Zim Launches Country Level Partnership To End TB

STOP TB partnership, an initiative meant to scale up Tuberculosis (TB) case finding and treatment in various communities which include high TB burden settings such as mining communities, closed communities amongst others has been launched in Zimbabwe. By Michael Gwarisa Officially launching the partnership this morning (24/11/19) on behalf of the First Lady Amai Auxilia Mnangagwa, Health and Child Care Minister Dr Obadiah Moyo said the Stop TB partnership had come at the right time for Zimbabwe as the country was already scaling TB identification and treatment in communities. Today…

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E-Nursing Recruitment Not Regionalistic Or Tribal

HEALTH and Child Care Minister, Dr Obadhia Moyo has castigated sections of civil society whom he accused of misleading the people of Matebeleland into protesting against government’s E-nursing recruitment which they accused of favoring candidates from Mashonaland and other provinces other than Matebeleland. By Michael Gwarisa Minister Moyo said the E-Nursing recruitment system was still anew phenomenon in Zimbabwe and is bound to have technical glitches but allegations of regionalism or favoritism were a creation of uniformed civil society organisation who want to gain relevance  from creating mayhem. We have…

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Zim Launches Comprehensive HIV Communication Strategy

THE Ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC) in collaboration with partners have launched the comprehensive national HIV communication strategy for Zimbabwe 2019-2025, which will see HIV programing and interventions being tailor-made in line with the needs of specific HIV high risk groups. By Michael Gwarisa Officiating at the launch ceremony, Health and Child Care Minister, Dr Obadiah Moyo said the new HIV comprehensive strategy would aid in reducing the high HIV burden bedeviling the country through cultivating behavior change amongst various populations and high risk groups. The questions that…

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#BREAKING: New Health Services Law To Bar Doctors From Striking

GOVERNMENT has approved the principles of the  the new Health Services Amendment Bill which only allows aggrieved health workers to go on strike for a few  hours, a Cabinet official said on Tuesday. By Kudakwashe Pembere The legislation with principles approved by Cabinet forbids indefinite job action by health workers. During a post cabinet press briefing, Health and Child Care Minister Dr Obadiah Moyo said they will not tolerate an industrial action which at the end of the day endangers the lives of patients. The Bill will make sure that…

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Zim on Track To Attaining UHC…Minister Tells Geneva Conference

HEALTH and Child Care minister, Dr Obadiah Moyo says in as much as the health sector is going through a rough patch, access to healthcare services for the majority of citizens has improved over the past few years. By Michael Gwarisa Briefing the 72nd Session Of The World Health Assembly in Geneva, Switzerland, minister Moyo said inequities and inequalities in access to health services continue to grow within and between countries because of lack of political will and less because of resources. We are also pleased to announce that Zimbabwe…

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Call For Financial Commitment To Health Sector

HEALTH lobbyists have called on treasury to prioritize the health care sector the same way they  bail out the fuel situation. By Kudakwashe Pembere This call comes at a time when the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe quickly moved in with a US$50 million facility to calm the fuel crisis when a health tempest rages on. With pharmaceutical wholesalers in Zimbabwe currently requiring US$37, 8 million to settle arrears with foreign suppliers and manufacturers, the whole health sector according to Health and Child Minister Dr Obadiah Moyo needs US$400 000. Little…

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Govt dissolves NAC board

GOVERNMENT has dissolved the National Aids Council (NAC) board with immediate effect, barely a year after its appointment. SOURCE: The Herald In a letter dated March 4, Health and Child Care Minister Dr Obadiah Moyo said the dissolution followed concerns by stakeholders on appointment of the board, which was deemed improper. “Further to our meeting of the 30th of January 2019, where it was noted that the NAC board was improperly appointed, His Excellency the President of the Republic of Zimbabwe has concurred to the dissolution of the NAC board…

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Zim Gets Advanced Tech To Test HIV In Infants…Results Come Out Within Hours

ZIMBABWE has to date received at least 10 SAMBA machines meant for early diagnosis of HIV in infants, a move set to speed up detection of HIV in new born babies and children. By Michael Gwarisa The SAMBA HIV testing technology comes at a time Zimbabwe is making inroads towards eliminating mother to child transmission of HIV and the new technology will aid in detecting the virus early making it easy to initiate the young ones on anti-retro viral medicines. Officiating at the Handover Ceremony of 10 SAMBA machines to…

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#EDITORIAL COMMENT: You Can Not Stop Diarrhoea By Suturing The Orifice

ZIMBABWE is experiencing what could be termed the worst industrial action by members of the medical fraternity since the  birth of Christ.  Junior Doctors, Senior Doctors and Registrars have all joined in the strike and nurses will soon be joining in. In 2018 alone, Zimbabwe recorded three major strikes by health personnel which ended after government negotiated and promised to attend to the needs to of the striking doctors. As for the nurses, it did not end well for them as government through intervention of Vice President, Retried General Constantine…

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Senior Doctors Join Strike

SENIOR medical doctors in Zimbabwe’s major hospitals have joined the industrial action citing they are swamped with work in the absence of striking junior colleagues. By Kudakwashe Pembere Letters  dated December 4, gleaned by HealthTimes from Chitungwiza Central Hospital, Mpilo Hospital and Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals showed that hospital medical officers hung their boots throwing their weight behind the junior doctors. Among the grievances particularly from the junior doctors are unsatisfactory working conditions where they claim not to have adequate tools for their job. “As House Medical Officers (HMOs), at…

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