Plasma, The Most Critical Blood Component For COVID-19 Treatment

ZIMBABWE this week commenced its 21 days lockdown as a response to the growing cases of the COVID-19 in the country. By Michael Gwarisa Zimbabwe currently has nine confirmed COVID-19 cases but with increased testing, cases are likely to increase in the coming weeks. In his address prior to the commencement of the Lockdown, President Emerson Mnangagwa hinted that essential services and critical staff in various key sectors will be reporting for work even during the shutdown period. The National Blood Service of Zimbabwe (NBSZ) is among those organisations whose…

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Stop Discriminating Asians For Coronavirus-WHO Warns

THE World Health Organisation (WHO) Director General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has called for calm in the face of growing stigma and discrimination against people frOm China, and other Asian countries where the Coronavirus (COVID-19) has wrecked havoc. By Michael Gwarisa Through his Mircroblogging site (Twitter), Dr Tedros said this was a time for unity in the face of one common enemy COVID-19. It’s appalling to see new reports of people being targeted due to their race, ethnicity or purported association with #COVID19. @WHO once again calls for an end…

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Zim Faces Surgical Masks Shortage…As Panic Over Coronavirus Grows

ZIMBABWE could soon be facing an acute shortage of surgical masks and other consumables amidst indications of  panic buying by Chinese nationals as they try to boost stocks in their home country in the face of the ravaging Coronavirus (COVID-19). By Michael Gwarisa China already has 150 new confirmed coronavirus deaths according to the National Health Commission, pushing the death toll nationwide to 2,592. Demand for surgical masks has been high in China since the plague was reported late December 2019, a situation which has seen diaspora Chinese stockpiling surgical…

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Warm Climate Could Act In Zim’s Favor In The Face Of Coronavirus

A Chinese doctor in the country says Zimbabweans have nothing to panic given they have a warm climate and clean air on their side  in the event that Corona virus strikes. By Kudakwashe Pembere Dr Yuandong Jiang, a cardiologist from the 17th Chinese Cohort in the country said while this no reason to celebrate, Zimbabwe nonetheless needs to be prepared. “You see Zimbabwe is a beautiful place. The weather is good. There is enough sunshine good enough to kill the viruses and bacteria because these pathogens don’t like the sun.…

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Private Sector Invited To Help End TB In Zimbabwe

THE Stop TB Partnership in Zimbabwe has called on private sector and corporate players to join hands with government and other partners in combating Tuberculosis (TB) as the country works towards eliminating the disease by 2035. By Michael Gwarisa Speaking at the Stop TB Partnership Breakfast meeting, Dr Joseph Mafurira from the department of AIDS and TB in the Ministry of health and child care said Zimbabwe’s goal of eliminating TB could only be achieved through collective effort from government and private sector. Our national TB control program vision is…

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WHO Renames Wuhan Coronavirus To ‘COVID-19’

AFP-THE World Health Organisation(WHO) on Tuesday announced that “COVID-19” will be the official name of the deadly virus which was first reported in Wuhan, in  China, saying the disease represented a “very grave threat” for the world but there was a “realistic chance” of stopping it. WHO had earlier given the virus the temporary name of “2019-nCoV acute respiratory disease” and China’s National Health Commission this week said it was temporarily calling it “novel coronavirus pneumonia” or NCP. “We now have a name for the disease and it’s COVID-19,” World…

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Researchers Not Giving Up On Imbokodo HIV Vaccine Study

PERSISTENT researchers feel the halted HTVN 702 study on the efficacy of an HIV vaccine will not affect the Imbokodo Vaccine Trial study launched in 2017. By Kudakwashe Pembere HVTN  702 study was stopped following an interim analysis conducted on 23 January 2020 by an independent Data and Safety Monitoring Board (DSMB) that reviews all data regularly to ensure the safety of participants and determine if the study should continue. The DSMB assessment concluded that the experimental vaccine regimen used in the trial did not prevent HIV infection. The vaccine…

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Too Early For Zim To Issue Coronavirus Travel Warning Says WHO

THE World Health Organisation (WHO) says it  is too early and unwarranted to issue any restriction on travel or trade for people infected with the novel Coronavirus. By Michael Gwarisa Addressing a combined interagency coordination committee on health and the national taskforce on epidemic prone diseases meeting on Friday, World Health Organisation Zimbabwe Disease Prevention and Control Officer Dr Anderson Chimosoro said WHO does not recommend restriction on travels or trade for people infected with novel coronavirus. At this stage there are no indications that there should be restrictions. It…

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#BREAKING: Former UNICEF Zim Country Rep, Dr Salama Dies

FORMER United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Zimbabwe country representative, Dr Peter Salama has died. By Michael Gwarisa Dr Salama was 51 and leaves behind his wife and three children. He was also the Executive Director of WHO’s Division for Universal Health Coverage – Life Course. The World Health Organization announces with deep sadness the sudden death of Dr Peter Salama, Executive Director of WHO’s Division for Universal Health Coverage – Life Course. In his condolence message, World Health Organisation (WHO) Director General, Dr Tedros Adhanom said Dr Salama’s death was…

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Here Is Why Zimbabwe Should Be On High Alert For CoronaVirus

IN December 2019, an outbreak of a rare flue like virus  was reported in China and has since infected hundreds since it was diagnosed in Wuhan, China. By Michael Gwarisa Chinese health expert and scientist  who first decoded the virus  believes the virus which could be a cousin to the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) virus which killed hundreds of people a few year back could have started in animals and spread to humans. On 31 December 2019, the World Health Organisation (WHO) was informed of a cluster of cases…

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