• Matjinge Clinic Opens Doors to Better Care for Women

    The opening of Gambu rural health centre brings to an end pregnant women's suffering in getting proper health services in Bulilima district.


    The official opening of Gambu Clinic has lightened the load for villagers who had to walk up to 20 kilometres to access nearest health facility.

    BY MELODY MPANDE | @The_CBNews | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | FEB 3, 2023

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  • Remaining Green Amidst of Environmental Threats in Matabeleland

    Hwange's environmental hazards caused by widespread mining are proving a threat to the region’s green economy. Image by iStock


    After years of intact environment and unspoiled natural resources in Matabeleland, the region needs measures to remain green as human induced threats pose serious threats to biodiversity.

    BY CALVIN MANIKA | @The_CBNews | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | FEB 3, 2023

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  • Hwange Residents Increasingly Bear Brunt of Climate Change

    In Hwange, climate experts forecast less rainfall and increasing rainfall unpredictability resulting in recurrent droughts. Image by AdobeStock


    In Hwange, the environmental, human, economic and social costs of climate change are increasingly becoming more clear—negative developments that require urgent action.

    BY CALVIN MANIKA | @The_CBNews | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | JAN 30, 2023

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  • Community Advocates Help Dozens of Marginalized Youths Enroll for Nursing

    To debunk myths that in Matabeleland there are no qualified youths, community advocates help dozens of youths enroll for nursing. Image by NewZimbabwe


    With over 500 applicants from Matabeleland already assisted, they are working to improve their initiative.

    BY DIVINE DUBE | @The_CBNews | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | JAN 27, 2023

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  • Human-Wildlife Conflict Scourge: In Mat North, Predators Escalate Livestock Losses

    Hwange National Park wildlife location in Zimbabwe, Africa | Wildlife  Worldwide

    Predators such as wolves are giving villagers a torrid time. Photo: Wildlife Worldwide


    In Matetsi, wild animals are interfering with livestock farming. Villagers say their livelihoods are at risk.

    BY CALVIN MANIKA | @The_CBNews | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | JAN 22, 2023

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  • No Water Bucket, No Treatment: The Plight of Patients at Garanyemba Clinic

    Without a bucket of water, expecting mothers are turned away. Photo: AI


    At Garanyemba Clinic, you either bring a bucket of water or don't get treated. The community is searching for a lasting solution.

    BY MELODY MPANDE | @The_CBNews | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | JAN 18, 2023

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  • Manama Hospital in Dismal State Despite $28M Investment

     Lack of funds stalls renovations at Manama Mission HospitalManama Mission Hospital (File photo)


    Several months after receiving millions of dollars from the central government and independent donors for renovations and upgrades, the hospital remains in a dismal state. The community is seeking answers.

    BY MELODY MPANDE | @The_CBNews | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | JAN 16, 2023

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  • Teen Pregnancies and STIs A Fresh Headache for Matabeleland

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    Teenage pregnancies and the prevalence of sexually transmitted infections are threatening the social fabric of Matabeleland. Victims blame ignorance.

    BY MELODY MPANDE | @The_CBNews | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | JAN 12, 2023

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  • Hunting Ban Backtracks Community Development

    A lion roaming in Hwange National Park. Photo by National Geographic 


    Before the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, villagers benefited from the proceeds of hunting which they used to build critical infrastructure such as schools and clinics. With the outbreak of the disease, all that was lost.

    CALVIN MANIKA | @The_CBNews | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | JAN 6, 2023

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HIV Patients Struggled to Access Treatment Amidst COVID-19

During the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, some HIV patients defaulted their treatments as they could not access clinics. Image by Unsplash


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Faced with challenges to access clinics, some HIV patients defaulted their treatments at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.


HWANGE (The Citizen Bulletin) — The imposition of restrictions during the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted the uptake of medication for people on antiretroviral treatment (ART). People on ART like others were afraid to visit the clinics and hospitals as the virus spread at an alarming rate. Lack of transport for those in remote areas threatened the health of the patients as some defaulted after failing to walk long distances.

The unfinished 5 Miles Hospital which is used as an Opportunistic Infections ART Clinic to cater for HIV positive patients was used as a District’s COVID-19 isolation centre. This deterred some patients from visiting the facility despite the Ministry of Health and Child Care having placed measures for the smooth flow of both programs.

The COVID-19 pandemic caused much uncertainty around the world, including for people living with and affected by HIV. The WHO Global Clinical Platform reported the need for people living with HIV to stay as healthy as possible and regularly take antiretroviral medications.

Dumisani Moyo says he was in a predicament in a bid to survive defaulting ART medication while surviving COVID-19 as he dreaded both.


“I live 15 kilometres from the clinic where I collect medication. I couldn't walk such a long distance to and from. But I needed to survive both pandemics.”
Dumisani Moyo, a patient on ART


Patients on ART say they had a hard time during lockdowns in getting medication as they could have spent a lot of time passing through the authorities. But, most worrisome was the fear of contracting the deadly disease at the clinics. Down the lane, their vaccination status was not clear until medical experts cleared them to take COVID-19 jabs.

“Rumours were also another threat. People would say, we are more vulnerable to the disease than any other people. I then chose to stay home and find other ways. Only later after an informed explanation, I made efforts to visit the clinic and collect my medication,” adds Moyo.