UNHCR’s Protection Chief Concludes Three-Day Visit To Zimbabwe

Supporting the Government’s efforts to protect and assist refugees and learn about the situation of refugees in the country dominated the visit of UNHCR’s Assistant High Commissioner for Protection, Gillian Triggs, to Zimbabwe from 19 to 21 January. HealthTimes Reporter Triggs met with partners, donors, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Frederick Makamure Shava, and the Minister of Public Services, Labour & Social Welfare, Paul Mavima. We had very open and constructive discussions with the Government on all issues relating to the protection of refugees and asylum-seekers in…

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Antimicrobial Resistance Kills 1.2 Million People In One Year, Overtakes AIDS And Malaria

More than 1.2 million people died worldwide in 2019 from infections caused by bacteria resistant to antibiotics, according to the largest study of the issue to date. SOURCE: BBC This is more than the annual death toll from malaria or Aids. Poorer countries are worst affected but antimicrobial resistance threatens everyone’s health, the report says. Urgent investment in new drugs and using current ones more wisely are recommended to protect against it. The overuse of antibiotics in recent years for trivial infections means they are becoming less effective against serious…

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Alternative Smoking Products Could Reduce Cancer Morbidity And Mortality

EVEN though quitting tobacco is by far the most effective means of tobacco harm reduction, it is difficult to achieve due to a myriad of factors chief among them being the addictive nature of Nicotine, hence the need to introduce innovative and less harmful alternative ways of reducing smoking related cancer deaths and illnesses, a top harm reduction expert has said. By Michael Gwarisa According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), tobacco kills more than 8 million people each year and more than 7 million of those deaths are the…

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#BREAKING: Worrisome New Leprosy Cases Recorded In Zimbabwe

ZIMBABWE recorded a worrisome sharp increase in new leprosy cases in 2020 with majority of cases having been recorded in Binga, Matabelenad North (Mat North), prompting government to activate and intensify Leprosy diagnosis and detection in other parts of the country that used to be Leprosy Hotspots. By Michael Gwarisa Traditional leprosy hotspots in Zimbabwe include Mat South (Gwanda and Bulimia), Mat North (Hwange and Binga), Mashonaland West (Makonde and Rafingora and farming areas around Rafingora), Zvimba (Hurungwe and Kariba). Masvingo (Chiredzi South in the Chikombedzi), Manicaland (Buhera and Chipinge),…

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Unsafe abortions lead to immediate and long term complications

COMPLICATIONS arising from post unsafe abortion infections could have long term implications on the fertility of women due to the unsterile nature of the environments and objects used during unsafe abortions procedures, a local Obstetrician and Gynecologist has warned.  . By Michael Gwarisa    Speaking to HealthTimes, Dr Grant Murewanhema an Obstetrician and Gynecologist said unsafe abortions were happening and unfortunately they were they were among the leading cause of maternal mortality in Zimbabwe. When you look at it just in the immediate short term after this act has been…

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Working in the UK Health Sector an Emotional Roller-coaster For Migrant Nurses

YOU might have read or heard about a Zimbabwean nurse who recently relocated to the United Kingdom (UK) only to die two months into her stay in the Diaspora. According preliminary reports from her close relatives and friends, Divine Mupoperi (30) died from suspected seizures she might have experienced in her sleep. She survived by three children, a 12 year old and twins who are 16 months old. May her dear Soul Rest in Eternal Peace. By Michael Gwarisa Even though this publication is not yet privy to Divine’s postmortem…

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PSI’s Hormonal IUD’s Popularity Grows In Africa

A new study that was conducted by the Population Service International (PSI) to ascertain the profiles of women who choose to use the hormonal Intrauterine Device (IUD) method of contraception have revealed that most users continued using the method due to high levels of satisfaction. By Michael Gwarisa The study is titled Introducing the hormonal Intrauterine Device in Madagascar, Nigeria, and Zambia: results from a pilot study. The study was conducted by Kendal Danna, the PSI Sexual and Reproductive Health Technical Advisor together with her partners where a longitudinal study…

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PrEP Uptake Still Very Low

USE of daily oral pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), is not expanding enough as was anticipated. HealthTimes Reporter According to the the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) weekly report, the COVID-19 also had a negative impact on the uptake of the drug. “It has been more than a decade since the first evidence of the efficacy of daily oral pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) was published. PrEP is now a valuable additional option for people who are at higher risk of acquiring HIV, and its global uptake has continued to increase, despite…

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Hope For Children With Hydrocephalus In Zimbabwe

THE joys of expectant parents are shuttered upon hearing these words, “Your child has a bigger head than any normal child and you have to go through a caesarian section to give birth.’’ What! a big head? What could have caused the head to grow big, is it a normal child then, is it natural or spiritual, is it…? There are some of the unanswered questions, which go through the minds of heavily pregnant women. Own Correspondent Hydrocephalus is a very popular disease but seems to be wreaking havoc in…

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#JUSTIN: Prepare For Schools Reopening In Three Weeks Time

HEALTH and Child Care Minister who is also the Vice President of Zimbabwe, Dr Constatino Chiwenga has announced an extension to the current lockdown by another two weeks in order to give schools and parents enough time to prepare for the reopening of schools soon after the lockdown. By Michael Gwarisa In a statement, Dr Chiwenga said schools will be given at least one week after the two week renewed lockdown period to put COVID-19 preventive measures in place before classes resume. Schools will be given at least one week…

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