End Stigma Against Mental Illnesses Says Health Minister

HEALTH and Childcare Minister Dr Obadiah Moyo says Zimbabwe should end stigma associated to those living with mental illnesses to avert suicides. By Kudakwashe Pembere Officiating the World Mental Health Day which was themed focusing on suicide prevention, Health and Child Care Minister Dr Obadiah Moyo Zimbabwe need to start talking about this silent epidemic of suicides. “The theme for this year’s mental health day happens to be suicide prevention. Suicide is the second leading cause of death among young people aged 15 to 29 after road traffic accidents. And…

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#BREAKING: Judgement On Doctors VS HSB Case Deferred To A Later Date

THE Labour Court has set the ruling for a case between junior doctors and the Health Service Board to a later date By Kudakwashe Pembere The case pitted doctors under the Zimbabwe Hospital Doctors Association and HSB on withdrawal of services due to incapacitation. This was after the judges heard submissions by lawyers from both parties who explained the withdrawal of services by the incapacitated doctors along with the remedies provided within the Labour Act and Health Service Act should doctors as part of essential services. The Labour Court judges…

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#BREAKING: UZ Reinstates Mbuwayasango, Chimuka

UNIVERSITY of Zimbabwe Vice Chancellor Professor Paul Mapfumo has reinstated the College of Health Science lecturers Mr Bothwell Mbuwayesango and Dr David Chimuka following meetings with the Zimbabwe Medical Association coupled with pressure from other doctors. By Kudakwashe Pembere In an interview with HealthTimes, Zima secretary general Dr Sacrifice Chirisa said the Vice Chancellor will notify the duo also government consultant specialists. “The update is that the Vice Chancellor is lifting the termination and suspension. The two senior colleagues will get their letters to such effect tomorrow,” he said. Dr…

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Govt Pours Water On Expatriate Doctors Rumour

The memo between Secretaries of Health and Foreign Affairs gone viral on social media about a contingent of 50 foreign doctors has by Government been dismissed as a hoax. The expatriate doctors were supposedly expected in Zimbabwe on October 13. The letter was addressed to the Foreign Affairs secretary Ambassador James Manzou. It was circulated against the background of the court battle between the doctors and Government to create an impression of trying to cover the gap left by the doctors on industrial action. In an interview, Acting Permanent Secretary…

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Tough Time For Patients Seeking Blood Transfusion

PATIENTS seeking blood transfusion and blood related services in public health institutions have been dealt a heavy blow following a month long doctor’s strike which has left most public health institutions without adequate staff to mann various hospitals divisions. By Michael Gwarisa In an interview with HealthTimes, National Blood Service Zimbabwe (NBSZ) Public Affairs Manager, Ms Esther Massundah  said blood in all public health institutions was still free but the prevailing health crisis which has been exacerbated by the doctors incapacitation has exposed poor patients to exorbitant charges for blood…

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Doctors Labour Court Case Postponed…As Gvt Presents Half-baked Evidence

LAWYERS representing the Zimbabwe Hospital Doctors Association’s (ZDHA) request to have the case deferred to Thursday afternoon has been granted following indications that government failed to furnish the courts with enough evidence relating to the case. By Michael Gwarisa The ZHDA through their lawyer, Mr Douglas Coltart requested for minutes from the meeting held between the Public Service,Labour and Social Welfare minister Sekai Nzenza and the ZHDA acting secretary general, Dr Twanda Zvakada which the applicant failed to submit amongst other documents. This is now the second time that the…

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UZ Suspends Mbuwayesango

THE University of Zimbabwe has suspended renowned pediatric surgeon Mr Bothwell Mbuwayesango, also a lecturer at the College of Health Sciences on allegations of inciting the ‘job action’ by junior hospital doctors. By HealthTimes Reporter The doctors have been not reporting for duty for 37 days in the pretext of incapacitation. UZ Vice Lecturer Professor Mapfumo notified Mr Mbuwayesango of the laws he breached. The University has good cause to believe that you contravened the University of Zimbabwe Code of Conduct Section 16, Schedule ID, subsection 16.2 which reads: “Any…

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Education Key In Skin Cancer Management Among People With Albinism

PEOPLE with albinism need to  attain education at an early age on sun preventive measures to avoid skin cancers which are becoming a biggest threat to their lives, a dermatologist has said. By Kudakwashe Pembere Speaking at the Albinism Healthcare roundtable meeting organized by Global Aid Missions (GAM) in Harare, Dr Mwatsveruka Munhutu who used to practice in the United States of America said there are few cases of advanced skin cancers among children with albinism. Having practiced in Zimbabwe for the past three years attending to patients with albinism,…

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Govt Drags Striking DoctorsTo Court

GOVERNMENT later in the day takes striking doctors to court following their defiance of an order directing them to return to work. By Kudakwashe Pembere Health and Child Care Minister Dr Obadiah Moyo had directed the striking doctors to be back at work on Monday but instead the doctors had a demonstration as they handed a letter of their exit from the health apex council. Dr Moyo in a statement said after finding the doctors had not reported for duty despite their incapacitation, Government sees it fit to drag the…

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Want To Lose Weight The Natural Way, Try Garcinia Camborgia

OVER the years, many people have been suffering from weight gain which  leads to obesity. The risks which are mainly associated with weight gain are however overwhelming . The leading cause of death are Chronic Heart Diseases which are mainly caused by unhealthy lifestyles. By Audrey Tsungai Tadu For the past decades, scientists have been trying to find the most natural ways of losing weight without damaging the body system. There are a lot of advertised chemical pills which really sound appealing because there is a promise to lose all…

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