Zimbabwe Signs MoU With Swiss Pharmaceutical Giant

ZIMBABWE signed a memorandum of understanding with a Swiss headquartered pharmaceutical company Novartis for patients to access medicines for non-communicable diseases at nominal prices. By Kudakwashe Pembere The signing ceremony done last week will see Zimbabwe each person get medicines for NCDs such as hypertension, diabetes and breast cancer for a dollar a month from Novartis’s unit, Sandoz DD. Speaking after the announcement of the MoU, Dr Moyo expressed confidence that the collaboration would help provide improved health care and reduce preventable deaths. “The issue of access to medicines is…

Share
Read More

Zim To Host African Medical Councils Conference

ZIMBABWE  is set to host the 23rd edition of the Association of Medical Councils of Africa (AMCOA) conference  from 17 to 21 July, 2019 in the resort town of  Victoria Falls. By Kudakwashe Pembere The conference brings together about 250 delegates from 20 African countries under one roof to discuss how health regulators can contribute to the achievement of universal health coverage (UHC). Themed ”The Role Of The Health Regulator In The Delivery Of Universal Health Coverage’, the conference is co-hosted by Health Professions Authority (HPA) Zimbabwe and the Medical…

Share
Read More

Zim’s Community Health Strategy Nears Completion

THE Health and Childcare Ministry will complete the National Community Health Draft Strategy next week which will provide community health workers with guidelines on how they should work while on the ground. By Kudakwashe Pembere The team working on the draft expects to present it to the Health ministry in a fortnight amidst indications that wokers have all along been working been working without guidelines. Dr Stanley Midzi from Zimbabwe’s World Health Organisation office said they realised that all along there were no benchmarks on how community health workers are…

Share
Read More

One Radiotherapy Machine For Zim

ZIMBABWE has five radiotherapy machines for cancer treatment with only one being functional while the rest are faulty.   By Kudakwashe Pembere Two machines are at Mpilo Hospital in Bulawayo while three are found at Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals in Harare where the only functional one is housed. All the machines were purchased from a Switzerland based company named Varien. Briefing the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Gender on Monday, Parirenyatwa consultant oncologist Dr Webster Kadzatsa said they long to see other machines work at their hospital. “Zimbabwe is among the…

Share
Read More

50 000 Receive Typhoid Vaccine

THE Typhoid Conjugate Vaccine has been administered to over 50 000 people in Harare since Monday. By Kudakwashe Pembere UNICEF Zimbabwe tweeted that the targeted suburbs are currently receiving the vaccination. “The Typhoid Conjugate Vaccination Campaign is currently ongoing in Mbare, Mufakose, Kuwadzana, Hatcliffe, Budiriro, Hopley, Glen Norah, Dzivarasekwa and Glen View. Over 50,000 have been vaccinated already. Get vaccinated today,” encouraged the organisation. The campaign running until 4 March is targeting children aged 6 months to 15 years old. “In Mbare district, where the disease has impacted adult populations,…

Share
Read More

Free Albinism Clinic Opens In Harare

GLOBAL Aid Missions, a non-governmental organization that supports people with Albinism, has opened the country’s first albinism free clinic By HealthTimes Reporter The GAM Health Clinic situated at number 53 Central Avenue in Harare, will also be open to the general public. “People with Albinism (PWA) have been for a long time marginalized from the mainstream healthcare services due to stigmatization and poverty, and the purpose of this clinic is to close the gap. Our mission is to make the lives of people with Albinism a living experience through the service provision of GP Consultations, Sexual…

Share
Read More

Bleak Christmas: Govt and Junior Doctors Still Gridlocked As Patients Suffer

IT is a dreary yet bleak Christmas for Zimbabweans as the gridlock between junior doctors and Government is far from over with the former accusing the latter of misinforming the nation. By Kudakwashe Pembere In this ensuing verbal and or textual duel alongside the suspension of these doctors, a grimmer festive season plays out in the country’s major hospitals full of unattended expecting mothers, the sick and4einjured. On Christmas Day, reacting to Health and Childcare Minister Dr Obadiah Moyo’s speech on Monday,  the Zimbabwe Hospital Doctors Association representing junior doctors…

Share
Read More

Health Gets US$694 million

TREASURY on Thursday allocated US$694, 5 million to the Ministry of Health and Childcare in the 2019 National Budget. By Kudakwashe Pembere In January, former minister of Finance and Economic Development Patrick Chinamasa buckled under the pressure of legislators to increase the allocation for Health to US$520 million from US$454 million. The Health Ministry during a Health and Childcare parliamentary portfolio committee hearing expected an allocation of  US$1, 3 billion from the ‘National Purse’. Making his debut 2019 National Budget presentation, Finance Minister Professor Mthuli Ncube increased the Health budget…

Share
Read More

RBZ Injects US$6, 7 million To Allay Medicine Shortages

The Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) yesterday pumped in US$6, 7 million to mitigate the shortage of much needed foreign currency for the supply and manufacturing of medicines in the health sector, a Cabinet Minister said on Friday. By Kudakwashe Pembere A cross section of the health sector called on the apex bank to consider allocating a chunk of the US$500 million line of credit announced in the Monetary Policy Statement last week to the health sector which for months has been enduring the foreign currency crisis which caused the…

Share
Read More

#BREAKING: Cholera Strikes In Harare and Masvingo…Five Feared Dead

A cholera outbreak has been reported today September, 6 2018 in Harare’s Glen View and Budiriro suburbs where five people are feared dead.   By Michael Gwarisa and Kudakwashe Pembere Addressing journalists while touring Beatrice Road Infectious Diseases Hospital monickered Nazareth, outgoing Health and Childcare Minister Dr David Parirenyatwa said one person has been confirmed dead so far with other mortality cases still being investigated. This followed investigations of reported rumored deaths in the community,  a number yet to be ascertained. “What we  know is that there was a patient who…

Share
Read More