Articles tagged 'health'

More Harare boreholes contaminated 24 March 2017 HARARE - Scores of Harare residents are exposed to deadly water-borne diseases — cholera and typhoid — after an Oxfam Zimbabwe (Oxfam) survey revealed that more boreholes in high density suburbs are “significantly contaminated”. This comes as Zimbabwe is battling to contain yet another cholera...
'Water shortages trigger cholera' 24 March 2017 HARARE - Hatcliffe residents have blamed severe water shortages for the outbreak of cholera in the suburb, as Harare authorities yesterday said they were preparing for a likely uncontrollable spread of water-borne diseases in the wake of heavy rains. The high density suburb receives water twic...
Prisoners face health risk 22 March 2017 HARARE - Scores of prisoners face a health risk after Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals (Parirenyatwa) threatened to cut off medical services to Zimbabwe Prisons and Correctional Services (ZPCS) over a $567 000 debt. Parirenyatwa provides medical care to incarcerated people, including midwifery ...
Zim issues new malaria alert 18 March 2017 HARARE - Zimbabwe's stone-broke government is finding it increasingly difficult to contain disease outbreaks in the country, with health officials reporting 89 000 new cases of malaria and 151 malaria-related deaths in the past two months alone. This comes as the ministry of Health and Child C...
Raw sewer discharged into Marimba River 18 March 2017 HARARE - A burst sewer pipe running across Marimba River has been discharging raw effluent into the water body which feeds into Lake Chivero. The pipe has been discharging the toxic sewer for more than a week, according residents of nearby Gracelands. Harare mayor Bernard Manyenyeni said wh...
'Slow govt procurement worsening drugs shortage' 18 March 2017 HARARE - The health ministry has expressed concern over government’s “slow” procurement system, which it said has become an obstacle in the fight to curb drug shortages. This comes as the ministry received $3,5 million Treasury bills in September last year before floating a tender for the proc...
2 die in cholera outbreak 17 March 2017 HARARE - The Health ministry has issued a cholera outbreak alert after two people died while two others are being treated of the disease in Manicaland and Masvingo provinces. The highly communicable disease is believed to have spread from neighbouring Mozambique, where a cholera epidemic — inf...
Hospitals struggle to cope with kidney diseases 10 March 2017 HARARE - Zimbabwean hospitals are struggling to cope with the surge in patients living with signs of chronic kidney disease, with the death toll rising. Health minister David Parirenyatwa said hospitals were finding it difficult to provide enough beds and treatment for kidney patients, with th...
Now BCG vaccine also in short supply 9 March 2017 HARARE - Thousands of newly-born babies face significant health risks after it emerged that the Bacillus Calmette–Guérin (BCG) vaccine, which prevents infants from contracting tuberculosis (TB), is now also in short supply. Although authorities denied yesterday that there was a major BCG crisi...
Govt 'punishes' strike doctors 8 March 2017 HARARE - Government has imposed three more months of internship for junior doctors who were on strike for the past three weeks. In a March 6, 2017 letter to all hospital chief executives, Health ministry secretary Gerald Gwinji said all doctors who were away for 14 days-plus will have to do th...
Govt, civil servants strike bonus deal 7 March 2017 HARARE - Government has buckled under pressure from restive civil servants after it accepted to add an extra $180 million on its 2017 budget in order to pay the workers' long overdue 2016 bonuses. The two parties struck a deal following a lengthy deadlock that compelled the public workers to t...
We considered patients' plight: Doctors 6 March 2017 HARARE - The crippling doctors' strike, which was nearing four weeks, was called off in the interest of saving desperate patients' lives, a union representing the health professionals said. According to the Zimbabwe Hospital Doctors Association (ZHDA), government offered them a raw deal as it ...
Deal reached in nurses, doctors strike 5 March 2017 HARARE - Public health officials — including doctors and nurses — have called off their crippling strike after reaching an agreement with government on Friday, ending the stand-off which came at huge cost as hundreds of patients died during the chaos which ravaged the State hospitals in the last ...
'Zim doctors getting $329 a month' 5 March 2017   HARARE - The Daily News on Sunday's Bridget Mananavire spoke to Zimbabwe Hospital Doctors Association (ZHDA) president Edgar Munatsi about the ongoing strike by doctors. Q: As a starting point, what really triggered the strike? A: To give you a background of the on-going strike, someti...
Chaos at hospitals as strike widens 3 March 2017 HARARE - The strike by doctors and  nurses who were yesterday joined by midwives has paralysed State hospitals where uniformed forces, roped in by government to contain the situation, have been overwhelmed by the chaos as the industrial action widens. This comes as President Robert Mugabe's ca...
Outrage over Mugabe's Singapore medical treatment 3 March 2017 HARARE - Opposition parties have slammed President Robert Mugabe for seeking medical treatment in Singapore amid a deepening crisis in the country's health sector following a crippling doctors' strike. Mugabe flew out of the country early Wednesday to the Far East country for health check-up, ...
Mugabe takes medical leave 2 March 2017 HARARE - Fresh from celebrating his 93rd birthday in Matobo with thousands of Zanu PF supporters last weekend, President Robert Mugabe flew out to Singapore in the wee hours of yesterday for what his office said was for a “scheduled” health check-up. Presidential spokesperson George Charamba, ...
Senior doctors go on strike 2 March 2017 HARARE - It never rains but pours for long-suffering and impoverished ordinary Zimbabweans who will have to brace for the worst at government hospitals after senior doctors yesterday joined the on-going nationwide strike by their juniors. In an urgent memorandum to the Chitungwiza Central Hosp...
India to build hospitals in Zim 1 March 2017 HARARE - India has pledged to provide cash to upgrade Zimbabwe's public hospitals and build two hospital complexes and supply them with medical equipment. The two medical centres will offer inpatient and outpatient treatment, emergency services, and maternal and child care. “We need to impr...
Compulsory health insurance on amid resistance 1 March 2017 HARARE - Government is moving ahead to impose a compulsory National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), despite resistance by workers and employers. The scheme, to be run by tax collector National Social Security Authority (Nssa), will see money being deducted from the formally employed salaries, ...
Health sector needs attention 1 March 2017 HARARE - It is not a secret that our health sector is on the deathbed, doctors are on strike and nurses have also issued a warning that they will follow suit if their working conditions are not improved. Nothing really seems to be working in the critical sector, a situation that should ring al...
Nurses issue strike notice 28 February 2017 HARARE - The chaos that is ravaging public hospitals is set to plumb new depths after nurses issued a notice yesterday to join medical doctors in striking over their poor working conditions. This comes as the strike by doctors enters its third week, forcing government to deploy army medics to ...
Striking doctors remain defiant 23 February 2017 HARARE - Hospital doctors, who have been on strike for the second week running, have insisted they will not report for duty until they get an audience with the Finance ministry and their concerns addressed. Zimbabwe Hospital Doctors Association president Edgar Munatsi told the Daily News that ...
Nurses stand in for doctors amid strike 20 February 2017 HARARE - Nurses are apparently standing in for striking doctors, as health institutions attempt to ease the impact of the industrial action, now in its second week. During a visit by Daily News to Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals (Parirenyatwa) — Zimbabwe’s largest referral hospital — to assess...
'Stop blaming vendors for typhoid' 19 February 2017 HARARE - The Daily News on Sunday’s Bridget Mananavire speaks to former Health minister and opposition MDC shadow Health minister Henry Madzorera about healthcare in Zimbabwe which varies from the most basic primary healthcare, supposed to be offered free by the State, to highly specialised, hi-t...