Day: October 18, 2017

Zim embarks on drive to reduce NCDs

President Robert Mugabe says Zimbabwe is working towards establishing an inter-ministerial task force to strategise and devise ways of financing programmes targeted at reducing the number of people succumbing to non-communicable diseases (NCDs). He said the country successfully implemented a national AIDS Levy which is being adopted by many countries as a funding model the world over. President Mugabe made the remarks when he addressed the high level meeting of heads of state and government at the Global Conference on NCDs convened by the World Health Organisation (WHO).  The WHO Global Conference on NCDs is being held at the...

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Senior citizen commits suicide over dead pet

A 69 year old Borrowdale man in Harare has committed suicide by shooting over a dead pet, saying life was unbearable without it. The Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) confirmed the incident which happened on the 13th of this month. In a statement to the ZRP Officer Commanding Police, Acting Harare Provincial Community Relations Liaison Officer, Assistant Inspector Chazovachiyi said the deceased called his friends, relatives and lawyer to inform them that he was failing to cope with life without his cat, which he lived with at an old people’s home. According to the statement, the unnamed senior citizen was then found in a pool of blood by a friend who checked on him the following day. Assistant Inspector Chazovachiyi urged members of the public to seek counseling from community and church leaders as well as relatives to avoid such...

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Cyanide poisoning claim 251 jumbos since 2013

251 elephants have been killed due to cyanide poisoning since 2013 as the country continues to battle with the worrying scourge of poaching which is threatening Zimbabwe’s wildlife heritage. The revelations follow the recent killing of 13 elephants at Masikili communal area in Hwange. Between January to October this year, 42 elephants have died as a result of cyanide poisoning, while a total of 429 arrests were made. A recent study on the poaching trends in protected areas on the Zimbabwean side of KAZA points to a gloomy outlook with poaching projected to worsen as the operational tactics of...

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Jibilika Dance Trust new season begins

The Jibilika Dance Trust has kicked off a new season where issues of HIV and sexual reproductive health among youth will be interrogated. HIV and sexual reproductive health is one of the most important topics youths have to tackle and Jibilika Dance Trust is holding an awareness campaign under the ‘Step Up 2 HIV’ programme which seeks to empower young people. According to Jibilika Dance Trust Director, Nyaradzo Nhongonhema, the programme is being done through a number of artistic activities using voices as a tool to empower the youths. Nhongonhema said Jibilika will use its creative appeal to mobilise...

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Tsholotsho homes behind schedule

The government is working to ensure the construction of all the 319 homesteads for Tsholotsho flood victims is completed before the onset of the rainy season. This came out after a tour by the Tsholotsho North legislator, Professor Jonathan Moyo at Tshino and Esawudweni villages to monitor the progress. The construction of the homes is way behind schedule and the outstanding building material and manpower required for the project was only released 10 days ago. The building material is sometimes offloaded by the highway roadside, leaving locals with a mammoth task of moving the material to the various construction sites. Professor Moyo expressed concern that the targets have not been met, adding that any further delays will put the flood victims in a worse off situation, if the rains start earlier than anticipated. “It turns out that what they need is, each site needs at least three tractors with trailors and water bowsers. Each site needs at least 20 000 litres of water and that water is not available here on either site, so they need to find an alternative source and they can get water at the Gwayi river and this is where they will get the water,” he said. Professor Moyo also donated food hampers to the locals who expressed gratitude for the kind gesture. The construction includes additional classroom blocks at Tshino Primary School as well...

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Govt avails $166,5k to women miners

The government has disbursed $166 500 to 18 small scale women’s mining projects dotted around the country as part of its efforts to empower them. Beneficiaries of the fund applauded the government for the initiative which they said will benefit them and the communities they live. The Minister of Women Affairs, Gender and Community Development, Cde Nyasha Chikwinya said those who benefitted from the projects will be monitored and the ministry will make sure that they pay back the loan which is a revolving fund. To date, more than $3 million have been disbursed to 2145 women’s groups and...

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Zim prides itself in empowered youths: Govt

The government says its commitment to the country’s youth involves seeing them being empowered in the present and future. The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Youth, Indigenisation and Economic Empowerment, Dr Desire Sibanda, who is attending the 19th World Festival for Youth and Students, said empowering young people is an agenda the government will pursue through all available means.  “Zimbabwe prides itself in having young people who are key in economic and social development of the nation. The government has implemented various initiatives which have empowered the youths while equipping them with future leadership skills,” Dr Sibanda said....

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Calls for universal health coverage roadmap

Zimbabwe has called on the global telecommunications industry to come up with a clear roadmap of achieving universal health coverage and consider that some countries do not have the infrastructure to achieve the objective.  Speaking at the World Telecommunication Development Conference (WTDC-17) in Buenos Aires, Argentina, POTRAZ Director General, Dr Gift Kallisto Machengete said some countries are still struggling with diseases like malaria, hence a clear roadmap was imperative to achieve the goal. “There is need for a roadmap. What we know at the moment is that we are attempting to achieve universal health coverage by 2030. What is...

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ZEC rolls out countrywide road shows

The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) has rolled out countrywide road shows as part of the awareness programme aimed at mobilising people to register under the bio-metric voter registration (BVR) exercise. ZEC is targeting to register all legible persons under the BVR exercise ahead the 2018 general elections. ZEC Manicaland Provincial Voter Educator, Fungai Munyamani said the road shows which started in Chimanimani and Chipinge will spread countrywide as complimentary efforts to raise awareness on the new voters’ roll. ZEC is currently conducting the first phase of the bio-metric voter registration exercise as the elections authority is coming up with...

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Empower women: UNFPA

A call has been made for developing countries to invest more resources in tackling inequalities that prevent disadvantaged women and girls from accessing sexual reproductive health services as this continues to hinder their countries’ economic development. The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) women and girls should be given easy access to family planning services and antenatal care so that they contribute meaningfully to economic development. The call follows the release this Tuesday of a UNFPA global report on state of world population, showing high costs in sexual and reproductive health services and human rights inequalities between men and women....

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