Category: Health

President Mugabe leaves for Uruguay

President Robert Mugabe left Harare for Montevideo, Uruguay Monday evening for the World Health Organisation’s Conference on non-communicable diseases to be held this week. The President was accompanied by Foreign Affairs Minister Engineer Walter Mzembi, Health and Child Care Minister Dr David Parirenyatwa, Presidential spokesperson Cde George Charamba and several senior government officials. He was seen off at the Harare International Airport by the two Vice Presidents Cdes Emmerson Mnangagwa and Phelekezela Mphoko, several cabinet ministers, senior government officials and service chiefs. The World Health Organisation (WHO) has convened a global conference on non-communicable diseases (NCDs) to help countries...

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Free medical treatment for Warren Park residents

The Warren Park community have benefited from a free medical treatment and consultation on common illnesses and diseases through a free medical outreach pioneered by a local church. Beneficiaries of a medical outreach programme who spoke to ZBC News said they are happy with the exercise as it came at a time when they were not able to go for either public or private hospitals which needed cash upfront for consultations and treatment. Word of Life International Ministries Senior Pastor Dr Goodwill Shana said it is the duty of the church to help those who are in need as...

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Waiting mothers’ shelters critical

The establishment of waiting mothers’ shelters in the country has presented an opportunity for health authorities to achieve the set target of reducing the country’s newborn mortality statistics by over 100 percent within the next 3 years. The first 24 hours of a new born baby are the most critical moments that separate it from life and death.  These young lives can succumb to infections and pneumonia with revelations that a third of all the under five deaths occur within the first 30 days after delivery. Since 2009, Zimbabwe has managed to record a huge decline in under five...

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World Hospice, Palliative Care Day commemorated

Zimbabwe has a long history in palliative care provision and has made great strides in palliative care implementation yet these efforts are sometimes hindered by the costs and availability of pain management medication. Palliative care providers in the country who gathered at Dzivarasekwa Stadium in Harare this week to commemorate World Hospice and Palliative Care Day called on the government to strengthen the integration of palliative care into the country’s health care system. People living with life limiting and life threatening illnesses sometimes have to endure pain which can be avoidable and can also be managed with proper access...

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Over 800 turn up for breast cancer screening

Strategically organised awareness campaigns have the potential to reach a precise target audience and effectively communicate a specific message tailored for that group. This was true for a private hospital in Harare that received an overwhelming response during its two-day free breast mammography screening programme. More than 800 women and some men visited the hospital in the two days to be checked. When the ZBC News crew visited the hospital, women of all ages and from all walks of life were waiting for their turn to be screened and they were in agreement that early diagnosis saves life. Westend...

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