Articles tagged 'health'

Snakebites claim 38 13 April 2017 HARARE - At least 38 people have died from snakebites since January this year, Health ministry permanent secretary Gerald Gwinji told Parliament recently. This comes as the Meteorological Services Department (Met) has warned residents to be on the look-out for the reptiles which are leaving th...
UZ-trained doctors recognised in California 11 April 2017 HARARE - Students studying towards medical degrees at the University of Zimbabwe's College Of Health Sciences now qualify to secure licences to practice in California after they graduate, University of Zimbabwe (UZ) has said. This follows a long-standing collaborative partnership between UZ an...
Govt completes CAPS takeover 10 April 2017 HARARE - Industry minister Mike Bimha says government has completed the takeover of the country’s largest pharmaceutical manufacturer, CAPS Holdings (CAPS), which collapsed five years ago, in a bid to revive its operations. At its peak, CAPS accounted for 75 percent of the local healthcare pro...
Mash East on malaria high alert 5 April 2017 HARARE - The Health ministry has detected insecticide-resistant mosquitoes in Goromonzi, Mashonaland East, raising concern that malaria could become difficult to control. This comes as government recently issued a malaria alert after a total of 154 malaria cases were reported throughout the co...
I'm praying for Mugabe's health: Chamisa 4 April 2017 HARARE - MDC's Nelson Chamisa, pictured, has said he is praying for good health for President Robert Mugabe so he lives beyond 2018 “to see a new MDC-run Zimbabwe in which he will need not travel overseas for healthcare.” This comes as the 93-year-old leader continues to splurge millions on fr...
Address Beitbridge water supply challenges 4 April 2017 EDITOR — It sounds quite strange to hear that water charges in Beitbridge are so high compared with other towns in Zimbabwe. One would expect Beitbridge to have the cheapest water because the distance from the water source to the point of consumption is just too short. Being the busiest bor...
Zim's multiple taxes stalling progress 4 April 2017 HARARE - The clueless and desperate Zanu PF administration has come up with a raft of new taxes, further strangling its overtaxed citizens. President Robert Mugabe’s government last Thursday imposed a new 10 percent tax on tobacco sales, resulting in angry farmers threatening to withhold their...
'Girls on birth control unwisely skip condoms' 2 April 2017 MUTARE - High school girls are using birth control at an alarming rate and are less likely to use condoms, making them vulnerable to sexually transmitted infections (STIs), researchers say. Zimbabwe National Family Planning Council (ZNFPC) provincial communication and marketing officer Daniel ...
Parly demands probe into hospital deaths 30 March 2017 HARARE - Parliament has demanded an investigation into the death of a newly-born baby at Masvingo Provincial Hospital (MPH) due to alleged neglect by medical staff. The health institution’s staff is accused of reportedly failing to attend to a woman in labour, resulting in her baby’s death due...
Unqualified staff man Zim hospitals 29 March 2017 HARARE - Zimbabwe's health institutions are being manned by unqualified staff as a result of a recruitment freeze imposed by government, Parliament has been told. Health ministry secretary Gerald Gwinji told the Parliament’s Public Accounts portfolio committee on Monday that the situation was ...
Concern over Zim's multiple taxes 29 March 2017 HARARE - The raft of taxes imposed by the hard-pressed government could do more harm than good to Zimbabwe's economy, as the move overburdens long-suffering citizens and threatens small businesses' survival, economic analysts have warned. They said as the desperate President Robert Mugabe admi...
Health levy comes into force 29 March 2017 HARARE - Government has begun deducting a five percent health levy on all airtime purchases in a desperate bid to raise funds to acquire drugs and equipment for public hospitals. Finance minister Patrick Chinamasa proposed in his 2017 National Budget to introduce the tax on airtime and mobile ...
Rust found in Harare groundwater 28 March 2017 HARARE - While groundwater tested in 28 boreholes from 30 of Harare’s suburbs is clear of cholera-causing E.Coli bacteria, some of the water is highly acidic and contains rust from rotten plumbing equipment. Upper Manyame Sub-Catchment Council (UMSCC) chairperson Endy Mhlanga said the assessme...
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 ...