C-section op

HARARE – About 400 women in ZIMBABWE have benefitted from surgery conducted at fistula repair centres under a campaign to end obstetric fistula in the SADC country.

Health experts say obstetric fistula is a medical condition in which a hole develops in the birth canal as a result of childbirth.

A UN statement says the Ministry of Health and Child Care has led the campaign with financial and technical support from the UNFPA and the Women and Health Alliance International.

It says the authorities carried out the majority of the surgeries in the western region at the CHINHOYI Provincial Hospital, the current centre of excellence for fistula repair since 2015.

The UNFPA says it supported the Ministry of Health THREE years ago on a learning mission to ETHIOPIA, resulting in the launch of the Obstetric Fistula Program.

It says 58 health personnel including nurses and doctors have trained in the pre and post-operative management of Obstetric Fistula through a mentorship scheme.

The project is a joint effort between the Women and Health Alliance International and the Ministry of Health and Child Care.

UNFPA says obstetric fistula is ONE of the most serious and tragic injuries during child birth; and is due to prolonged or obstructed labour without timely access to emergency care, like a Caesarean section.

It says the condition leaves women leaking urine, faeces, or both; and over time, it leads to chronic medical problems.

This WEDNESDAY has been the International Day to End Obstetric Fistula, and the UNFPA says it remains committed to support the Ministry of Health to ensure accessibility of fistula repair facilities to affected women.

The world body says mothers with fistula often suffer exclusion in the society, and they endure depression as well as poverty because they cannot work with the condition.

Many of the women lose their husbands and families, further driving them into poverty; while the isolation often leaves them unnoticed by policy makers and little action taken to address their condition.

UNFPA Country Representative ESTHER MUIA says they have restored the dignity of at least 397 ZIMBABWEAN women, who are now living normal lives today, since the program began in 2015.

However, the UN medical expert says more needs to be done to ensure the facilities are easily accessible to women suffering from Obstetric Fistula regardless of their location in ZIMBABWE./Sabanews/cam



Deputy Finance Minister Terrence Mukupe (Pic. The Herald)

HARARE – Deputy Finance Minister TERRENCE MUKUPE of ZIMBABWE has provoked widespread criticism after declaring soldiers will prevent the opposition from ruling even if it wins elections.

THE HERALD says the government has described as unlawful and reckless his statements saying the military will not allow opposition politicians to govern.

It quotes Acting Information Minister SIMON KHAYA MOYO as saying the utterances openly oppose the pledge by President EMMERSON MNANGAGWA to uphold the will of the people of ZIMBABWE.

Deputy Minister MUKUPE reportedly told ruling ZANU PF supporters in MANDARA low-density suburbs of HARARE soldiers snatched the country from ROBERT MUGABE, not to surrender it to MDC T Leader NELSON CHAMISA.

Mr CHAMISA heads the most powerful opposition group in the SADC country, having taken over after the death of founding Party President MORGAN TSVANGIRAI this FEBRUARY.

Media reports say Deputy Minister MUKUPE admitted he also wanted to be Head of State, with sirens surrounding his motorcade all the way; but he is not mature enough to run the country, with all the soldiers in the country saluting him as the commander-in-chief.

However, Minister KHAYA MOYO says such words raise doubts about the commitment of the State to free, fair, and non-violent elections, as well as to readiness to respect and uphold the will of the people.

He says campaigning candidates should stop dragging members of the security forces into their political activities.

Other media reports quote MDC ALLIANCE Spokesperson WELSHMAN NCUBE as saying the statements by Deputy Minister MUKUPE ahead of polls are extremely worrying.

He has recalled a declaration by the military under the leadership of late former Commander VITALIS ZVINAVASHE saying the presidency was only for people who fought in the liberation struggle.

The NEWSDAY quotes Mr NCUBE as saying such words from a civilian beneficiary of military rule are most unfortunate and should be withdrawn with immediate effect.

ZIMBABWE is holding general elections this JULY or early AUGUST for the FIRST time with MUGABE, who ruled with an iron fist since the SADC country achieved political independence in 1980./Sabanews/cam



Chinese firms very much involved in road construction works in Africa (Pic. Agencies)

WINDHOEK – The NAMIBIAN Cabinet has cancelled an agreement worth about 46-MILLION US dollars the Roads Contractor Company signed with a CHINESE company.

Works and Transport Minister JOHN MUTORWA says the deal with JIANGSU NANTONG SANJIAN Construction Company is not valid because the government did not endorse it.

The Roads Contractor Company signed the accord on the NINTH of last month, on condition it partners the CHINESE firm on projects worth about 159-MILLION US dollars.

Minister MUTORWA says Attorney-General ALBERT KAWANA has advised his ministry the agreement is invalid without input from the government.

He says he has told the Board to end it and possible disciplinary actions may be instituted against the people who took part in the deal.

The development comes after the Ministry of Public Enterprise approached the High Court last year with an application to place the Roads Contractor Company under judicial management.

NBC News says the application, which is yet to be determined, aims to put the firm on solid footing and help it generate revenue after relying on government bailouts for years.

However, the national broadcaster says it has not established whether or not the agreement with JIANGSU NANTONG SANJIAN Construction was an attempt by the Roads Contractor Company to fund itself.

Board Chairperson of the NAMIBIAN Roads Contractor Company, FRITZ JACOBS, could not be reached for comment./Sabanews/cam



Ebola remains a nag to health workers

DAR ES SALAAM – TANZANIA has joined the other FIVE members of the EAST AFRICAN COMMUNITY, EAC, in measures against the spread of EBOLA.

The DAILY NEWS says the authorities already have sensors and medical personnel at the KILIMANJARO International Airport in the northern region.

It says KILIMANJARO Airports Development Company Acting Managing Director CHRISTOPHER MUKOMA has revealed the information.

At least FIVE of the SIX EAC member states share borders with the DRC, and they all maintain close trade relations with high border traffic.

The DAILY NEWS quotes a statement from the EAC Headquarters in ARUSHA as saying there are also direct flights between the DRC and individual East AFRICAN partners.

Such factors have caused the EAC to be on high alert, with member countries putting safety measures in place.

The actions range from screening people arriving from the DRC at the border for signs of EBOLA to alerting health personnel, enhancing diagnostic capacities at major research centres, and informing citizens of risk and preventive measures.

The TANZANIAN newspaper says no cases of EBOLA have been detected in the EAC Region so far.

It says the DRC Health Ministry declared an outbreak of the EBOLA Virus Disease on EIGHT MAY in the BIKORO Health Zone of the western province of EQUATEUR.

At least 19 people, including THREE health workers, had died of the killer disease by 15 MAY, after the authorities recorded a total of 44 EBOLA cases.

The World Health Organisation, the DOCTORS WITHOUT BORDERS, the International Committee of the Red Cross and other groups are supporting the DRC in the fight against the outbreak, the NINTH to occur in the country.

Medical experts say EBOLA is a virus that causes severe bleeding, organ failure and can lead to death; and a number of SADC countries are on the lookout for possible infections./Sabanews/cam



Plastic bottles of illicit liquor go up in smoke (Pic. The Nation)

CHIKWAWA – The MALAWI Bureau of Standards has teamed up with the police to fight against the sale and consumption of unrecorded alcohol in the country.

THE NATION says the authorities have burned up plastic packaged liquor worth about SIX-MILLION kwacha (8EIGHT-THOUSAND-340 US dollars) in the SOUTHERN REGION town of CHIKWAWA.

The newspaper says the exercise, aimed to crack down on alcohol spirits, took place between the district office premises and the police station.

It says at least 300 cartons comprising some ONE-THOUSAND-200 bottles of the illicit beer have gone up in smoke during the operation, which attracted scores of people.

The burning comes barely TWO days after the law-enforcement agents at the checkpoint at THABWA intercepted a van and a minibus carrying liquor belonging to a BURUNDIAN trader.

Police arrested the foreign suspect, NDIHO ALPHONSE, and a MALAWIAN, ALEX PAUL, both of whom were later released on bail.

THE NATION says the accused have since been fined 695 US dollars for contravening the law and the ban on the spirits packaged in illegal plastic bottles.

The development in MALAWI comes amid a UN report saying unrecorded alcohol is not reflected in official statistics of a country in which it is produced consumed, or both.

The study by the world body says the market for such liquor includes a number of different components, legal and illegal, and because it is not recorded, it can often be clandestine.

Therefore, the unrecorded alcohol market is also difficult to measure and accurate estimates of its size are difficult to obtain in most countries.

Similarly, for MALAWI and elsewhere, data on production processes, drinking patterns, and outcomes associated with the liquor, as well as the quality and safety of unrecorded products, is also narrow./Sabanews/cam



Tree felling threatens to create deserts across SADC and rest of Africa (Pic. Agencies)

LUANDA – Environment Minister PAULA FRANCISCO of ANGOLA says her government will continue to fighting illegal trade of wild fauna and flora to preserve the ecological diversity.

She has made the pledge during the occasion to celebrate the International Day of Biological Diversity.

Minister FRANCISCO says joint efforts by different organs for protection and preservation of species depends on the support and actions of international and national programs.

She says the preservation of the large and rich biodiversity is even more needed, and every citizen should be a protector of the national flora and fauna varieties.

Minister FRANCISCO has also emphasised the importance of the Environment Crimes Unit, urging the civil society to condemn illegal activities.

She says community groups have means that enable a progressive and consistent fight against poaching as well as illegal trade of animals to stop the decline of different species in urban zones.

Experts say rampant cutting down of trees in response to global timber demands, resulting in soil erosion, desertification, siltation of rivers and dams, and the loss of biodiversity, are some of the major environmental issues facing ANGOLA today./Sabanews/cam