Articles tagged 'health'

Health crisis looms as nurses strike 26 May 2017 HARARE - Another crisis is looming at State hospitals, after fed up nurses gave notice to the government that they would soon embark on a crippling strike — as they press for improved working conditions and the dismissal of the Health Services Board (HSB) secretariat, which they accuse of failing...
Harare clinic delivers test tube baby 26 May 2017 HARARE - The Avenues Clinic has become the first hospital in the country to deliver a test tube baby in almost two decades after re-introducing In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF) programme last year. IVF is a process in which an egg is fertilised by sperm outside the body and the fertilised egg is l...
Psmas debt not priority: Minister 19 May 2017 HARARE - Government will not be settling the $150 million-plus Premier Service Medical Aid Society (Psmas) debt any time soon because it has other competing commitments, Public Service minister Prisca Mupfumira has said. She was responding to Gutu South Zanu PF MP Paul Chimedza who had asked w...
Govt appeals for $103m for HIV testing 18 May 2017 HARARE - Government has appealed to donors to help fund a $103 million HIV testing programme launched a week ago. This comes as the fight against HIV/Aids is being jeopardised by a cut in social spending by President Robert Mugabe's government, with health workers being laid off and programmes...
Campaign to combat HIV among youths launched 18 May 2017 HARARE - A 30-day campaign to fight HIV infection among young girls has been launched in Zimbabwe. The #StayingNegative campaign was launched on May 16 by Katswe Sistahood, an NGO that focuses on women’s reproductive health. It is expected to run until the Day of the African Child on June 16. ...
Govt probes contraceptives smuggling 16 May 2017 HARARE - Government has tasked the Zimbabwe National Family Planning Council (ZNFPC) to investigate alleged smuggling of contraceptives to South Africa (SA). According to reports, there is a thriving market for the Marvelon family planning pills in the neighbouring country — where multitudes o...
Zim switches to new malaria drug 15 May 2017 HARARE - Zimbabwe has launched a new treatment for malaria, marking the latest step in a program to stem growing resistance to older treatments such as chloroquine. This comes as multidrug-resistant malaria superbugs have taken hold in parts of Zimbabwe, threatening to undermine progress again...
Zim must prioritise mental health 15 May 2017 HARARE - The Zimbabwe government does not seem to proritise issues of mental health, if statistics are anything to go by. Government statistics show that one in every four Zimbabweans suffers from mental illness, including those suffering from depression. The creation of Friendship Benches ...
Zim on course to perform first heart transplant 11 May 2017 HARARE - Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals could soon perform its first heart transplant after the National Oil Infrastructure Company of Zimbabwe (Noic) granted the health institution's cardiology department $350 000 for capacitation. The hospitals' consultant cardiothoracic surgeon, David Chim...
Govt targets 12m for HIV testing 10 May 2017 HARARE - Government has put in motion plans for a serious assault on HIV by targeting a staggering 12,5 million people for voluntary testing as part of its audacious bid to wipe out the pandemic. The ambitious programme which is targeting almost 90 percent of the population would be implemente...
Grace turns executor for Cde Chinx house 3 May 2017 HARARE - First Lady Grace Mugabe yesterday stunned many when she turned executor over the estate of wheelchair-bound Dick “Comrade Chinx” Chingaira, allocating his Mabelreign home to his first wife — Patricia. The veteran musician, who is visibly battling deteriorating health, was flanked by h...
Corporate 24 moves to heal Cimas rift 29 April 2017 HARARE - Hospital group Corporate 24 has said it is willing to work with health insurer Cimas after an ugly $500 000 debt row that saw it demand its dues directly from the latter’s members. This comes after government gave the two parties a two-week ultimatum to resolve their dispute, which ar...
Albinos cancer deaths rise 27 April 2017 HARARE - Zimbabwe has seen a significant rise in deaths of people living with albinism because of skin cancer, as many are unable to afford sunscreens. The Zimbabwe Albino Association (Zimas) has recorded at least 17 deaths of its members from skin cancer in four months. With little or no m...
Ailing Cde Chinx gets State assistance 26 April 2017 HARARE - Ailing veteran musician Dickson “Cde Chinx” Chingaira — reportedly battling leukaemia — is getting financial assistance from the Office of the President, a family member revealed. The revolutionary musician was admitted at West End Hospital in Harare nearly a week ago after unknowingl...
Govt confirms CAPS debt assumption 26 April 2017 HARARE - Finance minister Patrick Chinamasa says government has assumed pharmaceutical manufacturer, CAPS Holdings (CAPS)'s, legacy debt. Despite growing calls for government to stop warehousing State enterprises' debt, Chinamasa said Treasury was moving to honour the ailing firm's debts throu...
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 ...