Without Mandatory Vaccination, Will Zimbabwe Meet December Herd Immunity Target?

WHEN Zimbabwe launched its national COVID-19 vaccination drive in February this year, health and child care minister Dr Constantino Chiwenga announced that the target was to vaccinate at least 10 million Zimbabweans in order to attain herd immunity. Just recently, information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services Minister, Senator Monica Mutsvangwa told Journalists during g a post cabinet media briefing that government was still optimistic of reaching the herd immunity target by December. By Michael Gwarisa However, over the past seven months since commencement of the national vaccination initiative, a number of…

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RELATIONSHIPS: Dating The Important Step For Young People

Adolescence is a time that comes with its own challenges for young people and their parents or guardians. The young people have to negotiate carefully through the potential `landmines` that can detonate anytime during the adolescent years! By Fadzayi Maposah It is important to note that the mistakes that young people make in their adolescence can affect their future and also leave scars. Adolescence should be treated with a lot caution! It is a time to be enjoyed and celebrated by the young people and their parents and guardians. In…

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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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Indian Variant Detected In Four People In South Africa, Here Is Why Zim Should Be On High Alert

BARELY a week after South Africa’s health minister, Dr Zweli Mkhize assured his nation that they need not to worry about the highly virulent Indian variant, the triple mutant specie has been detected in at least four people in South Africa. By Michael Gwarisa The South African Department of Health confirmed that the variant dominant in India had been detected in South Africa yesterday while a further 11 people also tested positive for the variant first detected in the UK. The four people who tested positive have a history of…

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Zimbabwe Without Landmines: A Crucial Step Towards Development

LYING dormant until triggered by a victim and intended to incapacitate, landmines maim civilians and render vast tracks of land unusable.  Mines and unexploded ordnance leave a terrible legacy of war, long after the guns have fallen silent.  Hidden from sight, they continue to kill and injure innocent civilians going about their daily lives, especially children.  Their very presence hinders development and prevents families and communities from being able to return to their land and rebuild.  Zimbabwe knows the long-lasting suffering that mines cause. By Brian A. Nichols and Niculin…

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#OPNION: Government Moves To Regulate Medical Aid Societies: This Doesn’t Sound Like A Very Brilliant Idea

GOVERNMENT recently announced that cabinet had deliberated and considered the submissions made on the Regulation of Medical Aid Space Societies as proposed in the Insurance and Pensions Commission Bill, which were presented by Vice President as Minister of Health and Child Care, Dr Constantino Chiwenga. By Michael Gwarisa According to information minister, Senator Monica Mutsvangwa, they had realised that since medical aid societies were not for profit enterprises and represent members’ efforts to pool funds to assist in covering health bills and expenses, it was best international practice for such…

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Of Isolation and Substance and Drug Abuse In Zimdancehall… Addressing The Elephant in the Room

WE don’t know how far true it is but a certain individual who is an avid follower of the Zimdancehall movement in Zimbabwe once told us that whenever the late Zimbdancehall icon Saul “Saul Jah Love”  Musaka would chant “Television Tings!” “High Definition” in his songs, he would be indirectly referring to a drug called Mutoriro or Dombo which is the Zimbabwean version of Crystal meth which is made from a substance called Phosphorous that is extracted from disused Television sets and discarded fluorescent bulbs and mixed with other substances.…

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#OBITUARY: Fly High With The Angels Queen Esther

Esther Massundah or the Queen as she was affectionately known within the National Blood Service Zimbabwe (NBSZ) was a perfectionist and workaholic. She paid attention to detail. A simple tiny typo on her surname which I used to write as Masunda before being corrected countless times over the phone earned me numerous  mini lectures on how to write her name correctly. By Michael Gwarisa “Its Massundha Mike, not that Masunda,” she would say before bursting into laughter at the other end of phone. Even though on countless times I would…

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OPINION: COVID-19 Home Remedies: Now You See Why We Should Preserve Biodiversity, Don’t You?

FOR more than 12 moths, the world has been at the mercy of the COVID-19 pandemic caused by the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) and to date, close to 100 million infections and 2.06 million deaths have been recorded globally. According to experts, the COVID-19 is the most significant public health problem since the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic By Michael Gwarisa Even though there is no cure yet for the COVID-19, the global recovery rate currently stands at 53.1 million. Majority of the COVID-19 cases have been reported…

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OPINION PIECE: What will it take for South Africa to prevent TB

SOUTH Africa has good TB policies, an impressive achievement that comes through in Step Up for TB 2020, a report released this week by Stop TB Partnership and Doctors Without Borders (MSF), which assesses TB policy in 37 high TB-burden countries. By Ivy Apolisi and Dr Liesbet Ohle For lives to be saved, though, policy must be implemented, and when it comes to implementation of TB policy in South Africa there is much that still needs to happen in the area of TB implementation, which is a major leg of…

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