Health talk: Oedema: An emerging diagnostic dilemma
Dr Ramathuba should understand that she should be highly ethical and professional in front of patients irrespective of age, disease or disability, creed, ethnic origin, sex, nationality, political affiliation, race, sexual orientation and social standing.
More than 140 000 people died of measles in 2018. The overwhelming majority of those who die of measles are from countries with low per capita incomes and weak health infrastructures. Countries that top measles outbreaks in the world include Nigeria, India, Pakistan, Liberia, Ethiopia, Afghanistan, DRC, Indonesia and Ivory Coast.
The calamitous nature of the virus was appreciated in the year 2020 when in January, the beta variant wreaked havoc.
Antimicrobial resistance occurs when microbes evolve mechanisms that protect them from the effects of antimicrobials. The term antibiotic resistance applies to bacteria that become resistant to antibiotics.
During the past two weeks the power utility company has been imposing lengthy load shedding schedules, a development which is detrimental to economic growth.
Monkey pox virus has been shown to have two distinct modes of transmission, animal to human transmission and human to human transmission.
Masvingo will open a school of medicine in August 2022, Simon Mazorodze School of Medicine and Health Sciences. Special mention goes to renowned academic, Professor Rungano Zvobgo who is the Vice Chancellor and Professor Jacob Mufunda, the Dean of Medicine at the new university.
Prominent people lost their lives including renowned doctors who tried their best to subdue the toxic effects of the virus.
At least 60% of our citizens cannot access adequate health care, a phenomenon which is quite unfortunate. Many lives are being lost on a daily basis yet better medical services can be offered to salvage the horrendous situation.
Zimbabwe Red Cross Society (ZRCS) has been integral in all these disasters through augmenting the country’s disaster management systems, thanks to a myriad of their volunteers dotted across the country.
The United Kingdom had its index case May 6, after its citizen had returned from Nigeria on May 4. Since then, Europe has been witnessing an outbreak of the monkey pox with countries like Germany, Italy, Belgium, Portugal, Netherlands, Sweden and France recording cases.
The first patient in the current outbreak had returned to the United Kingdom from travels to Nigeria where monkeypox is endemic.
It is unfortunate that South Africa has entered the fifth wave of the pandemic, with many new cases now dominating the country.
Testing should be increased in suspected hotspots so that early cases can be detected if containment is to be archived.
Three years ago, a campaign dubbed Let’s Talk EUP [early and unintended pregnancy] was launched in 21 countries in East and Southern Africa, Zimbabwe included, with the aim of advocating for action to eliminate EUP at both regional and national levels through to the grassroots.
A lot of resources were used in the fight against Covid-19 and the global health order was altered significantly.
Many people came to master medical terms and diagnoses were made quickly even by the layman. Zimbabwe lost over 5 400 people from the deadly virus and prominent people succumbed to the heinous virus within a short period of time.
Illicit drug use is directly and indirectly responsible for over 750 000 deaths per year with more than 166 000 people dying from drug overdoses.
The country has embarked on an aggressive vaccination blitz, mainly targeting school kids who are above 12 years of age.
There were plenty of these measures which include carrying a Covid-19 certificate for travellers, routine tests at some workplaces, sanitisation at public places, social gatherings, masking up to mention just but a few.
Pathways is being implemented by Catholic Relief Services (CRS) in partnership with Caritas Harare in Mbare, Stoneridge and Hopley Farm; with various other partners in eight other districts across Zimbabwe.
Covid-19 contributed significantly to the obtaining drug scourge in Zimbabwe and elsewhere, having been the only passtime for most youth when virtually all activities were brought to a standstill.
There have been at least 4 waves now from the Covid-19 of which the second and third waves were a thorn in the flesh for our country in terms of virulence if morbidity is talked about.
Public health measures are being thrown into dustbins with many people snubbing vaccinations up to this day. This is calamitous and no one knows what strain will be dominant in the next wave.