Articles tagged 'health'

$8m collected under Health levy 25 July 2017 HARARE - Government has collected $8,2 million since January from a Health Fund levy of $0,05 for every $1 of airtime and mobile data, Finance minister Patrick Chinamasa has said. To increase the tax base and meet his $4,1 billion 2017 Budget, which was flat on 2016, Chinamasa said the continu...
The 'curse' of autism 23 July 2017 HARARE - Autism has remained a mysterious condition many Zimbabweans do not understand, with most associating it with superstition. The lack of awareness, coupled with government's apparent neglect, has seen many families with autistic children desperate on how to deal with it. As a result,...
Mutare defends use of banned DDT to curb malaria 22 July 2017 MUTARE - Mutare City Council (MCC) has defended the indoor use of the banned and deadly DDT to control malaria, arguing it helped in containing the outbreak of the disease. DDT — a potent pesticide widely famed for control of malaria globally before its widespread ban in the early 1960s due to...
Parirenyatwa, millers agree 22 July 2017 HARARE - Health minister David Parirenyatwa, millers and industry leaders met this week and resolved to proceed “amicably” with the contentious food fortification exercise. The millers — through the Tafadzwa Musarara-led Grain Millers Association of Zimbabwe (GMAZ) — have been pleading for a m...
Mobile phone towers' radiation worries MPs 21 July 2017 HARARE - Construction of mobile phone towers in residential areas has raised fears among legislators who are concerned about their constituents being exposed to radiation. A mobile phone tower or base station sends or receives radio signals and is responsible for forming the cell area. A ty...
Lack of facilities hampers TB control efforts 17 July 2017 HARARE - Rising rates of multidrug resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) are threatening to derail decades of progress against the contagious disease, experts said yesterday, with the country grappling with lack of health facilities to treat the superbug. TB kills more people each year than any othe...
Kaylites ban to trigger price hikes 14 July 2017 HARARE - Panicking retailers have warned that government's move to ban kaylites will trigger price increases, with industry players pleading for a moratorium. On Wednesday, the Environmental Management Agency (Ema), banned the use of polystyrene material, famously referred to as kaylites, beca...
Concern over Mugabe's health 14 July 2017 HARARE - As political parties begin their intense preparations for next year's make-or-break polls, there is concern within and outside the ruling Zanu PF on whether President Robert Mugabe would be able to handle a punishing last-stand presidential campaign in view of his advanced age and increa...
Tsvangirai in SA for medical checkup 13 July 2017 HARARE - Opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai  flew to South Africa on Sunday for medical checkup, and is expected to return home tomorrow. He is undergoing treatment after being diagnosed with cancer of the colon. While Tsvangirai's spokesperson Luke Tamborinyoka was not immediately availab...
'Health levy to stem drug shortages' 11 July 2017 HARARE - Health and Child Care minister David Parirenyatwa says the five percent health levy introduced by government on all air time purchases will improve ordinary citizen’s access to drugs and better health care. Government began deducting a five percent health levy on all airtime purchases...
Govt blacklists 250 lab scientists 11 July 2017 HARARE - Government has blacklisted over 250 laboratory scientists in private and government practice for failing to pay annual subscriptions ranging from $80 to $180. Medical Laboratory and Clinical Scientists Council of Zimbabwe (MLCSCZ) registrar Agness Chigora made the announcement yesterd...
Epworth's 'wheelbarrow ambulances' put on notice 10 July 2017 HARARE - Youths who were making a living leasing off wheelbarrows to desperate residents in Epworth, could soon be out of business after the Epworth Local Board (ELB) stepped up standardisation of the dormitory town’s road system. Epworth’s ward seven had been hardest hit by inaccessibility af...
Study reveals cancer risk in Kaylite 7 July 2017 HARARE - A study by the University of Zimbabwe (UZ) has revealed that Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) — popularly known as kaylite — which is used by many restaurants and food vendors to package meals and beverages, contains a substance that causes cancer. The study was done by the UZ Food, Nutriti...
Chitungwiza clinics in dire straits 7 July 2017 HARARE - An audit by government has laid bare the desperate situations at Chitungwiza Municipality-run clinics where staff does not use basic disease prevention consumables such as gloves — in addition to battling other myriad problems which include acute shortages of drugs. As a result, the d...
Millers want food fortification deferred 6 July 2017 HARARE - Grain millers have appealed to Vice President Emerson Mnangagwa to intervene and defer the implementation of the mandatory food fortification programme indefinitely. Government has decreed through Statutory Instrument 120 of 2016 that the public health intervention should have started...
High Court throws out Psmas members' query 4 July 2017 HARARE - High Court Judge Priscillah Chigumba has dismissed an urgent chamber application by Premier Service Medical Aid Society (Psmas) members to have the dissolution of the Psmas board included on the annual general meeting (AGM) agenda. Psmas members Maphios Siamuchembo and Eden Frank Mtam...
HCC secures funds to build new clinics 3 July 2017 HARARE - The Harare City Council (HCC) has secured funds to construct three clinics in Harare, as the growing population has overwhelmed the capital’s existing health facilities. Acting town clerk Josephine Ncube said the money was accessed from ZimHealth — under Private, Public Partnerships —...
Mujuru confirms Cde Chinx links 2 July 2017 HARARE - Former vice president and National People's Party leader, Joice Mujuru, has spoken out for the first time on her links with the late musician, Dick “Cde Chinx” Chingaira, confirming to the Daily News on Sunday this week that indeed they shared a solid bond that could have cost the libera...
Legalise abortion: Doctors 30 June 2017 HARARE - Women with unwanted pregnancies must be able to undergo safe abortions in a move that could save countless lives in a country with high maternal death rate, Zimbabwe Doctors for Human Rights (ZADHR) has said. The Termination of Pregnancy Act of 1977 (Chapter 15:10) that bans abortion ...
Tribute to Cde Chinx 29 June 2017 HARARE - I first met Dick Chingaira in 1985. I was eighteen. Benny Miller and Jane Bartlett had a record company called One World Records and Cde. Chinx and the Barrel Of Peace was the first artist that they recorded. Benny Miller had allowed me to come round to the One World recording studio ...
Rot at public hospitals exposed 28 June 2017 HARARE - The Auditor-General has unravelled shocking levels of official corruption at government hospitals where public funds are not being properly accounted for at a time when patients are failing to access basic drugs due to resource constraints. In a report tabled in the National Assembly ...
New machines lying idle at State hospitals 26 June 2017 HARARE - Expensive medical equipment acquired by government for its struggling hospitals has been gathering dust for four years — forcing hundreds of patients to seek private services — because there are no technicians to install them. This was revealed by the Auditor-General (AG) Mildred Chir...
Mujuru links cost Cde Chinx 25 June 2017 HARARE - Late liberation stalwart and veteran musician, Dickson “Cde Chinx” Chingaira, became a victim of Zanu PF's internecine succession struggles after the party denied him the coveted national hero status on account of having been sympathetic to expelled former vice president Joice Mujuru, th...
Cancer deaths on the rise 25 June 2017 HARARE - The national death toll from cancer is rising sharply, forcing authorities to scale up cancer screening in both healthy and high-risk populations in order to tame the scourge. Latest statistics from the Zimbabwe National Cancer Registry indicate that a total of 7 018 new cancer cases ...
Cde Chinx family opts for private cemetery 23 June 2017 HARARE - The family of the late liberation stalwart and musician Dick “Cde Chinx” Chingaira has passed on the chance to bury him at Harare Provincial Heroes Acre — instead opting to have him interred at the Glen Forest Cemetery — with his national hero status snub by Zanu PF spilling into Parliam...