Month: January 2018

Cholera under control: Govt

The Ministry of Health and Child Care says the Cholera outbreak has been confined and contained in Chegutu, and has not spread to other parts of the country. In a statement, the Secretary for Health and Child Care, Dr Gerald Gwinji said cases being reported are on a downward trend, with only four reported today. He added that a cumulative number of 94 suspected cases were recorded since the outbreak started of which six have been laboratory confirmed. The number of deaths recorded since the onset of the outbreak on 18 January remains at four. Of the affected, 49...

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Govt to decentralise cancer screening services

The Ministry of Health and Child Care says plans are underway to decentralise cervical cancer screening services in Gwanda to enable women in remote areas to be tested early for the killer disease. Most women particularly in the rural areas tend to seek treatment for cervical cancer late, resulting in some of them succumbing to the disease. However, the challenge for a woman who lives in Patana is that Gwanda Provincial Hospital, which is the only facility that offers cervical cancer screening services, is about 150 km away. The call coming from women in Gwanda is for critical health care services to be brought closer to communities. Gwanda District Medical Officer, Dr Andrew Muza said cervical cancer screening will soon be decentralised to Manama and Mtshabezi hospitals, while outreach services will be increased so that there is regular testing among women in the district. Statistics indicate that there were 1500 women tested for cervical cancer in the district, 187 of which were suspected cancer cases, while 30 were confirmed to have the disease. Breast cancer and kaposi sarcoma which is common among people with HIV and AIDS are some of the other prevalent cancers in the...

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Power boost for Mutare school

At a time the government is spearheading adoption of information communication technologies (ICTs) at the learner’s doorstep, some schools are still grappling with the need to have electricity at educational centers. Dangare Primary School in Mutare’s Sakubva suburb is set to see learners soon accessing computers for lessons after a well-wisher ensured that their library has power. “The desire is to ensure the school becomes part of the World Wide Web,” an entrepreneur, Dr Nancy Saungweme said. Educational authorities say the coming into being of the library will see the community benefit from computers at the institution. Despite financial constraints, there has been a deliberate push to ensure that ICTs become the buzzword among learners in the country with early childhood centers now offering computer...

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Chinhoyi teen makes motorised toys

A 17-year-old boy from Chinhoyi’s Cherima section in Chikonohono, Wayne Zivanai, is displaying an inclination towards pursuing a technology oriented path after designing several replica of motorised models or toys. Among the artifacts designed by the teen are model planes, boats and a model ship which is still in the making. Buyers are paying around $15 for each of the artifacts. Wayne says his model designs are installed with electronic chips, connected to motor sensors. The chip uses transistors and resistors that are in turn linked to a transmitter which receives signals from a remote control for a command. The young man added that the model plane can be commanded to fly through the electronic system installed onto it. For the model ship, which is yet to be completed, the idea is to have it sail on top of water, and can be commanded using a remote control up to a distance of between 40 and 100 metres. The main bodies of the artifacts are made mainly from hard covers of counter books and hair braids card board covers. The model ship is set for a test by this weekend in Hunyani River. If successfully launched, it will fetch the boy some $50. Wayne is awaiting his ‘O’ level results which he sat for at Nemakonde High School. His ingenuity however shows the untapped scientific mind that the country...

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Zanu PF Women’s League plans Chimoio trip

Zanu PF Harare Provincial Women’s League is planning to visit Chimoio shrine in Mozambique so that people can have an insight on how freedom fighters were brutally massacred by the Rhodesian Forces. Zanu PF Harare Province Women’s League Chairperson, Cde Ratidzo Mukarati told the ZBC News that 15 buses have been set aside for the trip. Zanu PF Women’s League National Secretary for Indigenisation, Cde Margret Sithole said the revolution is not over, hence the need to respect those who sacrificed to liberate the country. The visit will be on the 5th to the 7th of...

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Suspected command inputs thieves nabbed

Two suspected thieves of command agriculture inputs have been nabbed in Bindura following a tip off. The two, who are members of the Mashonaland Central Provincial command agriculture scheme, were nabbed by their superiors on allegations of theft of inputs and the matter has now been reported to the Zimbabwe Republic Police. According to sources close to the developments, the suspects identified as Katsande and Mawere were working in cahoots with Marycom Hardware and Blessing Hardware owners to trade the stolen inputs. Following a tip off, police and the command agriculture programme supervisors recovered from the two hardwares 900kg of urea , 7 compound D bags, an unspecified amount of glyfocett agro chemicals, 4 litres of stella star chemical and 75 kgs of soya seed, all clearly labelled ‘Command Agriculture Inputs Scheme not for resale.’  The suspects were apprehended and the police opened a docket for the duo for violating section 6 (a) of Statutory Instrument 79 of 2017 by stealing inputs of the command agriculture scheme for domestic livestock and fisheries. Cases are under reference numbers rrb 3346/ 826 and cr 209/ 18. Police National Spokesperson, Senior Assistant Commissioner Charity Charamba confirmed that they are seized with the matter and investigations are underway. She added that the suspects are assisting with investigations and will appear in court soon. Senior officials administering the command agriculture scheme, who spoke on...

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Zanu PF Politburo notes price reduction

The 316th ordinary session of the Zanu PF Politburo that met at the party headquarters in Harare today has noted a noticeable price reduction of some basic commodities, with more reductions expected. Addressing journalists at the end of meeting, Zanu PF Secretary for Information an Publicity, Cde Simon Khaya Moyo said in a report presented to the Politburo, Vice President and the party’s Second Secretary, Rtd General Dr Constantino Chiwenga said a multi-stakeholder consultation has been undertaken with the industry, government and civil society. He said the report noted that the price of fuel as a cost driver across...

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TSCZ intensifies educational awareness progs

The Traffic Safety Council of Zimbabwe (TSCZ) is targeting to reach out to five million road users as it intensifies educational awareness programmes that seek to minimise road traffic accidents countrywide this year. The target of five million road users will be divided proportionally within the six administrative regions of the TSCZ. According to the council, road users refer to everyone who uses a road by walking, driving or being a passenger since they all get affected in the event of a road traffic accident. The council is also targeting to train 22 000 drivers in defensive driving against...

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TIMB prepares for 2018 marketing season

The Tobacco Industry and Marketing Board (TIMB) will conclude its crop assessment this Friday in preparation for the 2018 tobacco marketing season. The regulator said it was worried by the mid-season dry spell but was hopeful that the return of the rains will bring positive results, while farmers with irrigated tobacco are ready for the auctioning season. TIMB is wrapping up its assessment of the state of the crop around the country and expects to conclude the process this Friday. TIMB spokesperson Isheunesu Moyo says the state of the crop and the preparedness of the farmers determine the opening...

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4 elephants killed in another cyanide poaching incident

Four elephant carcasses were last week discovered around Hwange National Park in a suspected cyanide poisoning case with two poachers linked to the incident having been arrested and sentenced to a combined 40-year jail term. The Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority (Zimparks) rangers who were on a regular patrol of the Hwange National park discovered four elephant carcasses with all the tasks removed. According to information from the authority, a bucket of water containing cyanide was discovered near the scene. Zimparks public relations manager Mr Tinashe Farawo said the authority remains on high alert adding that the organisation...

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