Health experts, businesses laud lockdown extension

Nqobile Tshili/ Oliver Kazunga, Chronicle Reporters HEALTH experts yesterday commended Government for extending the national lockdown saying it is the only way to contain the spread of Covid-19 virus in the country while keeping the citizens safe. President Mnangagwa on Sunday extended the lockdown by two weeks as part of Government’s broad response to the rising number of cases. This means that Zimbabwe will be under lockdown for five weeks from March 30 to May 3. President Mnangagwa said the country was facing a new situation in which more of…

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CWGH Salutes Zim Front-line Health Workers Fighting COVID-19

THE Community Working Group On Health (CWGH) has paid tribute to health workers at the forefront of the COVID-19 battle despite Zimbabwe’s health delivery system being in shambles. By Michael Gwarisa In their workers day solidarity day message, CWGH Executive Director Mr Itai Rusike said it was high time government recognizes health workers and pay meaningful and livable wages. This year’s national Worker’s Day theme; “Stop Covid-19 Pandemic: Scale up social protection and dialogue, save jobs and pay a living wage”, befits the current environment which emphasizes stopping the spread…

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Essential health services should not be suspended: CWGH

Essential health services should not be suspended while the country fights the spread of the deadly COVID-19 pandemic which has claimed many lives across the globe, Community Working Group on Health (CWGH), a local civic society organisation, has said. Zimbabwe, currently under five-week lockdown to contain the spread of the pandemic has so far recorded 40 confirmed cases including four deaths and five recoveries. Since the country entered into a lockdown major hospitals have only been attending to emergencies while focusing on dealing with a possible outbreak of COVID-19. Patients…

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Govt under pressure to appoint Nac Board

HEALTH and Child Care parliamentary portfolio chairperson Ruth Labode has called on government to urgently appoint board members at the National Aids Council (Nac) which has been operating without one for over a year. The previous board was dissolved last March following concerns that it was improperly appointed and has not been replaced up to date. During a National Assembly sitting recently, Labode — who is also the MDC Matabeleland North proportional representation MP — said something was not adding up about this issue and the Health minister should address…

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Coronavirus: Acid test for Zim’s health delivery system

BY PHILLIP CHIDAVAENZI THERE have been widespread concerns over the country’s capacity to deal with the virulent coronavirus (COVID-19), which is rapidly spreading across the world after it was first detected in the Wuhan province of China, where it has already wiped out nearly 3 000 people and affected another 78 000-plus in China and other parts of the world. Other countries, including the United States, have already rolled out mechanisms in anticipation of the spread of the disease so that it can be contained before causing extensive damage. Stakeholders…

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Govt taken to task over health workers capacitation

GOVERNMENT has been urged to devise a sustainable plan that ensures health workers have adequate tools of the trade to avoid recurrent strikes by doctors and nurses. BY VANESSA GONYE In a statement, Community Working Group on Health (CWGH) executive director Itai Rusike said government should not relax after the intervention of organisations like Higher Life Foundation (HLF) and other development partners, who bailed it from the human resource crisis that had befallen the health sector towards the end of last year. “That doctors are back at work after the…

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Govt budgets US$5m for coronavirus

– Over US$5,2 million has been earmarked for screening and monitoring suspected cases of the Novel (2019) coronavirus that has been declared a global public health emergency. Speaking at an inter-ministerial meeting on the outbreak, disaster, emergency preparedness and response, focal person Isaac Phiri said government had budgeted the money to ensure that the virus is contained. “The total of needs amounts to US$5 222 432 for screening and maintaining suspected coronavirus cases, with US$147 000 set aside for infection, prevention control through training of personnel,” he said. “But in…

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