Health Minister Explains Why Zim Covid-19 Results Come Out At Night

MINISTER of Health and Child Care (MoHCC) Dr Obadiah Moyo says Zimbabwe Coronavirus (COVID-19) results take longer to release owing to the testing method the country is using. By Michael Gwarisa Dr Moyo told a post cabinet media briefing that Zimbabwe was still using the Polymerised Chain Reaction (PCR) testing scheme which takes longer than the Rapid Testing method which takes less than 15 minutes to produce results. “The reason why our results take longer to come out is to do with the testing scheme. We have to batch the…

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Confusion Rocks Vic Falls Tourist Coronavirus Case

ZIMBABWE has once again been thrown into abyss of confusion following conflicting statements by the ministries of Health and that of Tourism relating to a case whereby a United Kingdom (UK) tourist is reported to have tested positive for Coronavirus (Covid-19) upon arrival in the UK a few days after leaving Zimbabwe. By Michael Gwarisa The bewilderment comes hot on the heels of a Post Cabinet Media briefing where Tourism and Hospitality Industries minister, Honorable Mangaliso Ndlovu told Journalists that the lady in question was yet to be tested contrary…

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UK Govt Commits USD2, 1 million For Coronavirus Preparedness

THE United Kingdom (UK) Government’s Department for International Development is chipping in with £1, 7 million for the setting up of Zimbabwe’s Public Health Emergency Operation Centre as the country prepares for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). By Kudakwashe Pembere The equipment is worth USD2197156.50 and includes computers and protective clothing.  Health and Child Care Minister Dr Obadiah Moyo giving his acceptance speech said this gesture showed how the British government is keen on supporting Zimbabwe’s health sector. We are very grateful to you the head of mission. This is exactly…

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Open Letter To Minister Obadiah Moyo: Time To Get Serious About Coronavirus

HONORABLE Minister of Health, Dr Obadiah Moyo. It is with a heavy heart that I write this letter to your esteemed office in the wake of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) which has wreaked havoc in China and other parts of the world. Already, more than 2300 lives have been lost in China alone while other deaths have also been recorded in other parts of the world. It is also worrying that the virus is slowly finding its way into Africa. Egypt recorded its first case last week while Algeria have also…

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Zimbabwe To Use ARVs To Treat Coronavirus

THE Zimbabwean government is upbeat about its preparedness levels against the Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID 19) saying antiretroviral medicines used elsewhere for the recovery of patients are in full stock. By Kudakwashe Pembere In an interview with HealthTimes on Tuesday, Health and Child Care Minister Dr Obadiah Moyo said Zimbabwe has fully stocked with the antiretroviral drug reportedly being used in the recovery of patients confirmed to have coronavirus. “We have Kaletra and we are hearing reports that it is helping a lot. They then use it in combinations with…

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Breaking: Zim Acquires Latest Coronavirus Testing Technology

REAGENTS and test kits for identifying the 2019 Wuhan Novel Coronavirus are now in country, Health and Child Care Minister Dr Obadiah Moyo said on Monday. By Kudakwashe Pembere Previously, the country relied on South Africa to test for the 2019 n-CoV.Zimbabwe has the equipment required for this feat housed at the National Health Laboratory Services at Sally Mugabe Central Hospital, Mpilo Victoria Falls Airport. The reagents are in country, this is what we are saying. Besides that we are sourcing kits for the rapid testing which takes 15 minutes.…

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Health Minister Sets Technical Committee For Public Hospital Equipment

HEALTH and Child Care Minister Dr Obadiah Moyo has set up a technical committee for the coordination of hospital equipment procurement processes which is end user driven and under NatPharm. By Kudakwashe Pembere This development comes at a time when medical professionals decry obsolete equipment and user-unfriendly machines and instruments. Dr Moyo in an interview revealed his plan to replenish the public health sector with adequate, accurate and trending equipment and sundries. On Thursday, the committee was set up with Dr Harunavamwe Chifamba appointed by the Minister to chair it,…

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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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