United States Government’s Interventions See Rujeko Polyclinic Surpassing HIV Targets

RUJEKO Polyclinic, a council primary health care facility in Dzivarasekwa, Harare has through interventions from the United States Government (USG) attained 68% Viral Load Coverage (VLC), 96% viral suppression levels as well as increase access to Antiretroviral Therapy (ART) to not less than 5039 people living with HIV around its catchment area. By Michael Gwarisa The Polyclinic’s catchment area has a total population of 88, 271 consisting of mostly low income and poor communities and HIV programs at Rujeko Polyclinic are being supported mainly by the U.S President’ Plan for…

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CDC Tells UK To Reconsider Vaccination Linked Travel Ban

THE Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC), a Specialised Technical Institution of the African Union, has issued a statement asking the United Kingdom (UK) government to reconsider their recent intended ban on travel for foreigners who would have received  other vaccines outside the United Kingdon. According to the U.K government, the restrictions which will be enforced starting at 4:00 am on Monday 4th October 2021. According to U.K government sources1, the new rules will discriminate between the recipients of COVID-19 vaccines not based on the vaccine received…

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A New Virus ‘Nipah,’ Deadlier Than COVID-19 Emerges In India, Kills Boy 12

A 12-year-old boy has died in India of Nipah, a rare virus that is far deadlier than COVID-19 — and one that health officials have long feared could start a global pandemic. The unidentified boy died Sunday at a hospital in Kerala, the southern state already battling the highest number of COVID-19 cases in the hard-hit country, officials there said. He had already visited two other hospitals before his death, putting him in contact with potentially hundreds of people — with up to 11 showing potential symptoms, NDTV reported. Previous…

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Diabetic People Should Get Vaccinated Says Experts

DIABETES specialist and Health and Child Care Deputy Minister, Dr John Mangwiro has urged people with the diabetic condition to embrace vaccination so as to prevent COVID-19 infection as well as avoid critical illness and even death. By Patricia Mashiri His call comes as a response to growing concerns by people with diabetes and other chronic ailments on whether they should take up vaccination or not. In an interview with HealthTimes, Dr Mangwiro said people with diabetes can be vaccinated just as should any other persons with chronic diseases such…

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CDC Ranks Zimbabwe As low COVID-19 Risk Destination

THE  United States of America Centers for Disease and Control (US’s CDC) has recognized Zimbabwe as one of the top countries among other African countries that  have effectively implemented COVID-19 prevention measures. SOURCE: Ministry Of Health Speaking during the handover ceremony to the Ministry of Health and Child Care by New Avakash International Dr John Mangwiro, Deputy Minister of Health and Child Care said he was pleased to share that Zimbabwe had managed COVID-19 successfully among other African countries and was moved from level four to level one by the…

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CDC Intensifies Cervical Cancer Screening and Treatment In Zimbabwe

THE Center for Diseases Control (CDC) has scaled up Cervical Cancer and treatment in Zimbabwe in a bid to reduce the high mortality and morbidity associated with the disease  in  Zimbabwe. By Michael Gwarisa According to official statistics from the Ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC), Cervical Cancer kills not less than 2000 women annually and majority of affected women are women living with HIV. In its 2019 Annual report, CDC Zimbabwe 2019 said HIV remains an important risk factor for cervical cancer, with HIV-positive women 4-5 times more…

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Retesting No Longer Required Before Discharging COVID-19 Patient- New Guidelines

ACCORDING to new Centres for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines, there is no longer need for health institutions to retest COVID-19 patients to determine whether they have recovered from the virus or not. The new guidelines  based on revisions made on July 17, 2020  state that “except for rare situations, a test-based strategy is no longer recommended to determine when an individual with a COVID-19 infection is no longer infectious (i.e., to discontinue Transmission-Based Precautions or home isolation).” Diagnostic testing categories have been edited to focus on testing considerations and actions…

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#Covid-19: Masiyiwa Steps Up Campaign For Use Of Face Masks

BUSINESSMAN and philanthropist Strive Masiyiwa has urged people to wear masks in the fight to combat the spread of the deadly coronavirus. HealthTimes Reporter This comes at a time the World Health Organisation (WHO) has indicated that wearing masks in public places could provide “a barrier for potentially infectious droplets” By now it should be clear to everybody that the most powerful tool to fight coronavirus infection is the humble Mask,” Masiyiwa said on his Facebook page. “We have to wear Masks for the next 12 months, every day, in…

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Harare Door to Door HIV Survey Launched

THE team conducting the 2019-2020 Zimbabwe Population HIV Based Assessment (ZIMPHIA) survey will be leading a door to door gathering and collating of HIV related data with the aim of assessing the progress as well as identifying gaps that could hinder the realisation of the 2030 goal of ending AIDS. By Michael Gwarisa The Harare launch follows the successful commencement of Phase 2 which kicked off after a short festive season sabbatical. Phase one to the survey was completed in December where a community response rate of at least 95…

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PEPFAR Unveils Legacy Mural Against Unprotected Sex

UNITED States Presidential Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) celebrated their 15 years in fighting HIV in Zimbabwe in style through unveiling their legacy mural shunning risky sexual morals. By Kuda Pembere The commissioning of the mural was done at Glen View 3 Shops in partnership with Jibilika Dance Trust which organized and provided edutainment on Saturday. Speaking at the event, Center for Disease Control (CDC) branch chief for HIV services in  Zimbabwe, Dr Shirish Balachandra said the event coincided with PEPFAR’s 15 years in Zimbabwe. “Today is very important…

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