Covid-19 Claims Agric Deputy Min Haritatos’ Mother

By James Muonwa, Mashonaland West Correspondent AGRICULTURE deputy minister, Vangelis Haritatos’ mother, Angela, has died of Covid-19 related complications. According to sources, she passed on Wednesday after spending weeks hospitalised on life support. This means the family has once again been plunged into mourning just over a fortnight after burial of her husband Peter, who

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Top Doctor Comes Up With “Must-Have Covid Cocktail To Reduce Severe Illness

By Thandiwe Garusa As the Health Ministry is overwhelmed with Covid-19 patients requiring admission in public health and private hospitals, a leading medical practitioner F Mamvura has come up with a proposal termed The CovidCocktail  which he says helps to prevent severe illness and help a patient to recover without hospitalisation. According to Mamvura, the

Intersex Community Struggles To Access Covid Vaccines

By Kenneth Matimaire INTERSEX persons in the country have alleged they are being discriminated against in the ongoing Covid-19 vaccination programme. Inquiries by revealed that the major challenge faced with the intersex community towards vaccination borders around identification documents. A national identity document (ID), driver’s license or valid passport are required for one to

Decentralise Covid-19 information: Media Pleads With Govt

By Kenneth Matimaire MEDIA practitioners in Zimbabwe have pleaded with government to decentralise coronavirus data and information in order to improve access and dissemination of information on the virus. The appeal was made by journalists from various media houses following a nationwide consultation process. The exercise is being spearheaded by a consortium of media-based institutions

Thousands Set To Benefit From Seedco Vaccination Initiative

By Anna Chibamu SEED Co Zimbabwe Limited (Seed Co) has launched an ambitious vaccination initiative which is set to benefit thousands of people as the company seeks to complement government’s efforts to contain the rampaging Covid-19 pandemic. The programme was launched in Harare Monday. Seed Co managing director Edworks Mhandu told the media during the

Covid Hits Bulawayo Sewer Teams 

By Bulawayo Correspondent THE Bulawayo City Council sewer task teams have been hit by the Covid-19 virus, a development resulting in the disruption of essential service delivery in the second capital. The city’s town clerk Christopher Dube confirmed several members of sewer task teams have been forced quarantine after being exposed to the pandemic. The

File Image: Finance Minister Ncube inspecting the arrival of Covid-19 vaccines

Govt Exhausts US$100m Facility For Covid Jabs

By Costa Nkomo THE government has nearly exhausted the US$100 million facility for the Covid-19 vaccines after purchasing 12 million Chinese made doses enough to inoculate six million people. The government has announced an ambitious target of inoculating 10 million people by December and achieve national herd immunity. The complete vaccination of an individual requires

Covid Jabs: Mangwana Rebukes “Ridiculous Glory Seeking” Hwende 

By Costa Nkomo GOVERNMENT Saturday rebuked as “ridiculous” claims by MDC Alliance party secretary-general Chalton Hwende that huge turnout experienced at the health centres of citizens seeking Covid-19 jabs was due to the opposition party’s campaign. Covid-19 national vaccination programme started in February this year with a very low uptake as people were skeptical of

Covid: Chief Mahlathini Heir Apparent Dies

By Matabeleland North Correspondent TSHOLOTSHO: The heir apparent to Chief Mahlathini chieftaincy in Tsholotsho, Jabulani Jiyane has succumbed to Covid-19. Jiyane, whose age could not be ascertained, was acting chief following the death of his father in 2018. Chief Mahlathini’s area borders with Chief Gampu on the southern side and Chief Deli of Nyamandlovu, in the

Zapu Founding Member Succumbs To Covid

By Bulawayo Correspondent ONE of Zapu’s founding members, Theresia Thaka (75) has died. Thaka who was in charge of Women Affairs and the Organising and Mobilisation Department in the opposition party died from Covid-19 related complications Thursday. Zapu spokesperson Iphithule Maphosa confirmed the death of Thaka adding she was one of the party’s most senior

Unvaccinated TelOne Workers On Forced Leave, Covid Allowances Scrapped

By Anna Chibamu STATE-OWNED telecommunications operator, TelOne, has advised all employees not vaccinated against Covid-19 to take leave to reduce their exposing other workers to the global pandemic. The company said 60% of staff had been vaccinated, but acknowledged the risk of those not inoculated. “TelOne acknowledges the seriousness of the Covid-19 situation in the country

Covid: Twitter Messages Reveal Gwanda Deadly Hit

Daily Maverick THE third wave of Covid-19 is upon us, and social media in Zimbabwe is was with death messages and condolence messages. Our small town of Gwanda seems to be particularly hard hit by the third wave of Covid-19. The Ministry of Health says that for every 100 people tested for Covid-19 in Gwanda,

Ekusileni COVID-19 Centre Ready To Open

By Bulawayo Correspondent EKUSILENI Medical Centre management says the health centre is now ready to open following years of closure. The hospital, which has been idle since 2001, was last year designated as one of Covid-19 centres in the city. Since then the 50 bed hospital has had a multiple false –starts. Last week a


Covid-19 Vaccine Now Available In Private Clinics

By Mary Taruvinga GOVERNMENT is allocating Covid-19 vaccines to private clinics and hospitals, mainly targeting hotspot areas, Health ministry permanent secretary Jasper Chimedza announced Tuesday. The vaccines will be available at a price not exceeding $434,34. This comes at a time, the government is targeting vaccinating a million people during the period of the extended

Govt Introduces Forced Vaccination For Civil Servants 

By James Muonwa IN ORDER to curtail new Covid-19 infections and deaths, Government has, with immediate effect, ordered all civil servants to be vaccinated, while unvaccinated workers have been banned from boarding buses provided by the employer. Public Service Commisson (PSC) secretary, Jonathan Wutawunashe announced the new measures Monday through circular number 20 of 2021

Hwange Residents Defy Covid Regulations

Matabeleland North Correspondent HWANGE Town residents are gallivanting and partying, especially at informal beer drinking outlets commonly known as shebeens, in defiance of Covid 19 regulations. This is despite warnings by health authorities against such practices as cases and deaths continue to rise on a daily basis. Known high profile people in the coal mining

Farmers and customers mix and mingle at Chinhoyi's Makonde fresh produce market on Sunday

Congested Chinhoyi Farmers’ Market Spawning New Covid-19 Cases, Deaths

By James Muonwa, Mashonaland West Correspondent CHINHOYI residents have expressed concernS over the rise in Covid-19 positive cases and fatalities which they point to congestion at Makonde Farmers Market situated in Gadzema township, where farmers and hawkers converge to trade in fresh vegetables without observing regulations. The wholesale market is daily teeming with people most

Covid-19: Get Inspiration From Vic Falls Residents And Be Vaccinated

Matabeleland North Correspondent HEALTH Ministry authorities in Matabeleland North are literally begging residents to vaccinate against Covid-19, saying people should get inspiration from Victoria Falls residents who are at low risk of the Covid-19 virus following massive vaccination in the tourism city. The province has received 65 000 doses of Covid-19 vaccines and authorities said