Health & Community

Health & Community

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

Silobela MP Fears Covid-19 Outbreak As District Runs Dry

By Staff Reporter SILOBELA MP Mthokhozisa Mpofu has expressed strong fears of a possible Covid-19 outbreak in his rural constituency due to severe water challenges currently being experienced. The situation is so dire in the area as most water points have dried up following successive droughts. The water crisis has equally affected both livestock and human beings hampering Covid-19 recommendations

Lockdown blues: Pregnant women in rural Mat North brave home deliveries

By Bulawayo Correspondent A LOT of pregnant women in rural Matabeleland North province have risked maternal deaths and other labour related health mishaps amid a reported increase in cases of home deliveries during the current Covid-19 national lockdown period. Government imposed a prolonged national lockdown against the spread of coronavirus late March with public transport

ECHO funded GOAL Zimbabwe nutrition programme targets 243,000 under-fives

By Robert Tapfumaneyi GOAL Zimbabwe has partnered the Health and Child Care ministry in launching a lifesaving nutrition programme set to benefit a quarter of a million children under the age of five over the next 12 months. The Nutrition Emergency Response for Early Detection and Treatment (NERET) project funded by Echo will roll out

Chinese Medical Experts Visit 3 Provinces, Donate Supplies

Xinhua THE visiting team of Chinese medical experts has toured the country’s three provinces to share their experience with local medical staff who stand at the frontline to fight Covid-19 in the southern African country. The 12-member team, which arrived in Zimbabwe last Monday, comes from southern China’s Hunan Province. The team is made up

Coronavirus: Global push for inquiry into Covid-19 response

BBC Global health leaders are set to call for a review into the international response to the Covid-19 pandemic. Envoys from 194 of the World Health Organization’s member states will meet virtually on Monday and Tuesday for the 73rd assembly of the UN body. The coronavirus pandemic will take centre stage. Questions will be raised

NAC CEO Bernard Madzima

Obadiah Moyo Ordered To Steer Clear Of New NAC Board Operations

By Alois Vinga COMMUNITY Working Group on Health (CWGH) has urged Health Minister Obadiah Moyo to desist from unnecessarily interfering with the operations of the just appointed National Aids Council (NAC) board. The appointments of the new board members were announced by Moyo Wednesday. However, speaking to Thursday, CWGH director, Itai Rusike said the