Maternal Health During COVID-19 Times, Time To Rethink Health Priorities

Young Preganant Women

MOST Zimbabweans at some point  thought our country had done very well in curbing COVID-19 infections. That was before we started to experience a steady increase in new infections towards the end of 2020. Reports showed that in week 46 of the year, there were 281 new cases and in week 47 there were new 594 cases. By Edinah Masiyiwa  These statistics did not scare Zimbabweans enough though as people went to parties during the festive season, including a big party in Harare where thousands of people gathered to celebrate…

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Urgent Need To Build Public Health Sector Capacity & Resilience Ahead Of Further Waves Of COVID-19

THE month of January was a clear testimony of healthcare workers’ lamentations over the years. Public health sectors doctors and nurses have gone on industrial action several times over the past years, crying not only over poor remuneration but poor conditions of service. By Dr Grant Murewanhema They have often cited poor equipment, lack of essential medicines and gross shortage of sundries as barriers to provision of quality healthcare. This has seen an exodus of highly qualified healthcare personnel from the public health sector into countries countries and regions. Our…

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The Importance Of Maintaining A Healthy Diet During The Covid-19 Pandemic

THE Covid-19 pandemic has caused a lot of undesirable changes in the day to day living of people worldwide. The greatest concern of many is to avoid catching the virus and at least recover if infected. Everybody is afraid of either dying and leaving their loved ones or losing their loved ones to Covid-19, indeed the pandemic has come with lots of insecurities, fears and depression. By Ms Nomagugu Ndlovu and Dr Tecklah Usai The fears associated with the Covid-19 pandemic can negatively impact on people’s eating habits. Reaching for…

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#TalkingCOVIDWithDr Grant: Covid-19 And Well-Being

Dr Grant Marewanhema

THE month of January has been particularly challenging for Zimbabwe as far as the COVID-19 pandemic is concerned. We reported the highest number of cases as well as the highest number of fatalities since March 2020 when the pandemic hit the country. News of high-profile people including cabinet ministers, church bishops, medical professional and many other succumbing to the disease sent waves of fear and desperation across the population. By Dr Grant Murewanhema Zimbabwe is a peculiar country where access to quality medical care is a luxury to many. We…

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Zimbabwe COVID-19 Deaths Breach 1000 Mark

20 March 2020 is when we confirmed the first case of SARS-CoV-2 in Zimbabwe, and a few days later we had lost a prominent young man (may his soul continue to rest in peace). The initial trajectory was slow, and by October we thought the local outbreak was under control. By Dr Grant Murewanhema Sadly our confirmed cases started to rise again, with a significant rise in the first 2 weeks of January, possibly attributable to an influx of returnees from abroad and unrestricted human movements during the festive period.…

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Don’t Over boil Zumbani, Never Use Remedies As A Substitute For Food

Go Green! Our potential way out        THIS Covid-19 pandemic has brought special attention to herbal remedies or functional foods, naturally regarded for both their nutritional and health benefits. Most of us commonly know these as herbs or complementary and alternative medicines. Everyone is busy looking for something traditional to use, with an aim to boost our immunity and give the body a chance to fight against the virus. While Prof Dexter Tagwireyi has already cautioned us to be careful when we use the plant Lippia javanica (fever bush, Zumbani or…

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COVID-19 And The Festive Season: Time To Guard Against Complacency

Dr Grant Marewanhema

2020 has been a particularly strange year; one that many would quickly want to rub out of their memories. Many lost their loved ones from COVID-19 and non-COVID-19 related causes; many were separated from their loved ones for months due to international travel restrictions and national lockdowns, and there are many who lost their jobs as economic recessions took their toll on businesses. Schools and colleges have been closed for months, with some now resorting to virtual teaching; some even lost their opportunity for graduations after many years of sweating…

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Time For Citizens To Demand Accountability To Ensure Attainment of Universal Health Coverage

THE 12 of December is the Universal Health Coverage (UHC) Day which is celebrated worldwide. Combined with the closing of another year, this is a time to take stock of how far we have gone in reaching the UHC goals in Zimbabwe. By Edinah Masiyiwa According to the World Health Organisation UHC means that everyone who requires health care should get it and that people should afford the health care. This year’s UCH theme is “Health For All: Protect everyone.” We have a long way to go until we reach…

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Time To Rethink Our Behaviour And Make A Few Sacrifices To Break The COVID-19 Transmission Chain In Zim

FATIGUE leading to complacency in epidemics and pandemics is well described. Humans are social beings and created with an intrinsic desire to mingle, interact and work. However, certain times really call for an audit of our  actions and behaviour. By Dr Grant Murewanhema Global statistics indicate that SARS-CoV-2 is now spreading like veldfire in some continents. Over 4 million people were confirmed to be SARS-CoV-2 positive in the week ending 29 November 2020, and in the same week over 69 000 fatalities were reported. It is extremely naive to think…

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Communities Essential To Pandemic Responses

A community-led response will not only get our HIV response back on track but also help Africa defeat COVID-19. When COVID-19 first hit Africa’s shores, there were real concerns that an additional 500 000[1] people could die from AIDS-related causes, including Tuberculosis, in sub-Saharan Africa in 2020–2021. Innovative measures from the continent, community responses and adherence to World Health Organization guidelines to maintain essential services amid the pandemic, among others, have mitigated this impact. But HIV services have been disrupted. And there are indications that COVID-related restrictions are having a…

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