COVID-19 VACCINATION: The Facts

THE COVID-19 third wave has been something else in Zimbabwe. It has exceeded the damage causes by the first and second waves combined by a huge margin, and many lives have been claimed. Several families have lost two or more members, and the extent of social disruption is unimaginable. I have come across families that have lost both parents, young couples have been disrupted, pregnant mothers have departed from us, and some have left their neonates. This indeed has been a very sad time for us Zimbabweans, and has been…

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Building Self Esteem As A young Person

IT is not easy being a young person in this day and age. Young people face many challenges growing up. At times they are treated like children and at times they are treated like adults so long as the person who is dealing with them stands to benefit. By Fadzayi Maposah One issue that affects young people today is the issue of self -esteem especially low self- esteem. Self- esteem is the value that we put on ourselves, it includes the way we think, the way we perceive, feel and…

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Corona Yava Kuda Kuita Muonera Pamwe, Chuma Chemuzukuru

Dr Grant Murewanhema

NYIKA yaminama iyi. Kunze kwaita chikara, Dzihwamupengo rasiya misodzi pamatama evana vevanhu. Vamwe ndivo vari kuti midzimu yatifuratira. Vamwe ndivo vari kuti mwari atipira gotsi. Hapana achaziva maperero azvo. Chinhu chimwechete chandinoda kukudzai ndechekuti nerimwe remazuva, kunyange iro Denda re COVID iri richapera tikadzokera pedu pakare paye. Kasi zvinoda kuti tibatirane pamwechete. Na Sekuru Grant Murewanhema Ngatirambei tichishanda pamwe chete kudzivirira kuwedzera kuparara kwechidzihwamupengo chadai kutekeshera nyika yose. Chirwere ichi chiri kuramba chichititorera vadikani vedu, vavakidzani nehama neshamwari, zvinova zvinhu zvinorwadza samare. Ngatirambei tichiyeuchidzana kupfeka mamask zvakanaka, kumira takasiya nhanho…

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Zimbabwe Needs To Strengthen Public Health Sector Capacity and Resilience beyond the 3rd Wave: Lessons not learnt from the previous waves

THE past week or two have particularly been rough for Zimbabwe. 20 people were lost in a horrific road traffic accident, and hundreds more succumbed to COVID-19. Unfortunately, all-cause mortality is probably much higher. Our focus has been so much on COVID-19 over the past 18 months and we seem to have forgotten about our high burden of HIV, malaria and other infectious diseases. Good news is Zimbabwe was removed from the list of high tuberculosis burden countries in the past week; congratulations to the AIDS and TB unit, their…

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COVID Third Wave Requires Social Media Influencers, Religious Leaders To Share Information Responsibly

ZIMBABWE and most of Africa are currently in their third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. Unlike the first two, the current wave has had a very rapid spread across Africa, and also seems to be having a higher fatality rate. Zimbabwe has seen the highest numbers ever reported this week, reporting a record high of over 2600 cases in the past 24 hours, with 55 deaths. By Dr Grant Murewanhema There has also been widespread community transmission, with all 10 provinces reporting quite significant numbers of cases. Unlike in the…

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Vaccination, Adherence To Covid-19 Regulations Solution To Ending The Pandemic

ENDING the ravaging Covid-19 pandemic in Zimbabwe requires communities, whether in rural areas or cities, to religiously adhere to regulations pronounced by the government, getting vaccinated as well as following guidelines issued by WHO on the disease, which has claimed over 3 million lives globally. By Itai Josh Rusike Following recent upsurge of Covid-19 cases in some parts of the country and the subsequent localized lockdowns, the government introduced new level measures. But such measures, though important, are not enough when people lack adequate information about the virus. Lack of…

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As The Third Wave Wreaks Havoc, Lets Act Responsibly To Reduce & Break Chains Of SARS-CoV-2 Transmission

AFTER a period of relative stability from March to May 2021, Zimbabwe entered into the much dreaded third wave of the COVID-19 local epidemic. The current wave, which began at the beginning of June, has seen a substantial rise in the number of confirmed and hospitalised cases and fatalities over the past three weeks. By Dr Grant Murewanhema Reports of full or overwhelmed health facilities have started emerging, with increasing numbers of symptomatic people with severe to critical illness. Sadly, in the past seven days, we have also two medical…

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Open Up Space For Adolescents To Access SRHR Services

RECENTLY, I was saddened to read that a dead infant was found during a burst sewer pipe at a primary school in Bulawayo. I imagined the state of hopelessness the parent must have felt to resort to infanticide. And I felt angry about the lack of prioritization of women’s and girls’ sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR), especially during this time of COVID-19 lockdowns, that may have contributed to this horrific outcome. By Edinah Masiyiwa The insufficient attention to women’s and girls’ needs and disruptions in health systems during…

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UNESCO’s Rapid Training Programme On Open, Distance And Online Learning Reaches 1 400 Teachers

AS with many countries across the world, 2020 saw Zimbabwean schools abruptly closed as a consequence of the Covid-19 pandemic. The closure of schools for almost a year seriously impacted school outcomes and reversed some important post-independence gains in areas such as literacy and numeracy, school infrastructure, and school attendance, among others.   Most public schools did not have the capacity to offer distance or online learning since, in addition to a lack of infrastructure and resources, teachers were neither equipped nor trained to offer this type of learning. While…

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UN HIV Declaration Must Throw A Lifeline To People With Advanced HIV Disease

CAN we do what needs to be done to stop people dying from HIV/AIDS? Maybe – but only if we pay more attention to the people who are most at risk of dying. World leaders will discuss the next steps in the fight against the disease at the UN High Level Meeting on HIV/AIDS on the 8-10th of June 2021. By Dr Gilles Van Cutsem and Amanda Banda The political declaration they’re expected to adopt, must contain clear and tangible commitments to tackle HIV related mortality and a specific focus…

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