Cimas Boss Dies

CIMAS Medical Aid Division Managing Director Mr Washington Madziwadondo died in a tragic accident on Thursday. By Kudakwashe Pembere Mr Madziwadondo according to eye-witnesses had stopped along Samora Machel Avenue for a chat with his friend “They were standing between their two cars. A truck hit his friend’s car into his and he was trapped between the two cars,”  the witness said. Cimas announced the death of the medical aid division boss. “We are heartbroken as Cimas on the untimely loss of the Managing Director of Cimas Medical Aid Division…

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Neglected Tropical Diseases Resurface in Modern Day Zimbabwe…55 Districts Under Siege

MAJORITY of Zimbabweans who grew up in communal areas or even those who were born in farming communities when Zimbabwe’s commercial farming was still at its peak should be familiar with diseases such as Bilharzia, worms and Trachoma. By Michael Gwarisa Owing to efforts from government and the donor community, steps to mitigate the spread of such diseases have been put in place trough interventions such as mass drug administrations, vaccinations, dispensing of oral tablets to get rid of gut worms, fumigating stagnant water ponds amongst a host of other…

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Parirenyatwa Health Crisis Turning Into National Disaster- CWGH

COMMUNITY Working Group on Health (CWGH) executive director, Mr Itai Rusike has warned that the prevailing health crisis at Parirenyatwa Hospital could soon become a national disaster if government does not treat it with the urgency it deserves. By Michael Gwarisa The health crisis at Parirenyatwa has seen consultant doctors  downing tools after the institutions failed to allocate the necessary resources which include medical sundries, drugs and equipment. In other instances, unconfirmed number of deaths have been reported from the burns, maternal and emergency wards owing to the resources crisis.…

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Dedicate The 2percent Tax To Health, Govt Told

HEALTH lobbyists have suggested that the 2 percent intermediated money transfer tax be channeled towards the improvement of the country’s health sector. By Kudakwashe Pembere This comes at a time when doctors at government owned hospitals are in persistent strikes over the shortage or unavailability of medical sundries and equipment. The latest strike is one at Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals on Wednesday were they complained of working conditions putting patients’ lives at risk on the back medicines and sundries scarcity. Zimbabwe Hospital Doctors Association Secretary General Dr Anele Bhebhe took…

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#EXCLUSIVE: Gvt Invades Global Fund Money

THE Global Fund next week dispatches a team to  engage Finance Minister, Prof Mthuli Ncube over the 2 percent intermediated money transfer tax impacting its humanitarian funding efforts for the country, HealthTimes  can exclusively reveal. By Kudakwashe Pembere Global Fund injects the largest chunk of money needed in the implementation of programs and medication of HIV, TB and Malaria and they pumped into Zimbabwe over US$1, 4 billion to date With Treasury collecting a total of $50 million in January 2019 through the two percent electronic transfer tax, the taxation…

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Minister Moyo Threatens To Fire Parirenyatwa Management

…As Health Crisis Deepens …Foreign Supplies Reject Zim USD Payments   HEALTH and Child Care Minister, Dr Obadiah Moyo has cracked his whip on Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals management for failing to arrest the prevailing drugs and sundries crisis at the institution which has forced senior doctors to withdraw their services until the situation  has normalised. By Michael Gwarisa The decline in health services at Parirenyatwa hospital has forced medical doctors to attend to emergency surgeries only, leaving millions of health seekers stranded.  The management team at Parirenyatwa which is…

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NAC To Pump Out $15 Mln To Pay Foreign Suppliers

THE National Aids Council (NAC) is now forced to pump out an extra RTGS$9 million on top of the initial $6 million  in-order to pay foreign suppliers for an ARVs drug consignment that was received when the official market rate between the bond note and US dollar was still pegged at 1:1. By Kudakwashe Pembere In December last year, NAC revealed to a Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Health that they had received US$6 million worth of drugs from foreign suppliers,  an amount they were struggling to settle following government’s move…

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#BREAKING: Zim To Switch To New ARV Drug With Less Side Effects

ZIMBABWE is ready to transition to Teno-Lamuvudine Dolutegrevir (TLD), an Anti-retro Viral (ARV) drug with less side effects, moving away from the Teno-Lamivudine-Efavirenz (TLE) a three in one drug that is taken once a day, a top health official has said By Michael Gwarisa The development comes barely a year after government through the Ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC) deferred rolling out of the Dolutegrevir drug following indications that it posed a great risk to women of child bearing age and adolescent girls which might lead to women…

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Structural & Ecological Approach Key To Advancing SRH Services Among Zim Youths

YOUTHS are a critical constituency in every given society and it is that period in life when one is young, and often refers to the phase between childhood and adulthood. The African Youth Charter defines youths or young people as every person between the ages of 15 and 35 years while the United Nations defines youth as persons between the ages of 15 and 24 and all UN statistics are based on this range. By Enock Musungwini Youths are a special group that requires carefully planned and specific programming to…

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Zim Has Enough Blood Stocks

THE country has enough blood stocks to sustain the national demand, contrary to media reports that the blood bank was facing acute blood shortages, National Blood Service of Zimbabwe (NBSZ) Public Affairs Manager, Ms Esther Massundah has said. By Michael Gwarisa In a statement, Ms Massundah said blood has a shelf life of 42 days and therefore it can only be normal for the blood bank to maintain a five day supply of blood every week and this does not mean there is a shortage. “Following a series of inquiries,…

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