USAID Trains Over 8000 Health Workers To Manage COVID-19 In Zimbabwe

THE United States Agency for International Development  (USAID) has trained more than 8,200 healthcare workers and experts to provide technical support at health facilities in Zimbabwe during the COVID-19 pandemic. By Michael Gwarisa Speaking during a virtual roundtable meeting with journalists, newly appointed USAID mission director in Zimbabwe, Mr Art Brown said the United States government was committed to improving lives of ordinary Zimbabweans through  poverty alleviation, eliminating hunger and improving health standards. One of the major priorities that we have that I have stumbled into is the COVID-19 Pandemic that…

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Hospitals Not Serving Expired ARVs Says Ministry of Health

THE Ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC) has refuted reports that most health institutions were distributing expired Anti-Retroviral (ARVs) drugs to patients over the past few months. By Michael Gwarisa Speaking through a Press Statement, the MoHCC said contrary to media reports that HIV clients were getting expired ARVs, the issue was on the supply side which was however late for some clients who came for replenishments in the third and fourth week of April, creating panic among HIV patient with regards to assured availability of the commodity for…

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Prof Moyo Under Fire Over HIV Comments

HealthTimes Correspondent Higher and Tertiary education minister Professor Jonathan Moyo is under fire from local medical practitioners following his recent Twitter post in which he insinuated that intake of ARVs and other life saving drugs could lead to vomiting and diarrhea. Moyo’s Twitter remarks comes as a response to the ongoing drama within ZANU PF where by Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa is allegedly being roasted for saying he was poisoned during a Gwanda ZANU PF rally which resulted in him being airlifted to South Africa for urgent medical attention. In a statement, Zimbabwe…

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WHO Moves To Curb 2nd Line ARV Stock-outs

By Michael Gwarisa  THE World Health Organisation (WHO) is in the process of engaging Pharmaceutical and drug manufacturing companies to negotiate on the pricing of second line Anti Retro-viral drugs to assist Zimbabwe and other struggling third world countries to ensure they access the lifesaving drugs at affordable prices. The development come in the midst of reports that Zimbabwe is experiencing massive second line Abacavir ARV drug stock-outs, putting more than 30 000 lives at risk of developing HIV drug resistance owing to discontinued uptake of  ARVs.  Briefing Journalists in…

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Allocate Foreign Currency Towards ARV Procurement-CWGH

By Michael Gwarisa  THE Community Working Group on Heath (CWGH), has  called on government to prioritise allocation of foreign currency towards the procurement of Anti Retro Viral medicines ARVs amid revelations of massive ARV stockouts at public health centres and pharmacies. CWGH Executive director Itai Josh Rusike said it was disheartening that Zimbabwe which over the years made tremendous gains in reducing HIV/AIDS related deaths through multi-sectoral efforts, is now experiencing a serious shortage of Abacavir – a second line ARV drug to the extent that people taking that drug are…

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