Articles tagged 'health'

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...
Threats won't solve doctors' grievances 19 February 2017 HARARE - The current standoff between government and hospital doctors is coming at a huge cost to the suffering patients, who expect to get healthcare service at national referral centres. Doctors went on strike on Wednesday, citing government’s failure to honour its promises to improve their ...
Patients suffer as doctors strike 17 February 2017 HARARE - There is no solution in sight to the standoff between striking doctors and the government, despite the crass threats of dismissals by panicking authorities. The doctors have been on industrial action since Wednesday, to press the government to honour its promises of improving their wo...
Doctors mull crippling strike 13 February 2017 HARARE - Zimbabwe's collapsing public health sector could plunge into total chaos this week, after long-suffering State doctors issued a warning to go on strike on Wednesday — unless President Robert Mugabe's stone-broke government honours its promise of improving their conditions of work. Thi...
Outcry over typhoid deaths 7 February 2017 HARARE - Zimbabwean doctors yesterday called on the Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission (ZHRC) to ensure government accounts for every death as a result of archaic diseases amid unprecedented public outrage over typhoid deaths. Zimbabwe’s government was facing scrutiny from the Zimbabwe Associati...
Contaminated boreholes to be decommissioned 2 February 2017 HARARE - Harare boreholes confirmed to be contaminated will be decommissioned, council spokesperson Michael Chideme has said. This comes on the back of a typhoid outbreak — believed to have been caused by contaminated borehole water — in Mbare, which has so far claimed two lives. In relatio...
I did my part on Soul Jah Love: Magaya 30 January 2017 HARARE - Prophetic Healing and Deliverance (PHD) Ministries founder Walter Magaya says he did his part in trying to heal ailing award-winning Zimdancehall artiste Soul Jah Love aka Jah Love. The Ndini Uya Uya hit maker is reportedly battling diabetes which has damaged his nerves and blood vess...
Recruitment freeze cripples hospitals 27 January 2017 HARARE - Government must suspend the health sector recruitment freeze as hospitals are facing serious staffing shortages, Health minister David Parirenyatwa said. In 2011, authorities imposed a recruitment freeze at State health facilities across the country in a bid to deal with an on-going f...
Doctors' salary strike cripples Kenya hospitals 27 January 2017 NAIROBI - A doctors' which has now lasted a record 52 days and with no end in sight has crippled Kenya’s hospitals. The corridors of the Kenyatta National Hospital, Kenya’s oldest hospital, and its largest teaching and referral institution, are deserted and empty. The striking medical pract...
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...