Gvt Unfreezes 4000 Health Posts To Battle Covid-19

TREASURY has approved the unfreezing of health posts in Zimbabwe as part of Zimbabwe’s Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Response. By Kuda Pembere At a time when the Health Ministry alongside health workers’ unions and health Civil Society Organisations have been calling for the unfreezing of health posts, it took the overwhelming threat of COVID-19 to Zimbabweans lives for the Finance Ministry to accede. “Treasury has also concurred to the freezing of over 4 000 health sector posts, and creation of an additional 200 medical posts with a view of scaling to…

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20 Years In Jail For Spreading Fake News On COVID-19

 THE government has gazetted tough new laws that could see people spending up to 20 years in prison for spreading fake news on the novel coronavirus. SOURCE: NEWSDAY According to Statutory Instrument 83 of 2020, people who peddle information deemed false by the government face up to 20 years in prison, a hefty fine or both. “For the avoidance of doubt any person who publishes or communicates false news about any public officer involved with enforcing or implementing the national lockdown in his or her capacity as such, or about…

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#COVID-19: Harare Resident Moves To Block Setting Up Of Upmarket Covid-19 Health Centre

Case Alert 28 March 2020   AN aggrieved Harare resident on Saturday 28 March 2020 filed an urgent chamber application in the High Court seeking an order to stop the establishment of a medical facility in a residential suburb to cater for some people suffering from the deadly coronavirus. In an application filed at the High Court, Roger Stringer, a resident of Mt Pleasant suburb in Harare protested against the renovation and upgrading of Rock Foundation Medical Facility, which according to media reports is being turned into an isolation centre…

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#COVID-19: Zim Records Increase In COVID-19 Local Transmissions As Cases Rise To Seven

ZIMBABWE today recorded an additional two Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases, bringing the total number of cases to seven amidst indications that increased cases were also being recorded in people without any international travel history,  a sign that local transmissions could be on the rise. By Michael Gwarisa The new cases were announced by Ministry of Health permanent secretary, Dr Agnes Mahomva  through a daily COVID-19 update where she said the national microbiology reference laboratory centre today tested 23 samples of which two of the samples turned out positive. Amongst the seven…

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#Coronavirus: Zim Cases Rise To Seven

WITH Zimbabwe’s President Emmerson Mnangangwa announcing the lockdown measures, the country has confirmed seven Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) as of March 27, 2020. By Kudakwashe PembereFrom the seven, one succumbed to the disease. Yesterday, Zimbabwe had five COVID-19 cases.  All of the latest confirmed cases are in Harare showing mild symptoms. The first confirmed case in Victoria Falls is still mildly ill, according to the latest Health Ministry update. “Of the confirmed cases, three are due to contact with an infected individual locally. Our teams are currently seized with enhanced surveillance…

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#BREAKING: Zim Announces 21 Days Lockdown

PRESIDENT Emerson Mnangagwa has announced a 21 Days lock-down as a measure to curb the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19). By Michael Gwarisa In his Civid-19 national address, President  Mnangagwa said the lock-down would allow health authorities to deal with the unfolding crisis which has already claimed one life and infected five more. The Lockdown is as  follows: Security services to be deployed and essential civil servants will be the only ones to be allowed free movements. All movements of people is prohibited with the exception of Ministers, Heads of Ministries…

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US Pledges US$470 000 Towards Fighting Covid-19 In Zimbabwe

The United States has pledged US$470,000 to fight the spread of COVID-19 in Zimbabwe. As of Friday, March 27, the World Health Organization (WHO) said over 530,000 people have been infected with COVID-19 worldwide and more than 24,000 people have died from the disease — the majority from China. Zimbabwe declared its first case last weekend. Soon after this declaration, Zimbabwe announced two additional confirmed cases and the passing of Zororo Makamba on Tuesday, March 24. The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is coordinating with the Government of…

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NBSZ Enforces Social Distancing For Blood Donors

THE National Blood Service of Zimbabwe (NBSZ) has introduced a raft of measures among them social distancing to curb the spread as well as prevent contamination of blood and blood products with the Coronavirus (Covid-19). By Michael Gwarisa NBSZ Chief Executive Officer Ms Lucy Marowa said blood was a daily need and despite the fact that Zimbabwe and the world is grappling with Covid-19, blood remains a necessity. As a key player in the Zimbabwe health sector, NBSZ takes the well-being of blood donors, colleagues, customers and blood partners seriously.…

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#COVID-19 Has Exposed The Fragility Of Our Economies

THE human dimensions of the COVID-19 pandemic reach far beyond the critical health response. All aspects of our future will be affected – economic, social and developmental. Our response must be urgent, coordinated and on a global scale, and should immediately deliver help to those most in need. By Guy Rider, Director General ILO From workplaces, to enterprises, to national and global economies, getting this right is predicated on social dialogue between governments and those on the front line – the employers and workers. So that the 2020s don’t become…

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#JUSTIN: Zimbabwe Covid-19 Cases Rise To 5

ZIMBABWE’S Ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC) has announced that confirmed Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases have  risen to five. By Michael Gwarisa Health Permanent Secretary, Dr Agenes Mahomva said the National Microbiology Reference  Laboratory Center today tested 65 samples and two of these samples tested positive for the Covid-19. Among the 65 samples tested today, was the repeat test for the sample from the individual whom we reported previously as an inconclusive result. Today, he tested negative for COVID-19. “Therefore to date, Zimbabwe has five confirmed cases of COVID-19, including…

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