Health Ministry To Train District Mental Health Officers

THE Ministry of Health and Child Care is working to improve mental health services in its institutions venturing into training of mental health in districts. By Kuda Pembere According to its mental health strategic plan 2019 to 2023, Government sought to train provincial mental health officers, a feat they achieved last year. In an interview with Health Ministry’s deputy director for mental health services Dr Sacrifice Chirisa said they capacitated mental health officers manning provincial health institutions last year. Government as of last year has provincial mental health officers in…

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Zim Maternal Mortality Rate Drops

ZIMBABWE’S maternal mortality rate dropped to 462 per 100 000 live births from the previous 614 per 100 000 live births recorded in 2014, the latest Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey 2019 found. By Kudakwashe Pembere Maternal mortality ratio is the number of women who die during pregnancy and childbirth, per 100,000 live births. The data are estimated with a regression model using information on fertility, birth attendants, and HIV prevalence. UNICEF Zimbabwe Country Representative Laylee Moshiri said this was the third MICS for Zimbabwe with the first and second done…

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Zim Underreports Childhood TB Cases

The Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric Aids Foundation says Zimbabwe has been underreporting child TB cases over the years which has seen the country lag behind the benchmarked number. By Kuda Pembere Addressing journalists at a media sensitisation meeting, EGPAF Unitaid Catalysing Pediatric Tuberculosis Innovation CaP TB leader Dr Tichaona Nyamundaya said on the back of underreporting of TB cases coupled with difficulties in diagnosing children, Zimbabwe hit below the required percentage of notifications. “So moving on to Zimbabwe. Zimbabwe is among the top 30 high burden countries. This applies for both…

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