Numbers Not Looking Good, As Third Wave Knocks On Zimbabwe’s Door

Dr Grant Murewanhema

ZIMBABWE’S daily COVID-19 infections almost doubled in the past 24 hours from 49 new cases that were recorded on June, 7 2021 to 83 cases on June 8, 2021. By Michael Gwarisa The increase in cases also comes in the wake of a slow vaccination uptake which could pose an even greater threat should the third wave officially set foot in the country. Local Public Health Expert and Epidemiologist, Dr Grant Murewanhema said the upsurge in the daily cases could signal the official arrival of the third wave in the…

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Don’t Conduct Extra Lessons In School Premises- Gvt Wars Teachers

CABINET has banned the conducting of extra lessons inside school premises during the prevailing school holiday as a means of preventing the spread of COVID-19 in schools. By Staff Reporter Information and Publicity Minister, Senator Monica Mutsvangwa told Journalists during a post cabinet media briefing that they will take the three week break period to disinfect school premises. The nation is informed that the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education has banned the use of schools for holiday lessons during the three week break that commenced on 4th June 2021.…

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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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Rowan Martin Dead Lifts Pose Complications For Terminally Ill Employees

ROWAN Martin Building, the head office for Harare City Health Department has had  dysfunctional elevators for about three months, leaving health workers with health complications at a greater risk. By Kuda Pembere This has left some employees with underlying health conditions bearing the brunt. This complaint was registered to the Zimbabwe Urban and Rural Council Nurses Workers Union (ZURNZCU) which is engaging their employer over the issue. ZURNCWU President Mr Simbarashe Tafirenyika in an interview said it was after interactions with members they learnt of the dysfunctional lifts. We have…

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US Government Announces More Than US$30 Million Support To UNFPA Work

THE United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Executive Director Dr. Natalia Kanem has welcomed renewed support from the United States Government in first meeting with U.S. Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield. HealthTimes Reporter The meeting meeting between Dr Kanem and Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield has marked the first time the two leaders have met and came in the wake of the Biden-Harris Administration’s pledge to restore support to UNFPA, the UN’s sexual and reproductive health agency. At the meeting, the United States announced $30.8 million in ‘core’ support to UNFPA’s work and an additional…

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Chiwenga Warns Private Sector Against Charging For COVID-19 Jabs

THE Vice President and Minister of Health and Child Care, Constantino Chiwenga has read the riot act to private player in the health sector who are charging for COVID-19 vaccination jabs which are supposed to be free in the country. By Patricia Mashiri The warning follows revelations that  some private players have been profiteering from the COVID-19 vaccination program at the expense of majority of citizens who are now failing to access vaccines. Speaking during the Reopening of St Anne’s Harare Hospital, VP Chiwenga said “Let me allay fears of…

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Government Officially Reopens St Anne’s Hospital

HEALTH and Child Care Minister, Vice President Constantino Chiwenga yesterday officially reopened St Anne’s Hospital, a move he says will enhance the Church’s role in complementing government’s efforts to provide quality healthcare services. By Patricia Mashiri Speaking during the reopening of St Anne’s Harare Hospital which had closed in February 2016 for repairs and maintenance, VP Chiwenga said Zimbabwe’s health challenges require homegrown solutions. I am very much aware of the contribution of St Anne’s Hospital to the Health Care System in Zimbabwe. I say this because it is our…

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#JUSTIN: Age Of Consent Petition Scores Partial Victory

THE Parliamentary portfolio committee on Health and the Thematic Committee on HIV and AIDS have recommended that the Ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC) should amend Section 35 of the current Public Health Act of 2018 which limits the age to accessing Reproductive Health Care Services to 16 years. By Michael Gwarisa This development follows a petition that was delivered to Parliament in 2020 by the Advocacy Core Team (ACT) in September, 2020 where they sought to have age restrictions on consent to accessing reproductive health care services by…

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15 Deportees From Botswana and 37 Locals Test Positive For COVID-19

ZIMBABWE yesterday recorded a total 52 new COVID-19 cases after 15 deportees from Botswana and 37 more citizens tested positive for COVID-19. HealthTimes Reporter According to the Ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC) Daily Situation Report (Sitrep) for the week ending May, 4 2021. 52New Cases(37 Local and 15 deportees from Botswana )and 1Death reported in the last 24 hrs. (7 day rolling average* for new cases falls to 32 today from 34 yesterday),” said the report. As of 3 June 2021, @1500hrs there were 57 hospitalised cases: Asymptomatic…

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How To Make A Police Report For A Rape Or Sexual Gender Based Violence Offense?

MANY a time, survivors of Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV) or rape find themselves between a rock and hard surface after a rape crime would have been perpetrated against them. Due to information gaps, some rape survivors fail to take the necessary post rape procedures and keep the rape a secret leading to some health complications. By Michael Gwarisa It is imperative to note that in as much as rape or SGBV is a crime, it is first and foremost a health emergency. Thus, survivors are advised to seek…

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