#Talking COVID-19 With Dr Grant: COVID-19 And Lessons For Africa

Dr Grant Marewanhema

THE world is currently undergoing one of the worst challenges ever; something nobody had foreseen. Millions of people have been infected by the novel coronavirus; hundreds of thousands have died, and a lot more have battled for their lives. By Dr Grant Murewanhema Governments have imposed lockdowns, and productivity has gone down. The developed world, especially the UK, USA and American countries have been hardest hit by the pandemic, and many of these are struggling to cope on many fronts. Economies are expected to crash following protracted periods of suppressed…

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28 Million Surgeries Could Be Cancelled worldwide: The Collateral Damage To Other Medical Services

THE current COVID-19 pandemic is the defining crisis of our time and has seized the collective attention of the world. However, the potential collateral damage threatens to add to the effects of COVID-19 for years after the post-pandemic period. 28.4 million surgical procedures will be postponed or cancelled according to a new study published in the British Journal of Surgery. The research was performed by a global group of researchers known as the ‘COVIDSurg Collaborative’ that rapidly set up the project in record time and formed one of the largest…

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#JUSTIN: Gvt Names and Shames Quarantine Escapees

INFORMATION, Publicity and Broadcasting Services permanent secretary, Mr Nick Mangwana has publicised names of four ladies from Kadoma who escaped from Vuti quarantine facility. By Michael Gwarisa Zimbabwe currently has 149 confirmed cases of COVID-19 amidist indications that majority of cases are coming from quarantine centers. Through his mircro-blogging account, Mr Mangwana said publishing names of escapees would be the norm going forward as a means of bringing absconders to book and ensuring community infections of COVID-19 are contained. Four ladies who live in Kadoma but were coming from Zambia…

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COVID-19 To Cause 1.4 Million TB Deaths

KNCV Tuberculosis (TB) Foundation (KNCV) has  warned of a spike TB deaths over the next five years due to failure to diagnose and treat new cases during the prevailing lockdwons being observed at a global level. By Michael Gwarisa Agnes Gebhard, technical director of KNCV said an estimated 20 percent more TB patients are expected to die between now and 2025 especially in low and middle income countries. Millions of TB patients worldwide are fighting for their lives and now have to cope with COVID-19 as well. Extra support for these…

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#BREAKING: Zim COVID-19 Cases Jump To 63

ZIMBABWE yesterday recorded seven more cases, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 63 up from 56. By Michael Gwarisa Even though more recoveries have been reported recently, the number of active cases now exceeds that of recovered patients. In its daily update,the Ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC) said the new cases were detected amongst returnees from South Africa who are quarantines in Beitbridge. Seven new cases tested positive for COVID-19 today. These are returnees from South Africa who are quarantined in Beitbridge. Today 653 Rapid Diagnostic…

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#COVID-19: All Learning Institutions To Be Disinfected Before Reopening

MINISTER of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services, Honorable Monica Mutsvangwa has announced that government would soon be disinfecting all institutions of learning ahead schools and reopening scheduled for next month. By Michael Gwarisa In a media briefe, Hon Mutsvangwa said even though most institutions of learning had been turned into quarantine centers for returning citizens plans are already in place to de-congest the institutions and pave way for schools and universities reopening. Currently, some of our learning institutions are being used as quarantine centres.  With regards to the Cabinet decision…

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GOAL Zim Launches ECHO Lifesaving Nutrition Programme For Children

GOAL Zimbabwe, through funding from ECHO and in partnership with the Ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC), has launched a lifesaving nutrition programme which will reach almost a quarter of a million children under the age of five years over the next 12 months. HealthTimes Reporter The Nutrition Emergency Response for Early Detection and Treatment (NERET) project, which will roll out in Masvingo Rural, Bikita, Gutu, Buhera, Mutare Rural and Chipinge Districts, will support 243, 000 children diagnosed with Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM) and Moderate Acute Malnutrition (MAM) with…

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#COVID-19: Zim Lecturers Fret Over Universities Reopening

LECTURERS across most of  Zimbabwe’s state universities have expressed concern over government’s decision to reopen universities at a time the country is battling the deadly COVID-19 pandemic. By Michael Gwarisa Zimbabwe currently has 56 confirmed cases of COVID-19 amidst indications that the country has not been doing enough in terms of testing, and the reopening of schools and universities  could lead to a spike in new cases in the not so distant future. Government recently announced that schools would reopen mid-june while  universities are set to open on June 1,…

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#COVID-19: WHO Warns Of Second Coronavirus Peak

THE World Health Organisation (WHO), has warned of a second peak of Coronavirus (COVID-19) amidst indications that the disease is currently in its first phase of infection the world over. HeanthTimes Reporter Briefing journalists on Monday, Dr. Mike Ryan, executive director of WHO’s Health Emergencies Programme, said right now, we are “right in the middle of the first wave, globally.” “We’re still very much in a phase where the disease is actually on the way up,” he added. We need to be also cognizant of the fact that the disease…

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COVID-19 Threatens Access To Obsteric Care

THE United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Executive Director, Dr. Natalia Kanem says the prevailing COVID-19 global health pandemic was making difficult for some pregnant women to access obstetric care. By Michael Gwarisa In her statement to mark the International Day to End Obstetric Fistula commemorations to be  held tommorow, 23 May 2020, Dr Kanem said the prevailing global pandemic had pushed health systems to limits. Last November, the world convened in Nairobi to celebrate the tremendous gains of the past 25 years in advancing the health and rights of women…

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