Zimbabwe Needs To Strengthen Public Health Sector Capacity and Resilience beyond the 3rd Wave: Lessons not learnt from the previous waves

THE past week or two have particularly been rough for Zimbabwe. 20 people were lost in a horrific road traffic accident, and hundreds more succumbed to COVID-19. Unfortunately, all-cause mortality is probably much higher. Our focus has been so much on COVID-19 over the past 18 months and we seem to have forgotten about our high burden of HIV, malaria and other infectious diseases. Good news is Zimbabwe was removed from the list of high tuberculosis burden countries in the past week; congratulations to the AIDS and TB unit, their…

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COVID Third Wave Requires Social Media Influencers, Religious Leaders To Share Information Responsibly

ZIMBABWE and most of Africa are currently in their third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. Unlike the first two, the current wave has had a very rapid spread across Africa, and also seems to be having a higher fatality rate. Zimbabwe has seen the highest numbers ever reported this week, reporting a record high of over 2600 cases in the past 24 hours, with 55 deaths. By Dr Grant Murewanhema There has also been widespread community transmission, with all 10 provinces reporting quite significant numbers of cases. Unlike in the…

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Partial Lockdown Applauded

HEALTH experts have welcomed the moved by government to put the country on a partial lockdown as means to curb the spread of the coronavirus. By Patricia Mashiri Dr Alex Gasasira, the World Health Organization Representative in Zimbabwe recently told the state media that government had taken a broad decision in announcing a partial lockdown as a way of avoiding an upsurge in COVID-19 cases. What the government of Zimbabwe is doing is in line with what the WHO recommends. It is necessary for governments to carefully review local evidence…

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Numbers Not Looking Good, As Third Wave Knocks On Zimbabwe’s Door

Dr Grant Murewanhema

ZIMBABWE’S daily COVID-19 infections almost doubled in the past 24 hours from 49 new cases that were recorded on June, 7 2021 to 83 cases on June 8, 2021. By Michael Gwarisa The increase in cases also comes in the wake of a slow vaccination uptake which could pose an even greater threat should the third wave officially set foot in the country. Local Public Health Expert and Epidemiologist, Dr Grant Murewanhema said the upsurge in the daily cases could signal the official arrival of the third wave in the…

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#TalkingCOVIDWithDrGrant: Different Variants, Similar Control Strategies

Dr Grant Murewanhema

THE Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) is the causative virus for the disease better known as COVID-19. It belongs broadly to a class of viruses known as coronaviruses, and people are more familiar with the previous SARS and MARS outbreaks. None of these ever got to the scale of the current COVID-19 pandemic. By Dr Grant Murewanhema Viruses, such as SARS-CoV-2, which spread rapidly, also multiply very rapidly in a process called replication, where copies of similar virions continue to be made. Now, as you will be familiar…

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Zimbabwe Not Yet In The 3rd Wave- Experts

CONTRARY to widespread reports that a third COVID-19 wave was already in the country, medical and health experts have assured the nation that the nation was nearing the end of a second of a second wave. By Michael Gwarisa   There have been speculation over the past few weeks following the surging of COVID-19 cases in schools, triggering fears that a third wave might probably started in the country. Speaking during a webinar that was organised by the National AIDS Council (NAC), Dr Takunda Sola who is also the Regional…

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Zim COVID-19 Epidemic Curve Flattening – Dr Grant

Dr Grant Murewanhema

LOCAL Public Health Expert and Epidemiologist, Dr Grant Murewanhema has hinted that Zimbabwe’s epidemic curve was at the verge of flattening even though clustered sections of infections were still reported at community level. By Michael Gwarisa An epidemic curve, also known as an epi curve or epidemiological curve, is a statistical chart used to visualize the onset and progression of a disease outbreak. Presenting during an editors workshop that was organized by the National AIDS Council, Dr Grant said there was need to scale-up COVID-19 prevention interventions in  a bid…

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2020 Top 15 Outstanding Health Champions

THE Year 2020 has not been an easy one for the global health sector at the back of a global health pandemic, the COVID-19. In Zimbabwe, even though the virus has not been as severe as other countries in the developed world, some lives were lost while a sizable number also got infected. To worsen Zimbabwe’s health crisis in the midst of COVID-19, a nationwide healthcare industrial action also ensued which saw numerous negative public health outcomes being recorded. In the midst of all this misery and loss, a number…

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A Resurgence Of COVID-19 Cases Is Possible In Zimbabwe

Dr Grant Murewanhema

THE COVID-19 pandemic reached its peak between July and August in Zimbabwe, and since then the daily numbers of reported cases have considerably come down. As of 7 November 2020, the country has reported a cumulative 8498 cases, with 7995 recoveries and 251 deaths, with 27 new cases having been confirmed in the past 24 hours. By Dr Grant Murewanhema The epi-curve for Zimbabwe has been quite different from what has been experienced in South Africa, Europe and America. We are grateful because with certainty, Zimbabwe would have been unable…

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#TalkingCOVID-19WithDrGrant: Rays Of Hope, But No Room For Complacency

Dr Grant Murewanhema

THE past few weeks have seen a marked reduction in the number of PCR-positive COVID-19 cases across all the ten provinces of Zimbabwe. This resonates well with the marked decline in the deaths attributable to COVID-19. Additionally, the number of cases admitted at the treatment and isolation centre at Parirenyatwa has significantly declined, and so are the admissions at Wilkins Hospital and other treatment and isolation centres throughout Zimbabwe. By Grant Murewanhema 218 new cases and 6 deaths were reported from 12 September 2020 to 18 September 2020. Harare still…

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