Deputy director in the Aids and TB Unit in the Ministry of Health and Child Care, Dr Charles Sandy confirmed that the Ministry has received fixed dose combination (FDC) medicines for the intensive phase treatment of tuberculosis (TB) from Global Drug Facility which covers first two months.
“We received fixed dose combination (FDC) medicines for the intensive phase treatment of tuberculosis (TB) from Global Drug Facility on 26 August 2018 which covers first two months. We also received from MSF drugs on 04 September 2018 which will cover the 3rd month.” said Dr Sandy.
The Ministry of Health and Child Care congratulates the Director of Epidemiology & Disease Control Dr Portia Manangazira on receiving the prestigious Emerging and Infectious Diseases (ICEID) 2018 Leadership Award at the just ended International Conference on Emerging and Infectious Diseases.
The International Conference onEmerging and Infectious Diseases (ICEID) is organized by the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, (CDC), Taskforce for Global Health of the United States of America Department of Health and Health and Human Services every 2-3 years.
Hypertension: A silent killer that must be silenced!
When a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, it does not make noise. One has probably heard this question before in a physics class.
But what does it have to do with your health?
If you have high blood pressure and don’t see any symptoms, do you still have the disease?
The answer is YES.
High blood pressure, a disease impacting nearly one in three adults globally, is called the “silent killer” because it often shows no signs or symptoms and is often detected after it has caused damage to other organs which is why it is called ‘Silent killer’.
According to guidelines followed by medical experts, blood pressure is normal if its 120/80 or below.
The range of 120/80 to 139/89 which was one classified as normal too high is now considered to be pre-hypertensive.
If your blood pressure falls somewhere in the pre-hypertension range, it may quickly develop into high blood pressure, or 140/90 or above.
Most doctors now recommend lifestyle changes to lower blood pressure for anyone with a reading above 120/80.
If you have added risk factors such as being overweight or having high blood sugar or cholesterol, the concern is even greater.
Many people are not aware they have blood pressure as it does not show any signs.
50 year old Cynthia Nyagumbo shared her experiences with blood pressure.
Diabetes mellitus has for a long time been perceived as a disease of the rich and the epidemic was assumed to be only marginally overlapping.
Well, those assumptions are wrong, the world is facing a co-epidemic of Diabetes Mellitus (DM) and hypertension.
Diabetes is rampant in lower and middle-income countries.
When 29-year-old singer Bridget Maramba was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes four years ago, she felt completely overwhelmed and frightened by all the negative information that was dumped on her about the disease.
“I was terrified by all the pamphlets, which warned me of all the bad things that could happen to me as a diabetic,” she recalls.
Complications from diabetes include eye problems and the risk of going blind, an increased risk of heart attack and stroke, foot and skin problems and, the worst of all to Bridget, lower limb amputations.
The Minister of Health and Child Care Dr Pagwesese David Parirenyatwa announced on Saturday August 11, 2018 that renal dialysis is now free in the country.
“I would like to inform the nation about the free renal dialysis that government is going to be offering.
As you are aware Government Policy recognizes that we are moving towards universal health coverage, which in fact is primary health care where critical health services should be made accessible to all people and this should be made accessible but should be of high quality and should be affordable we are therefore moving very systematically to make certain critical health services free to the patient” he said.