Nurses’ shortage hits Binga . . . unqualified village health workers man clinic

Unqualified village health workers in Binga are reportedly manning a clinic located about 180 kilometres from Binga District Hospital. Chunga Clinic, which is the furthest public health centre from Binga Centre, is difficult to access due to a poor road network and also has poor telephone network. Binga North Member of Parliament Mr Prince Madubeko Sibanda said the district, which is a high risk area for malaria, was failing to access healthcare due to a shortage of nurses. He said village health workers were forced to take on the job…

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Village health workers earn $14

June 24, 2017 in News Village health workers across the country’s provinces earn a paltry $14 each month, given to them on a quarterly basis by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and other development partners, it has been revealed.By Vanessa Gonye The workers move around communities educating people on preventing and treating common ailments related to HIV, typhoid and tuberculosis among others. Speaking at the Community Working Group on Health annual national meeting in Harare on Thursday, Binga North Member of Parliament, Prince Sibanda, who is also a member…

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Improving emergency care vital

Improving emergency care vitalI. Rusike, E. Sharara, C. Chimhete and T. MunouyaIn front of us in one of our rural districts is a road accident with injured passengers including children.They are distressed – the local public hospital has no ambulance and they are trying to find enough money to assure the private ambulance service that they will be able to pay the fee before they will send the ambulance.The fee is more than they can afford, but if they don’t find someone to pay and get people to care quickly…

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Chronicle scribe scoops health reporter award

Chronicle reporter Thandeka Moyo (left) receives a certificate and a trophy from Mr Douglas Moyo, the Bulawayo National Aids Council officer (right), while Mr Nobert Dube of the Community Working Group on Health (CWGH) looks on during the CWGH Health reporting journalists awards at a Bulawayo hotel on Friday. Thandeka won the best CWGH health reporter award Cynthia Dube, Chronicle ReporterTHE Chronicle’s award winning journalist Thandeka Moyo last Friday scooped the 2017 Maternal, Child and Sexual Reproductive Health Rights Award.Moyo, The Chronicle’s health reporter was named the winner of the…

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Media Awards Invitation

The Community Working Group on Health (CWGH) invites journalists to submit fresh stories on public health,maternal, child and sexual reproductive health rights for publication in an on-line magazine that will be published at the end of May 2017. As discussed in earlier meetings, each journalist is invited to submit one well-researched, balanced and well written story on health issues to do with public health, maternal, child and sexual reproductive health rights in Zimbabwe. The stories must be between 500 and 800 words. Pictures must accompany the stories. A small stipend…

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Council must do more to contain typhoid: Experts

Failure by Harare City Council to provide basic water and sanitation services to its residents is fuelling the outbreak of water borne diseases such as typhoid and cholera, health experts have said. Water-borne diseases, the experts said, were primitive in this era. As such, the specialists called for the city to venture into private partnerships with developmental partners in order to resuscitate infrastructure which is failing to cope with the growing population.The sentiments by the experts come after the death toll from typhoid in Harare has since risen to three…

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Outcry over typhoid deaths

Outcry over typhoid deaths HARARE – Zimbabwean doctors yesterday called on the Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission (ZHRC) to ensure government accounts for every death as a result of archaic diseases amid unprecedented public outrage over typhoid deaths. Zimbabwe’s government was facing scrutiny from the Zimbabwe Association of Doctors for Human Rights (ZADHR) after noting the continued deplorable state of service delivery in Zimbabwe’s cities, towns and Harare in particular, saying the local authorities’ suburbs have become the epitome of failure to prioritise a safe and clean environment as a key…

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Tragedy feared as senior doctors join strike

Tragedy feared as senior doctors join strike SENIOR doctors and specialists yesterday joined striking junior doctors, further paralysing services at government hospitals mostly in Harare and Bulawayo. Public hospitals’ outpatients departments were a sorry sight, as patients were left stranded following the industrial action by doctors. The situation at the country’s major referral hospitals in Harare and Bulawayo has taken a frightening turn, with obstetrician and gynaecologist registrars also downing tools. This potentially puts the lives of expecting mothers, especially those requiring surgery, and their unborn babies at risk. In…

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Health levy introduction welcome

Charity Ruzvidzo —The move by Minister of Finance and Economic Development Patrick Chinamasa to introduce a health levy will go a long way in improving the country’s health sector, experts say.The health sector, which is largely dependent on donor funding, is set to benefit immensely from this domestic funding initiative. Presenting the 2017 National budget, Minister Chinamasa said it was critical that all economically active individuals contribute towards funding health services.“It is, thus, proposed to introduce a health fund levy of 5 cents for every dollar of airtime and mobile…

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