Coping with diabetes, hypertension, a day at a time……complexity of lifelong medication

“Personally, I have been finding it difficult to manage the prescriptions and I have resorted to skipping doses, so that I manage to survive on the little I get to buy the meds. I am sometimes lucky to get handouts to buy insulin from well wishers,” a heartbreaking insight into the life of a diabetic. By Catherine Murombedzi A specialist in diabetes said there is no cure, but medication and the Dos and Dont’s, to manage the diseases with coping mechanisms inorder to lower the risks. “Diabetes mellitus and hypertension…

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Zimbabwe Submits Bid To Host ICASA In 2023

ZIMBABWE together with other five African countries have submitted bids to host the International Conference on AIDS and STIs In Africa (ICASA) in 2023. By Michael Gwarisa Zimbabwe’s intention to host the 2023 ICASA was announced during a Press Conference that was held on Friday by ICASA at the ongoing 24th International AIDS Conference in Montreal Canada. The Zimbabwean delegation was also present during the press conference and was headed by the Deputy Minister of Health and Child Care (MoHCC), Dr John Mangwiro. Speaking during the Press Conference, Dr John…

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Shot In The Arm for Zimbabwe’s Healthcare Sector

THE Ministry of Health and Care (MoHCC) has received a donation of medical equipment from the United Kingdom (UK) government and Northern Ireland and the United Nations (UN) donor agencies, through support from the Japanese government that will improve the management of COVID-19 as well as maternal healthcare services in the country’s healthcare system.  Michael Gwarisa Through the US$1.3 million that was mobilized the by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) from the Government of Japan, the MoHCC received eight ambulances, anaesthetic machines, operating tables, delivery tables, ICU beds, infusion…

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First Capital Bank Injects US$30,000 Towards NBSZ Solar Powered Cold Chain Initiative

FINANCIAL services concern, First Capital Bank Zimbabwe (FCB), has donated an amount to the tune of US$30,000 for a low cost renewable energy solution pilot project to complement the blood bank’s cold chain power system. By Michael Gwarisa The US$30,000 is part the US$180,000 that is required by be National Blood Service of Zimbabwe (NBSZ) to complete the solar project which when fully implemented, will ease the power outages induced woes the blood bank has been experiencing of late due to persistent and recurring power cuts. The NBSZ cold chain…

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Major Boost For Zimbabwe’s AMR Fight

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ZIMBABWE has secured two flagship grants namely the Fleming Fund and Multi-Partner Trust Fund Grants to strengthen capacity through strengthening Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) detection and surveillance in the country. By Michael Gwarisa The two grants are being financed by the United Kingdom and the Netherlands governments. The UK is financing the Fleming Fund grant which is worth over US$5 Million and is being implemented and led by the Food Agricultural Organization (FAO). Officiating at the launch of the two grants which also coincided with the commissioning of the National Microbiology…

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Journalists Critical In ART Adherence Information Dissemination

Journalists have been identified as an important vehicle  in communicating and raising awareness around Antiretroviral Therapy (ART) adherence, a top government official has said. By Patricia Mashiri recently in Chinhoyi Speaking during a National AIDS Council (NAC) media workshop aimed at informing capacitating Journalists on HIV/AIDS reporting,  Dr John Mangwiro, the Deputy Minister of Health and Child Care said there was need to come up with innovative means of communicating the HIV and ART adherence message. I implore the media to have to make sure that it fulfills its developmental…

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Men Should Constantly Screen For Prostate Cancer: Dr Mangwiro

DEPUTY Minister of Health and Child Care (MoHCC), Dr JohnMangwiro has urged men to adopt a culture of getting checked for prostate cancer so as to improve the risk of developing severe cancer due to late diagnosis and treatment. By Patricia Mashiri According available data, men have a poor health seeking behavior and most men present late for cancer screening hence reducing their survival chances. Speaking during a virtual meeting on fighting prostate cancer, Dr John Mangwiro advised health experts to scale up cancer awareness on what causes prostate cancer…

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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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Zimbabwe Prepared For Oncoming Malaria Season

THE Ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC) says plans to fight Malaria ahead of the oncoming rainy season were at an advanced stage. Staff Reporter Speaking during a question-and-answer session in Parliament, Deputy Minister of Health and Child Care, Dr John Mangwiro said they had already procured the requisite drugs and other equipment. Yes we know that this disease is a concern in the rain season and now we are approaching the rain season.  Firstly, Government does awareness programmes on how to prevent and control the spread of malaria. …

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CDC Ranks Zimbabwe As low COVID-19 Risk Destination

THE  United States of America Centers for Disease and Control (US’s CDC) has recognized Zimbabwe as one of the top countries among other African countries that  have effectively implemented COVID-19 prevention measures. SOURCE: Ministry Of Health Speaking during the handover ceremony to the Ministry of Health and Child Care by New Avakash International Dr John Mangwiro, Deputy Minister of Health and Child Care said he was pleased to share that Zimbabwe had managed COVID-19 successfully among other African countries and was moved from level four to level one by the…

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