Alternative Smoking Products Could Reduce Cancer Morbidity And Mortality

EVEN though quitting tobacco is by far the most effective means of tobacco harm reduction, it is difficult to achieve due to a myriad of factors chief among them being the addictive nature of Nicotine, hence the need to introduce innovative and less harmful alternative ways of reducing smoking related cancer deaths and illnesses, a top harm reduction expert has said. By Michael Gwarisa According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), tobacco kills more than 8 million people each year and more than 7 million of those deaths are the…

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NCDs and Disability Perspective During The IDD 2021

As Best Non-Communicable Diseases Zimbabwe (BeatNCDs Zim) we join the world in commemorating the International Day of Disability which is celebrated every year on the 4th of December. This year’s theme is “Leadership and participation of persons with disabilities toward an inclusive, accessible and sustainable post-COVID-19 world.”  So as people living with NCDs(PLWNCDs) and people with disabilities(PWDs) we are taking the centre stage of this year’s commemoration by being meaningfully involved in unpacking the relationship between NCDs and disability. By Jacob Ngwenya Non-communicable diseases are diseases that are not transmitted…

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Zim Only Has 22 Radiologists

THERE are 22 radiologists serving the whole of Zimbabwe with the majority based in Harare, one stationed in Bulawayo, HealthTimes has learned By Fungai Masona This grim revelation comes at a time when massive brain drain of health workers is further crippling the health sector. In an interview, Dr CADX co-founder Mr Gift Gana said this was testimony to the limited human and infrastructural resources in Zimbabwe. We have got limited resources in Zimbabwe. And this includes radiologists who are our specialists for interpreting medical images. Here in Zimbabwe we…

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A Doctor with a heart of Gold

GUARDIAN angels come in many forms and for Nyasha Chripasi (17) from Saziya village who was born with a disability, her prayers were answered the day she met Dr Tapiwa Nyamangodo, the Clinical Supervisor for the Zimbabwe Idai Recovery Project (ZIRP) working the World Health Organisation in Chimanimani. By Michael Gwarisa Dr Nayamangodo has been leading a team of health and medical experts who were working under the ZIRP integrated health project where an array of services were being offered to Cyclone Idai survivors in Chimanimani district in Manicaland. Under…

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Road Accidents Deaths Now Equivalent To TB Deaths

STAKEHOLDERS advocating for a reduction in Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) related deaths and conditions have expressed concern over the ever increasing number of deaths from road or traffic accidents over the years. By Patson Gumbo Speaking during an Africa Road Safety Commemorations Day workshop that was hosted by the World Health Organisation (WHO) in partnership with Road Safe Zimbabwe, WHO Technical Officer, Non-Communicable Diseases, Dr. Edmore Munongo said road accident deaths were now comparable to some deadly NCDs such as Tuberculosis (TB), with young people mainly between the ages of 15-29…

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Health Ministry Dismisses Viral Video Of Woman Claiming She Reacted To Vaccine

THE Bulawayo Metropolitan Provincial Medical Director (PMD),  Dr Maphios Siamuchembu has poured water on a video currently making rounds on social media of a 27 year old woman, Cleopatra Ncube from Cowdry Park in Bulawayo who claims to have developed an adverse reaction that led to her fingers and lower limbs drying up soon after getting jabbed with the Sinovac, a Chinese manufactured vaccine being administered in Zimbabwe. By Michael Gwarisa According to the viral video, Cleopatra took the vaccine on July 27, 2021 when health officials were conducting inoculations…

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Global leaders call for cervical cancer elimination on Day of Action

New HPV vaccine prequalification aims to rectify gross inequities in access to lifesaving tools New R&D recommendations for artificial intelligence-based screening technologies New investments and commitments by the French government’s L’Initiative facility, FIND, University of Miami, WHO THE World Health Organisations (WHO) joins advocates around the world to commemorate a landmark Day of Action for Cervical Cancer Elimination and welcomes groundbreaking new initiatives to end this devastating disease, which claims the lives of over 300 000 women each year. As with COVID-19, access to lifesaving tools is constrained, with women…

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Ecobank Donates To Parirenyatwa Psychiatric Hospital

IN a move that is meant to raise awareness and help prevent non-communicable diseases including mental health challenges,  Ecobank, one of the leading financial institutions in Zimbabwe has donated various items to help at Parirenyatwa Psychiatric Hospital. By Patricia Mashiri The donated goods include assorted medicines to last for a year, 40 medical beds, assorted medical equipment, disinfectants, plates, spoons, cups, water. In his acceptance speech, Dr John Mangwiro, the Deputy Minister, Health and Child Care commended Ecobank for the gesture saying it will go a long way in addressing…

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Zim Radiotherapist Vents Over Broken Down Cancer Management and Treatment Equipment In Zim Public Hospitals

Below is an extraction from a social media post by one of Zimbabwe’s leading Radiotherapist, Adriana Rutendo Mafukidze Zanga. I can’t sleep. 2.41 a.m. I need help. I keep seeing those angry faces when I close my eyes. ANGRY CANCER PATIENTS They literally would have beaten us up again yesterday as we dismissed them again this week without getting their radiation treatment. The machine has been going down every afternoon due to heating issues among other issues. Well they have every right to be angry. Some of them by 4a.m…

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Massive Turnout For First Lady’s Cervical and Breast Cancer Screening Initiative In Hopely

HUNDREDS of women and girls in Hopley, thronged the free Cervical Cancer and Breast Cancer screening drive that was being offered by Angel Of Hope Foundation, a charity organization under Zimbabwe’s First Lady and Health Ambassador, Amai Auxillia Mnangagwa. By Patricia Mashiri The Cancer Screening session was offered through Angel of Hope’s Mobile clinic facilities which included a bus among other mobile facilities. Speaking during the cancer screening session  in Hopely, Harare South, Amai Mnangagwa said  even though it was breast cancer month, women continued to lose lives to other…

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