Zim’s National Cancer Control Plan on cards

By Kuda Pembere The Ministry of Health and Child Care is on the verge of completing the National Cancer Control Plan to guide Zimbabwe in the management of cancer in the country. This was said by Mr Lee Nkala from the Health Ministry’s Non-Communicable Diseases Department during the commemorations of International Childhood Cancer Day at KidzCan Offices in Harare last Thursday running under the theme, “Unveiling Challenges.” International Childhood Cancer Day is a global collaborative campaign to raise awareness about childhood cancer and to express support for children and adolescents…

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Parirenyatwa Hospital Receives US$50,000 Worth Of Chemotherapy Drugs

By Michael Gwarisa In a bid to ease the burden of costs associated with accessing cancer treatment, TM Pick n Pay, CABS, in partnership with the Cancer Association of Zimbabwe (CAZ), have donated Chemotherapy Drugs to Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals Oncology department. The drugs are worth US$50,000 and will be administered free of charge to Cancer patients in need of treatment. In his acceptance speech, Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals Clinical director, Dr Morgan Mhlanga said many patients struggle to access Chemotherapy drugs due to the exorbitant costs associated with the…

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Africa Warms Up To Single-Dose HPV Vaccine

By Michael Gwarisa Following the relaunch of the Human papillomavirus (HPV) programme by GAVI the Vaccine Alliance, in line with the new World Health Organisation (WHO) recommendations for a single-dose HPV vaccine, African states are embracing the administering of the one dosage in eligible populations. The developments come amidst indications that GAVI has set an ambitious target to reach 86 million girls with the HPV vaccine by 2025, as immunisation partners outline an ambitious plan to protect millions of girls in lower- and middle-income countries against cervical cancer. Speaking during…

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Decentralize Cancer Screening…Fund Treatment and Care

By Fiona Tinarwo In May this year, I had an opportunity to be part of a team that facilitated a mobile outreach clinic in Chimanimani in partnership with Mutambara Mission Hospital. One of the most important service on offer was cervical cancer screening. I met a number of women from the community and had a chance to speak to them about the importance of cervical cancer screening. One lady honestly spoke about life after getting screened and being diagnosed with cervical cancer. She literally spoke about how that could be…

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Parirenyatwa Hospital Conducts 12 Successful Open-Heart Surgeries In Two Months

Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals has to date successfully operated on 12 patients who required open heart surgeries with the team of specialists as well as the convalescents encouraging others to be fearless to get this treatment. By Kuda Pembere The Hospital is the only health facility in Zimbabwe performing these open-heart surgeries. Speaking on Wednesday at a press conference, PGH chief medical officer Dr Aspect Maunganidze described the resumption of open heart surgeries in the country as painful. It has been two months of surgeries from 22 June when we…

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Zim startup’s Cancer diagnostic application wins Cyber Cybertech Africa Security and Blockchain Hackathon

A Zimbabwean startup company which developed a computer application that detects cancers emerged the winner of this year’s Cyber Cybertech Africa Security and Blockchain Hackathon competition held in Kigali, Rwanda. By Kuda Pembere The application was developed by Clarity Technologies which comprises of four persons namely Collins Jimu and Zvikomborero Duri who are software engineers, Terry Mdiwa, a business executive and and Dr Koshesayi Madzika a lawyer. The company bagged the first prize earning themselves US$5 000 after outwitting 120 other competitors from other countries. In an interview, Mr Collins…

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Govt to decentralise Open Heart Surgeries

GOVERNMENT will decentralize the provision of open-heart surgeries in the country with the next facility targeted being Mpilo Central Hospital in Bulawayo. By Kuda Pembere Vice President and Minister of Health and Child Care Dr Constantine Chiwenga said this on the sidelines of a tour of Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals which resumed the open-heart surgery procedures. PGH is at the moment the only health facility in the country doing this procedure. The first patient to have this procedure performed on is a 29-year-old Ms Blessing Bonda who was diagnosed as…

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600 adults on Zim’s open heart surgery waiting list

WITH Zimbabwe set to resume its open-heart surgeries on Thursday, there are about 600 adults waiting on the line alongside 4 000 children who are waiting to receive this operation. By Kuda Pembere Speaking with HealthTimes, specialist cardiovascular and thoracic surgeon Dr Simukayi Machawira said every year, about 4 000 children in the country are born having a heart condition. What I can tell is that roughly we have about 600 adult patients on the waiting list. As for children, there are about 4 000 children born with a heart…

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Zimbabwe ‘s High Road Carnage Worrisome

Zimbabwe has some of the most dangerous roads in the world and the number of road accidents continues to increase, putting the successful attainment of sustainable development goals by 2030 at risk. By Staff Reporter Annual road traffic collision related fatalities are projected to increase significantly if urgent action is not taken by all stakeholders to curb their occurrence. Speaking at a media conference in Harare on Wednesday, RoadSafe Zimbabwe director, Sam Nyaude said government needs to urgently prioritise road safety and step up the implementation of the Global Plan…

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Zim HPV vaccination coverage drops: UNICEF

Zimbabwe shed 24 percent of its Human Papillomavirus (HPV) coverage which was 91 percent in 2019 to 67 percent in 2021. By Kudakwashe Pembere The drop was attributed to the COVID-19 pandemic which disrupted immunization campaigns not only in Zimbabwe but the rest of the world. In Zimbabwe, around 4 million women aged 15 years and older are at risk of developing cervical cancer. In a United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) State of the World’s Children 2023 regional brief for Eastern and Southern Africa, it was noted that the pandemic…

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