WHO Mulls Digital Documentation of COVID-19 Vaccination Certificates

THE World Health Organisation (WHO) has published a guidance document for countries and implementing partners on the technical requirements for issuing digital certificates for vaccination against COVDI-19. By Michael Gwarisa Through their official international Website, WHO said the Digital Documentation of COVID-19 Certificates is being proposed as a mechanism by which a person’s COVID-19-related health data can be digitally documented via an electronic certificate. The certificate can be used in the same way as a paper-based vaccination record/card. That is to provide information to health care providers about the vaccination…

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Vaccine Boosters Will Worsen Vaccine Nationalism Warns Dr Charimari

THE World Health Organisation (WHO) Zimbabwe COVID-19 Team Leader, Dr Lincoln Charimari has warned that adopting vaccine boosters to enhance immunity in already vaccinated populations could trigger massive disparities in as far as vaccines access is concerned for resource limited countries. By Michael Gwarisa His remarks come at the back of indications that vaccine manufactures in other parts of the world were already submitting data seeking authorization to administer COVID-19 booster shots for their vaccinated populations especially those with compromised immunity. In an interview with HealthTimes, Dr Charimari said it…

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Who Urges People To Donate Blood

THE World Health Organization (WHO) has called on Zimbabweans to donate blood and keep the blood bank fully stocked as it is an important health component necessary to save lives on daily basis. Staff Reporter Celebrating the World Blood Donor Day under the theme ‘Give Blood and keep the world beating, Dr Alex Gasasira,Z imbabwe WHO representative said around seven million patients in African countries require blood every year. Safe blood and transfusion are key aspects in providing quality care to save mothers haemorrhaging during child birth and people with…

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Intensify COVID-19 Prevention and Vaccination of Teachers and Pupils Health Experts Warn

THE World Health Organisation (WHO) Zimbabwe representative, Dr Alex Gasasira says there is need to support schools in ensuring they adhere to set COVID-19 prevention guidelines to avoid a spike in COVID-19 cases. By Patricia Mashiri The call comes hot on the heels of  the recent reopening of schools in the midst of concerns being raised by public health experts that the country could be headed for a catastrophic third wave in the midst of new COVID-19 strains. In an interview with HealthTimes, Dr  Gasasira, said schools should be supported…

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Bulawayo and Harare health care workers gain new skills on management of stress, anxiety and depression during the COVID-19 pandemic

Mazowe, Zimbabwe – “l really needed this training, as nurses we have just gone through a lot of emotional trauma during this COVID19 pandemic, including experiencing stigma from our colleagues as well as the community,” says Blessing Munjere, Sister in Charge at Sally Mugabe Central Hospital. WHO Communication Department In response to the plight of stressed health care workers on the frontline of Covid19 like Blessing, the Ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC), Mental Health (MH) Services Department with support from WHO has trained 84 health workers on MH…

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WHO supports Ministry of Health Train Mass Drug Admin Implementers Against Schistosomiasis & Soil Transmitted Helminths in Mash Central

THE World Health Organisation (WHO) in Zimbabwe is supporting the Ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC) to train Mass Drug Administration (MDAs) implementers in preparation for the 2020 Schistosomiasis (SCH) and Soil Transmitted Helminths (STH)MDAs campaign. By Michael Gwarisa Speaking to HealthTimes, WHO Communications Officer, Tatenda Chimbwanda said WHO was supporting Mount Darwin and Shamva get ready for these, the SCH/ STH Mass Drug Administration campaign in these two districts in Mash Central. “The province will conduct the MDA from 21 to 30 September 2020. The training for MDA…

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#TalkingCOVID-19WithDrGrant: Removal Of Mandatory Institutional Quarantine For Returning Residents A Noble Move

Dr Grant Murewanhema

FROM the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic in Zimbabwe in March 2020, returning residents were mandated to go into quarantine in designated institutions, initially for 21 days, then for 14 and this was reduced in the past few weeks to 8 days. Recently a cabinet pronouncement was made that returning residents who test negative at points of entry no longer need to go into mandatory quarantine. By Dr Grant Murewanhema Before we critique this decision we have to go into the dynamics of transmission. Initially, the majority of confirmed cases…

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Kwava Nemhete Inodzivirira Munhukadzi Kuti Asabata Hutachiona Hwe HIV

MAIZVIZIVA here kuti kwava nemhete inodzivirira munhukadzi kuti asabatire utachiona hweHIV kubva kumunhurume? Mhete iyi inosunga utachiona mbira dzakondo kuti shwee, zvekuti hapana kupukunyuka kubva mungetani idzi. NaCatherine Murombedzi Muchirungu mhete iyi inonzi Depiravine ring, yakagadzirwa nemushonga unogadzira mapiritsi ema ARV. Vazhinji vanga vaine dambudziko rekunwa mapiritsi ekudzivirira HIV anonzi pachirungu PrEP. Mushonga we PrEP uyu unodziirira vaya vanoita bonde rangarisina dziviriro yemakondomu, naizvozvo vanoita kunwa ari mapiritsi. Mhete itsva Mhete iyi inosunga utachiona mbira dzakondo, kuisa ngetani utachiona huchiri pamusuwo chaipo. Mhete iyi haipfekwe munzeve, muchigunwe kana paguvhu, inopfekwa…

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Many Governments Handling COVID-19 Carelessly and Infections Could Spike Warns WHO Director

A number of countries could be headed for trying times ahead regarding COVID-19 infections following indications that most citizens in various countries were flouting World Health Organisation set COVID-19 prevention guidelines.  By Michael Gwarisa In his remarks  during a media briefing, World Health Organization (WHO) Executive Director, Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus urged leaders to be vigilant and consistent in communicating the COVI-19 message. Let me blunt, too many countries are headed in the wrong direction. The virus remains public enemy number one, but the actions of many governments and people do…

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#COVID-19: WHO Warns Of Second Coronavirus Peak

THE World Health Organisation (WHO), has warned of a second peak of Coronavirus (COVID-19) amidst indications that the disease is currently in its first phase of infection the world over. HeanthTimes Reporter Briefing journalists on Monday, Dr. Mike Ryan, executive director of WHO’s Health Emergencies Programme, said right now, we are “right in the middle of the first wave, globally.” “We’re still very much in a phase where the disease is actually on the way up,” he added. We need to be also cognizant of the fact that the disease…

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