Roots Africa Integrates COVID-19 & HIV Programs In Mazowe

ROOTS Africa, a young woman led organisation working towards the promotion of economic and social justice among young people in peri-urban, rural and mining communities says it  is working with the ministry of health and child care (MoHCC) to integrate COVID-19 and HIV health interventions in Mazowe district by taking health services to people’s doorsteps. By Michael Gwarisa Mazowe district in Mashonaland Central province has a high HIV incidence in young women and girls as well as a high Early Unintended Pregnancies (EUPs) rate owing to rampart uncontrolled artisanal mining…

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Zim Reports Steady Improvement In Uptake of Maternal, Reproductive & Adolescents Health Services Under Lockdown

THE ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC) says there has been a steady improvement in the uptake of Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health (RMNCAH) for the first time since the national lockdown was effected in March this year. HealthTimes Reporter According to the health ministry, there was a decline in the utilization of Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, Child, Adolescent Health (RMNCAH) services such as family planning, antenatal care, postnatal care and other reproductive health services, particularly in the month of April 2020. The decline was due to challenges…

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Decentralize Third line ART Drugs Collection During Lockddown -Rights group

MINISTRY of Health and Child Welfare (MOHCC) should consider decentralizing the third line regimen of Anti Retroviral Therapy (ART) to avoid increase on defaulter rate, an HIV/AIDS rights group said. HealthTimes Reporter Currenlty, the third line drug collection services are being offered at Parirenyatwa in Harare and United Bulawayo Hospital (UBH). Third line therapy, sometimes called salvage or rescue therapy, is a treatment regiments for people who have few or limited anti drug options. This includes people who have failed are least two previous anti HIV regiments or people with…

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#BREAKING: Bulawayo Records Increase In Community Transmissions Of COVID-19

FOLLOWING government’s decentralisation of COVID-19 testing, Bulawayo seem to be recording an increased number of community transmissions mostly among contacts to the late case number 11. By Michael Gwarisa According to statistics from the Ministry of Health’s National Tuberculosis (TB) Reference Laboratory in Bulawayo, out of the six samples that were collected for testing, three turned out positive.  The total number of COVID-19 cases in Zimbabwe now stand at 17. Case number 15 is a 34-year-old female resident of Bulawayo. She has no recent history of travel or known contact…

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2020 Health Levy Collections To Drop

THE Ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC) has revised downwards its monthly target for revenue collected  from the 5% health levy to ZW$10.5 million down from their initial projection of ZW$17 million per month for the year 2020. By Michael Gwarisa The development follows a series of mobile tariff increases by local mobile network operators in the past few months which has led to a reduction in spending on voice calls by citizens on their cellphones. Ministry of Health Director Finance and Administration, Mrs Heather Machamire said collections from…

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Hunt For New Harare Hospital CEO Imminent

HEALTH and Child Care Minister Dr Obadiah Moyo says they will soon be looking for a substantive chief executive officer for Harare Central Hospital following the dismissal of Dr Nyasha Masuka. By Kudakwashe Pembere He said this during the donation of equipment for the Harare Central Hospital. Dr Masuka barely lasted a year at the healm of the country’s biggest referral hospital under yet to be ascertained reasons.  In the interim, Dr Tapiwa Bwakura is the Acting CEO as the hospital awaits a new boss. “Harare Central Hospital is a…

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‘HSB Negotiating In Bad Faith’

ZIMBABWEAN doctors are not pleased with the relaxed approach taken by the Health Services Board and Government in dealing with the obtaining strike, it has emerged. By Kudakwashe Pembere In a statement, Zimbabwe Hospital Doctors Association’s spokesperson Dr Anele Bhebhe acknowledged Health and Childcare Minister Dr Obadiah Moyo’s keenness in solving the situation. “We recognise the effort of the Honourable Minister of Health Dr Obadiah Moyo, in creating a negotiation platform for the grievances to be addressed,” he said. But the association is concerned by the casual manner their case …

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Health Gets US$694 million

TREASURY on Thursday allocated US$694, 5 million to the Ministry of Health and Childcare in the 2019 National Budget. By Kudakwashe Pembere In January, former minister of Finance and Economic Development Patrick Chinamasa buckled under the pressure of legislators to increase the allocation for Health to US$520 million from US$454 million. The Health Ministry during a Health and Childcare parliamentary portfolio committee hearing expected an allocation of  US$1, 3 billion from the ‘National Purse’. Making his debut 2019 National Budget presentation, Finance Minister Professor Mthuli Ncube increased the Health budget…

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BREAKING: Magaya Apologises

Prophetic Healing and Deliverance church leader Prophet Walter Magaya says he rues the hasty announcement of his ‘HIV-Cure’  without following proper channels. By Kudakwashe Pembere This ‘crying over spilt milk’ came with a retraction of his controversial HIV claims. Prophet Magaya said he later realised that his nerviness it was mindless as he ignored the relevant  authorities responsible for clearing a drug or medicine fit for distribution and retailing in Zimbabwe . He apologised at the Ministry Of Health and Childcare and PHD Ministries joint press conference on Thursday. “At…

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#JUSTIN: Gvt Clears Air On Cholera Financial Donations…As Death Toll Reaches 35

THE Zimbabwe government has appointed the Finance and Economic Development ministry as the sole custodian of all financial donations towards Cholera while the ministry of health and child care shall be handling commodities and other essential donations, Local government minister, July Moyo has said. By Michael Gwarisa The move comes at the back of a cholera epidemic which has claimed 35 lives and infected an estimated 6533. Briefing government, city council and partners, Minister Moyo who is also the chair of the inter-ministerial committee on cholera said they had been…

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