Category: Health

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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SOS for Blood Group “O” in Harare

The National Blood Service Zimbabwe says it is concerned about the low stocks of Blood Group O in Harare due to high demand. The national blood banker’s public affairs manager, Ms Esther Massundah told the ZBC News that stocks of Blood Group O in Harare are in a deplorable state due to high demand and appealed for more people to donate the life saving liquid. She also said talks are underway with the Ministry of Health and Child Care to reach an agreement to reduce the prices of blood as it is beyond the rich of many. Blood Group...

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Boost for Zim infant mortality target

The establishment of shelters for waiting mothers 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 three years. The first 24 hours of a new born baby are the most critical moments that separate it from life and death.  “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,” Family Health Director in the Ministry of Health and Child Care, Dr Bernard...

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