Zimplats contributes to maternal health

Zimplats contributes to maternal health

By Daniel Chigundu Giant platinum miners Zimplats says it has splashed around US$12 000 towards the completion of a maternity wing at Gora Clinic in Mhondoro. Many rural clinics in the country have no proper maternity facilities for pregnant women, a development which has resulted in some having to give birth at home or at the roadside on their to distance clinics. Proper maternity facilities are one of the requirements in trying to prevent transmission of HIV/AIDS from mothers to child which at most times occurs during birth. Maternity facilities…

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Let’s focus on HIV prevention: NAC …as Aids Levy dwindles

Let’s focus on HIV prevention: NAC …as Aids Levy dwindles

By Daniel Chigundu NATIONAL Aids Council (NAC) finance director Albert Manenji says there is need to put more efforts in HIV/Aids prevention as it is cheaper than treatment. Zimbabwe has about 1.2 million people living with HIV/Aids and only about 1.029 million are on medication. A month supply of ARVs for a single person according to NAC is about $7.16 which translated to about US$7 million for the number of people on the medication at the moment. Addressing online journalists at a workshop, Manenji said the treatment was the biggest…

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EMA bemoans lack of stiffer penalties …calls for environmental court

EMA bemoans lack of stiffer penalties …calls for environmental court

By Daniel Chigundu ENVIRONMENTAL Management Agency (EMA) has called for the establishment of an environmental court to help prosecute offenders of environmental related crimes in the country. Most companies, local authorities and individuals are disregarding environmental laws owing to lack of exemplary prosecutions while most offenders are not even punished painting a picture to say EMA is not effective enough in the discharge of its statutory mandate. However, addressing Zimbabwe Parliamentary Journalists Forum (ZPJF) at a workshop organised by the Zimbabwe Environmental Lawyers Association (ZELA) Phanuel Mangisi from EMA said…

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Bulawayo duped US$200K …as ambulance supplier disappears with the money

Bulawayo duped US$200K …as ambulance supplier disappears with the money

By Daniel Chigundu BULAWAYO City Council (BCC) was duped in excess of US$200 000 in a botched ambulance deal by a Harare company, the Parliamentary Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has revealed. A tender was awarded to a local supplier for the supply of ambulances amounting to US$205 106 during the year ended December 31, 2010. The supplier was paid in advance. According to PAC, as at December 31, 2013, the ambulances in question had not been received and in addition, vehicle trackers amounting to US$100 000 were paid for in…

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Mandatory food fortification starts in July

Mandatory food fortification starts in July

By Daniel Chigundu ZIMBABWE is set to start mandatory food fortification for maize meal, sugar, cooking oil and wheat flour with effect from July 1, 2017, government has announced. Food fortification is a process where vitamins and minerals are added to food during processing and this is done to provide people with adequate vitamins and minerals to prevent various nutrient deficiency diseases. The country adopted food fortification since 1994, when mandatory salt iodations was introduced as a measure to eradicate iodine deficiency disorder including goiter. In a statement, Ministry of…

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Harare intensifies refuse collection drive

Harare intensifies refuse collection drive

By Michael Gwarisa CITY of Harare is set to purchase 20 additional refuse collection trucks  and skip bins in line with its decentralisation drive which will see independent districts or zones running their own affairs. Briefing a decentralisation stakeholder workshop, acting town clerk Josephine Ncube said the decentralisation process would see a lot of changes taking place in the manner in which council business is done as the city has segmented different areas into Zones and districts. “One of the major areas decentralisation would look at is Waste management, we…

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Public Health Bill ready for parliament

Public Health Bill ready for parliament

THE new Public Health Act (PHA) is now ready for presentation before parliament amid revelations that the final drafting of the bill is due this week. Briefing an advocacy meeting on the PHA, Binga North legislator Prince Dubeko Sibanda who is also a member of the parliamentary portfolio committee on Health and Child Care said the drafter of the bill had assured them that the document would be ready for parliament before end of this week ahead of the public consultations. By Michael Gwarisa “According to the Chief drafter in…

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ZADHR support doctors strike

ZADHR support doctors strike

By Staff Reporter ZIMBABWE Association of Doctors for Human Rights (ZADHR) has thrown its full weight behind the striking doctors adding that their cause is genuine. Doctors are currently on strike owing to poor working conditions that include measly salaries. The association said the ministry of health and the health services board must address concerns of doctors urgently to avert needless loss of lives in the country. In a statement ZADHR said the impasse is causing undesirable exposure of patients and violations of their right to healthcare and deserve urgent…

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1 In every 5 people has Aids in Matabeleland

1 In every 5 people has Aids in Matabeleland

By Michael Gwarisa AT least one in every five people in Matabeleland region is HIV positive, official statistics have revealed. Addressing a Media Forum organised by the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR) in the capital Harare, National Aids Council (NAC) Director, Monitoring and Evaluation AmonMpofu said the Southern region has been the hardest hit with Matabeleland South recording the highest prevalence. “Among adults aged 15 to 64 years, prevalence of HIV varies geographically across Zimbabwe, ranging from 11.4 percent in Manicaland to 20.1 in Matabeleland North and 22.3 percent…

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1 in every 5 people has AIDS in Matabeleland

1 in every 5 people has AIDS in Matabeleland

By Michael Gwarisa AT least one in every five people in Matabeleland region is HIV positive, official statistics have revealed. Addressing a Media Forum organised by the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR) in the capital Harare, National Aids Council (NAC) Director, Monitoring and Evaluation Amon Mpofu said the Southern region has been the hardest hit with Matabeleland South recording the highest prevalence. “Among adults aged 15 to 64 years, prevalence of HIV varies geographically across Zimbabwe, ranging from 11.4 percent in Manicaland to 20.1 in Matabeleland North and 22.3…

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