Issue 34 of The Bulletin provides insights into food insecurities worrying citizens with terminal illnesses, the poor state of the country’s roads and indifference displayed by the central government among other issues. Read on.
HIV Positive Persons Fret Over Food Insecurities
Poor rains coupled with prolonged dryness resulted in planted crops wilting, and food monitoring agencies such as the Famine Early Warnings System Network have urged authorities to start planning humanitarian response programmes.
Healthy and natural foods are some of the requirements for people with HIV and AIDs to maintain good health. But there is concern among those living with the chronic disease owing to fears of a drought induced hunger.
A Beitbridge villager Sibusiso Dewa, says eating healthy food helped her in fightingHIV after she was diagnosed as positive. However, Dewa says she is struggling to have three meals a day after the poor harvest. “Getting a meal is a torrid task now. We are facing a serious drought, and we really need the government and non-governmental organisations to intervene before we die due to hunger and HIV,” Dewa says.
COVID-19 Leads to Surge of Child Mothers
The United Nations Population Fund says COVID-19 restrictions delayed interventions against child marriage and caused a long-lasting economic downturn that will push more families into poverty, which is a key driver of child marriages.
At just 20, Ndlovu, a mother of two, is 6 months pregnant. Hers is an unwanted pregnancy; a result of failure to access sexual and reproductive health services
(SRHS) at the height of the COVID-19 outbreak. “I was using birth control pills but I could not replenish my supplies after the lockdowns were introduced,” Ndlovu who hails from Guyu, Gwanda district, says.
Price Hike Kills Back-to-School Hype
Following the 100% hiked prices of school uniforms and other school items by retailers, most parents have said it has dampened the back to school preparations. Uniforms are mostly sold in foreign currency while stationery from big retailers such as Pick n Pay and OK supermarkets is sold in the local currency. Unfortunately, the big shops don’t have a wide range of school uniforms which are now available in sprouting clothing shops.
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Source: The Citizen Bulletin