Sub-Saharan Africa Has Highest AMR related Deaths-Dr Moeti

WORLD Health Organisation (WHO) WHO Regional Director for Africa, Dr Matshidiso Moeti says African governments should step-up the fight against Anti-Microbial Resistance (AMR) as the continent has one of highest AMR associated mortality in the world. By Michael Gwarisa In her World Antimicrobial Awareness Week 2022 Messag, Dr Moeti said there was also concerns over high rates of spread of AMR development and spread. Compared to other regions, sub-Saharan Africa has the highest AMR-associated death rates, at 99 deaths per 100 0001 population, far exceeding previous global projections of 700…

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Zim to conduct Oral Health Survey in May

PREPARATIONS to conduct an Oral Health Survey to determine the current burden of oral health conditions in Zimbabwe are on ongoing, with the Health and Child Care Ministry expecting to conduct one in May this year. By Kudakwashe Pembere In an interview with HealthTimes, Oral Health Deputy Director in the Ministry of Health and Child Care Dr Hardwicke Matikiti said the last survey was conducted in 1995. For the record, the last national oral health survey was done in 1995. That was the second one after independence. At that time…

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Sweet News!!! COVID-19 downgrading to an endemic stage

THE coronavirus pandemic is transitioning into an endemic stage where the virus will be spreading at a slower rate, making it more predictable and manageable within countries, a top World Health Organisation official has said. By Michael Gwarisa The difference between an epidemic and a pandemic isn’t in the severity of the disease, but the degree to which it spreads.A pandemic cuts across international boundaries, as opposed to regional epidemics. Speaking during a virtual press briefing, Dr Matshidiso Moeti, the Regional Director of the World Health Organization Regional Office for…

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Together We Can Close The Cancer Care Gap Says Dr Chiwenga

HARARE-Acting President, Dr Constantino Chiwenga has acknowledged the existing challenges in the country’s cancer care management systems and called on all stakeholders to unite in closing the existing gaps in cancer management. By Michael Gwarisa Zimbabwe is currently experiencing operational challenges with regards to cancer care amidst high costs of chemotherapy drugs and recurring breakdowns of Radiotherapy machines in the country’s major cancer care centers, Parirenyatwa Hospital and Mpilo Hospital. Speaking during the 2022 World Cancer Day commemoration in Harare, Dr Chiwenga said the health ministry was working on setting…

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Time For Governments To Invest Heavily Towards Mental Health-WHO

THE World Health Organisation (WHO) Regional Director for Africa, Dr Matshidiso Moeti says the prevailing COVID-19 pandemic has brought numerous mental health challenges and  called on governments to allocate financial resources towards mental health. By Michael Gwarisa In her speech ahead of the World Mental Health Day, commemorations to be held tomorrow on 10 October, Dr Moeti said mental health was often-overlooked and a neglected aspect of our well-being. Almost two years into the COVID-19 pandemic, many people are experiencing isolation, anxiety or depression. World Mental Health Day is a…

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COVID-19 Pushes Africa To Back Of The Queue In Accessing Essential Health Services Says WHO

THE prevailing COVIND-19 pandemic has exacerbated existing inequalities to accessing health care services for low and middle income countries with the biggest impact being felt in African countries, the World Health Organisation  (WHO) Regional Director for Africa, Dr Matshidiso Moeti has said. By Staff Reporter In her World Health Day 2021 address, Dr Moeti said African countries have been pushed to the back of the queue in terms of accessingCOVID–19 test kits, personal protective equipment as well as vaccines. This World Health Day, WHO is calling on everyone to participate…

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Engage Communities First Before Rolling Out Vaccine, WHO Tells African Governments

THE World Health Organisation (WHO) Regional Director for Africa, Dr Matshidiso Moeti says communities must be part of the COVID-19 vaccination process and should be be engaged earlier to create buy in from communities. By Michael Gwarisa Speaking during a virtual press conference that was facilitated by APO Group, Dr Moeti said Africa was still lagging behind in terms of readiness for the COVID-19 Vaccines Roll-out and more community awareness needed to be done before the vaccine distribution commences. Developing a safe and effective vaccine is just the first step…

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WHO Urges Gvts To Prioritize Health Workers

THE World Health Organisation (WHO) Regional Director, Dr Matshidiso Moeti has urged governments in SADC region to prioritize welfare and well-being of health personnel as they are the backbone of the health sector. By Michael Gwarisa Speaking at the 69th session of the World Health Organization Regional Committee for Africa, Ministerial gathering to shape Africa’s Health Agenda in Brazzaville, Dr Matsidiso said, “health workers were a precious resource not only to their families, but to communities, to national development and to international security and we must do more to protect…

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