Category: Health

11-year-old girl appeals for $40k assistance

An 11 year old girl from Matenda area is appealing for $40 000 to undergo a skin treatment in India. The girl was dumped by her mother at birth as she was born with scales all over the body. It is reported the mother initially wanted to abort her. The mother had to succeed during the second attempt after she fled to Gweru leaving the girl in the custody of her grandmother, an ailing Gogo Chirashwa. Gogo Chirashwa said she had no option but to relocate to the rural area after efforts to raise the $40 000 hit a brick wall for the girl to undergo a skin treatment in India. “We have tried in vain to raise money after a Gweru based medical practioner advised the ailment can only be cured in India,” Gogo Chirashwa said. Tanya, an intelligent Grade 5 pupil who is always come out on first position at school said she had to leave with the outcast tag with her colleagues labelling her all sorts of names. “They call me Garwe (crocodile) but my grandmother told me to leave them alone,” she said. So dire is the situation that even village head Godfrey Muguvisi confirms the family is always on the priority list of needy families. “Life is not good for the family and I am appealing for assistance on their behalf so that the...

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Health time bomb looms in Mufakose

An outbreak of waterborne diseases is looming in Harare’s Mufakose suburb following the recurrent bursting of sewage pipes. The Mufakose community is appealing to the Harare City Council to urgently repair burst sewer pipes and prevent disease outbreaks. Residents who spoke to ZBC News said they are tired of raw sewage that flows at their door steps on a daily basis without being attended to by the City of Harare for more than three years. Zanu PF aspiring National Assembly member for Mufakose constituency Dr Dunny Derera said the MDC led council has failed to deliver and if elected...

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Defunct beerhall turned to a modern clinic

A defunct Kwekwe Council beerhall has been turned into a state of the art clinic that is set to improve access to health care services for the Mbizo community in Kwekwe. The community also received two ambulances which were acquired using the constituency development fund. With the continued growth of Mbizo suburb in Kwekwe access to health care services had become a necessity forcing the legislator for the constituency Vongaishe Mupereri to engage Kwekwe Local Authority to turn an abandoned beerhall into a state of the art clinic. Briefing the Health and Child Care Minister, Dr David Parirenyatwa, legislator...

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High HIV incidence rate worrying: NAC

The National AIDS Council (NAC) has expressed concern over the high HIV incidence rate among girls and young women. According to NAC, the HIV incidence rate for the general population has been going down, but ironically that for young women in the 15 to 24 years age group is increasing. This is attributable to cross generational sex between girls and young women on one hand and men aged over 45 on the other. NAC Chief Executive Officer Dr Tapiwa Maure said stakeholders had to come up with a programme dubbed, “DREAMA” meant to protect the girl child by empowering...

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Mercury use comes under spotlight

The Environmental Management Agency (EMA) says there is need to raise awareness on mercury use especially among small scale miners and in communities living in mining areas. Briefing journalists in Harare today, EMA Provincial Manager Harare Metropolitan, Mr Robson Mavondo said the global mercury project conducted from 2002 to 2015 showed that 70 percent of small scale miners were poisoned with mercury, while 69 percent of children working with mercury and  33 percent of children not working with mercury had chronic mercury intoxication. “Studies on the environmental and human health assessment identified gold stamp milling centers as the main...

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