#COVID-19: Majority Zim COVID-19 Patients Being Managed From Home…Most Cases Have Mild Symptoms

A number of COVID-19 cases in Zimbabwe are showing mild symptoms and are being managed from home, newly appointed acting permanent secretary in the ministry of health and child, Dr Gibson Mhlanga has said. By Michael Gwarisa The world over, patients who have mild illness, such as low-grade fever, cough, malaise, rhinorrhoea, sore throat without any warning signs, such as shortness of breath or difficulty in breathing, increased respiratory (i.e. sputum or haemoptysis), gastro-intestinal symptoms such as nausea may not need hospitalization  unless there is concern for rapid clinical deterioration.…

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#NEWSINBRIEF: Dr Mhlanga Appointed Acting Health Ministry Perm Sec

PREVENTATIVE Services Chief Director In the Ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC), Dr Gibson Mhlanga has been appointed the ministry’s acting permanent secretary effective immediately. Ms Jane Mudyara, the Ministry’s Director Human Resources said Dr Mhlanga will act until a substantive Permanent Secretary has been appointed. In light of the recent re-assignment of Dr Agnes Mahomva to the post of Chief Coordinator National Response to COVID-19 in the office of the President and Cabinet, the Public Service Commission appointed Dr Gibson Mhlanga as the Acting permanent secretary in the…

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Zim Allays CoronaVirus Fears

WITH Zimbabwe put in panic mode following its western neighbour Botswana’s suspected novel coronavirus case, national health authorities have assured they neither have suspected nor confirmed cases. By Kudakwashe Pembere In a statement, Health and Child Care Preventive Services Chief Director Dr Gibson Mhlanga disputed the viral messages on social media claiming Zimbabwe as having a suspected case of the n-COv. “The Ministry of Health and Child Care would like to clarify that as of today 31 January 2020, no cases or suspects of coronavirus have been reported in Zimbabwe…

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Doctors, Nurses To Work 3 Days A Week

GOVERNMENT has issued a directive which will see working hours for health workers reduced to only three days a week. HealthTimes Reporter In a letter addressed to public health sector administrative leaders by the Acting permanent secretary of health,  Dr Gibson Mhlanga he asked that an interim measure to reduced working hours for all health workers should be put in place. According to the letter, doctors and nurses, are now only required to report for duty three days in a week to cushion them form the prevailing transport woes. The…

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UNDP Hands Over ART Sites and Pharmacy Stores To Health Ministry

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) this morning handed over 40 new and refurbished Antiretroviral Therapy (ART) sites and 52 Pharmacy stores aimed at improving Tuberculosis (TB) infection control among people living with HIV. By Michael Gwarisa The development comes at the back of indications that the old ART sites and pharmaceutical stores were struggling to cope with increased demand of ART services as well as TB medication services owing to the high TB and HIV burden the country is still faced with. Speaking at the official handover ceremony on…

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