#Breaking: Zim Health Ministry IT Technicians Estonia Bound

THE Estonian Government is drafting invitations which will see Information Technology technicians from the Health and Child Care Ministry travel to Estonia on a date to be announced, HealthTimes has learnt. This visit to the European country is for Zimbabwe to learn about the country’s robust e-Health system By Kudakwashe Pembere Speaking to this publication from Estonia on Wednesday (today), the country’s foreign ministry’s director of Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Aid Mrs Kadi Metsandi said plans are underway to invite the technical team from Zimbabwe to their country. “Good morning,…

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WHO Renames Wuhan Coronavirus To ‘COVID-19’

AFP-THE World Health Organisation(WHO) on Tuesday announced that “COVID-19” will be the official name of the deadly virus which was first reported in Wuhan, in  China, saying the disease represented a “very grave threat” for the world but there was a “realistic chance” of stopping it. WHO had earlier given the virus the temporary name of “2019-nCoV acute respiratory disease” and China’s National Health Commission this week said it was temporarily calling it “novel coronavirus pneumonia” or NCP. “We now have a name for the disease and it’s COVID-19,” World…

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Researchers Not Giving Up On Imbokodo HIV Vaccine Study

PERSISTENT researchers feel the halted HTVN 702 study on the efficacy of an HIV vaccine will not affect the Imbokodo Vaccine Trial study launched in 2017. By Kudakwashe Pembere HVTN  702 study was stopped following an interim analysis conducted on 23 January 2020 by an independent Data and Safety Monitoring Board (DSMB) that reviews all data regularly to ensure the safety of participants and determine if the study should continue. The DSMB assessment concluded that the experimental vaccine regimen used in the trial did not prevent HIV infection. The vaccine…

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Shortened DR TB Treatment Offers Ray Of Hope For TB Patients

A Study by the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (The Union) shows long-term effectiveness for shortened DR-TB treatment regimen up to 24 months after treatment completion Results from a Union-led observational study (1) published in The Lancet’s EClinicalMedicine, show that a nine-month shortened treatment regimen for rifampicin-resistant tuberculosis (RR-TB) delivered to patients under programmatic conditions maintains a good level of effectiveness up to 24 months after completion. Until now there has been limited data on the long-term effectiveness of this treatment regimen after completion. The study reports on…

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WFP Scales Up Post-Harvest Season Food Assistance

WFP Country Rep Eddie Rowe

THE World Food Program (WFP) says it is already ramping up food aid for both rural and urban citizens beyond the harvest season amidst indications of an impending poor harvest at the back poor rains and a prolonged dry spell which characterised the early stages of the 2019-2020 agricultural season. By Michael Gwarisa In an interview with HealthTimes on the side-lines of the handover of a US$200 000 food assistance facility for Tongoragara refugees, WFP Country Representative, Mr Eddie Rowe said they started preparing for the post-harvest period back in…

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Floods Hit Binga, Families Trapped

BINGA District, in Matabeleland North Province, Nsungwale Area under Chief Sinakoma has been hit by floods leaving several families stranded. HealthTimes Correspondent The flooding occurred where four rivers meet namely; Sibwambwa, Sikanda, Namapande and Manyenyengwa. “Due to the heavy backlash, all the 21 families in the flood plain are marooned and 11 others are being assisted to reach safer zones. The Rapid Assessment by the District Civil Protection Com-mittee indicates that there could be more people affected considering the general settlement patterns in Binga District. “As an immediate intervention; the…

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Breaking: Zim Acquires Latest Coronavirus Testing Technology

REAGENTS and test kits for identifying the 2019 Wuhan Novel Coronavirus are now in country, Health and Child Care Minister Dr Obadiah Moyo said on Monday. By Kudakwashe Pembere Previously, the country relied on South Africa to test for the 2019 n-CoV.Zimbabwe has the equipment required for this feat housed at the National Health Laboratory Services at Sally Mugabe Central Hospital, Mpilo Victoria Falls Airport. The reagents are in country, this is what we are saying. Besides that we are sourcing kits for the rapid testing which takes 15 minutes.…

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AU Summit: African leaders call for action to end malnutrition by 2025

AFRICAN countries have made progress toward eradicating malnutrition and stunting but need to do more to hit United Nations malnutrition targets by 2025. This was the main message of a meeting that took place during the 33rd African Union Summit. Speakers at a meeting of the African Leaders for Nutrition (ALN) included the heads of state of Madagascar, Cote d’Ivoire and Sierra Leone, national ministers of health as well as African Development Bank (AfDB.org) President Akinwumi Adesina, head of the African Development Bank. Leaders acknowledged the scope of the challenge…

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Five Die In Byo, As Prophets Order Them To Stop Taking ARVs

AT least five people died in Bulawayo in the period leading to the 2019 festive season following indications that they had discontinued taking Antiretroviral medications at their prophets’ orders, HealthTimes has learnt. By Michael Gwarisa recently in Bulawayo The revelation came into the open when members of various HIV and AIDS support revealed that they stumbled upon stashes of Antiretroviral treatment drugs in the deceased’s’ rooms while some had publicly confessed that they had been ordered to stop taking their medications by their pastors and prophets. National Aids Council Bulawayo…

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Nutritionists Concerned Over MICS Results On Minimum Acceptable Diet

NUTRITION advocates on Friday expressed reservations over what they feel could be a misrepresentation of reality on the Minimum Acceptable Diet (MAD) results produced in the latest Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS). By Kuda Pembere A nutritionally acceptable MAD takes into account that children should consume at least four of the seven food groups. Minimum Acceptable diet defined by WHO as is the proportion of children 6–23 months of age who receive a minimum acceptable diet (both minimum dietary diversity and the minimum meal frequency) during the previous 24 hours.…

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