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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Why so many people still die from Aids-related illnesses despite more people being on treatment

Twenty years ago antiretroviral medicines for HIV were a rare luxury in South Africa. Exorbitant costs and president Thabo Mbeki’s government fierce government opposition against providing antiretroviral treatment (ART) kept it out of the public sector. Those were terrible days. Many lives were lost. By Dr Gilles Van Cutsem Today, one of the main challenges in the fight against Aids is the lack of availability of diagnostics and drugs that can help save lives of people suffering from advanced HIV; who are very vulnerable to deadly opportunistic infections such as…

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About Time We Start Having A Serious Discussion Around Drinking and Driving

ZIMBABWE is currently in a state mourning following the demise of one of the country’s most prominent businessperson, Genius Kadungure famously known as Ginimbi who died early Sunday morning in a traffic accident together with three of his colleagues. By Michael Gwarisa At age 36, Ginimbi was taken away tragically from this world and just like that, a vibrant and hardworking young person is no longer in our midst. Michelle Moana Amuli’ one of the occupants of the Ginimbi’s Rolls Royce Wraith also perished in the same accident and she…

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Negligence In Zimbabwe’s Medical Practice

JULY 28 marked the anniversary of the death of Lucy Eggy Munemo, a victim of negligent practice in the medical field. Having been admitted to a private hospital (Arundel Medi Clinic) in the afternoon on the day in question, she died at the same facility just before they could transfer her to the Avenues Clinic. Ambulance staff tried to resuscitate her but this was all in vain as she was pronounced dead at the clinic. By Sam Duma The medical practice in question was operating on the Rock Foundation premises…

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#EDITORIAL: COVID-19 Dead Bodies In Africa: Was Melinda Gates’s Predictions Correct?

“Covid-19 will be horrible in the developing world. My heart is in Africa. I am worried. The only reason why the reported cases of the coronavirus disease in Africa is low now is most likely because there have not been wide testing of people. The disease is going to bite hard on the continent. I see dead bodies in the streets of Africa,” said Melinda Gates the Co-Chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in  a Televised interview on CNN in April this year. Following these “Controversial” utterances, Melinda…

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Religious Beliefs And culture, Barriers To Accessing SHRH

“PUBLIC hearings are announced, people do not attend. The communities show no interest in the formation of policies only to complain later…” By Catherine Murombedzi Health Correspondent Conforming to societal expectations has been a drawback to acceptance that culture is dynamic. The need to adapt and adopt to the ever changing requirements in life are required to keep pace with the changes. Some cultural and religious norms have limited or even hindered acceptance to changes in the global village. In Zimbabwe, we have societal pressure as a barrier in most…

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Open letter to the Minister of Health From Quarantine

AFTER spending 22 days in captivity we were told that we cannot leave quarantine after testing. The standard published by the government is a maximum of 21, but I am sitting at 25 with cellmates having up to 30 and even more. The reason behind our continued detention being: of the over 100 tests conducted 4 days ago, one inmate has tested positive. We are thus supposed to stay on for another 8 days after which we shall be tested again. The rationale, according to the ministry of health which…

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