Ministry of Health Restructuring Exercise To Prioritize Health Care Workers Welfare

THE Ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC) is currently undergoing an overhaul restructuring process which is meant to bring sanity to the country’s health sector which will see conditions of service for health workers improve, a top government official has said. By Michael Gwarisa The restructuring process has already claimed scalps of various top brass within he ministry and its departments. To date, several hospital Chief Executive Officers (CEOs), ministry department directors and other high-profile personnel have either been reassigned or resigned from their posts. Briefing Journalists today, Health…

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Gvt Criticised For Dumping COVID-19 Expenses On Citizens

THE Community Working Group on Health (CWGH) has taken a swipe at government for imposing mandatory testing and wearing of face masks for citizens and employees without putting in place measures to ensure the services are available to citizens at subsidized rates or no cost at all. By Michael Gwarisa A survey conducted by HealthTimes indicates that a COVID-19 test at a private health facility is within the range of US$25 and US$50 per worker whereas in some instances, some facilities are charging between US$60 and US$70 per employee. According…

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#BREAKING: We Never Admitted A Covid-19 Patient Says Avenues Clinic

THE Avenues Clinic has rebuffed social media claims that a male Coronavirus (Covid-19) patient from Zimre Park died while admitted at their facility. By Kuda Pembere In the early hours of Thursday morning, social media was awash with information suggesting that indeed  a patient had died at the Avenues, after  social media users  had posted on their  Facebook and Twitter accounts that Avenues Clinic was handling a COVID-19 case. In a statement, The Avenues clinic said this was fake news. The Avenues Clinic has noted with great concern fake news…

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ZAN Spells Out Community Centered Vision For 2020

THE country has made significant strides in its HIV/AIDS response with government working hand in glove with civil society organisations working within and with communities. The tagline for the 2020 HIV response worldwide is ‘Communities Make The Difference’ as nations aim to reach the 90-90-90 targets of having 90 percent tested, 90 percent of those tested getting on treatment and the 90 percent on treatment having a suppressed viral load. Derailing efforts made in reducing the HIV/AIDS burden in Zimbabwe are psychological issues such as stigma, denial and defaulting as…

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Health Ministry’s Oral Health Director Dr Mandy Dlamini-Sibanda Dies

DR Mandy Dlamini-Sibanda has died. She was the Director of Oral Health Services at the Ministry of Health and Child Care. By Kudakwashe Pembere According to Zimbabwe Medical Association (ZiMA) she passed away on Saturday after a surgical complication. Keeping up on Faceboook, Twitter and even LinkedIn she described herself as a Trailblazing woman, Loves God, Wife, Mom, Public Health Practitioner, Dentist, and Mentor. She led the Oral Services Department from July 2017 till the time of her death. Mourners are gathered at 3 Bidford close, Greystone Park. Meanwhile, condolence…

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Health Ministry Scales Up Trachoma Elimination Efforts

[dropcap]THE [/dropcap]Ministry of Health and Child Care will this year roll out eye surgery outreach programs in several districts across the nation to combat a tropical disease called trachoma. By HealthTimes Correspondent The outreach programs in these districts are meant to reduce an estimated backlog of 6 500 people believed to have this disease.   Trachoma is targeted for elimination by 2020. A leading cause of preventable blindness globally, the disease is caused by a bacterial agent known as chlamydia trachomatis and spreads from person to person through flies, poor hygiene,…

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NBSZ Requires $20 million For Capitalisation

THE National Blood Services of Zimbabwe’s (NBSZ) capitalisation process could require not less than $20 million if the organisation is to fully function to its maximum capacity, a top NBSZ official has said. By Michael Gwarisa In an exclusive interview with HealthTimes, newly appointed NBSZ Board Chair, Mr Rodgers Matsikidze said funding was currently the biggest challenge for the organisation and as a result, growth has been at a snail’s pace. “There is a lot to be done at NBSZ. Firstly, the major issue to be resolved is of capitalization.…

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“There Is No Cholera in Norton” Gwinji

THE ministry of health and child care says the reported Cholera case in Norton had actually tested negative contrary to Norton legislator, Temba Mliswa’s warning which he circulated on Social Media claiming one person had tested positive  in the area. HeathTimes Reporter In a statement, health and child care secretary, Major General, Dr Gerald Gwinji said the only confirmed cases so far were those recorded in Chegutu and the Norton case had actually tested negative. “My ministry wishes to give an update on the Cholera outbreak situation in Chegutu Municipality…

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We Need Affordable Medical Aid says Sex Workers

SEX workers have bemoaned the lack of affordable medical health insurance as a hindrance to them accessing basic sexual reproductive health services, HealthTimes has learnt. By Michael Gwarisa Speaking to some ladies of the trade who pligh their profession along Mbuya Nehanda street in Harare, they said being a sex worker should be treated as a job just like teaching or nursing and medical aid companies should tailor-make packages that suit low income earning groups like vendors and sex workers. “As you are aware my brother, when you see us…

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End Fistula Campaign saves 340 women

A total of 340 women have received a new lease of life following a Ministry of Health and Child Care,  UNFPA and Women Alliance initiated  fistula repair program. HealthTimes Correspondent  Ministry of Health and Child Care Maternal Health Officer Chipo Chimamise said the program is done at Chinhoyi Provincial Hospital every quarter of the year. “Currently the Ministry has done seven repair camps with more than 340 women having been repaired,” said Mrs Chimamise. She said the next camp is scheduled for 5 February to 16 March and we intend…

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