UNFPA Awards Six SRHR Video Makers

SIX visual content creators walked away winners of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) Video Competition. By Kudakwashe Pembere They received prizes ranging from laptops, cameras and smartphones for outstanding content on themes such Access to SRHR services by young people, HIV prevention, prevention of Sexual and Gender Based Violence, including child marriage, preventing teenage pregnancy, and preventing substance abuse. There were 24 submissions in the competition as content came from various settings as far as Insiza, in Matebeleland. Most of the videos were…

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Zim Breaks World Kidney Removal Surgery Record

ZIMBABWE has broken the world record of removing a large kidney tumor, offsetting a Japanese operation done in 2009. By Kudakwashe Pembere A Zimbabwean woman Mrs Milka Gwatiringa had a kidney mass weighing 12, 6 KGs surgically removed at Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals on July 31, 2019 after having it for about 11 years. The tumor was 33cm long with a width of about 30 cm. Recorded in the International Journal of Urology, a Japanese Professor Kazumi is said to have removed a record large 11, 5 KG tumor. Briefing…

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One Person Commits Suicide Every 40 Seconds: WHO

THE number of countries with national suicide prevention strategies has increased in the five years since the publication of WHO’s first global report on suicide, said the World Health Organization in the lead-up to World Suicide Prevention Day on 10 September. BY HealthTimes Reporter But the total number of countries with strategies, at just 38, is still far too few and governments need to commit to establishing them. “Despite progress, one person still dies every 40 seconds from suicide,” said WHO Director-General, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. “Every death is a…

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Health, Finance Ministers Directed To Address Doctors’ Plight

CABINET has tasked Health and Finance Ministers to urgently address allowance grievances by junior doctors whose declaration of incapacitation has  further crippled the health delivery system. By Kudakwashe Pembere Briefing the media in the 32nd Cabinet Decision matrix on Tuesday, Information, Media and Broadcasting Services Minister Monica Mutsvangwa said they learnt that the doctors received their Cost of Living Adjustment monies last week. “The Minister of Health and Child Care briefed Cabinet on the strike action by some junior doctors over their conditions of service. Cabinet noted that the junior…

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Concern Over Delayed Reportage Of Child Abuse Cases

THE slow pace at which child abuse survivors delay reporting has resulted in them not having early medical interventions, a Zimbabwe Republic Police official has said. By Kudakwashe Pembere Speaking at the Save The Children centenary celebrations on Tuesday, Supt Francis Mutema with the Victim Friendly Unit said they have observed a growing saddening trend of people closely linked to the survivors of child abuse promoting a culture of silence through intimidation. “We have also learnt from the analysis of the data we are handling on a day to day…

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Adults Receiving Pediatric ART

ZIMBABWEAN adults living with HIV are reportedly getting antiretroviral medicines meant for pediatrics a sign showing the country is experiencing stockouts, Parliamentarians heard on Monday. By Kudakwashe Pembere Addressing a joint sitting of Health and Child Care committee and the Thematic Committee on HIV and AIDS, Zimbabwe Young Positives National Coordinator Ms Anna Sango said several health institutions have been giving adults pediatric drugs such as Abacavir. “The challenge is that as a substitute to the regimen given to adults, you will find cases of them being given pediatric Abacavir…

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Nothing Received From Govt Towards ART Restocking

ONE of the members in the Zimbabwe Aids Network (ZAN) says they have not received any information nor evidence on Government’s payment towards the USD6, 9 million needed to pay off money owed to suppliers of antiretroviral treatment (ART) and laboratory reagents in the country. By Kudakwashe Pembere This emerged when ZAN members gave oral evidence before a joint sitting of HIV/AIDS thematic committee and Health Portfolio Committee. Health Committee Chair Dr Ruth Labode wanted confirmation from ZAN which sits on the Zimbabwe Country Coordinating Mechanism (CCM) on receipt of…

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Cimas Participates In National Clean-Up Campaign

CIMAS last Friday partook in the national clean-up campaign as the nation entered the month of Cholera a waterborne disease which killed many people last year. By Kudakwashe Pembere The first Friday of each calendar month was declared the National Environment Cleaning Day by President Mnangagwa in 2018 as government moved to ensure the country has sustainable environment management and waste disposal systems. In a statement, Cimas Chief Executive Officer, Vulindlela Ndlovu said his organisation has adopted the President’s clean up initiative among its staff’s health and wellness activities. “Cleanliness…

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EMS Guru Turner Dies

EMERGENCY medical services (EMS) veteran Mr Graige Turner has died. By Kudakwashe Pembere He was 62. Mr Turner passed away on Sunday after a long illness. Mr Turner was the Head of Department at Premier Service Medical Investments’ Emergency Medical Rescue Ambulance Service (EMRAS) for the past nine years. He was once an army captain. Mr Turner also worked with companies like MARS before joining EMRAS. EMRAS Clinical Base Harare Manager Mr Lovemore Mujere reminisced how he was groomed by Mr Turner. “Working alongside this man my father was a…

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Gvt To Gazette Private Healthcare Services Fees

ESCALATING private healthcare costs have left Government with no option but to gazette fees for health services without foreign currency components. By Kuda Pembere In a speech read on his behalf by United Bulawayo Hospitals chief executive Nonhlanhla Ndlovu at the Association of Healthcare Funders of Zimbabwe (AHFoZ) All Stakeholders Conference on Health in Bulawayo on Thursday, Health and Child Care Minister Dr Obadiah Moyo  said his office would soon call for a Joint Advisory Council meeting to discuss the issue of people on medical aid being unable to afford…

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