COVID-19 In Schools: What Is The Way Forward?

AS the third wave settled, there was a huge outcry for the re-opening of schools, and I personally added my voice to the sentiments. And even today when asked, I would echo the same sentiments too. Prolonged closure of schools is not good for the pupils for several reasons. Not only do they lag behind in terms of their education and social development; they also get exposed to several hazards in society. By Dr Grant Murewanhema What quickly comes to mind is the risk of indulging in drugs, early sexual…

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Access To Safe Abortion Care Is A Health Need

Recently, two bodies of newly born babies were found in a bin in Harare.[1] Due to a lack of accessible contraceptives during COVID-19, 5000 girls were reported to have fallen pregnant in January alone,[2] and sadly, the abandonment of unwanted babies is one of the outcomes. Unsafe abortions are another. The reality is, this could just be a tip of the iceberg of what is happening to women and girls as a result of their inability to access contraceptives. By Edinah Masiyiwa As the COVID-19 epidemic rages on, the health…

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COVID-19 Third Wave: Is It Time To Relax?

IF there is one thing I have been yearning for, it’s a return to some kind of normalcy. It’s been such a long journey of restricted lifestyles, and if truth be told, that’s not how we envisage life as human beings. We are social beings, with inborn instincts to mix, mingle, be outdoors, free-spirited and have fun. By Grant Murewanhema Christians want to be in that temple, singing songs of praise and worship, exchanging mics, and dancing without being restricted, and without being overly cautious to make sure that the…

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The “Ndiro ya Baba” Phenomenon:…A closer look at the intra household food distribution in Zimbabwe

TO those who have had a stint with rural life you might have across these phrases, “Musana Wehuku Ndewababa,” loosely translated as “only the father or man of the house is the one who eats the entire Chicken’s back.” In Masvingo it’s called Chiteretere and in some households, women have even been sent packing for wrongly allocating chicken portions. By Dr Tonde Matsungo (PhD, MPhil, BSc) and Dexter Chagwena To consume the entire Chicken’s back, a humongous mountain of Sadza has to complement the meal. The practice whereby the father…

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Relationships : The Family (Part 1)

Relationships are the way which two or more people are connected. Young people are in many relationships. The relationships that young people have include family, friendships, dating and courtship. By Fadzayi Maposah Family is where young people start interaction with other people. Families come in various forms: the nuclear family made up of both parents, single parent families, child headed families and the extended family. These days the family is under a lot of reconstruction with many demands, strains and pressures upon it. The family, peers and the society play…

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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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