Cabinet Warns Private Schools Over Illegal Exeat Weekends

PRIVATE schools around the country have been allowing pupils to travel for unsanctioned exeat weekends a move feared could trigger a spike in COVID-19 infections in schools if it goes unabated. By Michael Gwarisa Briefing Journalists during a Post Cabinet media briefing, Information, Publicity and Boradcasting Services Minister, Senator Monica Mutsvangwa said COVID-19 cases in schools were on a downward trend but the illegal movement of pupils during unsanctioned exeat weekend posed a threat The nation is also being advised that the number of new COVID-19 infections among learners in…

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Retail Pharmacists Association Petitions Parliament Over Obsolete Public Health Act amendment

THE Retail Pharmacists Association (RPA) has submitted their petition to Parliament seeking the amendment of the Public Health Act. By Patricia Mashiri Giving Oral Evidence to the Health and Child Care Parliamentary Portfolio committee, Jocelyn Chaibva the Chairperson, RPA Association said the Public Health Act was crafted in 1924 when medical related professions were still few and it does not recognize them although other health related have increased. The Health Public Act was registered long before some of the health professionals came into existence hence they are not recognised by…

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Public Health Bill To Take Longer Than Expected- Experts

By Daniel Phiri GAZETTING of the Public Health Bill (PHA) which is being prepared in Parliament might take longer than expected, legal watchdog Veritas Zimbabwe has said. In its Bill Watch update series dated October 20, 2017, Veritas Zimbabwe said the Bill had been taken to the government printer but was likely to take long before it is gazetted. “Parliament’s latest Status of Bills list reflects that the Public Health Bill was sent to the Government Printer on 3rd October.As this is bound to be a very long Bill that…

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Health Act Should Legalise Health Centre Committees- CWGH

By Michael Gwarisa  COMMUNITY Working Group on Health (CWGH) Executive Director Itai Josh Rusike says the new Public Health Act (PHA) should recognise Health Centre Committees (HCCs) as legal entities as they are a critical tool in enhancing Primary Health Care services. In an interview with HealthTimes on the sidelines of a Media Engagement of the PHA, Rusike said it was worrying that HCCs were operating as illegal entities despite their positive contribution to the national health sector. Also Read: Minister Parirenyatwa Explains Public Health Bill Delay  “Health Centre Committees…

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AG finishes Public Health Bill

Staff Reporter THE long awaited Public Health Bill draft which seeks among other things to update the country’s Public Health Act (PHA), is now with the Ministry of Health and Child Care. Zimbabwe currently relies on a single PHA which is about 90 years old and has been criticised for failing to answer to new challenges obtaining in the health sector. When the PHA was enacted in 1924, such ailments as non communicable diseases, HIV/AIDS, maternal health, key-populations risks among others were not as common as they are today. This…

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Where is the Public Health Bill?

By HealthTimes Editor  FOR more than 90 years, Zimbabwe has relied on a single Public Health ACT (PHA) which fails among other things to address the new challenges obtaining in the health sector. Since 1924, new diseases  especially non communicable ailments like Cancer, have become a nightmare that Zimbabwe is failing to control due to lack of resources and the required technology in the health sector. The old health law is silent on non communicable diseases, HIV/AIDS, maternal health, key-populations risks amongts a host of others, making it difficult to combat…

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