Infertility on the rise in Zimbabwean Men

THERE is currently an increase in infertility in Zimbabwe owing to a myriad of factors ranging from anatomical, environmental, dietary/weight and physiological factors, reproductive health experts have warned. By Michael Gwarisa Infertility, which is defined clinically as failure to conceive after 12 months or more of regular unprotected sexual intercourse affects approximately 48.5 million couples globally. Data from a cross section study by consultant Obstetrician, Dr Mugove Madziyire et al which explored “The causes of infertility in women presenting to gynaecology clinics in Harare, Zimbabwe” shows that half of the causes…

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Addressing Non-communicable diseases (diabetes) in Zimbabwe: Taking the bull by the horns

According to the World Health Organisation (2021), noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) are chronic conditions of long term duration caused by genetic, physiological, environmental and behavioural factors. The World Health Organisation (2021) estimates that NCDs account for 41 million deaths globally each year which is 71% of all deaths globally and of these 85% occur in low and middle-income countries including Zimbabwe. By Enock Musungwini This opinion piece focuses on diabetes as the NCD of interest particularly type 2 diabetes as it accounts for 92% of all diabetes cases globally. Diabetes is…

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Stakeholders Push For National TB In The Workplace Policy

THE Stop TB Partnership Zimbabwe, Parliament, the private sector and other key stakeholders have amplified calls to have a national Workplace TB policy which will guide the implementation of TB and wellness programs in the workplace. By Michael Gwarisa in Kwekwe Even though most companies in the private sector have wellness policies in place, TB stakeholders believe a standalone TB policy framework would ensure the diseases is prioritized and given the attention it deserves. Speaking during a Public Private Partnership (PPP) Engagement Meeting that was hosted by the Stop TB…

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Zimbabwe amongst African Countries with Highest Tobacco Related Deaths in Females

THE 7th edition of the Tobacco Atlas report has placed Zimbabwe in the top 1o list of countries with the highest tobacco related deaths in females on the African continent. By Michael Gwarisa The deaths are linked to the increased prevalence in smoking habits at the back of affordability of tobacco products and aggressive marketing by in Africa by tobacco companies. According to the 7th edition of Tobacco Atlas report, with its rapidly growing populations and rising life expectancy, an increase in the number of smokers combined with more years…

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Zimbabwe’s Aged Persons on ARVs at Greater Risk of NCDs

HIV and AIDS is slowly becoming an ageing issue in Zimbabwe with indications that majority of People Living with HIV (PLHIV) and on Antiretroviral Therapy (ART) are those above the age of 50 and are at greater risk of developing Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs). By Michael Gwarisa Even though the country has been recording a number of new infections amongst young girls and women, the Ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC) has raised concern over the concentration of PLHIV and ART clients in the 50 and above age range and…

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Road Accidents Deaths Now Equivalent To TB Deaths

STAKEHOLDERS advocating for a reduction in Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) related deaths and conditions have expressed concern over the ever increasing number of deaths from road or traffic accidents over the years. By Patson Gumbo Speaking during an Africa Road Safety Commemorations Day workshop that was hosted by the World Health Organisation (WHO) in partnership with Road Safe Zimbabwe, WHO Technical Officer, Non-Communicable Diseases, Dr. Edmore Munongo said road accident deaths were now comparable to some deadly NCDs such as Tuberculosis (TB), with young people mainly between the ages of 15-29…

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Zimbabwe Red Cross Holds NCDs Awareness Schools Competition

THE Zimbabwe Red Cross Society has successfully hosted the Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) Arts Festival with the aim of raising awareness and teaching children on the dangers of leading sedentary lifestyles and adopting dangerous habits that could lead to a high NCDs burden in the future. By Michael Gwarisa The competitions were in two phase with the provincial competitions having been held first followed by the national competitions for those who would have won the provincial competitions. There were five categories which saw pupils from various schools battling it out in…

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PSMAS Introduces Chronic Care Program

IN an effort to improve access to medications for members with chronic medical conditions, Premier Services Medical Aid Society (PSMAS) has introduced a Chronic Medicine Programme with effect from today. (Wednesday, 1 September 2021). Own Correspondent The Chronic Medicine Programme was established to provide a service to members requiring treatment for chronic medical conditions. PSMAS is dedicated to managing chronic medicine use in a manner that is beneficial to the health of members, and to ensuring quality care through holistic member care. The program is designed to benefit both members…

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About Time We Start Having A Serious Discussion Around Drinking and Driving

ZIMBABWE is currently in a state mourning following the demise of one of the country’s most prominent businessperson, Genius Kadungure famously known as Ginimbi who died early Sunday morning in a traffic accident together with three of his colleagues. By Michael Gwarisa At age 36, Ginimbi was taken away tragically from this world and just like that, a vibrant and hardworking young person is no longer in our midst. Michelle Moana Amuli’ one of the occupants of the Ginimbi’s Rolls Royce Wraith also perished in the same accident and she…

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Health Ministry Receives Essential NCDs Management Equipment From WHO

THE Ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC) has received a consignment of essential Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) medications and sundries from the World Health Organisation (WHO) in move set to intensify the fight against the increasing NCDs burden in the country. By Michael Gwarisa The donation of essential NCDs equipment also comes at a time the ministry of health and WHO are working on a new WHO NCD Risk Factor Survey. The last survey was done in 2005 which showed that the prevalence of hypertension in Zimbabwe was around 27%,…

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