Zim Reports Zero COVID-19 Deaths For The First Time In Three Months

A total 76 new Cases and 0 deaths reported yesterday, 4, October, 2021 as the seven day rolling average for new cases falls to 183 today from 227. HealthTimes This also comes following a great reduction in infections recorded in learning institutions around the country which had of late become the epicentre of the virus. According to the Ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC) daily situation report of 4 Ocotber, 2021,only 5 cases reported from schools today and all from Manicaland Province. Meanwhile, a total 6 101 received the…

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Ministry Of Health, WHO Implement Non-Chemical Based Malaria Prevention Measures In Chiredzi

THE Government of Zimbabwe, through the Ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC) in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO) and other stakeholders in malaria control is carrying out a study on  a malaria prevention approach in Chiredzi district, Masvingo province, through a project called the AFRO II Project, a multi country initiative which aims at developing measures which are environmentally sound and effective for malaria vector control. By Michael Gwarisa The AFRO II  Project is a research study that is aimed at gathering evidence for additional/alterative interventions against…

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MoHHC Launches “Marah,”A Church Vaccination Program

THE Ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC) has launched a COVID-19 vaccination program for the churches and religious groups dubbed ‘Operation Marah.’ Health Reporter Speaking during the event, Dr John Mangwiro, Deputy Minister Health and Child Care said they are happy that partnership will speed up the attainment of herd immunity and once people are vaccinated the economy will open. Health experts and scientists have all agreed that vaccination is the silver bullet to COVID-19. But is you are vaccinated it does not mean you should stop wearing masks,…

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Zim Needs Homegrown TB Research-MoHCC

ZIMBABWE should stop relying on foreign research and methods around Tuberculosis if it is develop capacity to deal with emerging new threats. By Patricia Mashiri Speaking during a virtual TB opening day, Dr Charles Sandy, the National TB Programme Manager in the Ministry of Health and Child said they were gaps in research and technologies that needed only to be addressed using homegrown solutions. It is very important for us to have a very strong background in our policy making research which s informed by local data, local analysis as…

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No Evidence Of Drug Interaction Between ARVs And COVID-19 Vaccines- MoHCC

THE Ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC) has says there is no possibility of drug interaction if a Person Living with HIV (PLHIV) takes the COVID-19 vaccine, hence persons with HIV and on Antiretroviral Therapy (ART) should not hesitate to get the jab. By Michael Gwarisa Speaking during a virtual Media Briefing on HIV and COVID-19 vaccines that was organized by the Zimbabwe Association of Church Related Hospitals (ZACH), Mr Paul Chinakidzwa the Health Promotions Manager in the Ministry of Health said the COVID-19 vaccines for which WHO has…

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Diabetic People Should Get Vaccinated Says Experts

DIABETES specialist and Health and Child Care Deputy Minister, Dr John Mangwiro has urged people with the diabetic condition to embrace vaccination so as to prevent COVID-19 infection as well as avoid critical illness and even death. By Patricia Mashiri His call comes as a response to growing concerns by people with diabetes and other chronic ailments on whether they should take up vaccination or not. In an interview with HealthTimes, Dr Mangwiro said people with diabetes can be vaccinated just as should any other persons with chronic diseases such…

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Zim Removed From TB high Burden Countries List

THE World Health Organisation (WHO), has  removed Zimbabwe from the list of Tuberculosis (TB) high burden countries in its recent global updated list of high burden countries. By Patricia Mashiri The new lists are for 2021–2025 and replace those previously used between 2016 and 2020. Zimbabwe together with other high TB burden countries such as Cambodia, the Russian Federation transitioned  out of the list. Speaking to HealthTimes, Dr Charles Sandy, the Deputy Director, TB and HIV Services  in the Ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC) said there was some…

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Zimbabwe Vaccine Uptake Jump Fourfold In 24 Hours

LOCAL vaccination numbers for the first dose quadrupled over the past 24 hours as government scales up vaccination in COVID-19  hot-spots. By Staff Reporter According to vaccination data from Ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC), the number of people who received the first dose rose from  2 157 on June 22, 2021 to 8 898 on June 23, 2021. 8 898 received their 1st dose today bringing cumulative for 1st dose to 715 056 while 11 573 received their 2nd dose bringing cumulative for 2nd dose to 451 793.”…

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Government Defends Kwekwe Lockdown

THE Ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC) says the decision to put Kwekwe under lockdown was informed by epidemiological evidence and will go a long way in reducing the spread of the highly infectious and  virulent B.1.617.2 COVID-19 variant to other parts of the country. By Michael Gwarisa The new variant is highly dominant in India where it has caused not less than 298,000 deaths and  26, 506, 167 infections since it was first reported in the Asian country.  In Zimbabwe however, the new variant was reported a week…

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Vaccine Hesitancy Stands In The Way Of Zim’s Herd Immunity Target

THE Ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC) says even though numbers of people who are now taking the vaccine have increased, the hesitancy that characterized the initial stages of national vaccination program might have slowed down progress towards inoculating 60% of the population that is required to achieve herd immunity. By Michael Gwarisa Herd immunity, or community immunity, is when a large part of the population of an area is immune to a specific disease. If enough people are resistant to the cause of a disease, such as a…

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