Zim Records First COVID-19 Cases From Prison Inmates

FOUR prison inmates and two prison officers from border prisons at Beitbridge and Plumtree have tested positive for Covid-19 following PCR tests, promoting officials to seal off the two corrections units. SOURCE: THE HERALD Two inmates and one officer are from Plumtree while another pair of inmates and one officer tested positive in Beitbridge. The ongoing testing process throughout the prison system started at the border prisons which have accommodated arrested returnees from other countries. Police have announced that 94 border jumpers — people crossing illegally into Zimbabwe — have…

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Rasha Kelej creates a song by singers from 11 African countries to support medical workers during Coronavirus battle

Rasha Kelej: I have directed and produced for the first time, a song by singers from 11 African countries for the first time together in three languages; English, French and Arabic to show our support for medical workers around the world. This is my personal contribution towards the response to Coronavirus pandemic. In what has now become a global way of showing support and appreciation for medical workers around the world, during Coronavirus battle, Dr. Rasha Kelej, CEO of Merck Foundation and One of 100 Most Influential Africans started her…

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Stanbic Commences Countrywide Distribution Of US$200 000 Worth Of COVID-19 Donations

LEADING financial services institution, Stanbic Bank has kick-started the distribution of US$200 000 worth of equipment to health institutions throughout the country for use by frontline workers in the fight against the menacing Covid-19. The Standard Bank Group subsidiary pledged to purchase equipment to help fight Covid-19 in April and has now taken delivery of US$200 000 worth of 32 500 pieces of Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) which include suits, masks, face shields and goggles; 2 400 PCR tests, 3 000 sanitizers and 5 ventilators expected in the country this…

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#JUSTIN: Blood Shortages Hit Zim

THE National Blood Service Zimbabwe (NBSZ) says blood supplies has been greatly reduced during the Lockdown period at the back of shortages of critical imported consumables such as test kits and blood bags, owing to serious funding and procurement challenges. By Michael Gwarisa The Blood Bank’s Public Affairs Manager, Ms Esther Massundah in a statement said due to the to the COVID-19 pandemic, the procurement of these critical items has been delayed due to logistics challenges caused by international travel restrictions, which has led to the scarcity of cargo flights. Most…

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Zimbabwe’s First Premium Sex Toy Store Launched

INTIMATE Store, Zimbabwe’s first premium sex toy shop has been launched, a move set to complement  and boost couples and individuals sexual fantasies. By Michael Gwarisa The world over, sex toys are popular devices used in complementing and satisfying sexual desires for both sexes. The company’s marketing manager, Fadzai Jones said the shop was nothing sinister and was only meant to ensure individuals enjoy intimacy to the fullest. “Intimate Store is Zimbabwe’s first premium adult toy store licensed by the Government of Zimbabwe. We help you discover what you need…

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WHO Releases New Guidance For Outdoor Events And Mass Gatherings Amid Pandemic

As leading countries move towards establishing normalcy, World Health Organization (WHO) issued guidelines on mass gathering amid the pandemic. SOURCE: THE REPUBLICWORLD.COM As leading countries move towards establishing normalcy, World Health Organization (WHO) issued guidelines on mass gathering amid the pandemic. The new guidelines, which include suggestions such as holding gathering outside, inviting only healthy people etc, recommend changes to large events and encourage people to do a ‘risk assessment’ before organizing events. This comes as the coronavirus pandemic has infected a total of 6,063,588 and killed 369244 people across…

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How Zim Quarantine Centres Have Become Drivers Of COVID-19 Infections

CONSIDERING that Zimbabwe’s single most potent Covid19 threat has been from returnees, more effort should have been directed towards containment of the disease from those coming in. This includes a systemic process of testing and monitoring of those returning, and gradual reintegration into their communities. By Munyaradzi Madziwa The same measures being enforced amongst the general populace such as protective masks, sanitising and social distancing should apply to the returnees. Further than that returnees must be monitored daily for clinical signs and symptoms which might signal Covid-19 infection. In my…

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Zim First Lady Appoints TB Champions

FIRST Lady, Amai Auxillia Mnangagwa has appointed 21 Tuberculosis (TB) Champions with the aim of raising awareness of matters to do with TB in communities and  grassroots level. By Michael Gwarisa Officiating at the launch, Amai Mnangagwa said the TB champions initiative was among some of the partnerships government  was exploring to improve the country’s health systems. These partnerships should aim to contribute towards improved knowledge and awareness of the 2 related conditions as well as ensuring universal access to high quality services for both conditions. As Health Ambassador I…

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ART Adherence Critical Even During Lockdown- SAfAIDS

SOUTHERN Africa HIV and AIDS Information Dissemination Service (SAfAIDS) Sub Regional Head and Country Representative in South Africa,  Mr Ngoni Chibukire says adherence to lifesaving Antiretroviral drugs should be observed religiously despite the ongoing lockdowns. By Michael Gwarisa His calls come at the back of increased reports of cases whereby people living with HIV in most parts of the SADC region have been failing to access their ARVs during the lockdown period. In an interview with HealthTimes, Mr Chibukire said the health needs of PLHIV have not changed because there…

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COVID-19 IN ZIMBABWE: WHERE ARE WE GOING?

Dr Grant Marewanhema

ZIMBABWE recorded its first case of COVID-19 on 20 March 2020, but until 2 weeks ago we had less than 50 cases. This trend is significantly different from what was observed in Europe, America, the UK and China, which saw exponential increases in infections once they had recorded their first cases. By Dr Grant Murewanhema Others have argued that we have not been testing enough, but the situation on the ground has been very stable. On the clinical side, we have not witnessed a significant spike in clinically suggestive cases,…

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