Council must do more to contain typhoid: Experts

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

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

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

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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Harare water quality frightens residents

Harare water quality frightens residents

Harare water quality frightens residentsHARARE – While attention has been turned towards the spreading waterborne diseases, residents in Harare are now raising concerns over the quality of water being supplied by the Harare City Council (HCC).While health services director Prosper Chonzi claims the city’s water is safe to drink, its appearance seems to suggest otherwise.The water being pumped by council has a cloudy and sometimes yellowish brown colour, with algae-like residue accumulating at the bottom of containers after it has been rested.At times the water is completely muddy and cannot…

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Poor adherence to ART on rise

Poor adherence to ART on rise

THE country’s fight against HIV is facing new challenges due to reports of misuse and mismanagement of anti-retroviral therapy as reflected by the ballooning cases of second-line treatment countrywide.The National Aids Council (NAC) 2015 report reveals that people on second line treatment are 15 337, an increase from the 13 036 recorded in 2014.Poor adherence to ART has been shown to be a major determinant of disease progression, mortality and health care costs. While high adherence levels can be achieved in both resource-rich and resource-limited settings following initiation of ART,…

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Eradicating Aids through self-testing

Eradicating Aids through self-testing

Eradicating Aids through self-testing Vivian Mugarisi recently in Durban, South Africa As the world gear up the response to HIV/Aids, self-testing appears to be of great importance in achieving the 90-90-90- target. The 90-90-90 is an ambitious target to help eradicate Aids. But other long standing barriers to accessing comprehensive HIV testing remain significant, especially in Africa.There are still people who worry about HIV-related stigma, those who do not see the need to know their status for one reason or the other and those who are afraid of dying of…

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Call for health sector funding review

Call for health sector funding review

Call for health sector funding reviewHEALTH and Child Care Minister David Parirenyatwa has called for treasury to increase funding of the health care system as shortages of resources are compromising service delivery and affecting the health care quality. The statement comes at a time when Harare’s biggest referral hospital, Harare Central Hospital, is facing an acute drug shortage that has forced it to suspend elective surgeries. “We need to be able to finance our health system. We cannot be judged as a nation that cannot put money into our health…

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