Health & Community

Health & Community

Minister Monica Mutsvangwa

Govt warns hospitals demanding Covid-19 test records from new patients

By Idah Mhetu GOVERNMENT has warned all public and private hospitals refusing to admit patients who present without Covid-19 test results. In a statement, Information Minister Monica Mutsvangwa said concerned health facilities were contravening the Public Health Act. Mutsvangwa said the National Taskforce has directed that all hospitals will admit patients without the pre-requirement of

Bodies decomposing at Marondera General Hospital

By Ndatenda Njanike ATLEAST 12 bodies lie unclaimed at Marondera General Hospital and are now reaching an advanced state of decomposition due to malfunctioning of mortuary refrigerators. The hospital has a carrying capacity of 27 bodies and only six refrigerators are fully functional while 21 are malfunctioning. Authorities are now considering pauper’s burial for the

Millions More Zimbabweans Face Hunger Amid Covid-19 Menace – WFP

By Robert Tapfumaneyi THE United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is seeking more international donor support to prevent millions of Zimbabweans from plunging deeper into hunger. The global Covid-19 pandemic, which has not spared Zimbabwe, has aggravated an already severe hunger crisis in the country. On Thursday, the WFP appealed for an additional US$250 million

Covid-19 Lockdown: Gender-Based Violence Cases Up By 70%

By Bulawayo Correspondent CASES of gender-based violence have increased across the country since the start of the Covid-19 lockdown measures in March this year, rising by 70% in the last four months. According to the Musasa Project, a total of 2 768 cases related to violence against women and girls have been recorded in Bulawayo

Zimbabweans Sell Goods From Cars To Cope With Hard Times

AP CARS have become mobile markets in Zimbabwe where enterprising residents are selling goods from their vehicles to cope with economic hardships caused by the coronavirus. With their car doors and trunks wide open by the side of busy roads, eager sellers display a colorful array of goods in Harare, the capital city. In the

Health Workers Face Eviction As Landlords Fear Covid-19 Exposure

By Bulawayo Correspondent AS the spread of Covid-19 increases in Zimbabwe, some homeowners in Bulawayo have reportedly started evictions on some health workers renting their properties for fear they will expose them to Covid-19. The most affected tenants are health workers at Mpilo Hospital and the United Bulawayo Hospital (UBH) where several nurses recently tested

Tendayi Gwata

Breast cancer: Zimbabwe woman’s struggle to avoid mastectomy

BBC A 44-year-old woman in Zimbabwe, Tendayi Gwata, is battling to avoid a mastectomy after her breast cancer treatment abruptly ended when the only radiotherapy machine in the capital, Harare, stopped working. Gwata, a marketing consultant, had already lost all her hair during chemotherapy. Then she was told that because the machine had broken down,

Man (65) hangs self at family graveyard, claims abuse by wife

Matabeleland North Correspondent A 65-year-old Dete man decided to take his life through hanging at a family graveyard after claiming he was being abused by his wife. According to a report filed by his nephew, one Raphael Nyoni, Never Sibanda hanged himself on Sunday night. His body was found on Monday hanging from a tree

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Striking Zim nurses declare total shutdown after govt snub

Staff Reporter HEALTH workers in the country’s public hospitals Monday declared a complete shutdown of the sector after government continued to pay a deaf ear to their plight. Zimbabwe nurses downed tools some two weeks in protest over low wages and poor working conditions. They have further rejected government’s 50% salary hike coupled with US$75

Bulawayo Mayor Solomon Mguni

Bulawayo residents plot council suit over diarrhoea deaths

By Bulawayo Correspondent BULAWAYO residents are contemplating suing their city council for allegedly causing the death of 12 people and related illnesses to more than 1 500 Luveve residents through pumping out contaminated water to households. Tests done at private laboratories to ascertain the causes of the deaths and illness have been linked to symptoms

Politicians blamed for decimation of wetlands in Epworth

By Ndatenda Njanike RAMPANT parcelling out of land by politicians as an election campaign gimmick or to remain in office, has been responsible for wetlands destruction in Epworth. The vice has also been linked to recurrent water shortages in the sprawling Harare suburb. Corruption and abuse of power are also among the factors leading to

Kapfupi, Marabha and friends celebrate while Sekuru Banda looks on

Sekuru Banda builds six-roomed home for ailing comedian, Marabha

By Idah Mhetu POPULAR traditional healer Sekuru Banda has come to the rescue of local comedian Charles “Marabha” Merisi for whom he is building a six-roomed house in the ailing street theatre legend’s Epworth neighbourhood. Construction started this weekend with the wealthy traditional healer saying it was always his wish to help those in need.

Bulawayo Residents Up In Arms As Sand Poachers Cause Havoc In Luveve

By Mbekezeli Ncube RESIDENTS of Bulawayo’s Gwabalanda suburb have appealed to the Bulawayo City Council (BCC) and police to intervene after sand poachers have invaded the area to extract truckloads of the resource while causing massive land degradation in the area. There are also fears the sand poachers will soon encroach onto the nearby Luveve

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Residents Dump ‘Coffins’ At Council Over Spike In Diarrhoea Cases

By Bulawayo Correspondent ANGRY residents in Bulawayo’s Luveve high-density suburb Thursday night dumped mock coffins at the city’s housing department offices in protest over the rise in diarrhoea related deaths in the suburb. Contaminated water supplied by the city council has been blamed for the deaths. A total of 218 cases of diarrhoea have been

Sunda Mzeche

NGO Reaches Out To Entembeni Old People’s Home

By Mbekezeli Ncube IN response to severe food shortages at Entembeni Old People’s Home, the Hope for a Child In Christ (HOCIC) has donated food hampers and other stuff at the Luveve-based home in Bulawayo. HOCIC represents over 50 faith based organisations that focus on orphans, vulnerable children, youths and underprivileged members of society. It