All Hands On Deck To End TB Says Gvt

HEALTH and Child Care Minister, Dr Constantino Chiwenga has implored government, civil society and the private sector to unite in the face of a century old disease, Tuberculosis (TB), which continues to cause the highest number of deaths globally every year. By Michael Gwarisa In a speech read on his behalf by the Deputy Director, AIDS and TB Unit in the Ministry of Health and Child Care, Dr Charles Sandy at the Walk for TB Campaign that was hosted by the Stop TB Partnership Zimbabwe in Harare, , he said…

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How Media and Journalists Indirectly Promote Suicide

MEDIA play a critical role in society and without them, the world would suffer from information deficiency. The four functions of media are to inform, persuade, transmit culture, and entertain. It requires only responsible media to have that hazard perception skill or that fifth sense that tells them beforehand the implications their message could have on individuals and society and large. By Michael Gwarisa In the wrong hands, media can be dangerous and lethal, hence the old adage, “The pen is mightier than the sword.” Media reportage of mental health…

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Zimbabwe Told To Up Genomic Sequencing Game… As Omicron Outpaces Delta’s Infection Rate

FOLLOWING the detection of the Omicron or B.1.1.529 variant by South African scientists three weeks ago, it has emerged that the new strain could be infecting more people within a short space of time compared to the Delta strain which at some point was touted as the fastest growing variant. By Michael Gwarisa The Omicron variant, a highly mutated strain whose impact is feared could evade vaccine induced immunity and probably cause more severe symptoms, has to date been reported in 63 countries across the globe and in all continents…

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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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