Environment

‘Expired’ ARVs fear allayed

Government has assured People Living with HIV and Aids (PLWHA) of the safety and effectiveness of all antiretroviral drugs (ARVs) being dispensed in public health institutions. This followed fears and concerns by some PLWHA that a batch of ARVs whose shelf life was extended by six months following their initial expiration in June 2018, were causing side effects. Director of ...

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Nurse recruitment goes digital

Government has introduced an electronic recruiting policy for aspiring nurses, starting with this year’s September intake to ensure accountability and clamp down on corruption. Director of Nursing Services in the Ministry of Health and Child Care Mrs Cynthia Chasokela said the digital recruitment policy was the brainchild of the Health Ministry and Chinhoyi University of Technology (CUT). “The ministry will, ...

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Nurses selling birth control pills on black market

Nurses at Chiredzi General Hospital are reportedly stealing birth control pills from the health institution and selling them for as much as $4 a satchet on the black market. Chiredzi General Hospital superintendent, David Tarumbwa who is doubling as the acting district medical officer (DMO), admitted receiving the tip-off through an anonymous letter sent to him. He said he had ...

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Bulawayo dam levels remain critical

BULAWAYO’S water situation is likely to further worsen with dam levels still remaining critical at a time when Meteorological Services Department is not focusing any major rains in the coming weeks. The city has started a 72-hour water shedding programme in most suburbs. Despite the brewing crisis, the Bulawayo City Council has said there is no need to press any ...

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Mrs Mnangagwa clinches cancer treatment deal

First Lady Auxilia Mnangagwa has clinched a fellowship programme for local doctors with Merck Foundation that will aim to boost the limited number of oncologists in Zimbabwe and train the existing ones. The aim of the partnership is to build a strong platform of qualified medical, paediatric and surgical oncologists across Zimbabwe through the Merck Africa Oncology Fellowship Programme. This ...

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Cyclone Idai deaths shoot to 259 in Zimbabwe

ABOUT 259 people have so far been confirmed dead and 217 unaccounted for, while over 16 000 households have been displaced by Cyclone Idai-induced floods that hit the eastern part of the country last week, a United National agency responsible for migration said yesterday. The International Organisation for Migration said 100 people were still marooned in the country’s most affected ...

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#CycloneIdai: 500 still missing as rescue efforts continue

MORE than 500 people are still missing in Rusitu Valley in Chimanimani district as rescue efforts are being hampered by damaged roads, 3 Infantry Brigade commander Major General Joe Muzvidziwa, who is leading the army rescue mission, has said. Efforts to rescue victims of Cyclone Idai are still underway with the military yesterday being assisted by a privately owned helicopter ...

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Ethanol producer, Greenfuel has deployed massive earth-moving machinery that is working round the clock to ensure that the badly damaged Tanganda-Chipinge road becomes trafficable today. In an interview at Rutengeni along the Chipinge-Tanganda road, where he was assessing the extent of damage, Greenfuel owner, Mr Billy Rautenbach said machinery and resources needed to repair the badly damaged roads were readily ...

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Police rescue teams stuck at Rutengeni on way to disaster struck areas

Dozens of police officers deployed for a search and rescue mission in the cyclone- hit Chimanimani were today (Tuesday 19 March) stuck at Rutengeni, several kilometres from the affected areas, as repairs on a damaged part of the road took more than half a day to complete. Dozers and graders are paving a detour to create way for the police ...

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EU gives €3.5 million to Zimbabwe, Malawi and Mozambique

The European Union Commission has announced it had released an emergency package of €3.5 million to assist the victims of Cyclone Idai in Zimbabwe, Mozambique and Malawi. In a statement on Tuesday, the Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management Christos Stylianides said: “The EU stands in solidarity with all those people affected by Cyclone Idai in Mozambique, Malawi and ...

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