Nandos Building Collapse Kills One

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Nandos Building in Bulawayo collapsed over the weekend and, according to Bulawayo police, killed one person and several people were injured. The injured were transferred to Mater Dei Hospital, where reports indicate that, one of them passed away upon admission.

Our heartfelt thoughts and prayers at ZimShoppingMalls are with the families affected by this tragic incident. Social media was buzzing on Saturday and Sunday with people expressed mixed emotions; some were livid that a company as big as Nandos would renovate a building on to have it collapse a year after while others expressed their sympathies to the injured people and their families. There are unconfirmed reports that the company is launching an investigation into the building collapse.

Southern Zimbabwe was more affected by the Dineo Cyclone later downgraded to a Tropical storm as we reported late last week. Early speculation has been that the strong winds played a role in the Nandos building collapse. We will await results from the investigation and update the public via our ZimShoppingMalls online magazine.

As people wonder on whether the injured and the family that lost a loved one will get compensated or who is responsible we decided to researched some of the common reasons why buildings collapse and below are some of our findings:

  • Wrong or inappropriate material used
  • Bad workmanship
  • Bad Design
    • Foundation not matching the loads and founding conditions
    • No allowance of movement
    • No shear / buttresses walls
  • Roof tie downs insufficient
  • Rot and /or insect damage on timber buildings
  • Reinforcement omitted
  • Natural catastrophes
  • Bad or no storm-water control, eroding the foundations
  • Poor communication between the various design professionals involved
  • Compromises in professional ethics and failure to appreciate the responsibility of the profession to the community at large
  • Poor training of field inspectors

This list is not exhaustive but gives readers an idea of some of the questions the investigation might touch on in an attenpt to find out what happened.

Again our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the injured and those who sadly lost their loved one as a result of this incident. It’s always sad to see consumers injured in cases like these while out spending their hard earned money. We also keep Nandos in our prayers as they look into the matter that cost a life and injured several customers.

Who do you think is responsible when people are injured due to a building collapse?

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Dineo Cyclone Downgraded To Tropical Storm

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According to meteorologists, cyclone Dineo that made landfall in Mozambique late Wednesday between 8pm and midnight appears to be dying down.

South African Weather Services (SAWS) said Southern Mozambique suffered torrential rain and winds in excess of 100km/h causing extensive damage to property in that region.

Just as Zimbabweans, especially those in Southern Zimbabwe were bracing themselves for the much publicized cyclone, according to SAWS, Dineo cyclone was downgraded to a tropical depression and renamed “ex-Dineo”.

The Met Services Department of Zimbabwe has released statements that despite the downgrading of Dineo cyclone, heavy rains, strong winds & flooding are expected to affect most parts of Zimbabwe and has called for continued warning campaigns countrywide. It’s very important for citizens to move to safer areas and adjust travel plans to areas that may be at high risks from ‘ex-Dineo’.

We urge everyone to please be safe especially those in areas prone to flash flooding. You may read our previous article on how to stay safe in storms and heavy rains by clicking HERE.

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Emergency Contraception

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26th September 2016 was the world contraception day and I took the opportunity to raise awareness about emergency contraception which is popularly known as the morning after pill. Emergency contraception is just for the morning after the night before when something did not quite go to plan. Accidents do happen in all walks of life and sex is no different. Emergency contraception does offer a second chance to prevent pregnancy after having unprotected sex or if your contraceptive method has failed – for example, a condom has split or you’ve missed a pill.

What is emergency contraception?

These are pills used to stop,or delay the ovaries from releasing an egg or devices that work by changing the lining of the womb that may prevent implantation of a fertilised egg. Time is of the essence here so for best chance for it to work , it should be taken as soon as possible after unprotected sex .

Emergency contraception is not intended for regular use and does not protect against Sexual transmitted infections or HIV. After using emergency contraception one should use another form of contraception for the rest of the cycle to protect themselves if they do not want to become pregnant. However if you use the IUD as emergency contraception, it can be left in as your regular contraceptive method.

Types of emergency contraception

There are two types , one is the emergency contraceptive pill popularly knows as the morning after pill. The other type is the Intrauterine device (IUD) or coil. With the pill there are two kinds of emergency contraceptive pill- the Levonelle and ellaOne. Levonelle has to be taken within 72 hours (three days) of sex, and ellaOne has to be taken within 120 hours (five days) of sex. Both pills work by preventing or delaying ovulation (release of an egg).

The IUD can be inserted into the uterus up to five days after unprotected sex, or up to five days after the earliest time one could have ovulated. It may stop an egg from being fertilised or implanting in the womb.

Points to remember about emergency contraceptive pill

  • The pill can make you feel sick, dizzy or tired, or give you a headache, tender breasts or abdominal pain but this mild and does not last long.
  • The sooner you take the pill , the more effective it will be.
  • The pill can make one have their period earlier or later than usual. See your doctor if your period is more than seven days late as you may be pregnant.
  • If you’re sick (vomit) within two hours of taking Levonelle, or three hours of taking ellaOne, seek medical advice as you will need to take another dose or have an IUD fitted.
  • If you use the IUD as a regular method of contraception, it can make your periods longer, heavier or more painful.
  • You may feel some discomfort when the IUD is put in – painkillers can help to relieve this.
  • There are no serious side effects of using emergency contraception.
  • Emergency contraception does not cause an abortion.
  • Levonelle and ellaOne do not continue to protect you against pregnancy. This means that if you have unprotected sex at any time after taking the emergency pill you can become pregnant.
  • Levonelle is fairly safe whereas so can taken by anyone whereas ellaOne is not recommended in those with asthma and for those breastfeed they have to stop for seven days after taking it. ellaOne does also react with other drugs as shown below.

What to do after taking the emergency contraception

Depending on the reason for taking the morning after pill , you may want to start or resume a regular form of contraception. If you have taken Levonelle, then you should:

take your next contraceptive pill, apply a new patch or insert a new ring within 12 hours of taking the emergency pill ( for ellaOne wait for 5 days before your next contraceptive pill). You should then continue taking your regular contraceptive pill as normal but you need additional contraception, such as condoms, for:
the next seven days if you use the patch, ring, combined pill (except Qlaira which needs 9 days), implant or injection. As for the progestogen-only pill you need just two days.

Please contact your doctor after taking the emergency pill if:

  • you think you might be pregnant
  • your next period is more than seven days late
  • your period is shorter or lighter than usual
  • you have any sudden or unusual pain in your lower abdomen (this could be a sign of an ectopic pregnancy, where a fertilised egg implants outside the womb – this is rare but serious, and needs immediate medical attention)

The emergency pill and other medicines

The emergency contraceptive pill may interact with other medicines. ellaOne cannot be used if you are taking the following medicines , as it may not be effective. Levonelle may still be used with the following medicines , but the dose may need to be increased. Speak to your doctor or pharmacist for further advice.

These medicines include:

  • the herbal medicine St John’s Wort
  • some medicines used to treat epilepsy
  • some medicines used to treat HIV
  • some medicines used to treat Tuberculosis (TB)
  • medication such as omeprazole (an antacid) to make your stomach less acidic
  • There should be no interaction between the emergency pill and most antibiotics but if you are taking rifampicin or rifabutin you must not use ellaOne

Where can I get emergency contraception?

You can get the pill from a pharmacist without a prescription or you can get it from your doctor. Family planning clinics , sexual health clinics and genitourinary medicine clinics will all be able to supply patients with emergency contraceptive pills.

Regular contraception

Having written about emergency contraception it would not be right if I do not put emphasis on the need for a regular method of contraception. If you are not using one , you might consider doing so in order to lower the risk of unintended pregnancy. Long-acting reversible contraception (LARC) offers the most reliable protection against pregnancy, and you don’t have to think about it every day or each time you have sex. I will cover LARC in one of my articles in the near future.

We must also not forget to have safe sex and prevent against Sexual Transmitted Infections. I would like to hear from you about your experiences in trying to get emergency contraception.

Disclaimer: This article is for information only and should not be used for the diagnosis or treatment of medical conditions. Dr Chireka has used all reasonable care in compiling the information but makes no warranty as to its accuracy. Consult a doctor or other healthcare professionals for a diagnosis and treatment of medical conditions. Views expressed here are personal and do not in any way , shape or form represent the views of organisations that Dr Chireka works for or is associated with, including ZimShoppingMalls.

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Harare City Council Debt Woes

Harare City Council Advertorial On Rate Payments

Harare City Council urges all its customers to disregard a social media message purportedly from the Harare Residents Trust urging them to only pay US$10 to the local authority.

The city regards the message as not only irresponsible but a blatant campaign to derail service delivery and take Harare to pre-historic times.

Individual residents have a direct contract with City of Harare. When the city takes the Individual ratepayer to court over outstanding bills these so-called associations will not be there.

Council has always been available for debt discussions. Customers having difficulties in paying their debts should make payment arrangements at their nearest district offices and always ensure they pay the current bill. Debt accumulation results in loss of property through attachments by the Messenger of Court.

Municipal services are funded by consumers of the services. The average bill for a high density suburb is around US$25 while for medium to low density it Is US$56. If a resident uses more water the average bill could actually be more. So for any organisation which purports to represent the interests of Harare residents to campaign against the residents’ right to service delivery is not only defeatist but self serving and populist. This will have a negative impact on service delivery.

This notice serves to confirm that council has engaged WellCash Debt Collectors to assist in recovering nearly US$600 million that we are owed. Customers/Residents/the business community are urged to cooperate with WellCash Debt collectors. There is an option to pay to WellCash or directly to council.

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Chinamasa Scraps VAT On Meat

On February 1, 2017 SI20 came into effect, raising prices of all meat, fish, cereals products, as a result of imposing VAT on these products. The immediate effect was a public outcry among consumers and livestock producers on the increase to these basic grocery items.

FINANCE minister Patrick Chinamasa, On February 7, 2017 scrapped the implementation of Statutory Instrument 20 (SI20) that imposed 15% VAT on rice, fish, margarine, potatoes and meat. The minister’s reason was that, unlike what was done, he had to first consult before introducing the levy.

The minister’s argument for SI20 of 2017 was to raise the much needed funds to pay salaries and other projects. The Finance minister told the House that he charged the 15% VAT on the products on the basis of SADC protocols that Zimbabwe ratified, where member States are supposed to harmonize tax regimes.

The implications of SI20 of 2017 on Zimbabweans’ ability to afford basic foodstuffs was enormous and the immediate public outcry warranted as most Zimbabwean households struggle to afford a well balanced diet due to the tough economic conditions currently not sparing many. The scrapping of SI20 will surely be a welcome move by the masses and earn the minister brownie points from the public.

For now consumers will celebrate but knowing that the minister needs to raise funds for salaries therefore something else will possibly be taxed in the near future to raise those revenues.

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