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Of obesity, diabetes and high blood pressure

…use of diabetic injections to treat obesity By Elizabeth Sitotombe THERE appears to be in spike in chronic or lifestyle diseases — notably diabetes, hypertension (or high blood pressure) and obesity — in Zimbabwe. It is estimated that 10 in every 100 people suffer from diabetes, while...

Cholera outbreak …City fathers failing the people

By Elizabeth Sitotombe A VIDEO of vendors storing their vegetables and other items for sale in filthy public toilets and later selling them to the unsuspecting public is circulating on social media. The city fathers have simply let the people down. The opposition-led Council’s negligence in service...

Healing burn scars …understanding and addressing PTSD in child burn-survivors

By Kudzayi Gumbanjera POST-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a complex psychological condition that can affect individuals of all ages and backgrounds.  While it is commonly associated with combat veterans and survivors of natural disasters, it can also impact children who have experienced traumatic events, such as...

Diabetes: An individual’s responsibility

“THE prevalence of diabetes in people 45 years and above is high since the improvement of life expectancy in Zimbabwe which is around 60 to 65 years,” said Dr Gerald Katsamba, a consultant at Morgenster Hospital Diabetes Clinic and Merck Foundation Alumni in Zimbabwe. According...

Suicide cases on the rise

AT a funeral held recently in rural  Karoi, not only was the corpse not allowed to enter the house, it was whipped, cursed and buried with all its personal belongings. This was a case of suicide. The act of flogging a corpse is believed to be...

Mumps outbreak in Zimbabwe

By Elizabeth Sitotombe HARARE Health Department director, Dr Prosper Chonzi, has raised an alert over an infectious disease, mumps or mahumunya, that has been recorded in the city recently. According to Dr Chonzi, Harare Metropolitan Province has reported mumps in our health centres and community (schools), “...we,...

Endometriosis: A woman’s nightmare

By Elizabeth Sitotombe EVER heard of endometriosis?  Many women will say no!  Endometriosis is a gynaecological condition which affects one in 10 girls and women who menstruate.  It is pretty much a common condition that many simply try to deal with as women. According to the WHO, it...

COVID-19 threat remains

By Elizabeth Sitotombe THE World Health Organisation (WHO) first declared COVID-19 a public health emergency of international concern in January 2020, and just last week declared that COVID-19 pandemic was no longer a public health emergency of international concern. It has been a tough three years...

Autism: A mother’s experience

NO two children are the same and it is wise not to compare children’s milestones; each child is different. Nevertheless, parents cannot help compare and therefore, tend to worry when a child does not reach his/her milestones at the same time as his/her siblings. This was...

Understanding cleft lip and palate

SOCIAL stigma and isolation affect many women whose children have cleft lip and cleft palate. At a recently held workshop in Harare, organised by Smile Train, Sprout Women Empowerment Trust (SWET) and Shumiro Sarah Crystal Magandi Trust, women whose children have cleft lip...

Raising an autistic child …tantrums are not unusual

By Shingirirai Mutonho and Regina Banda THE birth of a child is news that is received with joy and jubilation in a family. As each day passes parents keep track of changes and development in the child, which usually bring joy as they watch the...

Let’s learn about Autism

THIS month, Zimbabwe joins the world in observing World Autism Awareness month. This year's theme is: 'Transforming the narrative: Contributions at home, at work, in the arts and in policymaking', a call to bring up awareness about autism, accepting and supporting autistic people in the...

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