Articles tagged 'health'

RBZ struggles with forex for drug imports 23 January 2017 HARARE - The Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) can only remit $2 million a month to medicine importers, amid revelations that the pharmaceutical companies are struggling with payments to foreign suppliers. This has resulted in shortages of critical drugs required in the day-to-day running of hosp...
Drug crisis to worsen 19 January 2017 HARARE - The shortage of basic drugs in most health institutions is set to worsen as it emerged that government is failing to honour Treasury Bills (TBs) worth $3,5 million that had been issued to raise funds to import medicines. The failure to honour the TBs — issued by the Reserve Bank of Zi...
Govt must attend to drug shortages urgently 19 January 2017 EDITOR — I read with dismay that hospitals in Zimbabwe are running short of crucial drugs. This had me thinking how people’s lives will be saved if the hospitals that are supposed to help them run out of crucial drugs. Most of us were aware that the country’s public health sector was collap...
Govt fears typhoid upsurge 18 January 2017 HARARE - Government ministers voiced concern yesterday at the worsening filth in Mbare, warning the typhoid outbreak could worsen as City of Harare struggles to ramp up garbage collection in the high density suburb. So far, 158 typhoid cases and two deaths have been recorded in the area, with ...
Vendors threaten havoc over ban 17 January 2017 HARARE - Vendors have threatened to cause mayhem if the Harare City Council (HCC) goes ahead with plans to forcibly remove them from the streets. In a bid to curb a typhoid outbreak — which has so far claimed two lives — council has banned the sale of cooked and uncooked food while it has also...
Hospitals will soon turn into mortuaries, Cdes! 16 January 2017 HARARE - Long-suffering and impoverished Zimbabweans must really be afraid. This is especially so considering that everything around them seems to be crumbling without any signs of serious care from the authorities. But in all this tale of how things have fallen apart, there is really need ...
Doctors slam failure to contain typhoid 12 January 2017 HARARE - Rights doctors have been profoundly dismayed by watching citizens, mainly children, suffer and die because of a preventable disease such as typhoid. Zimbabwe is scrambling to contain the outbreak of typhoid following at least two deaths and more than 100 suspected cases of the bacteri...
Typhoid outbreak: Vendors resist ban 7 January 2017 HARARE - Harare vendors are resisting the move by government to ban fruit and vegetable hawking arguing it is insensitive to the struggling poor. National Vendors Union of Zimbabwe (Navuz) chairperson Sten Zvorwadza said government has failed to create jobs, forcing long-suffering citizens to ...
Council must clean up its mess 6 January 2017 HARARE - Recent flooding that affected some parts of Mbare is worrying. This is especially so because it largely is a result of bungling on the part of authorities, in this case the Harare City Council. It has since emerged that flooding started ever since the construction of the Gulf Sunsh...
Govt sets typhoid task force 5 January 2017 HARARE - Government has set up an inter-ministerial task-force to deal with Harare's typhoid outbreak. The task-force will include officials from Harare City Council (HCC) and the ministries of Health, Environment, Local Government and Small and Medium enterprises. Typhoid, caused by the sa...
Let's take health warnings seriously 5 January 2017 HARARE - Back in September, Health minister David Parirenyatwa warned urban residents of a possible cholera and typhoid outbreak, if residents were not cautious of their water sources during the rainy season. In retrospect, we are beginning to question if we did enough as a country in the wake...
Successful Ebola vaccine will be fast-tracked for use 24 December 2016 NEW YORK - A highly effective vaccine that guards against the deadly Ebola virus could be available by 2018, says the World Health Organization. Trials conducted in Guinea, one of the West African countries most affected by an outbreak of Ebola that ended this year, show it offers 100% protect...
Zimbos forced to travel far for healthcare 18 December 2016 HARARE - For Eddie Hove, 45, the pain was just getting worse. The Harare-based media practitioner needed a knee replacement urgently, but the cost of treatment would also be equally painful: even with health insurance, he would have to pay out of pocket. He needed $15 000 to get the procedu...
'Harare urgently needs two hospitals' 17 December 2016 HARARE - Harare City Council (HCC) requires two district hospitals to cater for the growing population in the capital, the local authority's health director, Propser Chonzi, said. He said while other provinces have at least three district hospitals, Harare must have one in Budiriro and prefera...
Cash-strapped Health ministry seeks donations 16 December 2016 HARARE - Health minister David Parirenyatwa, has appealed to the corporate world and farmers to assist institutions that are struggling to provide service due insufficient funding by Treasury. The country's health sector is heavily dependent on donor support due to poor financial support by go...
'Incentives to attract doctors to rural areas' 29 November 2016 HARARE - To curb the massive brain drain which has affected the country's health sector, particularly in rural areas, the Health Professionals Authority (HPA) has proposed availing allowances, incentives and training quotas to health practitioners. HPA president Adolf Macheka said a number of ...
Half of all pregnancies unplanned — ZNFPC 29 November 2016 MUTARE - Almost half of all pregnancies in the country are unplanned for because of poor individual contraceptive choices, the Zimbabwe National Family Planning Council (ZNFPC) has said. ZNFPC provincial manager Dyson Masvingise told a media briefing in Mutare recently that 40 percent of pregn...
Binga Hospital cuts services 7 November 2016 HARARE - In the latest crisis to hit the country’s dying health sector, Binga District Hospital is scaling back its services as a result of worsening water and electricity shortages, leaving many patients stranded in one of Zimbabwe’s poorest regions. Acting district medical officer, Nyashadza...
Diarrhoeal diseases outbreak warning 3 November 2016 HARARE - Harare City Council (HCC)'s epidemiologist, Kudzai Masunda, has warned of diarrhoeal diseases outbreak, as the local authority is increasingly struggling to supply adequate water for residents. Masunda told the press yesterday that the expected increase in diarrhoea cases is also on t...
Hope for HIV infected babies 30 October 2016 HARARE - Thousands of Zimbabwe's newly-born babies who are exposed or are infected with HIV at birth now have a better chance of survival following the introduction of an onsite Early Infant Diagnosis (EID) service. With the current testing methods, some results for HIV-exposed infants are not...
'Declare health crisis national disaster' 28 October 2016 HARARE - Parliament's Health portfolio committee has urged government to declare the health crisis a national disaster to enable mobilisation of donor assistance. They said the move will curb continued suffering of Zimbabweans. This come as government pre-allocated $50 million for the Healt...
Cimas members risk losing properties 24 October 2016 HARARE - Corporate 24  has renewed its feud with Cimas Medical Aid Society after it announced yesterday that it will attach properties of  the medical insurer's members in a bid to recover an unspecified debt which it claims is long overdue. Without specifying how much it was owed, Corporate 2...
Drought's double blow to Zim 23 October 2016 HARARE - The dire water crisis across Zimbabwe, as a result of a prolonged El Niño-induced drought, has not only seen millions starve but is now posing a serious health hazard in the country, with the Health ministry warning of communicable disease — cholera and typhoid — eruptions. Last week,...
Drug shortages hit psychiatric prisoners 22 October 2016 HARARE - Zimbabwe’s largest jail, the Chikurubi Maximum Prison, is holding about 100 mental health patients who have not committed crimes but are kept as inmates as the country struggles to provide drugs and decent shelter for the mentally-challenged groups. There are about 200 inmates at the ...
Women at risk as key drug runs out 16 October 2016 HARARE - In the latest crisis to hit the country's dying health sector, which is reeling from poor funding, major hospitals have run of out of critical painkillers which are used in surgical operations on women in labour. The dire shortages of pethidine come after many of Zimbabwe's major hosp...