Magombeyi Steps Down As Doctors Union President

ZIMBABWE Hospital Doctors Association (ZHDA) president, Dr Peter Magombeyi has stepped down from the helm of the organization under yet to be ascertained reasons. HealthTimes Reporter In a letter addressed to the organization’s secretary general, Dr Magombeyi urged other doctors to continue with the fight for better living and working  standards. I cannot thank all the doctors enough for the opportunities the Zimbabwe Hospital Doctors Association (ZHDA) has provided me. Working with you has been incredibly instrumental in my personal growth and I will never forget the struggle we go…

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CSOs Pressure Gvt To Appoint New NAC Board and CEO

THE National AIDS Council (NAC) which has gone for more than 365 days with neither a  substantive board nor Chief Executive Officer (CEO) has come under fire from Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) who believe the development was impacting negatively on the national HIV response. By Michael Gwarisa Health and Child Care Minister, Dr Obadiah Moyo dissolved the NAC board a year ago a few weeks after former NAC CEO, Dr Tapuwa Magure had resigned. Since January 2019, Mr Raymond Yekeye the NAC Operations Manager and Mr Alfred Manenji the Finance…

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Twin Palms Gets ISO Certification and Accreditation

TWIN Palms and its subsidiary the Gamma Allergy and Immunology Laboratory (GAMMA) received a Certificate of Accreditation from the Southern African Development Community Accreditation Service (SADCAS), while SAZ presented its Clinical wing the Asthma, Allergy and Immune Dysfunction Clinic with the ISO 9001:2015 accreditation certificate. By Michael Gwarisa The laboratory is certified to the ISO 15189 standard which is a prestigious honour only awarded to organisations which would exhibited exceptional adherence to standards in their various fields of expertise. In a speech read on behalf of the deputy minister of…

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Prohibition Of Service Provision By Medical Aid Societies Challenged

CIMAS Group Chief Executive Officer Mr Vuli Ndlovu on Thursday vented his reservations on the Medical Aid Regulatory Bill prohibiting medical aid societies into service provision. By Kudakwashe Pembere With medical service providers lobbying for this move, the Health and Child Care Minister Dr Obadiah Moyo has pushed for this bill to be approved by Cabinet. Speaking at an information campaign launch at CIMAS head office, Mr Ndlovu said he is against the prohibition part. “The next issue I want to say on the bill is the story coming out…

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CIMAS Launches Campaign To Demystify Medical Aid Misconceptions

CIMAS Medical Aid Society on Thursday launched an information campaign to address the stereotypes about medical aid societies. By Kudakwashe Pembere Dubbed ‘Secure With Us’, the campaign also seeks to increase awareness to their services along with steps taken to add value to them. CIMAS Group Chief Executive Vuli Ndlovu said the primary concern was to promote health of its members and ensure access to affordable quality healthcare. As part of our strategy to preserve and add value to the services that we offer we have restructured our medical aid…

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Y+ Receives HER Voice Grant To Advance HIV Response In Young Girls

YOUNG Global Network for Young People Living With HIV (Y+ Network) has received the HER Voice Fund, a Global Fund and ViiV Healthcare initiative to ensure young women and girls have a meaningful voice in decisions that affect their health. By Michael Gwarisa The HER Voice initiative was created in recognition of the vital role adolescent girls and young women (AGYW) have in driving and shaping the HIV response. Speaking on the development, Y+ Global Programmes Manager, Cedric Nininahazwe said it was time for action. The message is now shut your…

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One In Every Four Children Not Registered- UNICEF

DATA released by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) indicate that one in four children under the age 5 (166 million), on average, are not registered in the world today. By Michael Gwarisa According to a publication by UNICEF called “Birth Registration for Every Child by 2030: Are we on track?” children under five fail to get registration owing to a plethora of barriers which range from poverty, long distance to health facilities among others. And even when they are, they may not have proof of registration. The reasons are…

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Machete Gangs Killed 105 People Since August 2019

A total of 105 people have died at the hands of Machete  wielding gangs between August and October 2019, a civil society organization has said. In a statement, Heal Zimbabwe Trust (HZT) said its was  gravely concerned by the escalation of cases of violence involving machete killings by artisan miners across the country. “During the festive season, there were reports of one police officer who was hacked to death by the machete-wielding gangs at Good Hope Mine in Battlefields. On Christmas eve, a gold buyer suffered the same fate in…

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Enhanced Counselling Improves ART Uptake In Rural Chivi

WITH only a staff establishment of four primary care nurses, a nutritionist, a data entry clerk, an environmental health technician alongside the general hand, Madzivadondo Clinic serves 5 376 people. The clinic offers HIV services which include counselling and ART initiation with the aid of Direct Service Delivery models. The clinic’s Sister in Charge Assyria Zizhou says they employ various strategies to encourage ART uptake. “On the HIV services offered here at this clinic, we first offer pre and post-test counselling. If one opts in, we test him or her.…

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Zim Human Development Index Rankings Improve

ZIMBABWE according to the latest Human Development Index report moved six places up into having medium human development from low human development due to progress in health service delivery. By Kudakwashe Pembere Countries with very high human development are ranked from number 1 to 62. From 63 to 116 are countries having high human development while those ranked between 117 and 153 are in the medium human development group. The HDI is a summary measure for assessing long-term progress in three basic dimensions of human development: a long and healthy…

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