Health ministry apologises for loss of lives

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On Jan 12, 2019 19,141 9 By Tendayi Madhomu The Health and Child Care ministry has issued a public apology for the loss of lives and suffering during the just-ended doctors’ strike. Health and Child Care Ministry Obadiah Moyo (left) In a statement published in the press, the ministry expressed appreciation for the citizens’ endurance during the crisis. “The ministry of Health and Child Care would like to notify the public that the doctors who had embarked on strike from December 1, have now agreed to resume duties at their…

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A soccer player without legs

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By Mirirai Nsingo Not even disability can stop him from following his passion. With no legs, he competes with other boys of his age in social soccer matches. They all fight to have him in their team. Special Mupedzapasi Just like his name, Special Mupedzapasi, is indeed a special boy who has not let disability stop his love for the beautiful game of soccer. The 13-year-old from Guvheya village under chief Chisunga in Mbire, Mashonaland Central loves soccer and his dream is to own a solar powered television set where…

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Dabengwa ill in South Africa

Dabengwa ill in South Africa 3

On Jan 11, 2019 54,540 0 By Nqobile Tshili ZAPU president Dr Dumiso Dabengwa is reportedly ill and is in South Africa where he is receiving specialist treatment, his party has revealed. ZAPU president Dr Dumiso Dabengwa In an interview, Zapu’s secretary-general Dr Strike Mkandla said Dr Dabengwa went to South Africa in December. He said Dr Dabengwa was not hospitalised, but living with relatives while undergoing routine check-ups. Related Articles “There were some things to be done, but he is fine we spoke to him yesterday (Tuesday). He was…

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Govt bans SA animal imports over foot-n-mouth

Govt bans SA animal imports over foot-n-mouth 4

Government has, with immediate effect, suspended the importation of all live cloven-hoofed animals and their products from South Africa following an outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) in some parts of Limpopo Province on Tuesday. Botswana has also taken similar action. Meat displayed inside a store. Picture: pixabay.com In a statement yesterday, the Ministry of Lands, Agriculture, Water, Climate and Rural Resettlement said the position was arrived at following an outbreak of the disease, affecting the non-vaccination disease-free zone in the Limpopo Province. FMD was reported in these areas on Tuesday, although…

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Widow appeals for help to settle bill

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On Jan 9, 2019 17,989 0 By Talent Chimutambgi A widow, Mrs Bridget Madei of Murehwa, who lost her husband following an accident involving two commuter omnibuses along the Harare-Nyamapanda Highway in 2017, is appealing for assistance to settle a medical bill of $3 000. Parirenyatwa Hospital Mr Tigus Madei accrued the bill during the time he was admitted to Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals due to injuries sustained in the accident. The accident was declared a state of disaster after it claimed 13 lives. It occurred when one of the…

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Zambia seizes ‘erection-causing’ energy drink

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On Jan 8, 2019 36,577 0 By Kennedy Gondwe Authorities in Zambia have ordered a local manufacturer to stop the production and distribution of an energy drink that reportedly caused a prolonged erection in a man. Natural Power SX energy drink The move comes after the Uganda National Drug Authority (NDA) said in a letter dated 28 December that it had tested samples from a bottle of Natural Power SX after a customer complained of constant sweating and an erection lasting nearly six hours. NDA said the drink contained sildenafil…

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Unpacking Zimbabwe’s wobbling health system

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By John Osler Is the doctors’ strike about their conditions of service or the state of the health sector? File picture of doctors on strike in Zimbabwe The correct answer is both. I will briefly state the structural issues in the health sector then conditions of service for health workers (not just doctors). Related Articles Let us not defend this government which has failed in its mandate to provide health care to its vulnerable citizens. The health care sector is performing poorly by all accounts. The infant mortality rate is…

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Govt sets spies on striking doctors

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By Mugove Tafirenyika Government is using unorthodox tactics including political intimidation to force striking doctors to abort their industrial action, the Zimbabwe Hospital Doctors Association (ZHDA) has claimed. File picture of striking doctors in Zimbabwe Following recent claims by government that the industrial action which has gone for over a month now was politically motivated, ZHDA secretary-general Mthabisi Bhebhe said that doctors were now fearing for their lives as they were being followed by people in unmarked vehicles. “Our members and some leaders are receiving intimidatory messages from unknown individuals to…

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Hot water bottle burns…Woman sues hospital for negligence

Hot water bottle burns…Woman sues hospital for negligence 9

By Mashudu Netsianda A woman whose daughter suffered severe burns after nurses at Mbuma Mission Hospital in Nkayi district forgot to tighten the lid of a hot water bottle resulting in the water spilling and scalding the minor, is suing the health institution for $50 000. File picture of a hospital ward in Zimbabwe Ms Bhekithemba Sibanda, through her lawyersJob Sibanda  and Associates, filed summons at the Bulawayo High Court citing Free Presbyterian Church of Scotland, which runs the Mbuma Mission Hospital as the defendant. Sibanda’s daughter, Gugulethu (7) who…

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Doctors vow to continue their month-long industrial action

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By Tendai Kamhungira Striking junior doctors have vowed to continue with their month-long industrial action despite claims by government that the two sides have reached a consensus on the majority of their demands. File picture of doctors on strike in Zimbabwe Zimbabwe Hospital Doctors Association (ZHDA) secretary-general Mthabisi Bhebhe told the Daily News yesterday that no such consensus had been reached with the Health ministry. “We have reached a consensus that the industrial action should continue until all the grievances have been addressed. We have realised that there is selective…

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