Zimbabwe launches National Drug Master Plan

ZIMBABWE has launched a five-year National Drug Master Plan which runs from 2020-2025 which seeks to address a range of drug related issues. By Patricia Mashiri Dr Jasper Chimedza , the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health and Child  (MoHCC) said there was need to address supply, demand reduction as well as control of illicit substances based on International Drug Control Conventions and in line with the principles of balanced approach to drug control. Substances that are commonly abused in Zimbabwe include alcohol (both licensed and unlicensed brews) tobacco,…

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Allergies Are Not Vaccine Side Effects- Dr Chivaura

FAMILY Practitioner and medical expert Dr Audrey Chivaura says not all reactions being experienced after getting COVID-19 jabs were side effects of the COVID-19 vaccines but could be as a result of underlying allergies. By Michael Gwarisa By definition, an allergy is a condition in which the immune system reacts abnormally to a foreign substance. At times the immune system reacts even to a substance or exposure to something that is not even harmless. Dr Chivaura said people should make an effort to know their allergic history before taking vaccines…

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Covid-19 Vaccines Don’t Cause Infertility Says WHO Zimbabwe

REPORTS that COVID-19 vaccines cause infertility in both women and men are nothing more than mere conspiracy theories and false unscientific claims, the World Health Organisation (WHO) Zimbabwe has said. By Patricia Mashiri Zimbabwe launched its national COVID-19 vaccination program in February this year after receiving its first 200 000 doses of the Sinopharm vaccine from China. However, there has been low uptake of the vaccine owing vaccine hesitancy largely due to widespread misinformation and conspiracy theories. In an interview with HealthTimes, Dr Lincoln Charimari,the World Health Organization (WHO) Zimbabwe…

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Sally Mugabe Hospital Nurses Raise Victimization Alarm

NURSES at Sally Mugabe Central Hospital (formerly Harare Central Hospital) who participated in a job action over the lack of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) in June 2020 and another one early this year, have raised a red flag over the continued harassment at the hands of the hospital’s management, HealthTimes has learnt. By Michael Gwarisa Nurses from the institution who spoke this publication said the working environment had become toxic  as fear and uncertainty had gripped most nurses at the institution and they were being subjected to countless warnings and…

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More Misery For Zim Health Workers, As Government Scraps Allowances

GOVERNMENT through the Health Service Board (HSB) has communicated its intentions to remove unclaimable night duty allowances for healthcare workers, a move that is likely to further dampen morale among healthcare workers. Staff Reporter Responding to the Apex Panel’s request, the HSB Executive Director, Ms Ruth Kaseke said the changes were effective April 1, 2021. It is noted that the Health Sector Bipartite Negotiating Platform meeting of April 7 2020, Apex Panel requested for review of Health Sector Specific Allowances. Please be advised that treasury has affirmed its position, as…

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Say Good Bye To Fake COVID-19 Certificates Headache, CIMAS QR CODE Is The Real Deal

IMAGINE getting to Robert Mugabe International Airport (formerly Harare Int Airport), bags packed and ready to travel only to be told that your COVID-19 test certificate is invalid and you can’t go beyond the security checkpoint. Heart rending, isn’t it? The golden rule of thumb is never to do shortcuts and use reputable COVID-19 testing centers before traveling. Issues of COVID-19 tests certificates fraud have been on an increase over the past few months as travelers try to bypass testing processes.  In January this year, a number of travelers were…

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Zim Boarding School Records 78 New Cases, As COVID-19 Cases Begin To Rise

THE country’s COVID-19 cases have been on an upward trend over the past few days post the just ended Easter Holidays with majority of cases having been recorded in one boarding school in Matebeleland South. HealthTimes Reporter According to the Ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC) daily Situation Reports (SITREPs), for the past three days, cases have been increasing at an unprecedented rate. As at April 7, 2021, 18 new Covid-19 cases were recorded before they jumped to 68 on April, 2021 and 95 new cases on April, 9…

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ZADHR worried about low vaccination uptake

THE Zimbabwe Association of Doctors for Human Rights (ZADHR) has raised concern over the low uptake of the COVID-19 vaccine across the country. By Tanaka Moyo Commemorating this year’s World Health Day under the theme ‘Building a fairer, healthier world for everyone’. ZADHR through a press release expressed a great worry that again this year’s commemorations are being held in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic and a great population is not willing to get vaccinated most probably because of lack of information. In this vein, ZADHR applauds governments across…

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5 Pupils Test Positive For COVID-19 At Sacred Heart Girls High

FIVE students have tested positive for COVID-19 at Sacred Heart Girls High school in Bulawayo. Staff Reporter The announcement was made by the Headmistress, Mr Ludo Ncube through a statement that was addressed to the parents and guardians. On behalf of the school family, I would like to confirm five cases of COVID-19 all being pupils at our school. Tests for COVID-19 were administered at Esigodini Hospital after realizing that nine of our students had flu symptoms. We sent nine of them to the hospital, five of them tested positive…

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WAG Uses The Safe-Engage Tool To Sensitize Nurses On Termination Of Pregnancy Act

WAG Executive Director Mrs Edinah Masiyiwa addresses the Zim Nurses Association at the sensitisation meeting

THE Women’s Action Group of Zimbabwe (WAG) is making use of the SAFE ENGAGE (Strengthening Evidence Based Policy to Expand Access to Safe Abortion) media tool to communicate the country’s illegal abortion scenario to various key stakeholders in a bid to raise awareness on Zimbabwe’s abortion situation as well as familiarize communities with the country’s Termination of Pregnancy Act (TOP). By Michael Gwarisa Amongst some of the groups that have benefited from WAG’s sensitization programs are Senators, Parliamentarians, traditional leaders, midwives and recently nurses. Speaking during a half day SAFE…

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