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Hypertension: A silent killer that must be silenced!

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.

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A sweet life with no sugar

A sweet life with no sugar

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.

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Renal Dialysis now free in Zimbabwe.

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.

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Minister of Health declares Gweru water unsafe

Minister of Health declares Gweru water unsafe

 

The Minister of Health and Child Care Dr Pagwesese David Parirenyatwa has declared Gweru water unsafe for drinking. He made the announcement yesterday when he visited Gweru Provincial Hospital, the treatment camps and Mkoba Polyclinic in Gweru.

“To date, 200 patients are admitted at Gweru Provincial Hospital and some are being treated and monitored at Mkoba 1 and Mkoba Polyclinic. The outbreak is said to have been caused by a burst sewage pipe that has contaminated the city’s drinking water making it unsafe for consumption. Boreholes around Mkoba have also been deemed unsafe and thus have been de-commissioned as well” Minister Parirenyatwa said.

Indications are that the bacteria started early July when the first case of diarrhea was noted. The bacterial infection was dictated on the 6th of August. The Provincial Medical Director of Midlands Province Dr Simon Nyadundu said, tests done indicate that the Typhoid infection has prevailed in the city.

 

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President commissions refurbished Kadoma Hospital

President commissions refurbished Kadoma Hospital

His Excellency, the President of Zimbabwe, Comrade Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa officiated the commissioning of equipment and refurbished units at Kadoma Hospital by Zimplats.

The president acknowledged Zimplats for heeding the call by Government for the corporate build a new Zimbabwe.

“In this world economic performance and growth are vital in defining business success but organisations are challenged to ensure that they impact and transform lives in the environs they operate”

“Kadoma General Hospital is part of the over 1600 network of public health facilities in our country and forms an integral part of our referral system in the health sector” He said.

He said it is the mandate of the Government to provide adequate medical services and it cannot do it alone and thus invites other partners to support the initiative.

“My Government is aware of the need to provide adequate medical services with the requisite medical professionals, modern infrastructure, medicines and drugs, equipment and the latest technology in line with international standards. Due to various compelling obligations and limited fiscal space, Government cannot go it alone and thus welcomes partnership and collaborations with private players such as Zimplats, in the provision of the requisite infrastructure, social amenities and medical drugs in our hospitals.” said The President.

 

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DISEASES / CONDITIONS

DEFINITIONS

Cholera

Suspected Case

Any patient age 5 years or more with severe dehydration or death from acute watery diarrhoea

If There Is A Cholera Epidemic: any person age 2 years or more with acute watery diarrhoea, with or without vomiting

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