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The Stigma of Mental Illness

COLUMNBy Sekai Nzenza Saturday afternoon I was at Harare Hospital Psychiatric Unit. I went there with Susan, a doctor friend of mine from Australia, who was visiting and she wanted to meet Dr Dixon Chibanda, a Harare psychiatrist. The phone number we had for Dr Chibanda was not working. So …

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Only 15% Zim Youths Know HIV Status

JUST 15 percent of young people in Zimbabwe know their HIV status, a regional organisation has said. Regional Psychosocial Support Initiative (REPSSI) started operating in 2001 and is now present in 13 countries in the sub-region. The group says the absence of investment in psycho-social support has discouraged young people …

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U.S. Maintains Zim HIV, Aids Funding

By Paidamoyo Chipunza The United States government will maintain funding for HIV interventions to Zimbabwe regardless of its new administration, US Ambassador to Zimbabwe Harry Thomas Jr has said. Addressing journalists during a tour of the OK-PEPFAR First Street stage during the Harare International Festival of the Arts (HIFA) recently, …

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Zim on course to perform first heart transplant

HARARE – Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals could soon perform its first heart transplant after the National Oil Infrastructure Company of Zimbabwe (Noic) granted the health institution’s cardiology department $350 000 for capacitation. The hospitals’ consultant cardiothoracic surgeon, David Chimuka, said the funding is a step towards enabling them to be capacitated …

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Rural Folks to Use Livestock As Health Cover

Photo: The Guardian Stethoscope (file photo). By Walter Nyamukondiwa Cabinet has approved a framework under the proposed National Health Insurance Scheme that will result in people in rural communities using livestock for health cover, a Government official has said. The scheme will also target those not formally employed, Public Service, …

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Inaccesibility Derails HIV Testing

By Sydney Kawadza The beauty of organising events in a farming area is that the whole community gets involved, assuring organisers of genuine support from the people. That was the case last week Saturday, when villagers, including beneficiaries of the land reform programme, converged at Woodlands Farm in Bindura, Mashonaland …

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Primary teeth

GREETINGS Health Promotion column readers. Over the next few weeks I will write articles mainly about children and their dental care.Today’s article will focus mainly on the eruption age (when they become visible in the mouth), shedding (when they are lost) and their appropriate dental care. Deciduous teeth are now …

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N’anga Unleashes Snakes On ‘Patient’

By Tendai Rupapa In a spine-chilling episode, a traditional healer allegedly inflicted incisions on his patient with a razor blade and sucked the blood, before unleashing snakes to also suck the blood in a cleansing ceremony, a court heard yesterday. Lyton Wisick (41), a Malawian staying illegally in the country, …

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Zimbabwe: HIV Infections Decline By 3,1 Percent

Photo: Premium Times (File photo). NEW HIV infections in Zimbabwe fell by 3,1 percent during the first three quarters of last year as patients embraced anti-retroviral drugs and adhered to prescriptions. Analysts, however, said there was little reason to celebrate because people were still perishing from the pandemic, which has …

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