Ignore Zoonotic Diseases At Own Peril- Dr Marume

ONE of Zimbabwe’s leading Veterinary Pharmacist, Dr Amos Marume has called on government and the health sector at large to invest heavily towards Zoonotic disease surveillance and early detection in order to avoid and contain future diseases outbreaks. By Michael Gwarisa Zoonotic Diseases are disease transmitted from animals to humans and Dr Marume’s call comes in the midst of a COVID-19 pandemic that is also believed to have originated from bats and other wild animals. Addressing delegates at the just ended Retail Pharmacists Association conference in Harare, Dr Marume said…

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WHO Recommends Newest COVID-19 Treatment…As MSF Calls For Equal Access To The Medications

THE World Health Organization (WHO) recommended the two-drug treatment cocktail, casirivimab/imdevimab, for people with COVID-19. HealthTimes Reporter The development comes in the midst of calls by the Doctors Without Borders (MSF) on the US pharmaceutical corporation Regeneron, the manufacturer and patent holder of these drugs, to take immediate actions to ensure the medications are affordable and accessible for everyone who needs them and forego any monopoly on these new treatments. Given the massive need for COVID-19 medicines around the world, Regeneron should make casirivimab and imdevimab available at a reasonable…

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Lockdown Sees Spike In Unsafe Abortions In Guruve

RECURRING COVID-19 lockdown measures and a prolonged period outside learning institutions has resulted in increased Early Unintended Pregnancies (EUPs) in young adolescent girls, leading to a record spike in unsafe abortions amongst the 12- to 24-year-old age groups in Guruve, Mashonaland Central. By Michael Gwarisa recently in Guruve In Zimbabwe, abortion or termination of pregnancy is only permissible if the pregnancy poses a risk or threat to the life and health of the mother and child and also if the pregnancy is as a result of rape or incest. However,…

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Red Cross Partners ZITF In health and First Aid Services

Zimbabwe Red Cross Society (ZRCS) has once again partnered with the Zimbabwe International Trade Fair (ZITF) through provision of free health and first aid services with the organisation providing COVID 19 vaccinations at this year’s edition of the annual business showcase. Own Correspondant In support of the government accelerated and decentralised vaccination drive, the ZRCS has deployed a team of medical doctors and nurses who are providing COVID 19 vaccinations for free within the exhibition centre, bringing the much-needed services closer to the people who might have missed an opportunity…

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Closure Of Schools Not An Option

EVEN though the country has begun recorded pockets of new infections especially in schools, it is  not wise to close schools at the moment, Public Health Experts have warned. By Patricia Mashiri Schools especially in Mbereengwa have been recording new COVD-19 infections of late, prompting some parents to push for closure of the schools before the situation spirals out of control. However, local health experts believe the situation was still under control and there was no need for halting studies. Speaking to HealthTimes, Mr Itai Rusike, the Executive Director for…

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COVID-19 In Schools: What Is The Way Forward?

AS the third wave settled, there was a huge outcry for the re-opening of schools, and I personally added my voice to the sentiments. And even today when asked, I would echo the same sentiments too. Prolonged closure of schools is not good for the pupils for several reasons. Not only do they lag behind in terms of their education and social development; they also get exposed to several hazards in society. By Dr Grant Murewanhema What quickly comes to mind is the risk of indulging in drugs, early sexual…

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COVID-19 Hits Mberengwa Boarding Schools

COVID-19 cases have risen in Mberengwa boarding schools to 125 following more tests that have been done in schools. Staff Reporter Previously Chegato 59, Masase40 had recorded 59 and 40 respectively before they had conducted other tests from the neighboring schools. Dr Gabriel Ndagurwa, Mberengwa District Medical Officer told state media that they were working flat out to make sure that the COVID-19 cases are contained and avoid spreading in the boarding schools that have been identified as hotspots. We have about 125 cases for far that we have picked…

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Zim Vaccination Momentum Fading After Easing Of Lockdown

THE relaxation of COVID-19 containment measures over the past two weeks and the downgrading of the lockdown restrictions from level 4 to level 2 have resulted in the reduction in daily COVID-19 vaccination numbers, a development experts fear could work against the country’s target of attaining herd immunity by December 2021. By Patricia Mashiri and Michael Gwarisa Even though the numbers seem to be on an upward trajectory, data from the Ministry of Health vaccination figures since beginning of September show an inconsistently fluctuating trend. Figures from Daily Situation reports…

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HIV Positive Women Urged To Regularly Screen For Cervical Cancer

THE Zimbabwe Association of Church Related Hospitals (ZACH) has warned that  women living with HIV were more prone to cervical cancer and therefore should get screened more frequently. By Patricia Mashiri Speaking during Cervical cancer and HIV and the impact of COVID-19 on screening services virtual meeting, HIV Positive Women Urged To Regularly Screen For Cervical Cancer, Dr Onai  Diura-Vere ZACH Technical Advisor said,”85 percent of women with cervical and HIV live in Sub-Saharan Africa. Women with HIV are at a higher risk of developing cervical cancer compared with HIV…

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WHO Mulls Digital Documentation of COVID-19 Vaccination Certificates

THE World Health Organisation (WHO) has published a guidance document for countries and implementing partners on the technical requirements for issuing digital certificates for vaccination against COVDI-19. By Michael Gwarisa Through their official international Website, WHO said the Digital Documentation of COVID-19 Certificates is being proposed as a mechanism by which a person’s COVID-19-related health data can be digitally documented via an electronic certificate. The certificate can be used in the same way as a paper-based vaccination record/card. That is to provide information to health care providers about the vaccination…

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