Don’t Relax As Yet, It’s Possible To Experience A COVID-19 Resurgence In Zim Says Dr Gasasira

THE World Health Organisation (WHO) Zimbabwe country representative, Dr Alex Gasasira says the current low COVID-19 infection rate in Zimbabwe was not a license to flaunt COVID-19 preventions measures as doing so would lead to a second wave of infections. By Michael Gwarisa His comments come at the back of increased reports that citizens were now going about their business as usual without observing physical distancing, masking and hand-washing as prescribed by the WHO guidelines.   In an interview on the sidelines of a handover ceremony of COVID-19 test kits…

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Korean Gvt Donates US$350K Worth Of COVID-19 Test Kits To Zimbabwe

…As India Fifth Tranche of medicines arrive in the country THE government of the Republic of Korea has donated COVID-19 test kits valued at US$350,000 towards Zimbabwe’s COVID-19 response as part of Korea’s commitment to By Michael Gwarisa Speaking at the handover ceremony at State House in the Capital Harare, Zimbabwe President, Emerson Mngangagwa said the Korean government has been assisting Zimbabwe’s health sector in many ways especially under the prevailing COVID-19 pandemic. On behalf of government and the people of Zimbabwe and my own behalf, let me sincerely express…

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#TalkingCOVIDWithDrGrant: COVID-19 Cases Drop, But Is It The End Of The Outbreak In Zimbabwe?

Dr Grant Marewanhema

ZIMBABWE reported the first cases of COVID-19 in March 2020, and unfortunately a fatality was reported early then, which saw many in the country getting scared. Projections from elsewhere had predicted an exponential, uncontrollable spread of SARS-CoV-2 in Sub-Saharan Africa, which would see the continent being overwhelmed with cases and deaths. Fortunately, several months into the pandemic, most of Africa has done well, witnessing an impressive picture where most infected individuals at worst developed mild symptoms, otherwise in most cases they remained asymptomatic. By Dr Grant Murewanhema The course of…

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Zimbabwe Records Reduction In New HIV Infections In June 2020 As Compared To June 2019

EASE  of collecting medication for people on life long medication has improved in the last two months during due to measures adopted by government and partners during the lockdown period to minimize the risk of acquiring COVID-19. By Catherine Murombedzi Depending on the current inventory stock-status and to ensure clients minimise travel, the Ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC) advised on providing a resupply which lasted a minimum of three months or up to 6 months for clients who were not ill. Each centre looked at its inventory and…

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Zim Now Left With 164 Active COVID-19 Cases As Recovery Rate Reaches 95

ZIMBABWE yesterday recorded 1122 new recoveries from COVID-19, bringing the total number of recovered patients to 7627 against 8021 cumulative cases, the Ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC) has revealed. By Michael Gwarisa According to the October 12, 2020 daily COVID-19 sitrep, only 10 new cases were recorded yesterday and no deaths were reported over the past 24 hours. 481 Polymerous Chain Reaction (PCR) tests done today (positivity was 2.1%). 1122 new recoveries were reported while the national recovery rate rises to 95% and active cases go down to…

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Roots Africa Integrates COVID-19 & HIV Programs In Mazowe

ROOTS Africa, a young woman led organisation working towards the promotion of economic and social justice among young people in peri-urban, rural and mining communities says it  is working with the ministry of health and child care (MoHCC) to integrate COVID-19 and HIV health interventions in Mazowe district by taking health services to people’s doorsteps. By Michael Gwarisa Mazowe district in Mashonaland Central province has a high HIV incidence in young women and girls as well as a high Early Unintended Pregnancies (EUPs) rate owing to rampart uncontrolled artisanal mining…

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Zvisikana Zvidiki Zvotengesa Bonde MuChiredzi

INGUVA dzepfumbamwe Manheru, vazhinji muguta re Chiredzi vakugadizirira kunorara kuti vafumo bata jongwe muromo vakananga kumabasa zuva rinoteverea. Vutunga huri mubishi kuita ma press up hwakamirira kuti vanhu varare huwane kusvusvura. Na Michael Gwarisa ari Muchiredzi Nechekure, kurikunzwika Redhiyo ichidandauka zvekuti huyai muone. Miridzo nemheterwa zvirikuridzwa kuratidza kuti vanhu vari kutamba chipisi. Haungatombofungiri kuti kune Lockdown. Mukuru umwe atakataura naye akati iye mhere mhere iyi yainge ichibva kubhawa re Chigarapasi, rinova zvakare bhawa gururusa kupinda mamwe ose munyika yeZimbabwe. Tati fambe Chinhamwe takananga kwaibva neruzha, takaona mumugagwa unoenda ku Chigarapasi…

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ZICHIRE’s Safe Spaces Program Rescues UMP & Mudzi Women Who Experienced GBV During Lockdown

THE Zimbabwe Community Health Intervention Research (ZICHIRE) is implementing a program dubbed the “Safe Spaces” program in Mudzi and Uzumba, Maramba and Pfungwe (UMP) with the aim of empowering women who experienced Gender Based Violence (GBV) during the COVID-19 induced lockdown. By Michael Gwarisa The humanitarian project is also aimed at capacitating and building resilient communities so as to prevent abuse at grassroots level. In an interview with HealthTimes, ZICHIRE Programs Manager, Mr Walter Chikanya said empowering women economically was one sure way of reducing GBV. The program that we…

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Disabled & HIV Positive Chiredzi 24-Year-Old Retired Sex Worker Speaks Out

RODHA (24) (real name protected) is a young girl living with a disability of the limbs. She has Locomotor Disability, a form of disability which affects the limbs and hinders one’s movement from point A to B. She has been walking on Clutches since she was a little girl.  In 2013, Rodha fled her rural home in Chivi where she lived with her uncle and his wife. By Michael Gwarisa recently in Chiredzi Despite her condition, she says her uncle would verbally and physically abuse her, accusing her of philandering…

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The Avenues Clinic Lifts Patients Visiting Hours Restrictions

THE Avenues Clinic has riveted to its usual patients visiting hours which had been suspended for the past two months due to COVID-19. By Michael Gwarisa The restoration of visiting hours is effective 22 September 2020 and the the visiting hours schedule will still be limited to one visitor and one visiting hour per patient per day. In the initial communication to the public, the hospital had reported that suspension of visiting hours had been necessitated by the increase in the number of Covid-19 cases which was being reported at…

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