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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SRC Suspends All Sporting Activities

THE sports and recreation commission (SRC) announced that they are suspending all sporting activities to help curb the spread of COVID-19 with effect Monday 14 June 2021. Staff Reporter In a statement, the SRC said the new move was in live with the recent announcement by the Ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC) regarding new COVID-19 control measures. The SRC hereby notifies members of the public that pursuant to the statement issued by Honourable Vice President of Zimbabwe,C.G.D.N Chiwenga, who is also the the Minister of Health and Child…

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Numbers Not Looking Good, As Third Wave Knocks On Zimbabwe’s Door

Dr Grant Murewanhema

ZIMBABWE’S daily COVID-19 infections almost doubled in the past 24 hours from 49 new cases that were recorded on June, 7 2021 to 83 cases on June 8, 2021. By Michael Gwarisa The increase in cases also comes in the wake of a slow vaccination uptake which could pose an even greater threat should the third wave officially set foot in the country. Local Public Health Expert and Epidemiologist, Dr Grant Murewanhema said the upsurge in the daily cases could signal the official arrival of the third wave in the…

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Government Officially Reopens St Anne’s Hospital

HEALTH and Child Care Minister, Vice President Constantino Chiwenga yesterday officially reopened St Anne’s Hospital, a move he says will enhance the Church’s role in complementing government’s efforts to provide quality healthcare services. By Patricia Mashiri Speaking during the reopening of St Anne’s Harare Hospital which had closed in February 2016 for repairs and maintenance, VP Chiwenga said Zimbabwe’s health challenges require homegrown solutions. I am very much aware of the contribution of St Anne’s Hospital to the Health Care System in Zimbabwe. I say this because it is our…

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African governments Challenged To Rethink Fiscal Policy As Part Of Economic Recovery

AFRICAN governments have been challenged to rethink revenue mobilisation strategies as the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic continues to exacerbate debt stress levels across the continent. This was said during the Plenary Session of the African Economic Research Consortium (AERC) Biannual Research Workshop held under the theme of “Covid-19 Pandemic and Public Finance in Africa: Challenges and Opportunities”, on Monday 31st May 2021. Staff Reporter Speaking at the event, World Bank Group Vice President and Chief Economist Prof. Carmen Reinhart said most economies across the world, inclusive of several African…

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PSZ Donates PPE To Mashonaland East Health Institutions

POPULATION Services Zimbabwe (PSZ) has handed a consignment of Personnel Protective Equipment (PPE) to 16 Ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC) health institutions currently being supported  by the organization under the  Public Sector Strengthening (PSS) mechanism  as well as other two health institutions namely Marondera Provincial Hospital and the Zimbabwe National Family Council (ZNFPC) clinic, bringing the total number of institutions that received the donation Mashonaland East to 18. By Michael Gwarisa in Marondera Speaking during the handover ceremony of the donated equipment, Provincial Medical Director (PMD) for Mashonaland…

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Macheke Married Woman Turns To Sex Work To Raise University Tuition

ELIZABETH (not real name) (33) could not enroll in University or College at a young age owing to a myriad of factors  chief among them being economic factors and lack of funds to support her through tertiary education. When the Women’s University In Africa (WUA) opened up applications for block release studies, she applied and enrolled for a Bachelor of Social Work, Honors Degree. By Michael Gwarisa recently in Macheke Elizabeth is married, but her husband has since migrated into the diaspora where he is doing some menial jobs and…

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Further Waves Of COVID-19 Imminent In Zimbabwe Unless We Become Serious About Prevention

Dr Grant Murewanhema

NATURALLY as human beings, we get tired of unpleasant situations that drag for protracted periods of time. It is therefore not surprising that we have become largely complacent about COVID-19 prevention protocols. By Dr Grant Murewanhema Recently, I went into a fast-food outlet, and was surprised that the attendants and their customers had no masks on, and hand-sanitizing on entry is no longer taking place. I quickly reminded the supervisors about the need to enforce these protocols. They are good not just for COVID-19, but even for other respiratory illnesses,…

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Cassava, Mastercard United To Fight Covid-19 In Africa Through Financial Technology

CASSAVA Fintech International (Cassava Fintech) and Mastercard have entered into a strategic partnership to advance digital inclusion across Africa and collaborate on a range of initiatives, including expansion of the Africa CDC TravelPass. By Michael Gwarisa TravelPass is a digital health pass developed by Cassava Fintech and offered in conjunction with the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC). It is accessible to users of Cassava Fintech’s Sasai SuperApp, and is recognised as one of the leading initiatives in the fight against the cross-border spread of Covid-19 in…

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HIV+ People With Low CD4 Count Should Consult Before Getting COVID-19 Jab

PEOPLE living with HIV (PLHIV) who have a low CD4 count and an uncontrolled viral load have been urged to defer getting vaccinated against COVID-19 until after discussing with medical practitioners, a medical and HIV expert has said. By Michael Gwarisa CD4 cells are white blood cells that fight infection and the CD4 count is a measure of how healthy one’s immune system is when living with HIV. People Living with HIV have been listed amongst high-risk populations in the country and have also been afforded priority status under the…

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