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Mnangagwa to champion HIV/AIDS fight

The First Lady Auxillia Mnangagwa and UNAIDS Country Director, Mr Girmay Haile this Tuesday agreed to embark on a historic partnership where the First Lady expressed commitment to play a strategic national and international advocacy role in ending HIV and AIDS. In a meeting held yesterday at Zimbabwe House, Mr Haile briefed the First Lady on upcoming events of the ...

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ZCLDN applauds President, First Lady’s calls to end drug misuse

The Zimbabwe Civil Liberties and Drug Network (ZCLDN) applauds the initiative made by President Emmerson Mnangagwa and First Lady Auxillia Mnangagwa in joining the growing calls to fight drug misuse in Zimbabwe. The President and the First Lady last Saturday held a meeting with over 500 school children from Harare where they urged them to desist from drug misuse but ...

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Typhoid resurfaces in Harare

Typhoid, a highly contagious bacterial disease, has resurfaced in Harare with about 200 new suspected cases having been recorded throughout the city barely two months after another outbreak hit Mbare in October 2017. Latest statistics from the Ministry of Health and Child Care showed that 87 of these cases were treated. Fifty-eight people were treated at institutions in southern suburbs ...

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Struggling hospitals facing ‘huge tragedy’

Patients are at risk in overcrowded hospitals as the NHS struggles to cope with the deluge of patients seen in recent weeks, a senior doctor has said. Prof Suzanne Mason, from the Royal College of Emergency Medicine, described it as a “huge tragedy”. Reports have emerged of patients facing long waits for treatment and being stuck on trolleys in corridors ...

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Zimbabwe struggles with maternal deaths

Zimbabwe is struggling to contain maternal deaths with the ministry of Health and Child Care revealing that at least 242 women died while giving birth in 2017, almost half the number of deaths recorded in 2016. Observers say the number could be higher since some cases are never reported. Zimbabwe records between 500 000 and 700 000 pregnancies per year. ...

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First Lady catches Mpilo, UBH staff unaware

The First Lady, Auxillia Mnangagwa has paid yet another surprise visit at Mpilo and United Bulawayo Hospitals (UBH) to get first hand information on the experiences encountered by patients. Just as was the case at Harare Central Hospital a few weeks ago, nurses at Mpilo Hospital were caught unaware and the first to attend to the First Lady asked her ...

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Huntington’s breakthrough may stop disease

The defect that causes the neurodegenerative disease Huntington’s has been corrected in patients for the first time, the BBC has learned. An experimental drug, injected into spinal fluid, safely lowered levels of toxic proteins in the brain. The research team, at University College London, say there is now hope the deadly disease can be stopped. Experts say it could be ...

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‘Worrying alarm call’ for world’s birds on brink of extinction

Overfishing and changing sea temperatures are pushing seabirds to the brink of extinction, according to new data on the world’s birds. Birds that are now globally threatened include the kittiwake and the Atlantic puffin, which breed on UK sea cliffs. Meanwhile, on land, the Snowy Owl is struggling to find prey as ice melts in the North American Arctic, say ...

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Escalation of stray dogs worry BCC

Bulawayo City Council authorities have expressed concerns over the increasing number of stray dogs in the city. Latest council minutes states that the Committee considered the matter and Councillor Monica Lubimbi observed that there were a lot of stray dogs resulting in dogs bites. “It was very difficult to ascertain if these stray dogs had been vaccinated against rabies. A ...

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