Zimbabwe Red Cross Holds NCDs Awareness Schools Competition

THE Zimbabwe Red Cross Society has successfully hosted the Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) Arts Festival with the aim of raising awareness and teaching children on the dangers of leading sedentary lifestyles and adopting dangerous habits that could lead to a high NCDs burden in the future. By Michael Gwarisa The competitions were in two phase with the provincial competitions having been held first followed by the national competitions for those who would have won the provincial competitions. There were five categories which saw pupils from various schools battling it out in…

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Male Breast Cancer Accounts For 0.9% In Zimbabwean Men

HOSPICE and Palliative Care Association of Zimbabwe (HOSPAZ), an organization that deals with palliative care for cancer, TB, HIV and other communicable and non-communicable diseases have warned that men were not excluded from developing breast cancer and should always be on the lookout for signs and symptoms of the disease. By Patricia Mashiri The call also comes in the month when the world is commemorating breast cancer awareness month which is running under the theme Budding Up With One Another Because No One Should Fight Cancer Alone. Speaking to HealthTimes…

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Men Should Constantly Screen For Prostate Cancer: Dr Mangwiro

DEPUTY Minister of Health and Child Care (MoHCC), Dr JohnMangwiro has urged men to adopt a culture of getting checked for prostate cancer so as to improve the risk of developing severe cancer due to late diagnosis and treatment. By Patricia Mashiri According available data, men have a poor health seeking behavior and most men present late for cancer screening hence reducing their survival chances. Speaking during a virtual meeting on fighting prostate cancer, Dr John Mangwiro advised health experts to scale up cancer awareness on what causes prostate cancer…

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Positive Response On PSMAS Chronic Medicines Program

PSMAS members with chronic conditions are positively responding to the call to register following the successful launch of the Chronic Medicines Programme on 1 September 2021. The programme is an initiative aimed at improving access to medications and health outcomes for PSMAS members with chronic medical conditions Own Correspondent PSMAS is dedicated to managing chronic medicine use in a manner that is beneficial to the health of members, and to ensuring quality care through holistic member care. The program is designed to benefit both members and beneficiaries alike. PSMAS members…

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Skipping Breakfast Increases Risk Of Type 2 Diabetes In Adults- Study

EPIDEMIOLOGICAL studies have indicated that breakfast skipping is associated with risk of type 2 diabetes. According to a recent study, there was a greater risk of type 2 diabetes in adults who skipped breakfast as compared to those adhered to a consistent breakfast routine. The study looked at data on 96,175 people to see if skipping breakfast had an impact on their health. What they found, was that the more people skipped breakfast – the more days a week – the higher their risk of type 2 diabetes,” said Cleveland…

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HIV Positive Women Urged To Regularly Screen For Cervical Cancer

THE Zimbabwe Association of Church Related Hospitals (ZACH) has warned that  women living with HIV were more prone to cervical cancer and therefore should get screened more frequently. By Patricia Mashiri Speaking during Cervical cancer and HIV and the impact of COVID-19 on screening services virtual meeting, HIV Positive Women Urged To Regularly Screen For Cervical Cancer, Dr Onai  Diura-Vere ZACH Technical Advisor said,”85 percent of women with cervical and HIV live in Sub-Saharan Africa. Women with HIV are at a higher risk of developing cervical cancer compared with HIV…

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Zim Still Among High Cervical Cancer Burden Countries In Africa

ZIMBABWE is still in the top five cervical cancer high burden countries on the continent, despite numerous efforts by the ministry of health and child care (MoHCC) and development partners to address the scourge, a United Nations Aids (UNAIDS) report has gathered. By Michael Gwarisa According to the 2021 Global AIDS Update report, majority of the cervical cancer cases were linked to HIV. An estimated 85% of women with cervical cancer live in sub-Saharan Africa, where the proportion of women living with HIV among people with cervical cancer exceeded 40%…

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Jet Donates Towards Alleviating Childhood Cancer

JET  Stores, a subsidiary of Edgars Stores Limited has handed over ZWL400 000 to KidzCan towards the management of childhood cancer. Staff Reporter The organization also rallied its customers to buy KidzCan branded masks in commemoration of Orange Month, and cancer tees with donations being channelled to KidzCan. Speaking on the donation, Edgars Group Spokesperson, Ms Rumbie Dzimba said,”KidzCan is one of Jet`s main CSI partners since 2019. Annually the Jet brand donates in the form of financial aid to assist in the fight against Kids cancer and also aid…

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Diabetic People Should Get Vaccinated Says Experts

DIABETES specialist and Health and Child Care Deputy Minister, Dr John Mangwiro has urged people with the diabetic condition to embrace vaccination so as to prevent COVID-19 infection as well as avoid critical illness and even death. By Patricia Mashiri His call comes as a response to growing concerns by people with diabetes and other chronic ailments on whether they should take up vaccination or not. In an interview with HealthTimes, Dr Mangwiro said people with diabetes can be vaccinated just as should any other persons with chronic diseases such…

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WORRYING NEWS: Only Half Of People Requiring Insulin Have Access To It 100 Years After Its Discovery

THE international medical humanitarian organisation, Doctors Without Borders (MSF) welcomed the launch of the ‘Global Diabetes Compact’ by the World Health Organization (WHO) today and stressed the need to speed up the availability of more quality-assured sources of human insulin so that everyone in need can access this lifesaving medicine, especially people in low- and middle-income countries where the most people struggle to access insulin. Access to insulin is also critical in the context of COVID-19, considering that people with diabetes have a higher risk of severe COVID-19 disease. Insulin…

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