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Review of Microsoft Cloud for Healthcare – 5 things to note

Review of Microsoft Cloud for Healthcare enteprise solution, 5 things to note for any institution looking to make it part of its healthcare delivery system.

I work from home, and my step-counter doesn’t like it

I have this to say about having worked in retail for the last 8 years: quite literally, I was always moving. Walking from one end of the shop to the other, running for customers, lifting, packing and unpacking. On average, Pacer, my step-counting app recorded 12000 steps or thereabouts daily. Suddenly I find myself doing […]

Rwanda Deploys Robotic Health Workers To Minimise Coronavirus Risk

Health workers have been exposed to the highest risk during COVID-19 since their work makes it pretty hard to observe social distancing and they directly interface with those who have the virus on a daily basis. Rwandan medical workers at a COVID-19 treatment facility in the East African country have deployed robots made by a […]

ZOL Shops To Reopen In Near Future

ZOL subscribers have been receiving a message from their Internet Service Provider (ISP) informing them that ZOL shops will be reopening next month. Dear Customer. Our shops remain closed until 31/05/20. Shops in Bulawayo,Harare and Victoria Falls will open on 01/06/20. The Contact Centre remains available. ZOL message to subscribers Following relaxation if COVID-19 restrictions […]

Sasai Working On COVID-19 Testing App Says Strive Masiyiwa

Strive Masiyiwa shares many updates on his businesses and interests on Facebook. One such recent post revealed that Sasai is working on a COVID-19 testing application that will be released sometime this week. Masiyiwa was speaking about COVID-19 testing and the different types of Covid-19 tests (PCR and RDT tests) when he also mentioned the […]

FBC Donates 10 000 Covid-19 Diagnostic Test Kits

FBC Holdings has demonstrated its commitment towards containing the spread of Covid-19 in Zimbabwe. The Group proudly donated 10 000 Coronavirus test kits in the interest of public health. The donation was presented to the President of the Republic of Zimbabwe, His Excellency, President ED Mnangagwa and representatives from the Ministry of Health and Child […]

Scammers Are Selling Coronavirus “Cures” On The Dark Web

Atlas VPN recently published a report on how Coronavirus cures have started popping up on the dark web. The dark web is a section of the internet that is not indexed by search engines and requires special browsers to access. This makes it easy for people offering illegal services e.g Coronavirus, kidnappings and all kinds […]

Clean City Offering COVID-19 “Decontamination Service” At The Click Of A Button – Here’s Why That’s A Hard Sell

Clean City a subsidiary of Cassava Fintech recently started offering disinfectant services for homes and businesses. Some Econet subscribers have been receiving the following message from Clean City announcing the service: Contact 0772222541 to request for decontamination services against COVID-19 for your home and office space. Make your health your priority. Stay Safe. Clean City […]

This Telehealth Startup Is Providing Medical Info To Underserved Africans

You may have heard of Sila Health before. The health startup partnered with Bulawayo’s City Council to launch a mobile app that provides Covid-19 information. The startup is helping the council to disseminate info on COVID-19 via chat bots. Users of the chat bot can also access a symptom checker and more impressively they can […]

This App Provides Medical Workers With Ventilator Training

Several of the world’s ventilator manufacturers have formed a Ventilator Training Alliance (VTA) and partnered with Allego to create a mobile app that frontline medical providers can use to access a centralized repository of ventilator training resources. The VTA App connects respiratory therapists, nurses and other medical professionals with ventilator training resources from alliance member […]

[Watch] HIT Unveils Their Ventilator

When Nick Mangwana tweeted that HIT had made a ventilator and they could produce up to 40 of those on a daily basis, there was a lot of scepticism – reasonably so. HIT has now shared a video of their in-house ventilator with Engineer Edward Makute and Sister Mashoko providing a walkthrough of how the […]

UNESCO Says Fake News Could Be Fatal During Coronavirus Crisis

The director of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, Guy Berger, has condemned the spread of misinformation relating to the novel Coronavirus. Berger explained that the misinformation regarding the disease has spread to all aspects of the disease and the impact of these falsehoods has real impact; There seems to be barely an […]

Cassava “Launching” Maisha Medik For The 3rd Time – What’s Changed?

Maisha Medik is the application that refuses to die. The health app made it’s debut in June of 2018, as a repurposed version of the more popular ADA application. At this point in its life, Maisha was an artificial intelligence symptom checker. One of the commenters in our initial article covering Maisha Medik had this […]

8 South Africans Have Been Arrested For Spreading Fake News

South Africa’s Police Commissioner Bheki Cele informed citizens of the country that 8 people had been arrested for disseminating misinformation regarding the Novel Coronavirus. The most popular of these arrests is a 55-year-old Western Cape resident who was arrested for posting a video urging South Africans to resist testing as the testing kits being used […]

A List Of COVID-19 Conspiracy Theories & Misinformation You Should Avoid & Never Spread

This is a list of the most popular conspiracy theories making the rounds regarding the Coronavirus. We’ve made this list and will continue to update it because people continue sharing falsehoods in relation to Coronavirus. Please share this with your loved ones and remember before sharing any theories you hear regarding the virus (and other […]

ZOL Shares Guidelines On How They’ll Be Attending To Faults During The Lockdown

With the 21-day nationwide lockdown now in full effect, ZOL has updated customers on how they’ll be addressing faults during this period. The Internet Service Provider said their staff-force will address faults as follows; For faults occurring outside a customer’s home, (“outside your premises or in the garden”) they’ll deploy staff to address the issue; […]

Govt Official Says HIT Has Capacity To Make 40 Ventilators A Day

[Image Source: Nick Mangwana via Twitter] Harare Institute of Technology has made a ventilator according to the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Information and Publicity Nick Mangwana. With a number of reports painting a dire picture regarding the number of ventilators nationwide, HITs efforts are commendable and will help alleviate pressure at local health […]

Kufema Zimbabwe: Locals Group Up To Make Ventilators For COVID 19 Patients

It’s not news anymore, but COVID-19 is here and unless we take drastic measures to try prevent and contain the spread of this virus we will be in big trouble for the foreseeable future. Kufema Zimbabwe is one such initiative started by Juliet Le Breton to help alleviate COIVD-19 pressure locally. Their mandate is to […]

African Academics Launch Initiative To Collate COVID-19 Data Across Africa

The first confirmed case of COVID-19 in Africa was reported in Egypt on 14 February. The patient was a Chinese national who had recently arrived in Cairo. As of 27 March, more than 2,400 cases have been reported across Africa. South Africa, Egypt and Algeria have the highest number of cases – 927, 495, and […]

Registrations For COVID-19 Global Hackathon Now Open

The COVID-19 Global Hackathon is an opportunity for developers to build software solutions that drive social impact, with the aim of tackling some of the challenges related to the current coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Innovators around the world are being invited to #BuildforCOVID19 using technologies of your choice across a range of suggested themes and challenge […]

You Can Now Order Groceries From Gain Cash & Carry On WhatsApp

Coronavirus’ impact will be hard-hitting globally but that’s not to say there isn’t an opportunity in the midst of all the chaos. One of the clearer opportunities we believe might come about as a result of the virus; is the advent of eCommerce in Zimbabwe. Whilst eCommerce has been around for a while now, it […]

Portion Of ZIMRA Staff Ordered To Work From Home

ZIMRA has become the latest of many local companies taking restrictive measures to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. The tax collection authority has put into effect the following measures; All ZIMRA stations and offices maintaining critical skeleton staff; Staff have been provided with appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and sanitizers; Staff have received awareness […]

Ministry Of Health, WHO & UNICEF Launch Coronavirus WhatsApp Bot

The Ministry of Health and Child Care has made a WhatsApp bot which members of the public can contact to get information about the novel coronavirus. Text Hi to the WhatsApp number +263 71 473 4593 Ministry of Health The bot made in collaboration with UNICEF and WHO contains info about the virus, symptoms of […]

What Impact Has Coronavirus Had On Local Tech Companies & Startups?

Corona Correction… An intriguing term that has been used by some financial analysts to denote how the pandemic has “corrected” and continues to “correct” market valuations for business all over the world. After reading a number of these theories, I was left wondering what kind of impact has the virus dealt to local startups and […]

Econet Dismisses False Claims That They’ve Declared A National Shutdown

Recently, there was a voice note circulating on social media and WhatsApp and the person behind it claimed to be an Econet employee who had been informed that at some point this week the telecoms company will close down its shops. An Econet spokesperson refuted the message and said their shops will remain operational as […]

Zim Journalist Gets Flagged For Posting False Coronavirus Update On Facebook

Social media sites have pledged to fight misinformation as the Coronavirus pandemic continues to spread globally. We’ve seen this happen first hand with Zimbabwean journalist Hopewell Chin’ono getting one of his Coronavirus related posts flagged as “false information”. The journalist who posted a picture of Whilst the virus has devastated Italy and many other countries, […]

Kenya Mobile Money Service Provider Removes Transaction Fees In Response To Corona

Kenya’s Central Bank has instructed mobile money service providers to remove charges to incentivise greater use of mobile money instead of cash as one of the measures to curb the spread of Covid-19. Transactions under 1000Ksh (US$10) will be free for the next 90 days; SMEs will have their daily M-PESA transaction limits increased from […]

CIMAS Dismisses Coronavirus Fake News Circulating On Social Media

If you have been active on social media and WhatsApp over the past 24 hours you may have come across the following message; If you suspect you have coronavirus Call 922 for cimas ambulance. they r not supposed to make u pay even a single cent coz UN is backing them for corona. They will […]

Econet Group Instructs Staff To Work From Home Amid Corona Virus Fears

It’s come to our knowledge that the Econet has started introducing remote work for certain staffers – with around 50% of their staff now instructed to work from home due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Whilst Zimbabwe hasn’t had an officially confirmed case, the telecommunications has reacted proactively and minimized the risk that staff and by […]

Twitter Accounts To Follow For Coronavirus Updates

The greatest benefit of social media is arguably its ability to democratize information. Whilst that comes with pitfalls such as misinformation one can argue that sometimes the misinformation is unavoidable and doesn’t taint the overall purpose of social media. With the Corona Outbreak spreading rapidly and its impact on the global economy and health system […]