US Pledges US$470 000 Towards Fighting Covid-19 In Zimbabwe

The United States has pledged US$470,000 to fight the spread of COVID-19 in Zimbabwe. As of Friday, March 27, the World Health Organization (WHO) said over 530,000 people have been infected with COVID-19 worldwide and more than 24,000 people have died from the disease — the majority from China. Zimbabwe declared its first case last weekend. Soon after this declaration, Zimbabwe announced two additional confirmed cases and the passing of Zororo Makamba on Tuesday, March 24. The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is coordinating with the Government of…

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African Sun Pours ZW$200 000 Towarsa Covid-19

HOTELIER African Sun Limited has joined the COVID-19 Response in Zimbabwe donating items to Wilkins Infectious Disease Hospital worth ZW$200 000. Donated were handtowels, bath mats, sheets, duvet covers and pillow cases to assist with the plight of COVID 19. Handover was done by Monomotapa Hotel GM Valentine Halimana on behalf of the MD and received by Harare City Mayor Cllr Hebert Gomba Comments comments

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NBSZ Enforces Social Distancing For Blood Donors

THE National Blood Service of Zimbabwe (NBSZ) has introduced a raft of measures among them social distancing to curb the spread as well as prevent contamination of blood and blood products with the Coronavirus (Covid-19). By Michael Gwarisa NBSZ Chief Executive Officer Ms Lucy Marowa said blood was a daily need and despite the fact that Zimbabwe and the world is grappling with Covid-19, blood remains a necessity. As a key player in the Zimbabwe health sector, NBSZ takes the well-being of blood donors, colleagues, customers and blood partners seriously.…

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#JUSTIN: South Africa Records Tow First Covid-19 Deaths

Dr Zwelini Mkhize

SOUTH Africa has recorded two mortalities who succumbed to the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) making it the second Southern African country after Zimbabwe. By Kuda Pembere South Africa’s Health Minister Dr Zwelini Mkhize this morning announced that one died at a Private Institution with the other at a Public Health facility. “This morning, we wake South Africans up with sad news that we now have our first deaths resulting from COVID-19. “These two deaths occurred in the Western Cape. One at a Private Hospital and the other at a Public Hospital,”…

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#COVID-19: Anxiety and Coping With The Coronavirus In Zimbabwe

WHEN news of the coronavirus broke at the end of last year, and as the stories from the outbreak became more alarming over time, most people are anxious on the possibilities of the pandemic reaching this country. The Coronavirus (Covid 19) pandemic is becoming a brutal psychological test. This is a dreadful moment with a potentially deadly pathogen on the loose. This public health crisis can take a mental toll on people, especially those struggling with common mental health disorders (CMHD) such as anxiety, depression and other conditions. By Dr…

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#COVID-19 Has Exposed The Fragility Of Our Economies

THE human dimensions of the COVID-19 pandemic reach far beyond the critical health response. All aspects of our future will be affected – economic, social and developmental. Our response must be urgent, coordinated and on a global scale, and should immediately deliver help to those most in need. By Guy Rider, Director General ILO From workplaces, to enterprises, to national and global economies, getting this right is predicated on social dialogue between governments and those on the front line – the employers and workers. So that the 2020s don’t become…

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#JUSTIN: Zimbabwe Covid-19 Cases Rise To 5

ZIMBABWE’S Ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC) has announced that confirmed Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases have  risen to five. By Michael Gwarisa Health Permanent Secretary, Dr Agenes Mahomva said the National Microbiology Reference  Laboratory Center today tested 65 samples and two of these samples tested positive for the Covid-19. Among the 65 samples tested today, was the repeat test for the sample from the individual whom we reported previously as an inconclusive result. Today, he tested negative for COVID-19. “Therefore to date, Zimbabwe has five confirmed cases of COVID-19, including…

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#COVID-19: Share Correct Information To Avoid Stigma & Discrimination

THE Community Working Group on Health (CWGH) has called on government and its stakeholders to be consistent in theory information dissemination processes to curd stigma and discrimination associated with the virus. By Michael Gwarisa CWGH Executive Director, Mr Itai Rusike said in as much as they  commend the government for putting additional precautionary measures against the possible spread of novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), there should be a systematic means of sharing information to the public. Zimbabwe has so far recorded three confirmed cases of the disease which has killed thousands of…

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#BREAKING: We Never Admitted A Covid-19 Patient Says Avenues Clinic

THE Avenues Clinic has rebuffed social media claims that a male Coronavirus (Covid-19) patient from Zimre Park died while admitted at their facility. By Kuda Pembere In the early hours of Thursday morning, social media was awash with information suggesting that indeed  a patient had died at the Avenues, after  social media users  had posted on their  Facebook and Twitter accounts that Avenues Clinic was handling a COVID-19 case. In a statement, The Avenues clinic said this was fake news. The Avenues Clinic has noted with great concern fake news…

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Harare City Commences Makamba’s Alleged Abuse Investigations

HARARE City has begun investigating circumstances surrounding the death of Zororo Makamba who succumbed to the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19). By Kuda Pembere It’s not a post-mortem per se but a probe on allegations that James Makamba’s son’s ill-health was neglected. “Harare City Council is instituting investigations in what happened at Wilkins Hospital when the late Mr Zororo Makamba was admitted. The investigation follows comments by the Makamba family over allegations of impropriety in the manner the patient was handled,” said the Council. Harare City also advised its stakeholders that despite…

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