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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Sinopharm Suits Zimbabwe’s Cold Chain Capacity

UNLIKE other COVID-19 vaccines that were developed using  the Messenger Ribonucleic Acids (M-RNA) technology, vaccines manufactured using a killed/inactivated virus such as the Sinopharm, Sinovac and COVAXIN currently being administered in Zimbabwe do not require expensive subzero cold-chain infrastructure. By Michael Gwarisa The messenger RNA technology was deployed in the Pfizer, Mordena and other vaccines, making such vaccines unsuitable for hot climatic conditions such as the one in Zimbabwean unless the country installs a costly deep freeze airport warehouse, procures and modifies refrigerated vehicles and inoculation points to ensure the…

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Ministry of Health Launches COVID-19 Booth

THE Ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC) has launched a COVID-19 booth in Epworth, as part of its efforts to bridge the information gap so to limit the spread of misinformation around COVID-19. By Michael Gwarisa Launching the COVID-19 Booth, Health and Child Care Deputy Minister, Dr John Mangwiro said the impact of the pandemic had disrupted services and in the process disinformation had also reigned supreme. The pandemic has seen interruption in trade, work and business, stoppage of schools and travel, diminished incomes, brought social distress, illness and…

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TelOne, NetOne Partner To Refurbish Sally Mugabe Hospital Ward

 TELONE in partnership with mobile network operator, NetOne have combined efforts to refurbish and fully equip a ward at Sally Mugabe Hospital (formally Harare Hospital), a move that  is set to improve service delivery at the health institution. By Michael Gwarisa Officiating at the Ward Handover Ceremony, First Lady, Mai Auxilia Mnangagwa said the gesture by the two entities was a step in the right direction for the country’s health sector which is currently in need of recapitalisation. I am delighted to be officiating at this event today, which is…

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UNICEF Zim In Major COVID-19 & Immunization Cold Chain Donation

THE Ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC) today received a consignment consisting of 968 solar direct driven refrigeration towards Zimbabwe’s expanded program on immunization and 134 Oxygen Concentrators in support of Zimbabwe’s fight against COVID-19. By Michael Gwarisa The delivery is part of the Health Development Fund (HDF) that is managed by UNECEF while the 968 solar direct refrigerators were procured by GAVI at a tune of US$3, 444, 828.15 Million. The HDF is funded by the United Kingdom DFID, European Union (EU), Irish Aid, and the Global Vaccines…

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#JUSTIN: Blood Coupon Facility Suspension Lifted…As Gvt Pays ZW$43 Million To NBSZ

THE National Blood Service of Zimbabwe (NBSZ) has confirmed receipt of an amount to the tune of  ZW$43.5 Million from treasury from an outstanding bill of ZW$125, 710, 200 Million, a move which is likely to ease operational constraints bedeviling the blood bank. By Michael Gwarisa The NBSZ had recently written to all public health institutions advising them of a suspension of the coupons facility which would grant them access to blood and blood products on credit. However owing to financial challenges, the facility had been suspended, paving way for…

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Senior Doctors Clear Themselves From Indian Equipment Procurement

SENIOR doctors have distanced themselves from the procurement of the Indian medical equipment which came not only in bits and pieces but unsafe for use. By Kudakwashe Pembere Giving oral evidence before the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Health and Child Care, the Senior Hospital Doctors Association (SHDA) through Professor Faith Muchemwa gave the background which led to the procurement of the equipment. Prof Muchemwa said meetings were held between the senior doctors and the First Lady as well as President Emmerson Mnangagwa. From that meeting a list was made by…

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Gvt Mulls Decentralising Radiology Services

DEPUTY Minister of Health and Child Care (MoHCC), Dr John Mangwiro has hinted on government’s Intention to decentralise radiology services which are currently being offered at Parirenyatwa Hospital, Mpilo and Oncore Center in Harare.   By Michael Gwarisa The move is in line with government’s vision of devolution whereby critical economic enabling services will be offered in all the country’s 10 provinces. Officially launching the Breast cancer Pink Conference in the capital, Dr Magwiro said owing to economic woes, some cancer patients find it difficult to travel to the few…

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