Category: Health

Limited funding delays Lionora Clinic commissioning

Vhulindlela villagers in Hwange West are seeking support from both the government and private sector for the completion of the outstanding works in the construction of Lionora Clinic. The Vhulindlela villagers said the construction works had to be halted as the major donor suspended funding, leaving the community with the burden of overseeing the completion of the project. Vhulindlela Secondary School development committee chairperson, Mr Rodger Ncube said the clinic and the construction of additional classroom blocks remain urgent issues requiring attention for the community. According to the community apart from the completion of outstanding construction works, there is need for the establishment of a labour ward and cottages for the nurses. With one house for the five teachers, the community has also appealed for support in the construction of descent accommodation for the teachers at Vhulindlela Secondary...

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Govt launches free cervical cancer screening campaign

The Ministry of Health and Child Care has started a nationwide campaign for free cervical cancer screening to enable early diagnosis and provide easier access to medical treatment. The country continues to record an increase in new cases of cancer and the nationwide campaign on free cervical cancer screening is targeting all women of child bearing age for early diagnosis. Giving an update on cervical cancer screening and treatment to the ZBC News, Director for Family Health in the Ministry of Health and Child Care, Dr Bernard Madzima said Zimbabwe is ranked amongst countries with a top cervical cancer burden and there is need for a prevention mechanism. Dr Madzima said people living with HIV and AIDS are at high risk of having cervical cancer and should constantly go for screening as recurrence rate after treatment is very high. According to statistics from the Cancer Registry, Zimbabwe records at least 5 000 new cases of cancer every...

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PSMAS board survives dissolution

Attempts by some disgruntled Premier Services Medical Aid Society (PSMAS) members to have the current board dissolved were overturned at the annual general meeting which resolved that they can no longer interfere with a matter that is now before the courts of law and set to be heard this Friday. Zimbabwe’s largest medical aid society by subscription, PSMAS held its annual general meeting in Harare this Tuesday amid a number of challenges haunting the medical aid society. A few days ago a group of dissatisfied members filed an urgent application with the High Court seeking an order compelling the society to table proposals for the dissolution of the current board on the agenda of the AGM. When the AGM met this Tuesday, it resolved that the matter can no longer be discussed in the meeting as it was now before the courts. The unhappy members are accusing the current board of presiding over deteriorating service delivery and mismanagement of the society’s funds. The current board chaired by Mr Jeremiah Bvirindi is being accused of procuring vehicles valued at half a million dollars for its three top executives at a time the medical society’s members are failing to access services at health institutions due to non-payment of over US$200 million owed to service providers. PSMAS communication and brand manager Mr Arthur Choga said besides the dissolution of the board, other...

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State-of-the-art Lundi clinic remains idle

A clinic completed almost seven years ago in Chief Mapanzure’s area is yet to be commissioned. There is anxiety that villagers are being shortchanged as the beautiful facility which even received funding through the initiative of Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa is yet to service the community. Built to completion in 2010, the clinic whose structures certainly catch the attention of passers is yet to be commissioned. In the process, villagers continue travelling long distances to the nearby Mapanzure and Matenda clinics for medical attention. Mr Ndabanengi Siziba, who was one of the builders involved in the construction of the clinic is a bitter man that after all these years, the facility has not been opened. In the process of construction, Vice President Mnangagwa is reported to have even given over US$130 000 to aid completion of Lundi clinic. Ward 3 Councillor Martin Mapfumo says he was not yet in office during that time but knows that currently financial constraints are the reason why clinic is still yet to open.    ...

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Forty percent women infected with genital bilharzia

Forty percent of women are being infected with female genital bilharzia and health practitioners have no capacity to diagnose the disease owing to lack of knowledge and resources. Female genital schistosomiasis is a form of bilharzia that is affecting mostly rural women. The bilharzia affects the genital area of women and according to research the disease has been associated with cancer and infertility. Government specialist consultant who is a gynaecologist at Gweru Provincial Hospital, Dr Veld Mushangwe said more than forty percent of women are infected by the disease which she said is difficult to diagnose and treat. She revealed most health practitioners have no capacity to diagnose the disease because of lack of knowledge and resources. Currently health personnel are using a pocket atlas, a booklet that helps them diagnose diseases. The female genital bilharzia is caused by minute parasites that live in fresh water and can penetrate skin upon...

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