Category: Health

10 Chinese specialist doctors jet in

10 Chinese specialist doctors arrived in the country this Wednesday (yesterday) under a bilateral technical arrangement between Zimbabwe and China to offer medical support. The delegation which comprises of specialists in orthopaedics, radiology, anaesthesia, urology and gynaecology among others will spend a year Zimbabwe imparting medical skills and experience to local doctors as well assist patients. Zimbabwe and China enjoy cordial relations in the fields of health services, agriculture and infrastructure development among...

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Free health care for Mabvuku residents

The Ministry of Health and Child Care says it is partnering with the Angel of Hope Foundation in providing free health care services on the family fun day to be held in Mabvuku on Saturday. The free health care services are set to benefit residents of Mabvuku, Tafara and Caledonia. Ministry of Health and Child Care Family Health Director Dr Bernard Madzima says the Angel of Hope Foundation will also offer free cervical and breast cancer screening to residents. Dr Madzima says the event seeks to promote the well-being of citizens and to spread the word on the need to go for cervical and breast cancer screening. Other health institutions are coming on board to complement the free health care services. The event, a brain child of the First Lady Amai Auxillia Mnangagwa who is the ambassador of women and child care and the ambassador of environment, will begin with a clean-up campaign in the community before the commencement of the sporting...

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Calls for fair coverage of sanitation issues

Stakeholders dealing with water and sanitation issues have challenged the media to correctly report on issues of sanitation and hygiene since it is one of the key economic and social drivers. The media has been challenged to correctly report water and sanitation hygiene, wash, to push forward the agenda of sanitation  and hygiene so as to improve the sector which is being neglected. In an interview with the ZBC News on the sidelines of a media engagement dialogue in Harare, Wash Information and Knowledge Management officer, Mr Lovemore Dhoba, said towns and cities are prone to diseases such as typhoid and cholera which would be indications of the failure by relevant authorities to manage the sector. “The major aim of this workshop is to try and strengthen advocacy for sanitation and hygiene in a bid to garner both political and social commitment required to make a real difference in the sector,” he said. Mr Lovemore Mujuru who is the national coordinator Zimbabwe Water Supply and Sanitation, Collaborative Council also said they want to explore various ways in which media houses can actively and effectively increase the quality of sanitation and hygiene coverage. Most towns and cities are failing to adequately deal with issues of water and sanitation, a situation that needs participation of different...

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5-day-old twins burnt to death at Harare Hospital

The case of five day old twin girls who were burnt to death in the nursery at Harare Hospital has once again brought the issue of patient safety and patient monitoring on the limelight. On Tuesday, the 12th  of this month, mothers whose newly born babies are  admitted in the isolation ward section at Harare Hospital nursery, woke up to very disturbing news when a set of twins who had been put in an open basonnete to recover from jaundice were found burnt to death. Information gathered by the ZBC News revealed that the mother of the twins Belinda Balalika of Kuwadzana discovered that her babies were no longer responsive when she went to the nursery just before midnight on Tuesday, when she wanted to breastfeed them. Harare Hospital Chief Executive, Dr Ngoni Masuka confirmed the unfortunate incident and said the forensic post mortem carried out today has validated the cause of death to be dehydration and investigations are now underway. Babies that are kept in the isolation ward after birth are usually premature babies prone to infection, babies delivered at home or babies with jaundice commonly known as yellow. Sometimes the neonates will be placed in an apparatus known as an incubator which provides the newborn the environmental conditions needed to thrive while those with yellow are placed in an open basonnete and a beam of light is...

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NBSZ honours its contributors

More than 100 milestone blood donors and a number of partners were honoured for their unwavering support to save live by the National Blood Service Zimbabwe (NBSZ). The NBSZ honoured its seasonal blood donors who gave blood for more than 25 times and above rewarding them with awards and certificates. In the lead was Mrs Jennifer Hogg who donated blood on 176 occasions, Mr Gregory Sakonda in second with 108 donations and Mr Cleopas Mutsvene with 83 donations and they were all honoured for their selfless contributions. NBSZ member of the advisory committee Dr Cleopatra Mutisi who was the...

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