Zimbabwe’s measles outbreak has claimed the lives of 698 children since it started in April, the southern African country’s health ministry announced at the weekend. Thirty-seven of the deaths occurred on a single day on 1 September and 6,291 cases had been registered by 4 September. “Because of the resistance, education may not be enough so the government should also consider using coercive measures to ensure that no one is allowed to refuse vaccination for their children,” Marisa told AP news agency on Monday.
Zimbabwe’s current system fails in three respects which are key to any healthcare system: policy, people and funding. The result is it is unable to deliver the most basic care. There’s a lack of medicines and functioning hospital equipment. It is also a system devoid of empathy. Zimbabweans believe that one goes to hospital to die, not to have one’s health restored. The health system in Zimbabwe is, to all intents and purposes, now in the intensive care unit. The future is bleak unless there are serious long-term reforms to build resilience.
Zimbabwe’s problems can never be resolved until they are sufficiently identified and defined. Reducing the country’s complex problems to looting and corruption is well-intentioned but simplistic and myopic in scope. I define the Zimbabwe problem to be greed (for money, wealth and power) and present a 20-item Zimbabwe charter as an answer to the country’s problems and a precondition for supporting future leaders of Zimbabwe.
THE 40 000 enumerators who participated in Zimbabwe’s 2022 population and housing census have threatened to take legal action against the Zimbabwe National Statistics Agency (ZimStat), which is yet to pay their allowances since April this year.
Transparency International estimates that corruption has cost us over US$100 billion since Independence – that is US$7 000 for every man, women and child in this country. It far exceeds foreign aid and is 6 times our total foreign debt. Its past the time since we should take this seriously. Its time for action, not talk or catch and release practices.
WorldRemit launches partnership with Hello Paisa in Zimbabwe to provide international money transfer service. WorldRemit customers are now able to collect guaranteed US Dollars in the form of cash pickup at over 120 Hello Paisa branches across Zimbabwe, making it easy for families and loved ones to access remittances across the country.
HWANGE Rural District Council (HRDC) is set to commence full implementation and restoration of the Sidinda wildlife conservancy project after embarking on an expansion exercise that is set to improve community involvement in the tourism package. The project boasts of a teeming variety of browsers and grazers such as buffalo, wildebeest, zebras and kudus translocated from Zambezi National Park and other conservancies. Sidinda which was once a wildlife haven had its wildlife decimated through poaching and habitat loss and the restoration exercise will see the establishment of non-consumptive safaris such as photographic and game drives.
“While noting that a general amnesty was granted to perpetrators of the Gukurahundi atrocities, which resulted in the killing of around 20 000 largely Ndebele-speaking persons and other acts of violence in Matabeleland and Midlands provinces by government forces in the 1980s, and that traditional leaders have been tasked with solving a number of related and unresolved practical matters, the committee is concerned by reports that the Gukurahundi atrocities remain a source of ethnic tension and that healing and closure for its victims is far from being realised,” the UN report read.
For too long Zimbabwe has had predators drinking at the waterhole and as election 2023 draws near we can but hope that it will be someone else’s turn next year.
The newest national pageant in Zimbabwe was founded by former queens Tendai Hunda and Hilda Mabu and its winners will have the opportunity to represent the country at various international pageants such as Miss Earth, Miss International, Miss Intercontinental, Miss Model of the World, and Top Model of the World. A total of 12 beauties from all provinces of the country have been chosen to compete in the upcoming competition.