Vaccines Not Responsible For Coronavirus Mutations and Waves Says WHO Zimbabwe

THE World Health Organisation (WHO) Zimbabwe COVID-19 Team Leader, Dr Lincoln Charimari has poured water on a common myth that COVID-19 waves and variants could be emanating from vaccines. By Michael Gwarisa Speaking during a virtual media training on Fact Checking that was hosted by the Gender Media Connect (GMC) in collaboration with the Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA), Dr Charimari said a lot of misinformation has been going on especially on social media regarding vaccines and coronavirus strains and waves. You must note that COVID-19 Waves and vaccines…

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Number Of TB Patients Missing Treatment Still High In Zim

THE Ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC) Deputy Director, Tuberculosis (TB) and HIV services, Dr Charles Sandy says even though Zimbabwe was recently removed from the TB high burden list, it was too early to “Let Our Guard Down” as most TB patients were still missing treatment. By Michael Gwarisa Speaking during a virtual sensitization meeting for the new Stop TB Partnership Zimbabwe grant, Dr Sandy said the treatment coverage for TB was still in the doldrums and the COVID-19 had worsened the situation. Previously, we used to be…

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Diabetic People Should Get Vaccinated Says Experts

DIABETES specialist and Health and Child Care Deputy Minister, Dr John Mangwiro has urged people with the diabetic condition to embrace vaccination so as to prevent COVID-19 infection as well as avoid critical illness and even death. By Patricia Mashiri His call comes as a response to growing concerns by people with diabetes and other chronic ailments on whether they should take up vaccination or not. In an interview with HealthTimes, Dr Mangwiro said people with diabetes can be vaccinated just as should any other persons with chronic diseases such…

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Zim Removed From TB high Burden Countries List

THE World Health Organisation (WHO), has  removed Zimbabwe from the list of Tuberculosis (TB) high burden countries in its recent global updated list of high burden countries. By Patricia Mashiri The new lists are for 2021–2025 and replace those previously used between 2016 and 2020. Zimbabwe together with other high TB burden countries such as Cambodia, the Russian Federation transitioned  out of the list. Speaking to HealthTimes, Dr Charles Sandy, the Deputy Director, TB and HIV Services  in the Ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC) said there was some…

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UNICEF signs supply agreement for Sinopharm COVID-19 Vaccine

IN an effort to improve access to quality-assured COVID-19 vaccines, enabling the protection of frontline health care and social workers, as well as other high-risk and vulnerable groups the United Nations International Childrens Emmergency Fund(UNICEF) has supply agreement of the supply of Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine. By Staff Reporter  In a press release UNICEF said UNICEF and Sinopharm have signed a long-term agreement for the supply of the BBIBP-CorV inactivated virus vaccine against COVID-19 on behalf of the COVAX Facility. Through the agreement, UNICEF will have access to up to 120 million…

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Zim Hasn’t Confirmed Presence of Lambda Variant Yet Says Ministry Of Health

THE Ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC) says Zimbabwean scientists have not detected the Lambda variant as yet, a highly infectious coronavirus strain which was first reported in Peru. By Michael Gwarisa The reaction comes as a response remarks by South Africa’s National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) executive director, Adrian Puren where he said the variant was circulating in other countries in Africa including Zimbabwe but was yet to be detected in South Africa. In an interview with HealthTimes, the Ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC) spokesperson,…

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Zimbabweans Risk Incomplete Vaccination

THE prevailing shortages of first doses of vaccines being administered in Zimbabwe could result in majority of citizens being partially vaccinated if something is not done urgently, a Public Health Expert has warned. By Tanaka Moyo There have been widespread and confirmed reports of shortages of first dosses of the Sinopharm and Sinovac vaccines especially around urban poly clinics resulting in people being turned away without getting jabbed. In an interview with HealthTimes, Mr Itai Rusike, the Executive Director for the Community Working Group on Health (CWGH) said the issue…

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India, WHO Donates Ambulances To Zimbabwe

THE Indian government together with World Health Organization have donated ambulances to the government of Zimbabwe in a bid to improve the quality of the health system in the country. By Patricia Mashiri In his acceptance speech, Vice President and the Minister of Health, Constantino Chiwenga thanked both the Indian government and the World Health Organization for the donation of 20 ambulances and a consignment of medical equipment. In a clear showcase of the sound diplomatic relations that exist between our two countries , the government of India through its…

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Isolated And Frowned Upon: The Plight Of Zim Women With Obstetric Fistula

 UNFPA Says there is need for post-surgery psycho-social support for survivors MEMORY (50) (real name protected) from Bikita, Masvingo experienced Obstetric Fistula for the first time on October, 27, 1995 when she had her second child. At first, she didn’t even know what was happening to her, she thought it was just a minor tearing which would heal after a few days. Obstetric fistula is described as the “most devastating birth injury” by the World Health Organization (WHO), that results in continuous and uncontrollable leaking of urine or faeces, resulting…

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Nyoni Challenges Families To Respect Women

WOMEN Affairs, Community and Small and Medium enterprises Minister, Dr Sithembiso Nyoni has implored  families to honor women and shun gender based violence if the family institution is to continue serving its purpose. HealthTimes Reporter Speaking during a press briefing Minister Nyoni highlighted that some women even lost their lives in family institutions because of violence which is channeled towards them in family setups. It will not be fair to be silent on gender based violence issues when I speak of a family. For generations, women have been the pillars…

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