The Avenues Clinic Lifts Patients Visiting Hours Restrictions

THE Avenues Clinic has riveted to its usual patients visiting hours which had been suspended for the past two months due to COVID-19. By Michael Gwarisa The restoration of visiting hours is effective 22 September 2020 and the the visiting hours schedule will still be limited to one visitor and one visiting hour per patient per day. In the initial communication to the public, the hospital had reported that suspension of visiting hours had been necessitated by the increase in the number of Covid-19 cases which was being reported at…

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WHO & UNICEF Recommit To Accelerating Health & Well-being At All ages

THE World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF have signed a new collaborative framework which will accelerate joint public health efforts that put the most marginalized and vulnerable populations first. HealthTimes Reporter The new Strategic Collaboration Framework builds on a robust 70-year collaboration between the two organizations, and prioritizes four strategic areas for immediate attention and action at all levels of the organizations: universal health coverage, through a primary health care and health systems approach; mental health and psychosocial wellbeing and development; public health emergencies; and maternal and child nutrition. Additionally, the two…

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Masvingo Now Has Only One Active COVID-19 Case

AS Zimbabwe’s COVID-19 cases continue on a downward trend, the Ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC) statistics indicate that Masvingo province now has a single active COVID-19 case. By Michael Gwarisa According to the MoHCC sitrep of September 19, 2020, Masvingo had only one remaining active COVID-19 case, 227 cumulative recoveries against 230 cumulative cases and two deaths. Masvingo is followed by Mashonaland Central which has only nine active cases remaining, 171 cumulative recoveries and 184 cumulative cases. From September 12, 2020 to 18 September 2020, 218 new cases…

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#TalkingCOVID-19WithDrGrant: Rays Of Hope, But No Room For Complacency

Dr Grant Marewanhema

THE past few weeks have seen a marked reduction in the number of PCR-positive COVID-19 cases across all the ten provinces of Zimbabwe. This resonates well with the marked decline in the deaths attributable to COVID-19. Additionally, the number of cases admitted at the treatment and isolation centre at Parirenyatwa has significantly declined, and so are the admissions at Wilkins Hospital and other treatment and isolation centres throughout Zimbabwe. By Grant Murewanhema 218 new cases and 6 deaths were reported from 12 September 2020 to 18 September 2020. Harare still…

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Uzumba Councillor Commences Construction Of Four Clinics, Targets To Reduce Maternal Complications

COUNCILLOR for Uzumba, Ward 14, Cllr Fagio Marowa has embarked on an ambitious project to build four clinics in Mayema, Mutize, Zenga and Kaseke in a bid to improve access to primary health care services for more than 8000 villagers. By Michael Gwarisa Recently In Uzumba At the moment majority of villagers from at least 27 villages are getting health assistance at Nhakiwa Clinic which to some is located 20 kilometers away and in most cases is difficult to access during rainy seasons due to flooded rivers and a rugged…

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UK Support To Zim Keeps Essential Health Services Afloat During COVID-19

AN ongoing United Kingdom Government (UK) five-year US$168.8 million health programme in Zimbabwe has seen the health sector offering uninterrupted essential health services despite the COVID-19 crisis. By Michael Gwarisa The UK as a major donor in the health sector also provided US$50 million in 2020 to Zimbabwe through the Health Development Fund (HDF), Global Vaccines Alliance (GAVI) and The Global Fund. Speaking to HealthTimes, the UK’s Development Director for Zimbabwe, Cate Turton said the support from the UK government was also aimed at equipping primary healthcare workers where majority…

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Keep health workers safe to keep patients safe: WHO

THE World Health Organization (WHO) is calling on governments and health care leaders to address persistent threats to the health and safety of health workers and patients. HealthTimes Reporter “The COVID-19 pandemic has reminded all of us of the vital role health workers play to relieve suffering and safe lives,“ said Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General. “No country, hospital or clinic can keep its patients safe unless it keeps its health workers safe. WHO’s Health Worker Safety Charter is a step towards ensuring that health workers have the safe…

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New High Level Commission Established To Track ICPD25 Commitments As COVID-19 Threatens To Sway Progress

A new High-Level Commission of advocates, experts and activists will be established today to help commitments to women’s health and rights made at the November 2019 Nairobi Summit on ICPD25 stay on track, even during the COVID-19 pandemic, which is blocking access to essential services, such as family planning and antenatal care. By Michael Gwarisa The Nairobi Summit secured billions of dollars in commitments from governments, the private sector, foundations and others. It rallied support to achieve “three zeros” – zero unmet need for family planning, zero preventable maternal deaths,…

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Facebook Partners NBSZ To increase Blood Donations In Zimbabwe

FACEBOOK in partnership with the National Blood Service Zimbabwe (NBSZ) announce a new feature to encourage people to donate blood. Starting today, Zimbabweans who are between 18-65 years old, will have the option to sign up as blood donors on Facebook, be notified when blood donor centres near them have an urgent need for donations and invite friends to donate. HealthTimes Reporter With Zimbabwe being the eighth country in Africa where Facebook has launched this feature, this initiative comes at a crucial time as the pandemic is now widespread, resulting…

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USAID Trains Over 8000 Health Workers To Manage COVID-19 In Zimbabwe

THE United States Agency for International Development  (USAID) has trained more than 8,200 healthcare workers and experts to provide technical support at health facilities in Zimbabwe during the COVID-19 pandemic. By Michael Gwarisa Speaking during a virtual roundtable meeting with journalists, newly appointed USAID mission director in Zimbabwe, Mr Art Brown said the United States government was committed to improving lives of ordinary Zimbabweans through  poverty alleviation, eliminating hunger and improving health standards. One of the major priorities that we have that I have stumbled into is the COVID-19 Pandemic that…

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