Health

Zim urged to unfreeze nurses posts

GOVT URGED TO LIFT FREEZE ON NURSES POSTS
Harare May 17, 2012 (New Ziana) –The Zimbabwe government should urgently lift the freeze on recruiting nurses to fill vacant posts in public health institutions where there are critical shortages.
Speaking at an open day held at Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals (PGH), Health and Child Welfare deputy Minister Dr Douglas Mombeshora said the public health sector was reeling due to understaffing.
“We have failed to employ half the nurses who graduated last year. We have tried to convince the Ministry of Finance to allow us to employ more of our trainees as it is unfair on them and on the public,” he said.
Mombeshora said the government should also urgently improve working conditions and salaries for health personnel to curb the continued loss of skilled labor to the private sector and beyond the borders.
The health sector in Zimbabwe has been badly affected by the imposition of sanctions on the country by some western countries resulting in near collapse and flight of skilled staff.
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Zim launches emergency operations centre for epidemics

GOVERNMENT LAUNCHES EMERGENCY OPERATIONS CENTRE
Harare, May 15 2012 (New Ziana) –The Zimbabwe government on Tuesday launched a national emergency operations centre to deal with epidemics which in the past it has failed to deal with effectively resulting in the death of many people.
The centre was established after the Ministry received health equipment from Econet Wireless and the National Health Care Trust of Zimbabwe.
Epidemics which have caused havoc include cholera, rabies and typhoid.
Health and Child Welfare deputy Minister Douglas Mombeshora said the centre would go a long way in assisting government deal with emergency disease outbreaks.
“The centre will be a national command centre where ministry officials, partners, resources, communications and reporting regarding outbreaks will converge for swift, efficient action and to provide regular and timely updates on the evolution of the outbreaks,” he said
Mombeshora said the national emergency operations centre would address previous pitfalls where information on outbreaks was not available and resulted in population anxiety, delayed and poor response.
“The Ministry, local authorities, NGOs and private sectors suffered frustration because of problems of leadership and coordination which also impacted negatively on the efficient and effective targeting of resources for outbreak control,” he said.
The equipment handed over included four desktop printers, four digital cameras, internet connectivity, five solar lanterns, and twenty first aid kits.
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Japan extnds US$4.8 million for health

JAPAN EXTENDS US4.8MILLION FOR HEALTH
Harare April 20, 2012 (New Ziana) -The Japanese government on Friday extended a US4.8million grant to Zimbabwe for procurement of life saving vaccines for children as well as for funding programs that address domestic violence.
The donation comes at a time when the Zimbabwean health sector is battling to recover from a decade long economic meltdown which almost brought it to its knees.
Health and Child Welfare deputy Minister Douglas Mombeshora said the donation would go a long way in resuscitating the sector.
“The death of children under the age of five remains a serious threat in the country due to the decline of immunization   rate in recent years.
Mombeshara said the immunization rate declined from 80 percent in 1991 to 65 percent in 2011.
He said at least 100 children were dying each day, which was a 20 percent increase from 1990, adding the grant would be critical for the Expanded Programme on Immunization (EPI).
“We are planning to introduce Pneumococcal and Rotavirus vaccines which help reduce the loss of life due to pneumonia and diarhoea,” he said.
The pneumococcal vaccine would be introduced in July this year whilst Rotavirus would be introduced in 2014, said Mombeshora.
Speaking at the same occasion, Labour and Social Services deputy Minister Monica Mutsvangwa said the support would result in over 4 000 children accessing specialized medical care and psychosocial support services.
Mu tsvangwa said without such support government work would be compromised and severely strained.
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Zim testing

GVT TESTS NEW CIRCUMCISION MACHINE, PREPEX
Harare April 15, 2012 (New Ziana)-The Zimbabwe government is inviting adult males for the PrePex circumcision trial, as it intensifies the drive to reduce the risk of contracting HIV in men by 50 percent.
PrePex is a non surgical device that does not require anesthesia injection, does not result in any bleeding and has low pain.
In a joint statement, the Ministry of Health and Child Welfare and the Zimbabwe Community Health Intervention Research Project (Zichire) invited males to undertake the initial trial run.
“We are looking for men aged 18 years and above who are willing to participate in this study,” read part of the statement.
Candidates should be willing to test for HIV and be able to go for repeated post procedure visits for two months.
The circumcision process will take place at Zimbabwe National Family Planning Council (ZNFPC) Spilhaus Male Circumcision clinic adjacent to the Harare Hospital.
The national circumcision policy was launched three years ago in Zimbabwe.
The Zimbabwe government has targeted to circumcise 120 000 males by year end and 1, 2 million by 2015.
Male circumcision (MC) is the removal of the foreskin covering the head of the male organ.
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UN hails Zim efforts in fighting HIV

UN HAILS ZIMBABWE’S EFFORTS IN FIGHTING HIV AND AIDS
HARARE, 2 MARCH 2012 (New Ziana) - The United Nations has hailed Zimbabwe for its policies and approach in fighting the HIV and AIDS pandemic.
At 13, 7 percent Zimbabwe has the lowest prevalence rate in the SADC region and up to 420 000 people are accessing anti retroviral treatment.
Speaking at the launch of the Zimbabwe Parliamentarians against HIV (ZIPAH) on Thursday UNAIDS country coordinator Tatiana Shoumulina said despite Southern Africa being the epicenter of the pandemic, Zimbabwe had made significant strides in curbing HIV and AIDS.
“Zimbabwe is considered the best in mobilizing internal resources to fight HIV/AIDS. You might all agree with me that the Aids Levy has gone a long way in this regard.
“As UN we are committed to support and stand by you in your efforts. We are confident that Zimbabwe will achieve its objectives,” she said.
Speaking at the same occasion SADC Parliamentary Forum secretary general Essau Chiviya stressed the need for an all encompassing regional approach in the fight against the epidemic.
“If we managed to achieve liberation in the region as a result of combined regional efforts the same approach will surely not fail against HIV and AIDS.
“This war that we are in requires that we present a unified front. HIV and AIDS has devastated us through and through and it demands an integrated approach.” he said
Chiviya commended the country’s leadership for displaying concrete commitment towards thwarting HIV and AIDS.
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