Condoms In Schools Could Reduce Illegal Abortions

EXPANDING contraceptives coverage to schools and other at risk populations could reduce the number of deaths and complications as a result of illegal abortions, a parliamentarian has said.   By Michael Gwarisa In an interview with HealthTimes on the side-lines of the World Abortion Day celebrations, legislator and former parliamentary committee on health chair, Dr Ruth Labode said contraceptive services were not getting to adolescents and young girls despite the fact that they are the most sexually active and at risk of unwanted pregnancies. “Our biggest problem in Zimbabwe is…

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To Or Not To Legalise Abortion, Zimbabwe’s Legal Dilemma

ABORTION has been a contentious issue in Zimbabwe and the world over, with governments and civil society organisations clashing on numerous platforms over the morality, acceptability and legality of the practice. By Michael Gwarisa The United States government under the current Donald Trump administration does not support abortion, neither does it provide funding for organisations which support abortion. In Zimbabwe, not only is abortion taboo but is in most instances associated with loose morals and first degree murder as it involves the termination of a fetus (life) from its mother’s…

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Home Births Still High In Chivi

HOME delivery cases are still high in Chivi district while institutional deliveries are currently below 80 percent, owing to a plethora of factors chief among them being the deteriorating health standards and lack of functional Health Center Committees (HCCs), Chivi Acting District Medical Officer (DMO), Dr Emmanuel Chagondah has said. By Michael Gwarisa Speaking at the just ended leadership symposium for public health practitioners, Dr Chagondah said the district was still struggling with high cases of home deliveries. “Institutional deliveries are below 80% for the district. Chivi District Hospital’s (CDH)…

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5 myths about infertility

INFERTILITY – the inability to get pregnant after 12 months of regular, unprotected sexual intercourse – affects about 1 in 10 couples. A diagnosis can alter relationships, lead to depression and anxiety, and threaten lifelong expectations of parenthood. Thankfully, medical advances such as in vitro fertilization (IVF) have made it possible for certain couples to conceive, but these treatments carry risks and are often poorly understood. Here are five common misconceptions. Myth No. 1: Stress causes infertility An article on WebMD claims that doctors believe “the stress of actually undergoing…

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USAID Launches $25 million Family Health Progam

USAID has launched a $25 million family health program dubbed the Mhuli/Imuli which is a five year package meant to improve the health of Zimbabwean families By Michael Gwarisa Speaking at the launch, USAID mission director Stephanie Funk, said the program is a partnership between FHI360 and the USAID and will expand martenal, newborn, child health and family planning services. “Today is an exiting day. It is exiting because we are celebrating the launch of our new five year $25 million program called Mhuri/Imuli. In English, that means family. USAID…

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ARVs safe for pregnant mothers-Gvt

UPTAKE of Anti Retro Viral (ARVs) drugs has been scientifically proven to be safe even for pregnant women contrary to the popular belief that expecting women are not allowed to take any medication during the gestation period. By Michael Gwarisa in Chinhoyi Briefing Journalists during a National Aids Council (NAC) Media sensitisation workshop in Chinhoyi, National PMTCT and Paediatric HIV Care and Treatment Coordinator in the Ministry of Health and Child Care, Dr Angela Mushavi said HIV positive pregnant women should register at health institutions early so as to get…

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Communities Raise Red Flag Over Gaps In Gazetted Public Health Bill

COMMUNITIES say the newly gazetted Public Health Bill (PHB) is a noble document but still needs to be worked on to address public health issues at community level. By Michael Gwarisa The development comes in the midst of ongoing Public feedback meetings on the PBH which kicked off this week in Mutare. The Community Working Group on Health (CWGH), a Non Governmental Organizations which represents and drives health issues on behalf of communities says the new bill is silent to a number factors which directly impact health at community level…

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#BREAKING: Blood Demand To Go Up…As Blood Group O Reserves Run Dry

AN unanticipated upsurge in blood demand is looming at the back of government’s recent move to slash the blood prices from $80 to $50 per unit at the beginning of this year. By Michael Gwarisa The development also comes at the back of a crisis whereby the Blood bank coffers are fast  running dry of blood group O amidst indications that not more than 52% of Zimbabwe’s population belong to that blood group. Briefing Journalists this morning, National Blood Services of Zimbabwe (NBSZ) Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Ms Lucy Marowa…

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#BREAKING: Public Health Bill finally gazetted

By Daniel Phiri  THE much awaited Public Health Bill (PHB) that seeks among other things to replace the outdated Public Health Act enacted in 1924 has been gazetted and will soon be making its way to Parliament for First Reading. Although it has been designated as urgent, the Public Health Bill has faced a lot of delays along the way which include a shortage of staff at the Attorney General’s office coupled with other delays at the Ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC) offices owing to unavailability of the…

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Parly to conduct public hearings on effects of contraceptives

By Daniel Phiri PARLIAMENTARY Portfolio Committee on Woman Affairs, Gender and Community Development is set to hold public hearings to gather views on the alleged effects of family planning methods (Hormonal contraceptives). The public hearings which will be held in about eight towns (Lupane, Bulawayo, Mberengwa, Zvishavane, Masvingo, Chivhu, Bindura and Mazowe) across the country are scheduled to start from the 4th to 8th of December 2017. According to the Committee, “interested groups and organisations are invited to the consultations. The contributions made will be considered by the Portfolio Committee…

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