Fired nurses re-hired: Service to improve as more health professionals engaged

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GOVERNMENT has re-engaged fired nurses and hired more health practitioners in a development that is expected to improve service delivery at the country’s health institutions. The Health Services Board (HSB) fired nearly 6 000 nurses last week, but Government has since resolved to re-engage them and also hire more. Striking nurses were issued with dismissal letters after they refused to go back to work even though their employer had acceded to their demands and availed more than $17 million for their allowances. Authorities at hospitals in Bulawayo yesterday said the…

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Government serves nurses with dismissal letters

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Government has served nurses who disregarded its exhortation to return to work on Tuesday with dismissal letters, Health and Child Care permanent secretary Dr Gerald Gwinji has said. In an interview with our Harare Bureau yesterday, Dr Gwinji said a number of the affected nurses were applying to rejoin the public health sector. “We are also quite aware that as of today, many of those who participated in the industrial action turned up at their old workplaces inquiring as to how they can be taken back into the system. “We…

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Male contraceptive pill is safe to use and does not harm s*x drive, first clinical trial finds

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A male contraceptive pill has been developed which is effective, safe and does not harm sex drive, scientists have announced. In what has been described as a “major step forward”, the drug was successfully tested on 83 men for a month for the first time. So far efforts to create a once-daily pill to mimic the mainstream female contraceptive have stalled because men metabolise and clear out the hormones it delivers too quickly. It means temporary male contraception has relied on condoms alone, with the main hopes for future contraceptive…

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Heartbroken woman who has lost TWENTY-TWO babies including one at 12 hours old told she’s ‘just unlucky’ by doctors

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Kerry Hutchinson has buried three babies, held funerals for two, miscarried 16 and has just lost her 22nd child – but she bravely vows: “I will be a mum on this Earth one way or another” A heartbroken woman who has lost 22 babies – including one at just 12 hours old – has refused to give up her fight for a child, vowing: “I will be a mum on this Earth one way or another.” Kerry Hutchinson, from Rugeley, Staffordshire, has gone through the devastation of burying three of…

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Expert advises on poisonous mushrooms

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MUSHROOMS growing under gum trees are usually poisonous and should be avoided at all costs, a specialist Ms Cathy Sharp, has said. Every year scores of people, especially in the rural areas die in the country after eating mushrooms, with the death toll for this year now at 15. Four are hospitalised after consuming poisonous mushrooms. Eleven of the dead are from Mberengwa while four are from Filabusi. Ms Sharp, who has been researching on mushrooms for the past 40 years, said while some mushrooms were naturally poisonous, others were…

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Health workers to be trained to offer HIV/Aids services to the disabled

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THE Ministry of Health and Child Care is working on training all health professionals to offer equitable HIV and Aids services to people living with disabilities (PWDs), an official has said. According to Government provided statistics, an average of 10 percent PWDs are living with HIV. In a statement, the Permanent Secretary (Retired )Major General Dr Gerald Gwinji said PWDs endure discrimination, attitudes and communication barriers when accessing such services. “Currently the Ministry does not routinely capture information specific to people living with disability. However, we obtain such information from…

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21-year-old Lady gives birth to a baby, without knowing she was pregnant

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A teenager didn’t know she was having a baby until she was in labour because she hadn’t shown any signs of pregnancy. Charlotte Thomson, now 21, of Newcastle upon Tyne, had regular periods and was still slipping into her size 8 dresses so had no idea she was expecting. It wasn’t until she took herself to hospital with bleeding and painful stomach cramps that medics told her she was about to give birth. Daughter Molly, now two, arrived two hours later. Nursery nurse Charlotte said: ‘My stomach was completely flat,…

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Makhox Brand hosts HIV/AIDS Awareness Day in Matupula Village, Tsholotsho

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Stigma, discrimination, denial and name calling, these are just a few examples of how we still view HIV/AIDS. One may think that people now know more about the virus but the reality is that a lot of people are still ignorant when it comes to issues related to HIV/AIDS. In an effort to spread the word about the virus,Makhox Brand under their HIV/AIDS support group Makokoba HIV/AIDS Global Support (MHGS) hosted an HIV Awareness Day in Matupula Village in Tsholotsho on 29 December 2017. The event coordinator, Miss Lethukuthula Moyo…

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Meet Doreen Moraa Moracha, a Kenyan Lady Born With HIV

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25-year-old Doreen Moraa Moracha, was just 13 when she recieved the negative news that she was HIV positive. This was despite her parents being aware of her status five years earlier. Doreen opened up in an exclusive interview with TUKO “My parents knew about it when I was 8. But they informed me about my status when I was 13,” . The question is how exactly did she contract a disease that would otherwise pass as deadly among most African societies at such a tender age? Apparently, Doreen was born…

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First Lady Auxillia Mnangagwa has warned women against using herbs

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The First Lady Cde Auxillia Mnangagwa has warned women against using herbs on their privates to please their husbands in bed saying it is one of the reasons why cases of cervical cancer were on the increase in the country. Addressing hundreds of people attending her 8th leg of the national cancer awarewaness campaign in Marondera, Mashonaland East province on Saturday, Cde Mnangagwa urged men to be content with their wives and desist from extra marital affairs, that force women to resort to unhealthy ways to lure their husbands back.…

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