One Person Commits Suicide Every 40 Seconds: WHO

THE number of countries with national suicide prevention strategies has increased in the five years since the publication of WHO’s first global report on suicide, said the World Health Organization in the lead-up to World Suicide Prevention Day on 10 September. BY HealthTimes Reporter But the total number of countries with strategies, at just 38, is still far too few and governments need to commit to establishing them. “Despite progress, one person still dies every 40 seconds from suicide,” said WHO Director-General, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. “Every death is a…

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National Health Insurance Next Year

HEALTH and Child Care Minister Dr Obadiah Moyo has assured the nation that the  National Health Insurance Scheme will be up and running  by January next year. By Kudakwashe Pembere He told journalists on the sidelines of the World Health Day Commemorations on Friday that plans to realise Universal Health Coverage through this health scheme are well on course. “With universal health coverage we are looking at national health insurance. We have already started on the national health insurance scheme. Our plans are very well advanced now working together with…

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Health Ministry Scales Up Trachoma Elimination Efforts

THE Ministry of Health and Child Care will this year roll out eye surgery outreach programs in several districts across the nation to combat a tropical disease called trachoma. By HealthTimes Correspondent The outreach programs in these districts are meant to reduce an estimated backlog of 6 500 people believed to have this disease.   Trachoma is targeted for elimination by 2020. A leading cause of preventable blindness globally, the disease is caused by a bacterial agent known as chlamydia trachomatis and spreads from person to person through flies, poor hygiene,…

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