Govt Explores Ways To Reduce Load Shedding In Health Institutions

ENERGY and Power Development minister Advocate Fortune Chasi has hinted that government is looking ways of increase power generation with the view of reducing load shedding in critical institutions such as hospitals, health related organisations and schools. Chasi on Thursday told the Senate that it was unfortunate that health institutions were not spared of the 12 hour load shedding. I want to inform the House that the decision to load shed is a very painful one for both Government and our utility.  In terms of policy, we try as much…

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Avenues Clinic Donates to Chipinge District Hospital

THE Avenues Clinic has donated an assortment of hospital equipment to Chipinge District Hospital as part of its corporate social responsibility drive. By Michael Gwarisa Equipment that was donated include 10 hospital beds, a theatre table, five baby cribs ,drug trolleys and emergency trolleys. Speaking at the handover ceremony the Board Chairman, Mr James Maposa said the donation was mainly motivated by the need to better equip the hospital so that it can sustain the growing number of patients that it is now having to attend to. When the cyclone…

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SAFAIDS In Adolescents Contraceptives Drive

THE Southern African HIV and AIDS Information Dissemination Services (SAFAIDS) is conducting a comprehensive Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights (SHRH) program in the country’s hard to reach areas. By Michael Gwarisa The program dubbed “Her Choice,” is a one year project currently being offered in the country’s three districts namely Kariba, Mberengwa and Rushinga. It aims at equipping young people with SHRH information as well as teaching them about proper and correct use of contraceptives to avoid unwanted pregnancies, HIV and Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs). Speaking during a breakfast meeting,…

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50 percent of Sex Workers Report Using HIV Prevention: UNAIDS

ABOUT 50 percent of sex workers in Zimbabwe reported getting at least two prevention services against HIV in the past three months in 2018, the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV and Aids (UNAIDS) has said. By Kudakwashe Pembere In the Global Aids Update 2019 report released recently, UNAIDS said the possible  prevention services received included condoms and lubricant, counselling on condom use and safe sex, and testing of sexually transmitted infections. “Despite the availability of a widening array of effective HIV prevention tools and methods—and a massive scale-up of antiretroviral therapy…

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Call For Increased Domestic Funding For Family Planning

THERE is need for Zimbabwe to have a budget line dedicated for  family planning commodities as most of the funding comes from donors, a Ministry of Health and Child Care official said on Thursday. By Kudakwashe Pembere Speaking at a Budget and Finance parliamentary committee sensitization workshop on family planning issues, on behalf of Family Health director in the Ministry of Health and Child Care, Dr Bernard Madzima, his deputy Dr DavidzoyaShe Makosa said family planning is one of the pillars of safe motherhood and as ministry of health and…

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DRC Ebola Outbreak Could Spread Beyond DRC Boarders- WHO

THE World Health Organisation (WHO) has warned of an impending Ebola outbreak that could spread beyond the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) boarders in what the international health organisation has described as a public health emergency of international concern. By Michael Gwarisa The declaration followed a meeting of the International Health Regulations Emergency Committee for EVD in the DRC. The Committee cited recent developments in the outbreak in making its recommendation, including the first confirmed case in Goma, a city of almost two million people on the border with Rwanda,…

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BREAKING: REPSSI CEO Noreen Huni Dies

REGIONAL Psychosocial Support Initiative (REPSSI) founding Executive Director and CEO Noreen Huni has died after a three year battle with stomach cancer. The organisagtion was formed to ensure that mental and psychosocial wellbeing for girls, boys and youth becomes standard in East and Southern Africa. The organisation achieves this by facilitating the mainstreaming of psychosocial support (PSS) into services and programs for children and youth through partnering with civil society and government. “Noreen fought a brave battle against cancer of the stomach for the last three years. In her own…

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Power Cuts Threaten Blood Bank Operations

THE National Blood Service of Zimbabwe (NBSZ), says it is appealing to the national power utility (ZESA) to at least connect the blood bank to a special power grid so as to ensure blood is maintained at normal temperatures at all times By Michael Gwarisa The development comes amidst indications that the blood bank, which is a critical blood storage facility has not been spared by the prevailing power outages and should the situation continue unabated, the organisation would be forced to dispose and or burn tonnes of blood since…

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133 Maternal Deaths Since January

THERE were 133 maternal deaths in Zimbabwe in the last six months, the Health and Child Care Ministry has said. By Kudakwashe Pembere Seven maternal deaths were reported during the week ending 30 June 2019. The deaths were reported from Mpilo (1) in Bulawayo Province, Parirenyatwa (1), Harare Central Hospital (1), Chitungwiza Central Hospital (1) in Harare Province and Mutare District (3) in Manicaland Province. Director Family Health in the Ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC), Dr Bernard Madzima said outlined the Ministry’s goal on maternal health. “The aim…

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Health Workers Declare Incapacitation

HEALTH workers have declared incapacitation as of Tuesday owing to prevailing economic challenges in the country. By Kudakwashe Pembere The workers through the Health Apex Council claim their salaries have been eroded by the unpopular fiscal and monetary policies by Finance Minister Professor Mthuli Ncube. In a joint notice by the Health Apex and Civil Service Apex Councils, the workers bemoaned the erosion of their salaries. They demanded ZWD4 700 as salary for the lowest paid worker. “The Councils are not asking for an increment but a restoration of the…

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