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UZ graduate seeks US$30k funding for kidney transplant in India

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By Mary Taruvinga

A 25-year-old University of Zimbabwe graduate, Ruth Hwara is seeking US$30 000 to undergo a kidney transplant in India.

Hwara studied Business Management with the UZ but fell sick shortly after she completed her studies before she was diagnosed with Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD).

“All my kidneys are no longer functional. Doctors said my condition was caused by High Blood Pressure,” she said in one interview.

She has managed to raise US$4 500 since June last year.

Her fundraising organising team said now her life depends on dialysis, enduring 5-hour sessions, twice a week.

“Dr Madzudzo, her specialist, has made it clear that a kidney transplant is her only chance to survive.

“The cost of this procedure in India is estimated at 30 000 USD, a staggering amount beyond her capacity.

“Every day she fights for her life, your compassionate assistance could be the lifeline that pulls her out of her situation,” said the committee in a statement.

Hwara has a diet sheet, provided by her doctors but is struggling to stick to the diet due to lack of funds.

Besides this, she also undergoes taping sessions to drain fluids from her stomach and this procedure costs US$30 per session.

She also gets blood transfusions and exchange catheters which is making her life more complicated.

“Now my vision is blurred because of the continued use of some dialysis machines. My stomach is also swollen. I cannot stick to the diet because we have no money,” she said.

Nigel Makomo, a member of her fundraising organising team said “she is in pain.”

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Mnangagwa commissions Kamativi Spodumene Mine

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Below are some images from Hwange, Kamativi Spodumene mine where President Emmerson Mnangagwa Friday commissioned the company’s 2.3 MT spodumene mining and processing project phase one.

Pictures by the Presidential Communications

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Mozambican national jailed 16 years for rape

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By Tinei Tuhwe

A 23-year old Mozambican will spend the next 16 years in a Zimbabwean prison following his conviction and sentencing for raping a minor.

According to the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA), the convict, whose name was not given, was convicted by a Chipinge magistrate after a full trial.

Prosecutors proved that the rape took place on March 12 this year.

The complainant, aged 13, was on her way from their homestead to a nearby business center in Chipinge.

“He grabbed her by the shoulders and dragged her to a nearby bush where he threatened her with a knife before raping her,” said the NPA in a statement.

The court heard the victim screamed for help and was heard by a passerby who rushed to the scene and rescued her while the suspect grabbed his clothes and took to his heels.

The matter was reported to the police leading to the arrest of the perpetrator.

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Nigeria recalls ‘toxic’ children’s cough syrup

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NIGERIA’S drug regulator has recalled a batch of Johnson & Johnson children’s cough syrup after tests showed it contained “an unacceptable high level” of a toxic and potentially fatal substance.

The substance, Diethylene glycol, “was found to cause acute oral toxicity in laboratory animals”, Nigeria’s National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC) said on Wednesday

It added that human consumption of the Diethylene glycol results in toxic effects, including abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhoea, inability to pass urine, headache, altered mental state, and acute kidney injury which may lead to death.

The substance has been linked to the recent deaths of dozens of children in Cameroon and The Gambia.

Laboratory tests on the recalled Benylin Paediatric syrup also showed that it caused “acute oral toxicity in laboratory animals”, the regulator added.

Neither Johnson & Johnson nor Kenvue – which owns the Benylin brand after becoming independent from Johnson & Johnson last year- have commented on the NAFDAC’s statement.

The syrup was manufactured in South Africa in May 2021 and had an expiry date of April 2024.

The syrup’s packaging says it can be used for relieving cough and congestive symptoms and for treating fever and other allergic conditions among children aged between two and 12 years.

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