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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...

The fight against malaria continues

By Elizabeth Sitotombe LAST WEEK, the Ministry of Health and Child Care expressed concern over the number of malaria infections and deaths.  39 people are believed to have lost their lives after contracting the disease following an outbreak which has affected 17 623 people to date,...

‘No to female genital mutilation’ …complications can be severe

By Elizabeth Sitotombe IN Zimbabwe, from a very young age, some girls are taught to pull the labia minora until they are as long as prescribed by their tutors.  The reason behind this is that puling one’s labia minora is a requisite for marriage, a rite...

Let’s be wary of cholera

By Elizabeth Sitotombe ON February 15 2023, Zimbabwe confirmed a case of cholera in Chegutu Town, Mashonaland West Province, and on February 17 another was confirmed. The first victim has since recovered but there is so much cause for concern.  Currently, there is a cholera outbreak in...

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