatment. Their story illustrates the difficulties that patients in conflict-affected communities in Myanmar face, as well as the scarcity in specialised treatment for patients in rural areas. Shan State has long been dogged by conflict between the Myanmar armed forces (Tatmadaw) and non-state ethnic armed groups, as well…

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Swedish Embassy Breaking Menstrual Health Barriers

“MENSTRUATION is a girls issue, why should i care?” said Tafadzwa a Grade 6 pupil with Avondale Primary School. ” I would rather not talk  or discuss about it,” he says. By Kudakwashe Pembere This is the kind of attitude young girls experiencing menstruation for the first time and in school go through. At times, the treatment can be worse for young girls of school going age as they have to endure long hours of bullying , jeering and insults at the hands of their male counterparts. The situation even…

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Midwives Conference On Next Week

ALL is set for the annual Midwives Conference to be held in Victoria Falls on October 25 this year. By Kudakwashe Pembere Zimbabwe Confederation of Midwives chairperson Dr Lillian Dodzo told HealthTimes the conference will bring over 300 participants under one roof. “Participants will be over 300 midwives and partner representatives from all the provinces,” she said. The event looks at various issues affecting members of the profession in their contribution towards Universal Health Coverage. “To be discussed are midwifery related issues such as quality nursing care,sharing of best practices…

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Mashonaland West Pregnant Women Told To Bring Own Fuel

THE current power crisis and ever-rising fuel costs bedevilling Zimbabwe has left pregnant women in Mashonaland West bearing the brunt of buying fuel themselves for use during childbirth. By Kudakwashe Pembere A source who spoke on condition of anonymity told HealthTimes that women were told to bring their own fuel by health workers in the province and this been happening for a while now. “Women in some health facilities in Mashonaland West are made to buy all sundries which they cannot afford and in some facilities are made to bring…

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