Gvt To Declare Missing Cyclone Idai Victims Dead

GOVERNMENT is in the process of declaring missing Cyclone Idai persons dead, amidst numerous futile efforts by government and rescue teams to locate the missing individuals’ whereabouts,  a government official has said. By Michael Gwarisa recently in Chimanimani This was said by the Acting Provincial Development coordinator for Manicaland, Mr Edgars Seenza during the belated World Blood Donor Day commemorations at Biriri High School in Chimanimani. Let me extend my condolences to the people of Chimanimani for having gone through such a tragic time where several lives were lost and…

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Gvt Seeks To Maintain Blood Subsidy

THE Ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC) says it is working to boost domestic financial resources to complement the health levy in a bid to finance the free blood subsidy which was initiated by government in 2018. By Michael Gwarisa recently in Chimanimani The development comes at the back of indications that the health levy has racked in not less than ZW$63 million since inception in 2017. Speaking at the belated World Blood Donor Day (WBD) 2019 commemorations in Chimanimani, Manicaland Provincial Medical Director (PMD), Dr Patron Mafaune said…

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‘Cyclone Idai Destroyed ARVs For Over 1 million People’

ABOUT 1 , 1 million people living with HIV were left stranded without access to antiretroviral medication in the Cyclone Idai distressed countries, a top United Nations official said on Monday. By Kudakwashe Pembere Briefing the media, UN Assistant Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs and Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator Ursula Mueller said they were concerned about people in Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe living with HIV who lost their medication. “The imminent loss of antiretroviral medication to some 1, 1 million people is particularly alarming,” she said. She also bemoaned the…

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US Gvt Donates Additional US$600,000 To Cyclone Idai

THE United States Government’s (USG) has extended another US$600,000 towards Cyclone Idai, bringing the total amount of financial aid from America towards the disaster to US$3.1 Million, a USG official has confirmed. By Michael Gwarisa Briefing a discussion on Zimbabwe’s path to prosperity, US Ambassador to Zimbabwe, Mr Brian Nichols said the American government was committed to assisting Zimbabwe through providing humanitarian assistance whenever the need arises. “The United States is continuing to support Zimbabwe in this difficult moment in the wake of Cyclone Idai. I would like to announce…

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CWGH Donates US$50k worth of goods to Cyclone Idai…Health Workers to benefit

THE Community Working Group on Health (CWGH), has handed over US$50 000 worth of goods comprising of consumable and non-consumable items to the Cyclone Idai affected communities in Manicaland. By Michael Gwarisa A total of 100 households are set to benefit and these also include vulnerable members of society, healthcare workers and village or community health workers who were also affected by the cyclone. Speaking at the handover event, CWGH Executive Director, Mr Itai Rusike said health workers were being side-lined in most donations despite the fact they were also…

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Cyclone Idai Leaves 75 000 HIV Positive Women Vulnerable

A total number of 75 000 HIV positive women  from Zimbabwe, Mozambique and Malawai were affected by the Cyclone Idai which left millions in need of humanitarian assistance. By Michael Gwarisa In a flooding scenario, most people loose valuables ranging from property, medicines, shelter clothing and food items. According to the March 2019 United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)  Sub-Regional Situation Report for Malawi  Mozambique and Zimbabwe,  nearly 3 million people have been affected by flooding, among them more than 600,000 women of reproductive age, 70,000 pregnant women and 75,000 women…

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Mozambique Buries 158 Zim Idai Victims…Gvt Dispatches Pathologists

GOVERNMENT will send a team of pathologists to assist in the recovery of the deceased believed to be buried in Mozambique after the Cyclone Idai, a Cabinet Minister said on Tuesday. By Kudakwashe Pembere About 158 Zimbabweans were buried in Mozambique in the aftermath of the devastating Cyclone Idai about three weeks ago. Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services Minister Monica Mutsvangwa briefing journalists after the eleventh meeting of Cabinet in Harare said they were now in the process of recovering the dead following the rescue process. “The search and recovery…

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Zim Launches US$ 621 million Cyclone Idai Appeal

ZIMBABWE has published its Tropical Cyclone Idai International Humanitarian Appeal plan which requires a total of US$621 million to assist the Cyclone Idai distressed areas. By Kudakwashe Pembere In the plan signed by President Emmerson Mnangagwa, the areas need US$51 million to deal with Water Sanitation and Hygiene issues. “The massive flooding left a trail of destruction on water supply which crippled access to sources of safe water. The damages include submerged and washed away pumping systems and water reticulation networks. “Priority actions in this area include rehabilitation, upgrading and…

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Health Response Plan For Cyclone Idai Affected Areas

THE Health and Child Care Ministry has developed a Health Response Plan for Manicaland to assist the affected, as well as health staff in Chimanimani and Chipinge. By Kudakwashe Pembere In an interview with the Ministry’s Director for Epidemiology and Disease Control Dr Portia Manangazira , she said the provincial medical directorate was also involved in making the plan covering the period until May. “We have as the health sector, sat down with the provincial medical directorate in Manicaland to come up with a Health Sector Medical Response Plan for…

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US$ 60M Urgently Required For Relief Response To Cyclone Idai

THE government, United Nations, donors and Non-Governmental Organisations convened today to launch a revised Humanitarian Flash Appeal to include response to Cyclone Idai requesting for an additional USD 60 million, bringing the total amount to USD 294 million required by humanitarian partners to complement national response efforts to drought, economic challenges and Cyclone Idai in Zimbabwe. The launch of the revised humanitarian flash appeal convened by the UN Resident Coordinator was held at the UN offices in Harare bringing together senior representatives from Government, Ambassadors, members of the diplomatic corps…

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