Obstetric Fistula (OF) is a devastating injury which occurs to women at child birth. It is an abnormal connection between the vagina, rectum and/or bladder which may develop after prolonged and obstructed labor and lead to continuous urinary or faecal incontinence. Obstetric fistula has a devastating social, economic and psychological effect on the health and well-being of the affected women. The stigma, loss of dignity and identity associated with fistula has a negative impact on their quality of life.
As Zimbabwe joins the rest of the world in commemorating the World Malaria Day which is marked every year on the 25th April, great progress in malarial elimination has been made by a 57% reduction of confirmed malaria cases from 617,175 in 2010 to 264,278 cases in 2018 and 38% reduction in deaths from 310 in 2010 to 192 in 2018.
This year’s World Malaria Day is being celebrated under the theme “Zero Malaria Starts with Me” which calls for every individual to make a personal commitment to eliminate malaria in their locality and also the campaign engages all members of society: political leaders who control government policy decisions and budgets; private sector companies that will benefit from a malaria-free workforce; and communities affected by malaria, whose buy-in and ownership of malaria control interventions is key to success.
Zimbabwe’s public health service has reacted impressively to the Cyclone Idai crisis which has left indelible scars in Zimbabwe together with neighbours Mozambique and Malawi.
Although Cyclone Idai has so far been recorded as the worst in the southern hemisphere, the Ministry of Health and Child Care has set up effective emergency response services.
The Ministry of Health and Child Care has moved swiftly to contain the spread of the chronic and water borne diseases that have been compounded by the impact of Cyclone Idai.
Manicaland Provincial Medical Director (PMD) Dr Patron Mafaune said reaction force assembled by the health response subcommittee of the provincial civil protection unity in Manicaland has done everything possible to deal with chronic conditions and water borne diseases.
March 2018, I was on my way to our logistics unit based at the National Pharmaceutical Company (NatPharm) to finalize on the quantification report. The driver who came to pick me up had just come from a funeral. His close aunt, in her mid-50s, had just passed away.
“What happened,” I asked.
“She got sick a few days ago. She visited the doctor. Two days later, she passed on in her sleep. She was a known high blood pressure (BP) patient. Apart from that, she had no other conditions,” he responded.
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