362 Million Adults Use Smokeless Tobacco-WHO Report

By Michael Gwarisa Latest data on the prevalence of smokeless tobacco use and several users aged 15 years and older from 89 countries between 2012 and 2022 shows a 6.3 percent – 9.0 percent prevalence among males and 3.5% among females. Smokeless tobacco is a tobacco product that is used by means other than smoking. Their use involves chewing, sniffing, or placing the product between gum and the cheek or lip. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO) global report on trends in the prevalence of tobacco use 2000–2030, the…

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Frequent Sex Increases Conception Chances In Couples Battling Infertility-Dr Mocanu

PROLONGED exposure to the sperm or male sex cell, reduces chances of infertility, in the process increasing a woman’s chances of conceiving, a top fertility expert has said. By Michael Gwarisa This comes amidst indications that couples mainly from Sub Saharan Africa, Zimbabwe included, are increasingly experiencing infertility challenges with global data showing that approximately 48.5 million couples globally are affected by infertility. Infertility is defined clinically as failure to conceive after 12 months or more of regular unprotected sexual intercourse. Speaking during a virtual press conference to mark World Infertility…

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5.7 percent drop in Zim’s maternal mortality rate between 2000 and 2020

MATERNAL mortality in Zimbabwe has been on the low due to concerted efforts by government, development partners and civil society which has seen it come down from 388 maternal deaths per 100 000 live births in 2000 to 357 maternal deaths per 100 000 live births in 2020. By Kudakwashe Pembere According a joint report by the World Health Organisation (WHO), United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF), United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), the World Bank Group and the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA/Population Division) dubbed Trends in…

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Multisectoral Accountability Framework For TB To Boost TB Case Finding in Zimbabwe

A Multisectoral accountability framework for TB (MAF-TB) has been launched in Zimbabwe with the aim to support effective accountability of government and all stakeholders to accelerate progress to end the tuberculosis pandemic. By Michael Gwarisa The MAF-TB process is being led by the Ministry of Health and Child Care through the National TB and Leprosy Control Program (NTLP) in collaboration with United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the Stop TB Partnership Zimbabwe, World Health Organization (WHO) Zimbabwe country office and Jointed Hands Welfare Organisation (JHWO). The program was developed…

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West End Clinic acquires new ophthalmic equipment

West End Clinic has acquired an advanced diagnostic and surgical machine which will enhance the safety and efficiency of cataract removal procedures by surgeons at the institution. By Staff Reporter The clinic’s manager Pharoah Makarudze said the new CataRhex 3 Phaco machine will help surgeons carry out treatment procedures for cataract removals in a more efficient way that reduces costs and healing time for patients. We bought a new Phaco machine at a cost of more than US$32 000 as we step up efforts to upgrade our hospital equipment and…

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