NAC To Pump Out $15 Mln To Pay Foreign Suppliers

THE National Aids Council (NAC) is now forced to pump out an extra RTGS$9 million on top of the initial $6 million  in-order to pay foreign suppliers for an ARVs drug consignment that was received when the official market rate between the bond note and US dollar was still pegged at 1:1. By Kudakwashe Pembere In December last year, NAC revealed to a Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Health that they had received US$6 million worth of drugs from foreign suppliers,  an amount they were struggling to settle following government’s move…

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NAC Warns Against Drug Abuse and Junky Foods

THE intake of dangerous drugs, fatty foods and other medicines could weaken the effect of Anti Retro Viral (ARVs) in the human body as this may lead to liver damage and increased toxicity, the National Aids Council (NAC) has warned. By Michael Gwarisa in Mutare Speaking at the Civil Society Treatment Support Literacy meeting in Mutare, NAC provincial manager for Harare Mr Adonija Muzondiona said the action of ARVS may be affected by certain other medicines. “This can reduce their effectiveness by lowering the amount of ARVs absorbed, leading to…

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Farm Employers Bar Workers From Collecting ARVs

FARM owners and mangers in Mashonalnd East are reportedly barring HIV positive employees from going for their Anti Retro Viral (ARVs) drugs refill run at nearest health institutions owing to hectic schedules in farming communities, HealthTimes has learnt. By Michael Gwarisa According to revelations made during a recently held National Aids Council (NAC) media tour in Mashonland East, most farm workers are not given off days to collect their drugs hence making it difficult for people living and HIV and on ART to adhere to their meds. Speaking to Journalists,…

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1 drug per week, hope for HIV patients

HIV patients will soon heave a sigh of relief as they will no longer need to carry a lot of pills with the rolling out of a new antiretroviral drug which will be taken only once a week. SOURCE: SUNDAYNEWS: Robin Muchetu Scientists in the United States have conducted trials of the new ARVs that will see a patient taking one drug per week and it will contain enough medicine to last that period. This means that drug intake will be reduced from 30 to just four per month. Director…

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People Living With Albinism Want Free Sunscreens

By Michael Gwarisa  PEOPLE living with Albinism should be given free access to Sunscreens and lotions at all health facilities so to increase accessibility of the products and reduce skin cancers among people with albinism, Zimbabwe Albino Association director Mercy Maunganidze has said. Briefing delegates at the launch of the 2017 People Living With Albinism Awareness Campaign, Maunganidze said the  average cost of a Sunscreen tube and lotion costs between $8 and $20 and was beyond the reach of many adding that a person living with albinism requires four to five…

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Adequate ARVs available, says Govt

Joyce Mukucha Herald Reporter ZIMBABWE has enough anti-retroviral (ARV) drugs to cover a 12-month period, Government has said. In a statement, the Ministry of Health and Child Care said drug shortages that had plagued areas such as Manicaland were as a result of “delayed shipments”. Patients, Government said, continue to receive free ARVs at their designated health facilities. “As a ministry, we would like to reassure all the people, who are currently on ART (anti-retroviral therapy) that the nation has sufficient stocks of the medicines, which are available for free at our…

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#BREAKING: New Single Dose ARVs To Be Launched in SA, Kenya

By Michael Gwarisa A new high quality HIV treatment therapy  and pricing regime which will accelerate availability of first affordable, generic, single-pill HIV treatment regime containing doulutegravir (DTG) will soon be launched in South Africa and Kenya before being distributed to other 90 low income countries around the world. The single-pill HIV treatment will be available to public sector purchasers in at around US$75 per person, per year. UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibé said, “This agreement will improve the quality of life for millions of people living with HIV. “To…

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Call To Subsidise Primary Health Care

By Michael Gwarisa DELEGATES to the Primary Health Care Budget Advocacy Meeting have called for the subsidising of primary health care services, fees in particular at both community and national health care  centers in a bid to reduce the high mortality rate in both infants and adults. Presenting during a workshop organised by Save the Children Zimbabwe, Training and Research Support Center (TARSC) Programs manager Artwell Kadungure said high fees were among the biggest challenges towards accessing primary health care. He indicated that some of the challenges to Primary health care access…

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