The country’s first kidney transplant unit is nearing completion with the technical team making last installations, a senior official has said.
Chitungwiza Central Hospital chief executive officer Dr Obadiah Moyo said the Laminar Air-flow — equipment that reduces the rate of infection in theatres — will be the last touch to the historic unit.
“We are moving at the correct speed because with the transplantation you have to be absolutely perfect in whatever you do. We want to create a full proof system so that we do not have any problems of patients coming back,” said Dr Moyo.
Dr Moyo said once the system starts functioning, kidney patients will no longer seek medical attention abroad. “We want to be able to stop people from going to India. “So the team will come here, we book all the patients locally and they carry out the transplant. We will also have post-operative management teams, doctors who will stay with the patients the same period that they would do in India.
SIXTEEN cases of typhoid have been reported in some parts of the country, with 14 recorded in Harare, a weekly diseases surveillance report by the Ministry of Health and Child Care has indicated.
The report covered week ending June 4. Harare City reported 14 cases, Bindura District in Mashonaland Central Province reported one case, while Murehwa District in Mashonaland East Province reported a single case as well.
According to the report, two cases, which translate to 12,5 percent of the infected, were under the age of five. Cumulatively, a total of 2 371 suspected cases of typhoid fever, 78 confirmed cases and six deaths have been recorded countrywide between January 1 and June 4, 2017.
By June 15, a total of 2 526 suspected typhoid cases, 116 confirmed cases and 10 deaths had been reported countrywide.Typhoid is an infection caused by the bacteria Salmonella typhimurium.
The bacterium lives in the intestines and bloodstream of humans. It is spread between individuals by direct contact with the faeces of an infected person. Symptoms normally begin six to 30 days after exposure to the bacteria. The two major symptoms of typhoid are fever and rash.
The government has stepped up its campaign to stop the irregular sale of sex pills and unregistered bedroom performance concoctions in the country.
The spokesperson of the Medicines Control Authority of Zimbabwe (MCAZ), Shingai Gwatidzo, told the Daily News yesterday that the government was worried by the flooding of the black market with these dangerous products.
“The authorities are embarking on aggressive public awareness campaigns to educate the general public on the harmful effects of buying products such as sexual performance enhancers from unapproved or unlicensed outlets such as street stalls, backpack dealers and tuckshops.
“In Zimbabwe, these medicines are desirable only if prescribed by an authorised or licensed medical practitioner, after consultation to treat an underlying medical condition. “Therefore, these sexual performance enhancers are illegal in as far as the requirements of the MASCA are concerned,” Gwatidzo said.
Zimbabwe has increasingly witnessed the ever rising tide of street vendors and unscrupulous pharmacies selling unregistered sex tablets and traditional medicines, which are a hit among many men and women struggling to satisfy their sex lives.
Although MCAZ launched a blitz against the illegal sale of the sex performance tablets two years ago, rampant smuggling and corruption in the country has been blamed for the re-emergence of the booming, but frowned upon black market trade.
Gwatidzo said MCAZ was working closely with the police and the Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (Zimra) to try and stop the illegal trade.
ABOUT 2 462 Bulawayo men were circumcised during the first quarter of the year, up from 2 080 over the same period last year.
According to recent National Aids Council statistics, 35 men could not be circumcised during the same period as they tested HIV positive.
The majority of men who were circumcised were between 25 and 49 years while only four aged over 50 years were circumcised.
Bulawayo Provincial HIV/Aids coordinator Mrs Sinatra Nyathi said although more men had come for circumcision, they were not satisfied with the figure as they want more to be circumcised.
POLICE are investigating a case where doctors at Mpilo Central Hospital in Bulawayo allegedly scammed a disabled breast cancer patient and quoted her $10000 for a $2000 operation.
The woman, Phanankosi Dube, died at her Makokoba home last Saturday while gasping for breath before she could raise the $10 000.
She survived on begging and was the family’s breadwinner.
Information gathered by The Chronicle indicates that five doctors including a Dr Dereck Matsika and a Dr Nathan Chiboyiwa are under investigation.
Her family told The Chronicle that police officers yesterday visited them as part of their investigations.
LOCAL women are falling over each other to buy a “wonder cream” that allegedly enlarges hips and bums in just two weeks.
Those craving cosmetic enhancements of their natural assets are buying 125ml of Botcho Cream for $50 from a lady who sells the cosmetic in Harare. Those outside the capital are having the product sent to them via public transport, after paying on EcoCash.
A woman who sells the cream, only identified as Rue from Harare has lured women with pictures of her customers on the WhatsApp group. Each day, she said more and more women were contacting her to place orders.
Research about the cream showed that it originated from West Africa.
“Botcho cream was whipped up by a man named Dr Zoh. But to be clear, he is not a real MD or scientist nor is he a chemist. Still — he’s managed to concoct an all-natural booty cream using ingredient drawn from plants and honey. Botcho is a popular term used in the Cote d’Ivoire to refer to a woman’s huge buttocks. The term and the cream became popular due to the popularity of the Bobaraba (big bottom) dance — the latest song by musical duo DJ Mix and Eloh DJ — which is why Botcho cream is also referred to as Bobaraba cream,” reads an online news article.
However, a local medical expert yesterday warned women against using the cream to attain the much-vaunted Coca-Cola bottle shape.
Reverend Jabulani Mafohla from the Church of the Nazarene in Bulawayo’s Emganwini suburb said the creams were unGodly.
“Even if they work, which I doubt, they go against God’s plan,” he said.
MPILO Central Hospital doctors have been exposed for allegedly attempting to swindle a disabled breast cancer patient by demanding $10 000 for an operation to remove her breasts.
The same doctors are accused of refusing to admit her insisting on payment of the money first. Health experts said the late Ms Phanankosi Dube’s operation was supposed to cost at most $2 000 at a public health institution like Mpilo.
The late Ms Dube (36) who lived on begging and was the family’s breadwinner, died last Saturday while gasping for breath at her home in Makokoba suburb.
The late cancer patient’s family launched an appeal in The Chronicle last week to raise the $10 000 and she died days after three donors had expressed willingness to assist her.
After the publication of her story, a doctor from Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals in Harare, phoned the family and advised that the operation could be done at the Harare hospital for less than $2 000.
Mpilo Central Hospital clinical director Dr Solwayo Ngwenya said the minimum cost for operating one breast is $754. He said since Mpilo is a public hospital, patients are not turned away for not having the money to pay but are instead treated and the issue of payment is addressed later.
He said he could not comment on the $10 000 doctors are alleged to have demanded because the hospital does not charge such outrageous amounts.
THE National Aids Council (NAC) in Bulawayo has disclosed that few men volunteered to accompany their pregnant spouses for HIV tests during the first quarter of this year, thus exposing their partners to possible re-infection.
Health experts encourage men to jointly undergo HIV tests with their pregnant spouses to prevent Mother To Child Transmission of HIV (PMTCT).
During the period under review, a total of 3 103 expecting mothers in Bulawayo underwent voluntary HIV tests as compared to 535 men who volunteered for the same tests.
The report goes further to show that the number of recorded sexually transmitted diseases among females than males has been on a steady rise since last year.
The report follows Bulawayo City Council’s move to scale up the male circumcision drive to reduce new STI and HIV infections. The country has since 2009 been targeting to circumcise 1,3 million men between 13 and 29 years by end of this year after researchers established that the procedure reduced the chances of contracting HIV by 60%.
The procedure also protects the female partner from getting infected by the human papilloma virus which causes cervical cancer.
SEXUALLY transmitted infections (STIs) cases are on the rise in Bulawayo despite the fact that the number of condoms being distributed in the city has increased.
According to the National Aids Council (NAC), 2 494 new cases were recorded in the first three months of this year compared to 2 116 cases recorded during the same period last year. The council’s provincial monitoring and evaluation officer Mr Douglas Moyo said inconsistent use of condoms and low risk perception was the major cause of the high number of new STIs.
He said there was a sharp increase in the number of new female cases from 993 in 2016 to 1 396 in 2017 which showed that people are becoming reckless and engaging in unprotected sex.
He said 890 203 male and female condoms were distributed in the city during the first quarter of this year compared to 749 429 condoms distributed over the same period last year.
Zimbabwe is working towards ending HIV and Aids by 2030. The 2030 targets follows the 2020 global targets which call for 90 percent of population to know their HIV status and for 90 percent of those who test positive to be under ART.
A survey of prices in most major retail outlets indicated a phenomenal rise for most products such as meat, toiletries, soaps and a range of non-basic products and stationary. Between March and April, prices have, for instance, risen by between 10 and 15 percent, according to figures from the Zimbabwe National Statistics Agency (ZIMSTATS).
On Monday, ZIMSTAT said year-on-year inflation increased in April, gaining 0,27 percentage points to close the month at 0,48 percent. The Consumer Price Index (CPI) for the month ending April 2017 stood at 97,07 compared 97,01 in March 2017 and 96,60 in April 2016.
Beef, which cost between US$4 and US$5 for most super grades before the introduction of bond notes, is now retailing at between US$7,50 to US$8,20 per kg in many supermarkets around Harare.
Some locally produced brands of cooking oil, which were selling for US$2,89 for a two litre bottle last month, are now trading at US$3,55 per two litre bottle. Super refined maize-meal, which cost US$6,80 for a 10kg bag in March, is now being sold for US$7,65. Detergent soaps have risen from US$0,89 to US$1,20 during the same period. Fuel prices went up last week,
ZIMBABWE owes Botswana US$800 000 for vaccines supplied by its neighbour to help control the outbreak of foot and mouth disease (FMD) two years ago. While Gaborone had previously provided Harare with FMD vaccines for free, there was a consignment worth US$800 000 which had to be paid for.
Because of the prevailing cash crisis, Zimbabwe has been unable to pay for the consignment. This was revealed by Agriculture, Mechanisation and Irrigation Development Deputy Minister Paddy Zhanda.
“The first round of vaccinations should have been done last month, but there is no money and we also owe Bostwana US$800 000 for vaccines provided two years ago,” he said.
Zimbabwe is yet to begin its vaccination programme for FMD, with lack of funding emerging as the biggest hindrance.
AT least five in every 10 new HIV/Aids infections are among young women aged between 15 and 24, an official from World Education has said.
Speaking during a belated Mother’s Day Ladies’ Luncheon hosted by SOS Children`s Village at a Bulawayo hotel, World Education programmes coordinator Ms Banele Mandaza said young women have the highest incidence of HIV infection in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Ms Mandaza said women must educate their children about sexual intercourse to curb the increase of HIV/Aids in Zimbabwe.
“Gone are the days where you will wait for aunties to teach young girls about HIV/Aids. I understand that it is uncomfortable to talk about sex with your biological children but l think this is the time for women to educate their children. Do not leave it for teachers because teachers are chasing after school pass rates,” she said.