Environment

Diarrhoea outbreak at London games

Athletes staying at one of the team hotels for the World Championships in London have gastroenteritis, event organisers have confirmed. Public Health England say 30 athletes and support staff have been affected. Botswana’s Isaac Makwala, who is among the favourites for the 400m, withdrew from Monday’s 200m heats after suffering from the illness. Several German and Canadian athletes staying at ...

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98% of children in Zimbabwe are breastfed

According to the Zimbabwe Demographic Household Survey (ZDHS 2015), 98% of children in Zimbabwe are breastfed, with 48% being exclusively breastfed for the first 6 months of life and 14% breastfed until they are two years old. ZDHS said there are several breastfeeding issues which include early introduction of porridge and traditional herbs, inadequate complementary feeding, fontanelle issues, and mothers ...

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Zimbabwean nurse wins life-saving TB test research prize

A ZIMBABWEAN nurse, Chenai Mathabire, has been honoured by the International Aids Society Conference on HIV Science (IAS2017) for her research on the life-saving tuberculosis (TB) test kit. Mathabire, who works with Doctors Without Borders (MSF), won the HIV/TB research prize for her groundbreaking HIV/TB research on the use of a portable test for TB among severely ill HIV patients ...

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Largest Polluter in the World Tries to Reduce Air Pollution by Controlling the News Related to Smog

Beijing has today an improved system of collecting data that are available to the public, but at the same time the authorities are very concerned about the spread of inaccurate and unauthorized data produced by popular mobile apps and people that are using handheld detectors to check the level of air pollution in the air that they breathe. The Ministry ...

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Safety concerns for Sipepa hospital staff

STAFF at Sipepa Rural District Hospital in Tsholotsho North, are risking their lives by staying in structures that have been condemned by government as unfit for habitation following the heavy rains that pounded the area during the summer cropping season. Government, through the department of Public Works, has condemned all staff houses at Sipepa, which means that the health facility ...

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Give renewable energy a chance, Zim govt urged

Zimbabwe has the capacity to produce 1,600 megawatts (MW) of electricity from renewable energy resources by 2030, more than its current demand but lacks technology to exploit its resources, the energy minister, Samuel Undenge said on Thursday. “Our country, Zimbabwe is blessed with numerous renewable energy resources , that if well harnessed can supply 10,000 Gigawatt hours (GWh)  of energy ...

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China commits to Paris climate deal as Trump decision looms

China will honour its commitments on climate change, its premier has said, as the US appears poised to pull out of a key deal. Speaking on a visit to Germany, Premier Li Keqiang said fighting climate change was in China’s own interest. China was counting on other countries to follow its example, Mr Li said. US President Donald Trump is ...

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Difficult to please everyone, says Jah Prayzah

JAH PRAYZAH’S latest international track, Sendekera, was on the road to Zimbabwean record books yesterday as it had reached 70 760 views on You Tube as at 6pm. The video to his duet with South African duo, Mafikizolo, was uploaded at midnight yesterday and was racing towards 100 000 views within 24 hours. There were 3200 likes against 96 dislikes, ...

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Earthquake jolts govt into action

Zimbabwe is ill-prepared to deal with earthquake disasters and must urgently overhaul its emergency reaction operations, Environment Minister Oppah Muchinguri-Kashiri warned yesterday. This comes as the country was this week rattled by a quake of magnitude 5.6 on the Ritcher scale, which also struck Botswana and neighbouring South Africa. Zimbabwe is likely to experience violent aftershocks that can cause damage ...

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Mercury poisoning disaster looms -Artisanal miners wilfully ingest metal

Artisanal miners countrywide are reportedly exposing themselves and their families to mercury poisoning through inhaling the poisonous chemical’s vapour and smoke during gold processing. According to reports, panners occasionally swallow gold nuggets laced with mercury to evade the police. Most panners prefer handling mercury without protective clothing for fear of losing gold particles. Mercury poisoning occurs through inhalation or coming ...

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