Government must intensify measles awareness and vaccination campaigns

Government must intensify measles awareness and vaccination campaigns  Credit :Healthtimes The Community Working Group on Health (CWGH) has urged the government to intensify measles vaccination and awareness campaigns to prevent further deaths as the highly contagious disease continues to claim lives  countrywide. By Staff Reporter In a statement, CWGH Executive Director, Mr Itai Rusike said, “…the worrying statistics from the Ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC) indicate that since the measles outbreak in Mutasa district in Manicaland province last month about 700 people, mainly from the religious sects that do not believe in vaccination,…

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Measles outbreak looms in schools

THE reopening of schools amid a major measles outbreak countrywide might expose learners who are not vaccinated as Zimbabwe battles to control the disease, health experts have warned. Statistics from the Health and Child Care ministry show that 153 new cases were recorded on Tuesday while fatalities climbed to 698 from 685. Cumulative and active cases are now at 6 444 and 4 580, respectively. Zimbabwe Nurses Association president Enock Dongo expressed fear that schools might be super-spreaders of the medieval disease if pupils are not vaccinated. “There is no…

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Community health workers: Essential for health, under-valued by planners

Community health workers (CHWs) were key to Zimbabwe`s successful expansion of primary health care (PHC) in the early 1980`s. CHWs played a central role in closing the gap between public health services and communities at local levels, bringing health services outreach to communities, and facilitating community roles in the health delivery system. For example, CHWs and Community Based Distributors were instrumental in implementing the successful Zimbabwe Family Planning Programme, as they helped raise awareness on family planning methods such as condoms and combined oral contraceptives (commonly known as “The Pill”),…

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Community Working Group on Health (CWGH) Position Paper on the 2023 National Health Budget

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Key Sector Priorities and Considerations  Raising domestic public funds is essential for universal health coverage (UHC). No country has made significant progress toward UHC without increasing reliance on public revenues. Therefore, domestic tax systems that are essential to support country’s fiscal space expansion are central to the UHC agenda.  Ensure the allocation of at least 15% of the National Budget to health care in line with the Abuja Declaration target. Importantly, the Government must implement the Health Financing Policy and Strategy.  Prioritise primary health care for the…

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