Category: Health

WHO, UNICEF join cholera fight

The World Health Organisation (WHO) and UNICEF have partnered the Ministry of Health and Child Care in fighting the cholera outbreak that has so far claimed four lives in Chegutu. WHO representative, Dr Juliet Nabiyonga said the cholera outbreak is a regional problem that has already been reported in Malawi, Zambia, Kenya and Uganda, hence they are already on the ground to contain the disease in Zimbabwe. UNICEF representative, Dr Mohamad Oyoya advised residence to seek treatment immediately after suspecting cases of the disease. Obsolete water and sewer reticulation systems coupled with erratic water supplies in towns and cities...

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Parirenyatwa receives cervical cancer equipment

Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals has received cervical cancer screening equipment worth more than US$500,000 from a Chinese hospital, a development expected to reduce the burden of the disease in the country. Zimbabwe is faced with a huge challenge to combat cervical cancer with figures showing that four women die each day due to the non-communicable disease. China’s Hunan Provincial Maternal and Child Health Care Hospital, which is carrying out free cervical cancer screening targeting 1000 women at Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals has donated the new technology called HPV testing to Parirenyatwa group of hospitals. The technology is said to be efficient in detecting the human papilomma virus (HPV) which leads to cancerous cells developing in a woman’s cervix. Speaking during the official opening of the early screening and treatment camp and equipment donation at Parirenyatwa Hospital, the Minister of Health and Child Care, Dr David Parirenyatwa said lack of resources including advanced equipment for screening and detection of cervical cancer are among the reasons why the country continues to grapple with the challenge. Chinese Ambassador to Zimbabwe, Mr Huang Ping said they will continue working together with the Zimbabwean government in addressing some of the health challenges currently faced. According to statistics from the Cancer Registry, Zimbabwe records at least 5000 new cases of cancer per annum and cervical cancer accounts for one third of all cancer cases in...

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Zvishavane hospital exposed

Zvishavane district hospital has been caught up in a litany of allegations pointing at serious corruption and mal-administration. Staff at the institution allege that there is abuse of the Results Based Fund (RBF), nepotism when it comes to selecting those who attend capacity building workshops and lack of basic equipment such as syringes to a point where adult needles have even been used on infants. Furthermore, they accuse management of paying them as little as $14 from the RBF donor fund when their counterparts in other hospitals and health institutions around the country are getting as much as $300....

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Cholera under control: Dr Parirenyatwa

The Ministry of Health and Child Care says the cholera situation in the country is under control and a team from the ministry and other partners is on the ground providing medication to confirmed cases and monitoring suspected cases. Speaking to the ZBC News this evening, the Minister of Health and Child Care, Dr David Parirenyatwa said he has for the past two days been in Chegutu where  four people died of the disease, and 9 other cases where being monitored. “Our team as well as those from our partners who include the World Health Organisation (WHO), UNICEF, MSF...

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Four die of cholera in Chegutu

Four people died of suspected cholera in Chegutu between the eighth of this month and yesterday while four other patients are receiving treatment for the disease at Chegutu Hospital. 10 others who presented with cholera symptoms were treated and discharged earlier on. Mashonaland West medical director Dr Wenceslas Nyamayaro said all those infected were mourners who attended the funeral wake of an elderly woman who had her body prepared for burial as part of the Muslim religious practice. All the four people who died were directly involved in the preparation of the body of the deceased woman in Chegutu’s...

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