Women who are disabled and HIV-positive bear a double burden. REGINA PASIPANODYA reports.
A new report by the Auditor General indicates that Mutare General Hospital gave patients expired drugs, while a government-controlled mental health institution’s viability is under threat.
There have also been recent reports that government health institutions like Mpilo Hospital were dispensing expired drugs. The AG’s report on state enterprises and parastatals says the hospital received 100 boxes of a drug called Alluvia on February 27, 2012 with a March 31 2012 expiry date.
Climate change has seen Zimbabwe experiencing prolonged droughts, extended dry seasons, extreme hot summers and cold winters.
These sporadic changes in weather have had an effect on the strategies adopted by women in communal farming and how they use renewable energy sources. According to the SADC Gender Protocol Barometer Zimbabwe 2015, launched at the Gender Protocol Work Summit earlier this week, 59% of rural women in Zimbabwe work in communal lands and so they are most affected by changes in climate since they rely on rainfall for their livelihoods and domestic use.
Previously these vulnerable women had to endure travelling long distances to deliver their babies. In 2011 a new programme was introduced to reduce maternal mortality and to educate mothers on how best to care for their new-borns.
The programme is funded by the European Union under its Results Based Funding (RBF) programme.
Local communities in the province, through the Health Centre committees, are at the forefront of constructing these waiting homes and improving facilities at local health centres.
At least 143 people have died of diarrhoea and dysentery since the beginning of the year according to the latest health ministry weekly disease surveillance report.
Observers say this is not surprising as the Zimbabwe Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS) 2014 reveals that 44 percent of the rural populace do not have access to a toilet facility, creating a favourable environment for water-borne disease. MICS adds that 24 percent of the rural households have no access to safe drinking water sources.
Cholera has been confirmed this week at Chizvirizvi rural health centre in Chiredzi district under Masvingo province, The Zimbabwean can exclusively reveal.
This is the cholera case to be confirmed since 2013.
A health official in Chiredzi told The Zimbabwean that more cases could be reported among members of the family of the infected person and the community at large.
“We recorded a single cholera case this week and more could be reported in the community due to poor water and sanitation facilities in the area,” said the source.
Government has received $73 million from the Global Fund to fight malaria over the next two years
The National Malaria Programme Manager, Dr Joseph Mberikunashe, said plans to introduce new malaria drugs for both uncomplicated and severe malaria were underway. Traditionally, the first line treatment is Coartemether tablets for uncomplicated malaria and Quinine injections for severe malaria.
“We are currently training our workers on how to administer the two new drugs,” he said.
by Regerai Tukutuku
The shortage of medical doctors has reached alarming levels in Masvingo province. At least five rural districts are operating without a single doctor.
The Provincial Medical Director, Robert Mudyiradima, said some rural service centres were now manned by nurse aids instead of qualified nurses. The province should have 87 doctors but only 51 were available for a population of over 1,5 million people.
by AIM Maputo
So far 158 people are known to have died in the storms and floods that have hit central and northern Mozambique this year, according to the official government spokesperson, Deputy Health Minister Mouzinho Saide.
In addition, cholera outbreaks in parts of Nampula, Niassa and Tete provinces have claimed 19 lives.
by Pamenus Tuso
Equipment breakdowns and lack of essential drugs at Mpilo and United Bulawayo Hospitals is threatening the health of the people in the region, reports PAMENUS TUSO.
Gone are the days when patients from all walks of life can readily receive treatment at the two biggest health centres in Matabeleland.
The South African government is sending men and equipment from the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) to assist in search and rescue missions in flood hit areas of the central Mozambican province of Zambezia.
The decision is in response to a request for assistance from the Mozambican authorities.
by Brenna Matendere
Needy villagers in rural parts of the district are battling to access health care services due to lengthy distances between their homesteads and the clinics. Those who do manage to reach the centres in critical condition, are left stranded due to inadequate facilities.
The most affected areas are found in the southern part of the district where about 15 wards that are heavily scattered, rely on two clinics.
Unsteadily supported by her matchstick legs, three-year-old Liberty Ngulube (not her real name) eagerly clutched her undernourished mother’s flattened breast and sucked. Nothing. The milk has dried up.
About a dozen other children lay in the dust at Libeni primary school in Ntabazinduna in Matabeleland North, where their mothers had come to receive food aid from the World Food Programme. This picture is typical in most drought-prone areas in Matabeleland, where villagers are bearing the brunt of consecutive poor harvests.
by Nelson Sibanda
Zimbabweans make up a significant proportion of the over 3 000 children benefiting from educational and life opportunity services offered by a Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation Vaccine and Youth Centre in Cape Town.
by Clayton Masekesa
Using her knowledge and vast experience as a psychiatric nurse in the Netherlands for many years, Jane Matambanadzo returned home in 2009 to establish a children’s home in her home town of Juliasdale in Nyanga.
Touched by the increasing number of orphans as a result of HIV and AIDS, Matamganadzo, 42, founded the Gateway Children’s Home in 2009 with the help of John Graham Foundation (JGF) and The Reap Fellowship Trust (RFT).
The ministry of Health and Child Care says a new outbreak of typhoid, a waterborne disease, has killed nine people while 370 fresh cases were reported in Harare, Mutare and Chegutu.
The ministry’s weekly surveillance report blamed municipalities inability to provide safe drinking water to residents. Ministry of Health and Child Care, Portia Manangazira, said poor water supplies was the major cause of typhoid.
The health ministry says the rotavirus vaccine, which fights diarrhoea in children, is now available at most health centres for children under five.
“There has been a remarkable improvement of vaccination coverage from 28 percent DPT3 in 1982, 89 percent in 2006 and 95 percent in 2013,” said Christopher Tapfumaneyi, the principal director Curative Services at the launch of the vaccine.
“The rotavirus has been proven effective and efficient in all countries that introduced it.”
Mabvuku residents have been hit by another deadly diarrhoea outbreak which has infected more than 900 people with women and children being the worst affected.
This was revealed from our community monitoring report for the week ending Saturday the 21st of June by our ward coordinators. Mabvuku Poly Clinic recorded 530 cases with Mabvuku Satellite Clinic recording 372 patients by midday Thursday last week and the situation indicates that more people are still trickling at the health centres for medical check-ups.
by Thabani Dube
Southern African countries have pledged to work together to fight malaria through the Regional Network on Roll Back Malaria Partnership.
Manicaland, Midlands and Chitungwiza provinces recorded the highest number of people who defaulted on tuberculosis treatment, according to the health ministry.
In his National TB Control Programme overview, the Deputy Director in the AIDS/ TB Programmes, Charles Sandy, said although there was considerable improvement on the treatment outcome, the number of defaulters called for more research.