Health & Community

Health & Community

Zim Runs Out Of Baby Growth Monitoring Charts

Health Times  The unavailability of these ‘baby cards’ has deprived mothers access to critical growth monitoring information, plunging the health of babies in jeopardy. Health Ministry’s Family Health Director Dr Bernard Madzima told this publication the importance of these cards. Madzima said that the cards monitor the weight, the height, the vaccination schedules whether they

Women are dying unnecessarily from heart attacks, leading health charity says

CNN Two women a day are dying unnecessarily from heart attacks in England and Wales because of a gender gap in awareness, diagnosis and treatment, a leading health charity says. The British Heart Foundation (BHF) released research on Monday that estimates that more than 8,200 women died between 2003 and 2013 as a result of

‘Revolutionary’ drug for prostate cancer

BBC Olaparib could become a revolutionary treatment for prostate cancer – the first genetically targeted drug for fighting the disease, say experts. The precision medicine is already used by the NHS for ovarian cancer and has been called a game-changer by cancer doctors. A cancer conference heard how, in trials, it slowed tumour growth in

US death toll from vaping-related illness hits 12

AFP Twelve people in the United States have died from vaping-related illness, health officials have said on Thursday, reporting 805 cases of lung injury associated with e-cigarette use. The latest toll was reported by the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, which said the specific substance causing the illnesses has not yet been identified. However,

Vaccine campaign for world’s largest measles outbreak

BBC More than 800,000 children are to be targeted for vaccination in the Democratic Republic of Congo, after a measles outbreak killed more than 3,500 people this year. The World Health Organization (WHO) and the Congolese government aim to carry out the emergency programme across the country in slightly more than a week. The WHO


Vaping-related illness sickens over 500 in US

AFP More than 500 people have been sickened in an outbreak of vaping-related illness in the United States, health authorities said on Thursday, as Los Angeles became the latest city to take steps to ban flavoured e-cigarettes. The known tally from the mysterious lung disease has jumped from 380 to 530, though the number of

Malaria vaccine in Kenya – a potential game-changer

BBC The world’s first malaria vaccine is being rolled out in parts of Kenya from Friday, after previously being released in Ghana and Malawi. It will be added to the routine vaccination schedule, and more than 300,000 children are expected to receive the vaccine over the next three years. Malaria kills more than 400,000 people

Summer heat killed nearly 1,500 in France, officials say

BBC Record heatwaves in June and July caused the deaths of 1,435 people in France this year, according to the country’s health minister. Speaking on French radio, Agnès Buzyn said half of those who died were aged over 75. But Buzyn said, thanks to preventative measures, the rate was 10 times lower than the same

Breakthrough research establishes definite link between depression and multiple diseases

Health 24 Recent research from the Australian Centre for Precision Health at the University of South Australia made a breakthrough in the link between depression and physical disease. Major depressive disorder was established as the genetic cause for at least 20 distinct diseases, which provides vital information to help medical professionals detect and manage high

Controversial Chief Hlahlayamangwe Ndiweni was jailed for 18 months but has lost support from other traditional leaders

Matebeleland chiefs throw Ndiweni under the bus

By Bulawayo Correspondent THE Matebeleland Chiefs Council says it will not interfere with Bulawayo Magistrate, Gladmore Mushove’s ruling to sentence Ntabazinduna traditional leader, Nhlanhlayamangwe Ndiweni to 18 months in prison over his role in the damaging of his subject, Fetti Mbele’s homestead. Magistrate Mushove also sentenced Ndiweni’s other 23 co-accused villagers to 525 hours of

Zimbabwe could take advantage of its abundant solar to overcome crippling power shortages

Mutoko Independent Power Producer pumps 2.5 megawatts into national grid

By Robert Tapfumaneyi MUTOKO community is experiencing less hours of load shedding after a local Independent Power Producer, Nyangani Renewable Energy (NRE) started pumping its solar power into the national grid. NRE is the first solar scheme to be commissioned and to supply power into the national grid. Speaking to at the company’s solar

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Zanu PF youths in pledge to reopen Ziscosteel training centre

By Staff Reporter The Zanu PF youth league which is seeking the revival of Ziscosteel Training Centre has promised a non-interference approach by politicians in the revival of the training facility. Youth league secretary Lewis Matutu, speaking on the sidelines of the training centre’s tour last week, said politicians were only going to create spaces

More youths turn to gold panning in Gokwe as drought takes toll

By William Milasi More youths in Gokwe North are turning to gold panning for survival following an unyielding cropping season which has left over 50 000 people in the area in need of immediate food aid. Gokwe North District Administrator, Isaac Mutambara has said the more energetic and enterprising youths have now turned to the

Ebola could ‘spiral out of control’

BBC Leading charity Oxfam has warned that the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo has the “potential of spiralling out of control”, after a second case was reported in the eastern city of Goma on Tuesday. The DR Congo government has since confirmed that the patient has died. Oxfam’s Country Director in DR

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Community radio stations for Chimanimani, Binga and Beitbridge

By Bulawayo Correspondent GOVERNMENT has availed $180 000 for the setting up of community radio stations in cyclone hit Chimanimani as well as Binga and Beitbridge, Parliament has revealed. Speaking at the Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) organised broadcasting conference in Harare on Thursday, the acting chairperson of the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Media,

Hunger is wreaking havoc across Zimbabwe

Hunger forces early college closure in Masvingo

By Tonderai Saharo A government vocational institution in Masvingo province has been forced to send students home early because of food shortages, has learnt. Mushagashe Vocational Training Center some 40km outside the country’s oldest city, shut its doors this week after failing to provide food for its students. Students interviewed claimed they had survived

Diaspora Insurance partners AMUK Services to revive basketball tourney

By Audience Mutema UNITED KINGDOM based Zimbabwe firm, Diaspora Insurance has partnered AMUK Services, another Zimbabwean brand, to resuscitate an HIV awareness Basketball Tournament founded by Huggins Trust. The annual tournaments are meant to bring Zimbabweans in UK together educating them on the HIV awareness and also to nurture Zimbabwean talent. In an interview with