#BREAKING: Suspected Coronavirus Case In Zim… Wilkins On Lockdown

WILKINS Infectious Diseases Hospital is handling  and investigating a suspected coronavirus case, a visitor who came from China recently, HealthTimes has learnt. By Kudakwashe Pembere and Michael Gwarisa In an interview with HealthTimes, Harare City Health Director Dr Prosper Chonzi said they have moved all the patients to Beatrice Road Infectious Diseases Hospital (BRIDH) to pave way for the investigations. Addressing Zimbabwe’s health sector officials on Monday Dr Chonzi had said the country had a ‘scare case’ they were investigating. The Health Minister said he will be making a  presentation…

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Japan To Start Using ARVs To Treat Coronavirus

FILE PHOTO: Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga arrives at the ceremony site where Emperor Naruhito will report the conduct of the enthronement ceremony at the Imperial Sanctuary inside the Imperial Palace in Tokyo, Japan October 22, 2019. REUTERS/Kim Hong-ji

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan is aiming to start trials soon using an HIV treatment for the coronavirus, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said on Tuesday. “We’re currently preparing to start clinical trials using HIV medication on the novel coronavirus,” Suga, the government’s top spokesman, said at a daily press briefing. He added that he could not comment on how long it would take for the new drug to be approved. Japan now has seen over 500 coronavirus cases, with more than 450 of them from a cruise ship docked in…

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Wilkins Hospital Mulls Moving Patients To Pave Way For Coronavirus Cases

HARARE City Owned Wilkins Infectious Diseases Hospital is considering moving all patients to Beatrice Road Infectious Disease Hospital (BRIDH) to pave way for Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) cases should there be confirmed or suspected. By Kudakwashe Pembere Wilkins is the designated isolation facility for Harare along with other northern cities and towns. Speaking to over 67 health workers from the Public and Private Sectors at a training of trainers workshop on Monday, Harare City Health Director Dr Prosper Chonzi said the City has got two infectious disease hospitals. For Harare we…

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Zimbabwe To Use ARVs To Treat Coronavirus

THE Zimbabwean government is upbeat about its preparedness levels against the Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID 19) saying antiretroviral medicines used elsewhere for the recovery of patients are in full stock. By Kudakwashe Pembere In an interview with HealthTimes on Tuesday, Health and Child Care Minister Dr Obadiah Moyo said Zimbabwe has fully stocked with the antiretroviral drug reportedly being used in the recovery of patients confirmed to have coronavirus. “We have Kaletra and we are hearing reports that it is helping a lot. They then use it in combinations with…

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More People From Coronavirus Affected Countries Enter Zim

OVER 1 400 people from the COVID-19 affected countries have entered Zimbabwe since the declaration of the pandemic as a public health emergency of international concern. By Kudakwashe Pembere This emerged during the second cabinet decision matrix for 2020. Health and Child Care Minister Dr Obadiah Moyo at the Interministeral meeting on COVID 19 last week had said the number was 741. Media,Information and Broadcasting  services minister Senator Monica Mutsvangwa said to date, 1 433 travellers have been reported to have passed through Zimbabwe’s ports of entry that are screening…

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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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Zim Allays CoronaVirus Fears

WITH Zimbabwe put in panic mode following its western neighbour Botswana’s suspected novel coronavirus case, national health authorities have assured they neither have suspected nor confirmed cases. By Kudakwashe Pembere In a statement, Health and Child Care Preventive Services Chief Director Dr Gibson Mhlanga disputed the viral messages on social media claiming Zimbabwe as having a suspected case of the n-COv. “The Ministry of Health and Child Care would like to clarify that as of today 31 January 2020, no cases or suspects of coronavirus have been reported in Zimbabwe…

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Minimise Travel To China, Gvt Warns Zimbabweans…As Fears Of CoronaVirus Rise

MINISTER of Health and Child Care (MoHCC) Dr Obadiah Moyo has called on Zimbabweans to restrict unnecessary travel to China amidst growing fears of novel Coronavirus infection which to date has claimed 81 lives infecting more than 2700 more in China. By Michael Gwarisa The Coronavirus was first detected in China, Wuhan,a port city of 11 million people in the central Hubei province. CoronaVirus,the ailment, is a Zoonotic disease and can be passed between animals and human beings. To date, Chinese authorities have closed off almost 20 cities in efforts…

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Too Early For Zim To Issue Coronavirus Travel Warning Says WHO

THE World Health Organisation (WHO) says it  is too early and unwarranted to issue any restriction on travel or trade for people infected with the novel Coronavirus. By Michael Gwarisa Addressing a combined interagency coordination committee on health and the national taskforce on epidemic prone diseases meeting on Friday, World Health Organisation Zimbabwe Disease Prevention and Control Officer Dr Anderson Chimosoro said WHO does not recommend restriction on travels or trade for people infected with novel coronavirus. At this stage there are no indications that there should be restrictions. It…

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BREAKING: 22 Monitored In Zim For Novel CoronaVirus

TWENTY-two persons coming from Wuhan, the hotspot of the novel CoronaVirus are being monitored by Zimbabwe’s Health Ministry for signs and symptoms of the rare respiratory tract infection, HealthTimes has learnt. By Kudakwashe Pembere In an interview on the sidelines of a combined interagency coordination committee on health and the national taskforce on epidemic prone diseases meeting on Friday Health Ministry director of epidemiology and disease control Dr Portia Manangazira said these people arrived at the Robert Mugabe International Airport yesterday. “We have begun the monitoring of these people. Our team…

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