Health Service Board Embarks on Institutional Visits Countrywide.



The Health Service Board (HSB) will be embarking on institutional visits in the various Provinces, throughout the country, as part of its mandate. According to the Health Service the Board shall exercise its functions under this Act so as to ensure the well-being and good administration of the Health Service and its maintenance in a high state of efficiency Section 4(2). The recently appointed Board that was inaugurated in June 2018 will commenced the institutional visits on 8 October 2018, with a maiden visit to Manicaland Province. The objectives of the visits are to: –

  • Interface with Health workers at various Public Health institutions in the Provinces and have an appreciation of the local work environments.
  • To provide direct support to local Hospital Management Boards
  • Enhance the working relationship between the Health Service Board, Health Management Boards and various institutions in Provinces.
  • Share the Health Service Board expectations
  • Have an appreciation of the infrastructure, in terms of buildings and equipment at the institutions.
  • Have an appreciation of the achievements and operational challenges at various institutions.
  • In the process we hope this will enhance the image and visibility of the Health Service Board.

Drinking alcohol can damage a child’s health

According to a new study by Researchers at the Centre for Longitudinal Studies at the UCL Institute of Education, and Pennsylvania State University, it was found that, one in six parents allow their children to drink booze by the age of 14.

The study also found that light or moderate-drinking parents were just as likely to let their children drink alcohol as heavy-drinking parents.

It suggests that many parents are misguided by letting their children consume alcohol at a younger age in an attempt to teach them to drink responsibly.

Although the results of the study, published in the Journal of Adolescent Health, notes that just 2% of ethnic minority parents said they allowed early drinking

Given Christmas is a time when wine is often shared at the dinner table, the researchers were keen to point out that while having better educated parents is generally a protective factor, previous studies have shown that starting drinking at a young age means children are more likely to fail at school, have behaviour issues and alcohol and substance problems when they become adults.

The analysis was compiled from data on 10 000 children born at the turn of the century from the Millennium Cohort Study.

It found that 17% of parents in the UK have allowed their children to drink by the time they were 14.

In the survey, 14-year-olds themselves were asked whether they had ever tried more than a few sips of alcohol, with almost half saying yes.

When they were 11, about 14% had done so.

The study’s lead author, Jennifer Maggs, said: “Parents of socially advantaged children may believe that allowing children to drink will teach them responsible use or may in fact inoculate them against dangerous drinking.

However, there is little research to support these ideas.

“While social disadvantage predicts many long-term health problems, parents of socially advantaged children appear to view alcohol use as less risky.”

Official medical advice recommends that children don’t drink alcohol until they are at least 15.

The NHS says: “Drinking alcohol can damage a child’s health, even if they’re 15 or older.

Invest in your health as it is your true wealth

Invest in your health as it is your true wealthGood health is a form of complete physical, mental and social well-being – when both your body and mind are functioning well and in unity. Being healthy is very important and necessary to effectively do your day to day activities. Physical health starts with a healthy diet filled with nutrients, minerals and vitamins, a consistent exercise routine as well as generally taking good care of yourself. However, practicing good health is not a process which is based on your physical well-being only. Other components of health include emotional health, mental health and spiritual health. The combination of a healthy body and mind benefits job, sports and general performance.

An unhealthy lifestyle is triggered by consuming excessive amounts of calories and refined and processed carbohydrates as well as the lack of exercise amongst others. Weight gain increases the risks of developing illnesses such as heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure and strokes. Creating an exercise routine that meets your personal requirements and taking part in physical activity is one of the key components of practicing good health. With so many sporting and exercise activities available, there is no need to pile on the kilos. Staying active and keeping fit is one of the best preventative methods available.

Set realistic goals such as eating a well-balanced diet, being physically active daily, even if it means that you’re going for a 20-minute walk, going for regular health check-ups, getting enough sleep and managing your stress.

Graffiti cements HIV/AIDS fight

Visiting American graffiti artist Maxx Moses worked with 10 local artists to design messages of hope and awareness on HIV/AIDS at the walls of the Bulawayo National Gallery and Madlodlo Beer Garden. The collaboration was testimony that creativity is key to the fight against the spread of HIV. “AIDS is a disease that is sexually transmitted, right, so if you are going to engage in the act of creativity, and wait to engage you get tested so that you create from a pure space,” said Maxx during an interview soon after the dedication of the murals on World AIDS Day. “If we are going to engage in that aspect of creativity it keeps you away from negative activities, when you aspire all you want to do is create, when your mind is focused on creativity you don’t focus on the negative, it creates a vibration,” said Maxx.

Malaria spraying indoors begins

A PAINKILLER taken by millions can increase the risk of heart attack and stroke by 40 percent, a study has found. Researchers say that while there is no need for patients to panic, diclofenac should be restricted to prescription only. In completely healthy patients, a 40 percent raised chance of heart problems is not at all significant. But for those who already have a high risk of a heart attack or stroke, taking the painkiller could present serious problems. The Medicines and Health-care products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) said that patients should not stop taking the drug, but should consult their doctor if they have fears over its safety. Last year almost 17 million prescriptions were written by GPs in England for non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or NSAIDs, for conditions such as arthritis, back pain, gout, headaches and fever. Of these, diclofenac was the most commonly prescribed and given to 6 million patients. It can also be bought over the counter under the brand name Voltarol Pain-Eze