Consider Door To Door Administration Of Vaccines For The Elderly And Those With Chronic Conditions

BEATNCDs, a local non profit organization advocating for the prioritization and inclusion of those with Chronic and Non Communicable Diseases  (NCDs) on the national health agenda has called on government and local authorities to make vaccines easily accessible for people with NCDs. HealthTimes Reporter Speaking to HealthTimes, BeatNCDs Director Jacob Ngwenya said some people living with Chronic ailments were bedridden and therefore cannot travel to institutions offering vaccinations, hence the need for a customized vaccine distribution plan for that specific group of people. People living with non communicable diseases (PLWNCDs)…

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National Vaccination Drive Could Worsen Already Depressed Blood Stocks

ZIMBABWE’s blood bank which is currently running at less than a day’s supply of blood could experience a further decline in blood stocks during the forthcoming mass COVID-19 vaccination drive as donors who receive jabs are recommended to wait for at least 28 days before donating blood after receiving their shot. By Michael Gwarisa According to the Food and Drug and Drug Administration (FDA), individuals who get jabs from vaccines such as the AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson and the  Sinopharm which are replication defective virus vaccines must wait two weeks…

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First Batch Of Sinopharm Vaccine To Be distributed In Zim Immediately After Arrival Next Week

ZIMBABWE will on Monday, February 15, 2021 receive a donation of the Sinopharm Vaccine from the Republic of China which is set to be distributed immediately after arrival according to a top government official. By Michael Gwarisa Zimbabwe has purchased 600 000 on top of the 200 000 Sinopharm vaccine doses which were donated by the Government of China. The Sinopharm vaccine has efficacy rates ranging from 76 to 86% and has already been used by other countries in controlling COVID-19. Speaking during a televised briefing on the COVID-19 Vaccine…

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Dark Week for Zimbabwe, As COVID-19 Claims 88 Lives, infects 4,395 in Seven Days

ZIMBABWE recorded a total 4,395 new COVID-19 infections and 88 deaths, the highest weekly death rate reported since the pandemic was first reported in the country in March 2020. HealthTimes Reporter This is according to the Ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC) daily sitreps tally over a five-days period from Monday, January 4 to Friday, January 8, 2021. The country’s COVID-19 cumulative cases stand at 19,660 while total deaths add to 468. As of Monday, January 4, a total 564 new cases were recorded together with four deaths. All…

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ZNNP+ Launches Five Year Strategic Plan To Enhance Communities Response To HIV

THE Zimbabwe National Network for People Living with HIV (ZNNP+) has launched a strategic plan which is set to guide their work as well as intensify communities capacity to respond to HIV at community level. By Michael Gwarisa Officiating at the strategic plan launch event which also coincided with the annual Candlelight Memorial to honor those who lost their lives due to HIV, deputy minister in the Ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC), Dr John Mangwiro said the ZNNP+ strategy would help accelerate government’s plans to boost local production…

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How Antibiotics Are Finding Their Way Onto Your Diner Table

AS the world is grappling with emerging novel public health threats and natural disasters, lurking in the dark is an even more lethal and irreversible health challenge, Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR), a catastrophe which could wipe out an entire civalisation if something is not done NOW. By Michael Gwarisa According to the World Health Oragnisation (WHO), by the year 2050, the world will be faced with a catastrophe of double proportions and will be losing about 10 million people yearly at a huge cost.  A number of strides have been made…

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Briefcase HIV Organizations Causing Havoc In HIV Coordination Says NAC

THE National Aids Council (NAC) has vowed to restore sanity in the HIV response sector by capacitating the Zimbabwe Nationwide Network of People Living with HIV (ZNNP+) which was mandated at the initial stages of the HIV pandemic in Zimbabwe to coordinate community participation and involvement in the HIV response. By Michael Gwarisa Speaking to HealthTimes in an interview, NAC Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Dr Bernard Madzima said currently there was chaos in the HIV response at the back of mushrooming organisations purporting to be representing the PLHIV community. ZNNP+…

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Zim Now Left With 164 Active COVID-19 Cases As Recovery Rate Reaches 95

ZIMBABWE yesterday recorded 1122 new recoveries from COVID-19, bringing the total number of recovered patients to 7627 against 8021 cumulative cases, the Ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC) has revealed. By Michael Gwarisa According to the October 12, 2020 daily COVID-19 sitrep, only 10 new cases were recorded yesterday and no deaths were reported over the past 24 hours. 481 Polymerous Chain Reaction (PCR) tests done today (positivity was 2.1%). 1122 new recoveries were reported while the national recovery rate rises to 95% and active cases go down to…

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Zimbabwe Commences Nationwide Deworming Exercise, 300 000 Targeted For free Bilharzia Treatment in Shamva and Mount Darwin

THE Ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC) with support from the World Health Organisation (WHO) and Higherlife Foundation have kick-started the National Mass Treatment for bilharzia and intestinal worms as a follow-up to the healthcare worker’s Mass Drug Administration (MDA) training exercise which concluded last week in Shamva and Mount Darwin. By Michael Gwarisa The National Mass Treatment exercise started in Mashonaland Central Province this week in (Shamva and Mount Darwin). WHO started their support visit at Chitse Clinic in Mt Darwin where WHO is providing on the job…

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USAID Trains Over 8000 Health Workers To Manage COVID-19 In Zimbabwe

THE United States Agency for International Development  (USAID) has trained more than 8,200 healthcare workers and experts to provide technical support at health facilities in Zimbabwe during the COVID-19 pandemic. By Michael Gwarisa Speaking during a virtual roundtable meeting with journalists, newly appointed USAID mission director in Zimbabwe, Mr Art Brown said the United States government was committed to improving lives of ordinary Zimbabweans through  poverty alleviation, eliminating hunger and improving health standards. One of the major priorities that we have that I have stumbled into is the COVID-19 Pandemic that…

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