Govt introduces Health Fund Levy

Govt introduces Health Fund Levy

By Ndafadza Madanha GOVERNMENT will effect from next year introduce a five percent levy on airtime and data to set up the health fund levy. Presenting his budget statement minister of Finance Patrick Chinamasa said funds accrued from the levy will be ring fenced to purchase drugs and medical equipment for public hospitals and clinics. Most public hospitals and clinics are battling to provide services to patients as they are out stock of medicines while machinery is antiquated. The situation has forced patients requiring medical attention for life threatening diseases…

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New Public health Act hangs in limbo

New Public health Act hangs in limbo

By Michael Gwarisa NON Governmental Organisations (NGOs) and civic society organisations are clamouring for the speedy finalisation of the Public Health Act proposal which has been stuck in the Attorney General’s office for more than two years. Unlike other Acts such the Land Reform Act which saw parliament deliberating overnight towards the speedy adoption of the bill which culminated into the execution of the land reform program, approval and deliberation of the proposed Health amendment act has taken longer than usual. Briefing Journalists at a Media Workshop organised by the…

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Zimbabweans urged to take IP seriously

Zimbabweans urged to take IP seriously

By Michael Gwarisa INTELLECTUAL Property (IP) experts have implored Zimbabwean businesses and entrepreneurs to seriously consider protection of their ideas and inventions for their businesses to become profitable. Speaking at a Media Forum on Intellectual Property Rights and Access to treatment organised by the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR), IP expert Simbarashe Makahamadze said most local companies were losing out on serious business as their work and inventions is easy to duplicate due to lack of protection of their brands. “Intellectual property rights are like any other property rights,…

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Government mulls Supermarket raids

Government mulls Supermarket raids

By Michael Gwarisa THE ministry of health is considering reintroducing raids on Supermarkets and food outlets in a bid to flush out substandard food products which  have flooded the local market, this paper has learnt. Briefing Journalists during a media workshop organised by the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR), environmental health director in the ministry of health Victor Nyamandi said government had long suspended raids on the retail industry a situation that has seen harmful food substances being sold to innocent citizens. “After serious consideration, we will be reintroducing…

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Tsvangirai has Cancer

Tsvangirai has Cancer

By Michael Gwarisa  MDC-T leader Morgan Tsvangirai today announced (27 June 2016) that he has Cancer of the Colony, an ailment that affects mainly large intestines. In a statement, the MDC -T leader said it was only noble for him to go public regards his health in a bid to remove speculation and skepticism over his health. “On the 8th of May 2016, my Zimbabwean doctors referred me to South Africa where a further diagnosis revealed that I am suffering from cancer of the colon. Following the diagnosis last month,…

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Antimicrobial resistance causing 50 000 deaths per year

Antimicrobial resistance causing 50 000 deaths per year

By Lynette Fushai MINISTER of Health and Child Care,  David Parirenyatwa says  Antimicrobial resistance is soon going to be causing  more deaths than the HIV pandemic and TB infections  in sub Saharan Africa if left unattended. Addressing  a media and stakeholders meeting in the on the development of an antimicrobial resistance one health national action plan for Zimbabwe, Parirenyatwa said  Europe and America had recorded at least 50 000 antimicrobial deaths per year and  is estimated that by 2050, antimicrobial resistance will be causing 10 million deaths annually worldwide and…

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Contraceptive use rises: ZimStat

Contraceptive use rises: ZimStat

By Lynette Fushai THE Zimbabwe Demographic and Health Survey (ZDHS) 2015 preliminary report has revealed that the use of contraceptives among married women in family planning has been on an increase compared to the 2010/11 figures. Presenting the key findings of the report, Zimbabwe National Statics Agency (ZimStat) official Lovejoy Gamba said there has been a sharp increase in use of contraceptives. “There has been a 14 percent increase in the use of modern contraceptive methods among married women and a 25 percent increase among married young girls aged 15-19…

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