Zim Entrepreneur Converts Healthcare Waste Into Methane Gas

WASTE disposal in Zimbabwe has over the years become a thorn in the flesh  for local authorities, government and health institutions  owing to a myriad of factors which range from lack of investment in waste disposal, lack of political will and misinformation around the effects of poor waste disposal. By Michael Gwarisa Healthcare waste has become a major menace and institutions especially those without incinerators fail to get rid of their waste, resulting is waste piling up in their backyards posing serious health threats. Health Care waste consists of infectious…

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Over 1 Million STIs Acquired Daily

AN estimated 357 million new infections with 1 of 4 STIs namely chlamydia, gonorrhoea, syphilis and trichomoniasis are contracted each year amidst indications that more than million new STIs are acquired daily, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has said. HealthTimes Reporter According to a research by WHO, more than 290 million women have a human papillomavirus (HPV) infection and the majority of STIs have no symptoms or only mild symptoms that may not be recognized as an STI. “STIs such as HSV type 2 and syphilis can increase the risk…

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Abbott To Launch Revolutionary Viral Load Testing Technology In Zim

INTERNATIONAL healthcare firm, Abbott  will soon be rolling out a revolutionary viral load technological breakthrough the m-PIMA HIV-1/2 VL  viral  load point-of-care test in Zimbabwe. The turnaround time is only  70 minutes, hence increasing the chances of initiating more people on Anti retro Viral Therapy (ART) and eliminating new transmissions. By Michael Gwarisa The move is in line with UNAIDS 90-90-90 target,  where 90 percent of all people living with HIV will know their HIV status and another 90 percent of all people with diagnosed HIV infection will receive sustained…

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Second Cholera Vaccine Dose Out Next Month

A second dose of the cholera vaccine will be administered to the public in the next 30 days, a Cabinet official has said.   By Kudakwashe Pembere Despite the cholera epidemic having been controlled,  a number of latest cases  continue be recorded in communal areas with latets having been detected in Mutoko. Over 50 people succumbed to the water borne disease across the country with the majority of deaths reported in Glen View and Budiriro which was the hotspot. Health and Child Care Minister Dr Obadiah Moyo said in an…

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First Lady Cracks Whip On Negligent Midwives/Doctors

FIRST lady, amai Axila Mnangagwa is engaging the ministry  of health and child care (M0HCC)  to enforce a standard which mandates government to penalise practitioners whose patients would have died under their care, a move which is set to nip negligence in the bud and reduce maternal deaths.   By Michael Gwarisa in Mahusekwa Addressing a belated World Breast Feeding Day commemorations event in Mahusekwa, the first lady said under the proposed system, midwives and medical doctors will be required to write a detailed report of the circumstances that would…

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More Cholera Vaccine Doses Expected on Sunday

Government will on Sunday receive 900 000 doses of vaccines to combat the cholera pandemic bedeviling Harare. By Kudakwashe Pembere So far there are 500 000 doses in Government’s possession to be used in vaccinating people in affected areas. This brings the total number of vaccines to 1, 4 million within a space of one week. The outbreak which to date has claimed 49 lives was declared an emergency disaster last month by Health and Childcare minister Dr Obadiah Moyo. Government today launched the National Oral Cholera Vaccine in Budiriro…

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New Drug Prevents Excessive Bleeding During Childbirth- WHO

A new formulation of a drug to prevent excessive bleeding following childbirth could save thousands of women’s lives in low- and lower-middle-income countries, according to a study led by the World Health Organization (WHO) in collaboration with MSD for Mothers and Ferring Pharmaceuticals. Currently WHO recommends oxytocin as the first-choice drug for preventing excessive bleeding after childbirth. Oxytocin, however, must be stored and transported at 2–8 degrees Celsius, which is hard to do, in many countries, depriving many women of access to this lifesaving drug. When they can obtain it, the drug may be less effective because…

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Hand Hygiene Critical in Preventing Sepsis

WASHING hands with soap and other detergents could significantly reduce Sepsis which has been identified as the leading cause of maternal and child morbidity and mortality in Zimbabwe and the world at large, a top health ministry official has said. By Michael Gwarisa Sepsis according to health experts is whereby disease causing bacteria and infection spreads through the rest of the body. Sepsis occurs when chemicals released in the bloodstream to fight an infection trigger inflammation throughout the body. This can cause a cascade of changes that damage multiple organ…

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WHO Warns Zimbabwe Over Ebola…Zim Urged to tighten boarder surveillance

THE WORLD Health Organisation (WHO), has warned the Zimbabwean Ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC) to exercise caution and vigilance following the resurfacing the deadly Ebola diseases in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). By Michael Gwarisa In a latter directed to the Perm Sec Dr, Gerald Gwinji, WHO officer in charge, Dr Juliet Nabyonga said more than 19 cases had been reported in the Congo and if the country does not regulate movement at the boarder posts, the ailment could find its way into Zimbabwe. “With reference to…

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Gov Rolls Out HPV Vaccine…800 000 Girls To Benefit

THE ministry of health and child care (MoHCC) in collaboration with partners has rolled out a countrywide Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) vaccine with the aim of preventing young girls from contracting the virus when they become sexually active. By Michael Gwarisa The program is targeting girls aged nine to 14 who are believed not to be sexually active and yet to contract the HPV virus which is responsible for 99% of Cervical Cancers. Briefing Journalists Wednesday morning in Harare, Health and Child care minister, Dr David Parirenyatwa said the roll-out…

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