South Africa first with new drug to treat resistant TB

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The department of health yesterday became the first in the world to announce the roll out of a new and much more tolerable drug to fight multidrugresistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB). Up until now, injectables have been used – but they have vicious side effects. It was announced that the new drug, bedaquiline, would replace current treatment regimens for adolescents and adults, from the start of their treatment. Dr Norbert Njeka, a director in the department, confirmed the mass scale-up. Njeka said those provinces not yet equipped for the rollout “will be…

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Kwekwe cited as HIV hotbed

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KWEKWE has the highest HIV prevalence rate in the Midlands province, with the mining town coming second in terms of the HIV and Aids burden to Government at national level, an official has said. Addressing an HIV and Aids workshop in the Midlands province last Friday, National Aids Council (NAC) Midlands provincial coordinator, Mr Mambewu Shumba, said Kwekwe was the hotbed of HIV in the province and has the most new infections. “In terms of the HIV and Aids burden, Kwekwe is the highest in the Midlands province and comes…

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“How I slept with over 2,500 women in 11 years”

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A good looking young man from Europe has made quite shocking revelations about how he freely slept with hundreds of women within a short period of time. Daniel Wagster who claims to have bedded more than 2,500 women has disclosed how he achieved the feat – the gentleman who has also been arrested and jailed for eating at an expensive restaurant without paying, described his s*x life as “ fast and furious” and admits to cheating on his ex-girlfriend with 50 different women. He claimed that he drew attention from…

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Sharp increase in cancer screening cases

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THE number of women who have undergone cancer screening during the first quarter compared to last year has increased by about 500 percent, an increase attributed to the First Lady Cde’s involvement in the fight against cervical cancer. The Minister of Health and Child Care, Dr David Parirenyatwa, revealed this on Wednesday while announcing that the First Lady had been given a role as the Child and Maternal Heath ambassador. The Minister attributed the sharp increase in the number of women who have been screened to Cde Mnangagwa’s tireless efforts…

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Zim : Govt defers HIV drug roll out

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GOVERNMENT has deferred the national rollout of dolutegravir, an anti-retroviral drug, to adolescent girls and women of child-bearing age, following reports from Botswana that the drug was associated with birth deformities in infants born to HIV-positive mothers taking the drug at the time of conception. Zimbabwe intended to scale up dolutegravir (DTG) as a first choice ARV to all people living with HIV in the country next year. The drug is currently being used to manage HIV in people living with HIV who fail to respond or complicate from the…

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Mpilo hospital unveils 2 more X-ray, CT scan machines

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MPILO Central Hospital yesterday commissioned two more X-ray and CT scan machines that had been lying idle for more than three years due to lack of working space. The hospital has been renovating the X-ray centre in preparation for the installation of the new machines which were delivered to the health institution in March 2015. The machines were donated by the Government to capacitate the referral hospital and improve access to basic medical equipment. Dr Solwayo Ngwenya, the hospital’s clinical director, yesterday said the hospital had completed renovations at the…

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Bulawayo residents want 24 hour clinics

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BULAWAYO residents have petitioned the city council to open municipality clinics 24 hours every day. At the moment council clinics operate from 7:30AM to 4PM between Monday to Friday with only the maternity department operating 24 hours a day and through the weekend. According to the latest council report, the local authority noted that there were challenges in granting residents’ wishes. “There is severe staff shortage, undermined by limited financing of human resources base and labour related challenges that make it difficult to further stretch working conditions and open municipal…

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Cockroach Milk? Experts Call Insect Dairy The Next Superfood

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Scientists say they have discovered the next superfood that’s a perfect non-dairy alternative. However, they may have a hard time getting people to try cockroach milk. Using a 2016 report on the benefits of insect dairy, scientists found that the Pacific Beetle cockroach of Hawaii possesses nutrient-filled milk crystals, which they use to feed their young. “A single crystal is estimated to contain more than three times the energy of an equivalent mass of dairy milk,” the report stated. The study published in the Journal of the International Union of…

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Mum sheds half her body weight and becomes model after her 21 stone frame led to six miscarriages

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Hailey Frazer dropped a staggering 10st 2lbs after being told it would be “near impossible” to lose weight An obese mum whose size caused her to have six miscarriages shed half her body weight to have more kids – and is now expecting her second child. Hailey Frazer, 25, dropped a staggering 10st 2lbs after enduring a heartbreaking cycle of miscarriages – which doctors blamed on her size 26 frame. The stay-at-home mum and part-time florist weighed 21st 5lbs at her heaviest. She underwent gastric sleeve surgery after doctors told…

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Zimbabwe Electoral Commission launches mobile platform for voters’ roll inspection

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THE Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) has introduced a short messaging services (SMS) mobile platform for voters’ roll inspection across all mobile networks. A registered voter is required to dial *265# to access details which include the name, polling station, ward and constituency. Zec commissioner Ms Sibongile Ndlovu yesterday said voters whose details were wrongly captured should visit any of their registration centres before May 30. “We launched this mobile platform yesterday (Saturday) and it will run until May 29. We urge registered voters to take advantage of this period to…

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