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Health & Community

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.

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Women Heavily Affected By Food Shortages – UN

The Organisation For World Peace ZIMBABWE is currently facing its worst food shortage in over a decade, leaving almost 8 million people food-insecure. The country, once the region’s breadbasket and rich in fertile crops, is currently plagued by widespread drought and flooding. Women and children are most vulnerable to this crisis, being the ones least

Zimbabwe Experiencing 15% TB-Linked Deaths – Minister

By Thandiwe Garusa DESPITE efforts by a non-governmental organisation, Challenge TB and the Ministry of Health in spreading awareness and fighting tuberculosis (TB), the death rate from the communicable disease still remains high – at 15%. Speaking at the Close Out Ceremony for the United States Agency for International  Development (USAID) Challenge TB Funding Mechanism Thursday

Many countries are screening travelers from China and isolating anyone with symptoms.

China building a hospital to treat virus, expands lockdowns

AP China announced Friday that it is swiftly building a 1,000-bed hospital dedicated to patients infected with a new virus that has killed 26 people, sickened hundreds and prompted unprecedented lockdowns of cities during the country’s most important holiday. On the eve of the Lunar New Year, transportation was shut down in at least 13

Parirenyatwa’s Staff Woes Persist Despite Junior Doctors’ Return

By Paidashe Mandivengerei   PARIRENYATWA Hospital, the largest referral medical centre in Zimbabwe, is still operating below its normal capacity despite the return of striking junior doctors to their workstations.   Junior doctors downed tools in September last year over paltry salaries and bad working conditions.   They were later joined by their senior colleagues

Serious water crisis in Harare

Boreholes Now HIV and Pregnancies Traps For Young Girls

Health Times HE prevailing water crisis in Harare and other parts of the country exposes girls and young women to HIV infections and early unintended pregnancies (EUPs) owing to the lengthy hours they spend in long winding queues and boreholes where they end up fraternising with individuals who harbor evil intentions. Speaking at the launch

Spousal Inheritance Fuels Spread Of AIDS in Zimbabwe

MUREWA: The 46-year old Miranda Chihota’s life took a turn four years ago when her husband died in a tragic road accident.   When she was still convalescing from the tragedy, she was forcibly married to her husband’s brother, whose wife, she claimed, had succumbed to AIDS two years before Miranda’s husband died. As a

Africa hamstrung by deadly flood of fake medicine

AFP After he was struck down by malaria and typhoid, Togolese tailor Ayawo Hievi thought he was set to recover when he started taking drugs prescribed by his doctor. But far from curing him, the medication he was given at the neighbourhood clinic made him far worse – eventually costing him one of his kidneys.

3 African countries trying out 1st malaria vaccine in babies

AFP A pinch in the leg, a squeal and a trickle of tears. One baby after another in Malawi is getting the first and only vaccine against malaria, one of history’s deadliest and most stubborn of diseases. The southern African nation is rolling out the shots in an unusual pilot program along with Kenya and

CSOs Pressure Gvt To Appoint New NAC Board and CEO

HEALTH TIMES HE National AIDS Council (NAC) which has gone for more than 365 days with neither a substantive board nor Chief Executive Officer (CEO) has come under fire from Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) who believe the development was impacting negatively on the national HIV response. Health and Child Care Minister, Dr Obadiah Moyo dissolved

Mentor Programme Helps Young HIV+ Mothers Open Up

UNICEF THREE times a month, 18-year-old Grace Mutungambera walks more than 14 kilometres from her home, to the nearest clinic. With her baby strapped to her back and in the extreme heat, the walk takes her about four hours, each way. She lives in the rural, tobacco growing region of Hurungwe, in Zimbabwe. “Sometimes my

Machete Wielding Gangs: New Threat To Zimbabwe’s Panning Gold

Fin24 THE sound of steel pounding rock echoes through the dark, as Michael Machokoto, 23, hammers away, 40 metres underground, at one of the disused gold mining shafts at Jumbo Mine, located in the Mazowe area, 40km north of Harare. Just two metres away, his friend, Tendai Gwature, 21, is also chipping away at the

Massive Response To HIV Survey

HealthTimes PHASE one to the ongoing Zimbabwe Population-based HIV Impact Assessment (ZIMPHIA) 2020 has ended on a high note amidst indications that the survey has witnessed a response rate above 95 percent from communities. In an interview with HealthTimes, ZIMPHIA Communications person, Blessed Gumbi said the first phase to the survey has already covered vast

AI beats human breast cancer diagnosis

AFP A computer programme can identify breast cancer from routine scans with greater accuracy than human experts, researchers said in what they hoped could prove a breakthrough in the fight against the global killer. Breast cancer is one of the most common cancers in women, and regular screening is vital in detecting the earliest signs