Health & Community

Health & Community

Senior Doctors Only Ready For Coronavirus Fight If Protective Wear, Food Is Availed

By Robert Tapfumaneyi ZIMBABWE’S doctors have informed government they were prepared to join the fight against the coronavirus outbreak only when the requisite protective personnel equipment is availed. The doctors have also demanded appropriate support in the form of food, communication and restrooms as they will also need to be quarantined once they get into

Health Minister Obadiah Moyo

Zimbabwe confirms second positive case of Covid-19

By Idah Mhetu ZIMBABWE on Saturday confirmed its second positive case of coronavirus in a 30-year-old Harare man believed to have contracted the dreaded ailment from a trip to the US last month. Health Minister Obadiah Moyo confirmed the incident. This comes just a day after the country on Friday confirmed its first case of

EU’s chief Brexit negotiator tests positive

BBC Michel Barnier, the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator, has tested positive for coronavirus. Barnier said he was “doing well and in good spirits” in a tweet announcing his diagnosis on Thursday. His diagnosis throws the process of negotiating a post-Brexit trade deal between the EU and the UK into doubt. Barnier had been due to

UK medical staff ‘at risk’ over lack of protective gear

BBC UK medical staff say they are being put at risk during the coronavirus outbreak because of a lack of protective gear. One NHS doctor told the BBC that frontline healthcare workers felt like “cannon fodder” due to inadequate supplies of vital equipment such as face masks. Dr Frances Mair told Newsnight her GP practice

No coronavirus cases in Zimbabwe, say health authorities

African News Agency (ANA) No cases of novel coronavirus (Covid-19) have been reported in Zimbabwe to date, despite numerous claims on social media and several suspected cases, Zimbabwean health and childcare authorities said on Sunday. “All identified suspected cases have been appropriately followed up, tested, and found to be negative for Covid-19. All tests were

Health Minister Obadiah Moyo

China to upgrade Zimbabwe’s main coronavirus treatment facility

Xinhua The Chinese government on Thursday pledged to upgrade Zimbabwe’s main isolation center for suspected coronavirus patients in the capital Harare. Also, the Zimbabwean government announced it was stepping up its preparedness after neighboring South Africa on Thursday confirmed its first case of the virus, the first such case in southern Africa. Addressing the media

Coronavirus enigma: Experts ask why Africa seems to have few cases

AFP More than 3 000 people worldwide have died of Covid-19 and almost 90 000 infected in over 45 countries – yet, one of the world’s most vulnerable regions, sub-Saharan Africa, has so far been almost spared. The coronavirus is spreading fast beyond its China birthplace but sub-Saharan Africa, one of the world’s most vulnerable

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Deadly coronavirus spreads around globe

AFP The deadly coronavirus epidemic spread further outside China on Monday with a surge of infections in South Korea making it the biggest hotspot abroad, while outbreaks worsened in the Middle East and Europe. The number of fatalities in China also continued to soar, with 150 more confirmed deaths, taking the official death toll to

Minister Obadiah Moyo

Govt ready to use ARVs to tackle possible Coronavirus outbreak – Moyo

By Anna Chibamu HEALTH and Child Care Minister, Obadiah Moyo says government was ready to use anti-retroviral drugs (ARVs) to reduce the impact of the deadly coronavirus (COVID-19) should the country experience such cases in future. In a ministerial statement he delivered to parliament on the country’s situation regarding coronavirus this past week, Moyo allayed

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Zim Woman Quarantined In Harare Over Suspected Coronavirus

By Leopold Munhende A 27-year-old Zimbabwean woman, who arrived from China Tuesday, has been quarantined at the Wilkins Infectious Diseases Hospital in Belvedere, Harare for suspected coronavirus. Harare City Council Health Director Prosper Chonzi has confirmed this saying all other patients who were admitted at the institution have been moved to Beatrice Road Infectious Disease

Govt Wants More Women In Decision-Making Positions

By Robert Tapfumaneyi THE government is committed to implementing a gender policy that will see more women occupying key decision-making positions, the Public Service Commission (PSC) chairperson Tsitsi Choruma has said. “On gender policy we are still working on the legislative part as the Public Service Commission. We have already started implementing elements of this

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ZCTU Calls For $3.800 Minimum Wage Or Workers Will Engage In Strikes

By Robert Tapfumaneyi THE Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) has threatened to embark on an industrial action if the government fails to gazette the minimum salaries for general workers to $3.800 per month. This translates to around US$146 a month using the current parallel market rates. The call comes amid the worsening economic situation

60% Zim Water Sources Unsafe – UNICEF

By Staff Reporter AT least 60% of water sources in the country are unsafe, leaving most families at risk of diarrhoeal disease outbreaks, UNICEF has said. In its latest update on the humanitarian situation in Zimbabwe, UNICEF said over 1.9 million people were in urgent need of safe drinking water, sanitation and good hygiene. “Almost

Lesotho First Lady Maesaiah Thabane faces charge of murdering rival

BBC The wife of the prime minister of Lesotho is to be formally charged in court with murdering his previous wife. First Lady Maesaiah Thabane handed herself in to be questioned by police in the southern African mountain kingdom. Prime Minister Thomas Thabane has also been questioned about the killing. His estranged wife, Lipolelo Thabane,

Health Minister Obadiah Moyo

506 being monitored for possible coronavirus infection – Health Minister

By Idah Mhetu CABINET on Tuesday confirmed some 506 people were being monitored for possible coronavirus infection after entering the country from trouble spots abroad. Addressing journalists during a post-cabinet briefing Tuesday, Information Minister Monica Mutsvangwa said there were no confirmed cases of the virus in Zimbabwe yet but urged personal hygiene amongst citizens. “The

Coronavirus: China admits ‘shortcomings and deficiencies’

BBC China’s top leadership has admitted “shortcomings and deficiencies” in the country’s response to the deadly coronavirus outbreak. The rare admission came from the Politburo Standing Committee, which called for an improvement in China’s emergency management system. It also ordered a “severe” crackdown on illegal wildlife markets where the virus is thought to have emerged.