Delta Avails ZW$6 Million Towards Zim COVID-19 Battle

ZIMBABWE’S leading beverages manufacturing concern, Delta Corporation has donated an amount to the tune of ZW$5 million to the government of Zimbabwe and ZW$1 million worth of medical accessories which will be channelled directly towards the identified immediate needs of frontline health care and law enforcement officers in the fight against COVID-19. By Michael Gwarisa The COVID-19 has infected more than million people globally and claimed 79, 060 lives. Zimbabwe currently has 10 cases including one death. Over the weeks, private sector and other well wishers have come forward to…

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US Channels $150,000 PEPFAR Money Towards Preventing COVID-19 In Zim

THE United States, through the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (or PEPFAR), is using at least $150,000 USD to help with COVID-19 prevention measures in Zimbabwe specifically targeted at people living with HIV. By Michael Gwarisa This PEPFAR funding includes the purchase of soap, buckets, hand washing stations and hand sanitizer for supported facilities, and the reproduction of COVID-19 communication materials to be shared at supported facilities and through faith and community networks around Zimbabwe. Three PEPFAR clinical implementing partners, OPHID, I-TECH and ZACH, will carry out the…

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WHO Director Slams Racist French Doctors Who Suggested Africa As COVID-19 Vaccine Testing Ground

DIRECTOR General for the World Health Organisation (WHO), Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has taken a swipe at French scientists and medical doctors for suggesting that Africa should be testing ground for COVI-19 Vaccine trials. By Michael Gwarisa Dr Tedros said the remarks by the scientists were nothing more than racist rants and a hangover from a colonial mentality. There was comment I think last week where some couple of scientists said the testing ground for the vaccine will be Africa. Honestly, I was so appalled. These remarks  came at a…

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#JUSTIN: Zim Gvt Allows Herbalist To Treat Covid19 Patients

THE Ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC) has given popular herbalist, Mr Kenneth Chivizhe the green light to run treatment on Covid19 patients. By Michael Gwarisa Health Secretary, Dr Agnes Mahomva said the mentioned herbalist says his herbs can treat Covid-19 like symptoms and should be allowed to operate. “The government of Zimbabwe recognises the use of traditional medicines. To this end, a registered traditional medical practitioner (TMP) can prescribe or administer traditional medicines to his or her patients,” said Dr Mahomva. Read Dr Mahomva’s letter to Dr Chonzi 

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BCG Vaccine Behind Zim’s Low COVID-19 Infections Says Indian Doctor

New Delhi: Countries that do not have a BCG vaccination policy saw ten times greater incidence of and mortality from Covid-19, compared with those who do, a forthcoming study from medical researchers in the US and UK, which analysed data from 178 countries, has found. SOURCE: The Economic Times BCG, or Bacillus Calmette-Guérin, is a vaccine for tuberculosis and is administered at birth in countries that have historically suffered from the disease, such as India. Many rich nations, such as the US, Italy and Holland, have never had a universal…

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How To BEST Prevent and Treat Covid-19 In Resource Limited Settings

WE are all watching with horror as COVID-19 overwhelms the world’s most advanced health systems in Asia, Europe, and North America, leading to tremendous suffering and death. Clinicians, scientists, and communities in low- and middle-income countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East are bracing themselves. Health systems in some of the most resource-constrained areas are fragile and already under strain – and in crowded slums and townships, social distancing and enhanced hygiene measures to slow the spread will be difficult to implement. There is a very narrow…

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Strive Masiyiwa donates ventilators in Covid-19 response

Econet’s Strive Masiyiwa has donated 45 full Intensive Care Unit (ICU) ventilator suites to be distributed to Zimbabwe’s public hospitals. SOURCE: NEWSDAY The country has been facing a severe shortage of ventilators which are key in managing patients with Covid-19. Zimbabwe is not the only country which has been struggling to secure the life saving equipment which cost from $15,000 up to $100,000 each. Globally countries have raised concerns over lack of these machines which are critical in patients struggling to breath on. The death of broadcaster Zororo Makamba exposed…

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#JUSTIN: Police To Use Water Cannons To Disinfect Harare Covid-19 Hotspots

THE City of Harare in partnership with the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) has advised residents in Harare to comply with the directive to stay at home as they conduct a more extensive disinfection of the Covid-19 hot-spots. By Michael Gwarisa In a tweet, City of Harare said, “Dear Residents, We advise you that we are being assisted by ZRP to disinfect all hotspots in the City. ” These include Mbare Musika, Mbare Hostels, and all CBD bus ranks. Police will be using vehicles traditionally used during riot control.”

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We Must Act Now To Reduce The Likely Impact Of COVID-19 In Africa

THE COVID-19 outbreak is placing unprecedented strains on sophisticated health systems in Europe and Asia, with overstretched medical staff struggling to treat their patients and intensive care facilities overwhelmed in rich countries. By Winnie Byanyima Imagine then the effect on health systems in Africa as the virus takes a hold here. This crisis is already exposing glaring inequalities between the rich and the poor in the developed world, and it is about to reflect even greater inequalities between the North and the South. We need to act! The lack of…

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Plasma, The Most Critical Blood Component For COVID-19 Treatment

ZIMBABWE this week commenced its 21 days lockdown as a response to the growing cases of the COVID-19 in the country. By Michael Gwarisa Zimbabwe currently has nine confirmed COVID-19 cases but with increased testing, cases are likely to increase in the coming weeks. In his address prior to the commencement of the Lockdown, President Emerson Mnangagwa hinted that essential services and critical staff in various key sectors will be reporting for work even during the shutdown period. The National Blood Service of Zimbabwe (NBSZ) is among those organisations whose…

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