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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WORRYING NEWS: Only Half Of People Requiring Insulin Have Access To It 100 Years After Its Discovery

THE international medical humanitarian organisation, Doctors Without Borders (MSF) welcomed the launch of the ‘Global Diabetes Compact’ by the World Health Organization (WHO) today and stressed the need to speed up the availability of more quality-assured sources of human insulin so that everyone in need can access this lifesaving medicine, especially people in low- and middle-income countries where the most people struggle to access insulin. Access to insulin is also critical in the context of COVID-19, considering that people with diabetes have a higher risk of severe COVID-19 disease. Insulin…

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Vaccine Hesitancy Stands In The Way Of Zim’s Herd Immunity Target

THE Ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC) says even though numbers of people who are now taking the vaccine have increased, the hesitancy that characterized the initial stages of national vaccination program might have slowed down progress towards inoculating 60% of the population that is required to achieve herd immunity. By Michael Gwarisa Herd immunity, or community immunity, is when a large part of the population of an area is immune to a specific disease. If enough people are resistant to the cause of a disease, such as a…

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Drug Abuse Threatens Zimbabwe’s Future Economic Prospects-Experts

THE prevailing substance abuse scourge in Zimbabwe could have a long term impact on the country’s economic development as more young people of productive age are getting hooked on drugs owing to a myriad of factors chief among them being the economic induced hardships and idleness. By Patricia Mashiri In an interview with HealthTimes, leading Psychologist, Dr Kudakwashe Muchena, said  there was need for communities to work with the government to win the fight against drug abuse that has reared its ugly head over the few years and has been…

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COVID-19 Pushes Africa To Back Of The Queue In Accessing Essential Health Services Says WHO

THE prevailing COVIND-19 pandemic has exacerbated existing inequalities to accessing health care services for low and middle income countries with the biggest impact being felt in African countries, the World Health Organisation  (WHO) Regional Director for Africa, Dr Matshidiso Moeti has said. By Staff Reporter In her World Health Day 2021 address, Dr Moeti said African countries have been pushed to the back of the queue in terms of accessingCOVID–19 test kits, personal protective equipment as well as vaccines. This World Health Day, WHO is calling on everyone to participate…

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WHO Zimbabwe Expert Clarifies On Sinopharm Vaccine, Says Sinopharm And More Other Vaccines Awaiting WHO Emergency Use Approval

There is nothing unusual about Sinopharm being administered before getting the WHO SAGE approval Only Four Vaccines have received the WHO EUL approval SAGE likely to make recommendations to Sinopharm end of March or beginning of April THE Sinopharm, Sinovac, Suptnik and at least 30 more other vaccines have submitted their dossiers to the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Strategic Advisory Group of Experts (SAGE) for them to be listed for emergency use amidst indications that to date, only four vaccines namely the Pfizer Biotech, Astrazeneca, Mordena and Johnson & Johnson…

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WHO Director Tells Tanzania To Share covid-19 Data

THE World Health Organisation (WHO) director,  Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesu has implored the Tanzanian government to be transparent and start reporting COVID-19 data as as to enable the global health body to make informed decisions with regards to the situation in the country. Staff Reporter The call follows indications that the Tanzanian government was suppressing COVID-19 and information since March 2020 while the virus has been decimating the country’s population behind the scenes. We extend our condolences to our Tanzanian sisters and brothers on the recent passing of a senior…

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Do You Know That Inappropriate Advertising & Marketing Of Breast Milk Substitutes Is A Violation Of A Global Public Health CODE Of Conduct

YOU might have been doing it subconsciously but did you know that promoting and marketing substitutes for breast milks such as infant milk formulas , Cereals, purity and other foods and substances for baby feeding is against a World Health Organisation (WHO)  set Code of conduct for all manufacturers and distributors of breast milk substitutes. By Michael Gwarisa The Code dubbed the International Code of Marketing of Breast Milk Substitutes seeks amongst other things to protect breastfeeding mothers from consuming promotional material which may lead to them abandoning breast feeding…

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Zim Will Only Use Safe And Approved Vaccines- President

PRESIDENT Emerson Mnangagwa has emphasized that government was not going to risk the health of the entire population by rolling out  vaccines whose safety and efficacy has not been scientifically proven. By Michael Gwarisa Speaking in a Televised national address, President Mnangagwa said the country’s national response strategy has now reached a point whereby vaccines should be introduced as a second front preventive measures and only COVID-19 vaccines which have been scientifically ascertained to be safe will soon be be introduced for free and will be state funded. The National…

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Local NGO Sets Up Breastfeeding Room At Parliament

IN a move that is likely to bring convenience to breastfeeding female legislators and parliament employees as well as boost nutritional needs for babies, the Zimbabwe Civil Society Organisations Scaling Up Nutrition Alliance (ZCSOSUNA) is in the process of finalizing the setting up of a lactation room inside the Zimbabwe Parliament premises. By Michael Gwarisa According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), a child should be exclusively breastfed for six months and the first 1000 days of an infant are most crucial in the brain development and general development of…

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