Government bans public gatherings

THE Ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC) has issued a ban all public gathering except funerals which are limited to 30 people. Staff Reporter Speaking during a press briefing, Dr Constantino Chiwenga, Vice President and also Minister of Heath and Child Care said all conferences and meeting must be held virtually. The last 7 seven days have seen 596 new cases and 26 deaths as compared to the same period in May 2021 where we had 132 new cases and 6 deaths. This is a more than 4 fold…

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Zimbabwe’s Health Communicators Forum Launched

THE Health Communicators Forum (HCF),  a network of  health Journalists and health communicators has been launched in Zimbabwe in a move that is set to capacitate journalists through networking with medical and public health experts as well as other regional and international health journalists network. By Michael Gwarisa In an interview with HealthTimes, veteran broadcaster Anna Miti, who is also the Forum’s interim chair said the  HCF was already a member of other health journalists networks in the region such as the Health Journalists Network Uganda (HEJNU) and the Media…

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Advocacy Core Team Applauds Parliament For Bold Stance On Adolescents Access To Health Services

THE recent move by the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Health and the Thematic Committee on HIV and AIDS to request the Ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC) to amend section 35 of the Public Health Act of 2018  has set the tone for more engagement and advocacy with other key stakeholders, the Advocacy Core Team (ACT) has said. By Patricia Mashiri Section 35 of the Public Health Act of 2018, limits young people below the age of 16 from accessing health services including sexual and reproductive health (SRH) services…

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Studies To Determine Dapirivirine Ring’s Safety In Pregnant And Breastfeeding Women Gather Momentum

RESEARCH on the Dapivirine  or Vaginal Ring’s effectiveness and safety in pregnant and lactating women are now at advanced stage as the world prepares to rollout the ring, a tool meant to protect women against the risk of  HIV infection,  Dr Nyaradzo Mgodi, the Chairperson of Dapivirine ring study in Africa has said. By Patricia Mashiri The Dapivirine Vaginal Ring is a silicone made ring which is inserted into the vagina for a period of 28-35 days releasing antiretroviral drug called Dapivirine reducing the risk of HIV infections. Speaking during…

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Deaf Women Included Develops Women Cantered Disability Strategy

DEAF Women Included (DWI), a Non-Government Organization which promotes Sexual Reproductive Health Rights in women and girls with disabilities is working on developing a Working Group on Violence Against Women with Disabilities strategy. By Patricia Mashiri The initiative is aimed at ensuring a more systematic approach to strengthen the inclusion of the rights of women and girls with disabilities to access Gender Based Violence(GBV) services as well as ensuring that gender equality, empowerment of all women and girls, realization of their rights is attained. This comes after the realization of…

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ZESA Disrupts Services At Parirenyatwa Hospital

PARIRENYATWA Hospital’s operations have been dealt a major blow at the back of  the load shedding induced power outages, the institution has confirmed. Staff Reporter In a statement, Parirenyatwa Hospital said they were negotiating with Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority (ZESA) to have normal  supplies resumed. Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals would like to inform members of the public and our stakeholders that we are currently experiencing unpredictable and intermittent power cuts for several hours. Unlike before, the hospital is on one way power supply from the feeder pillar at Harare Gardens…

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Kwekwe lockdown extended

CABINET has announced that the  localised Kwekwe lockdwon that was imposed three weeks ago would be extended by another two weeks, following a rise in Covid-19 infections in the mining town. By Tanaka Moyo Speaking during a press briefing Senator Monica Mutsvangwa, the Minister of Information and Broadcasting Services confirmed the extension of lockdown in Kwekwe. The nation is informed that Cabinet has approved that the lockdown in Kwekwe be extended by a further two weeks. The development comes in the wake of a surge in positive cases in Kwekwe,…

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President Mnangagwa Jointly Launches Disability And Labor Migration Policies

ZIMBABWE’S President, Emmerson Mnangagwa has jointly launched the National Disability Policy as well as the National Labour Migration Policy, in a move that set to bring dignity as well as better livelihoods for persons with disabilities (PWDs) as well as immigrants seeking better life opportunities. By Michael Gwarisa Officially launching the policies, President Mngangagwa said the disability policy should mark an end to discrimination against people with disabilities as well as herald the beginning of a new chapter that is all inclusive and development oriented. These critical policies augment the…

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Numbers Not Looking Good, As Third Wave Knocks On Zimbabwe’s Door

Dr Grant Murewanhema

ZIMBABWE’S daily COVID-19 infections almost doubled in the past 24 hours from 49 new cases that were recorded on June, 7 2021 to 83 cases on June 8, 2021. By Michael Gwarisa The increase in cases also comes in the wake of a slow vaccination uptake which could pose an even greater threat should the third wave officially set foot in the country. Local Public Health Expert and Epidemiologist, Dr Grant Murewanhema said the upsurge in the daily cases could signal the official arrival of the third wave in the…

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Rowan Martin Dead Lifts Pose Complications For Terminally Ill Employees

ROWAN Martin Building, the head office for Harare City Health Department has had  dysfunctional elevators for about three months, leaving health workers with health complications at a greater risk. By Kuda Pembere This has left some employees with underlying health conditions bearing the brunt. This complaint was registered to the Zimbabwe Urban and Rural Council Nurses Workers Union (ZURNZCU) which is engaging their employer over the issue. ZURNCWU President Mr Simbarashe Tafirenyika in an interview said it was after interactions with members they learnt of the dysfunctional lifts. We have…

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