Health Sciences Department
The Department of Health Sciences was initially started as a unit within the Agricultural Science Department. It offers Health Education to All students at the University. The Department is housed in the Faculty of Science and Engineering.
Our vision is to be a department with excellence, efficiency and effectiveness in teaching, learning and research in the health field by producing autonomous, innovative and highly acclaimed graduates who will be highly recognized locally, nationally and internationally.
The Department of Health Sciences is committed to offering quality programmes in the field of Health Sciences. We are committed to the health of the society and improve the quality of health care services through teaching, extension services and research. The Department seeks to be the hub of knowledge and a beacon of excellence in rendering health care issues to the university and the local community.
• Lifelong Learning
• Teamwork and Diversity
• Innovation and excellence
• Student Centeredness
• Commitment and Discipline
Programmes on Offer
- BSc Honours Degree in Nursing Science (Nursing Education)
- Postgraduate Diploma in Infection Prevention and Control
The Departmental staff is actively involved in research activities to stay up-to-date with trending patterns in health. Our staff denoted in bold text and latest research activity;
- Tichaona Fambirai, Moses John Chimbari and Pisirai Ndarukwa. (2022) Global Cross-Border Malaria Control Collaborative Initiatives: A Scoping Review. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, Imprint.
- Jaqueline C. Stone, Pisirai Ndarukwa, David E. Scheim, Barry M. Dancis, Jerome Dancis, Martin G. Gill and Colleen Aldous. (2022) Changes in SpO2 on Room Air for 34 Severe COVID-19 Patients after Ivermectin-Based Combination Treatment: 62% Normalization within 24 Hours. Journal of Biologics, Imprint.
- Ndlovu, V., Chimbari, M., Ndarukwa, P., & Sibanda, E. (2022). Sensitization to Imbrasia belina (mopane worm) and other local allergens in rural Gwanda district of Zimbabwe. Allergy, asthma, and clinical immunology: official journal of the Canadian Society of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, 18(1), 33. https://doi.org/10.1186/s13223-022-00668-0
- van der Merwe, F., Vickery, N. J., Kluyts, H. L., Yang, D., Han, Y., Munlemvo, D. M., Ashebir, D. Z., Mbwele, B., Forget, P., Basenero, A., Youssouf, C., Antwi-Kusi, A., Ndonga, A. K., Ngumi, Z., Elkhogia, A., Omigbodun, A. O., Tumukunde, J., Madzimbamuto, F. D., Gobin, V., Mehyaoui, R., … African Surgical Outcomes Study (ASOS) (—- Ndarukwa P—) investigators (2021). Postoperative Outcomes Associated With Procedural Sedation Conducted by Physician and Non-physician Anesthesia Providers: Findings From the Prospective, Observational African Surgical Outcomes Study. Anesthesia and analgesia, 10.1213/ANE.0000000000005819. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1213/ANE.0000000000005819
- Kachapila, M., Ademuyiwa, A. O., Biccard, B. M., Ghosh, D. N., Glasbey, J., Monahan, M., Moore, R., Morton, D. G., Oppong, R., Pearse, R., Roberts, T. E., NIHR Global Health Research Unit on Global Surgery, ASOS Investigators (Ndarukwa P), & STARSurg Collaborative (2021). Preliminary model assessing the cost-effectiveness of preoperative chlorhexidine mouthwash at reducing postoperative pneumonia among abdominal surgery patients in South Africa. PloS one, 16(8), e0254698. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0254698
- Vickery N, Stephens T, du Toit L, van Straaten D, Pearse R, Torborg A, Ndarukwa P, et al. Understanding the performance of a pan-African intervention to reduce postoperative mortality: a mixed-methods process evaluation of the ASOS-2 trial. 2021;127(5):778-88.
- Ndarukwa, P., Chimbari, M. J., & Sibanda, E. (2021). Protocol for a scoping review to evaluate the extent of utilisation of healthcare services by asthma patients in sub-Saharan African countries. BMJ open, 11(8), e046294. https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2020-046294
- Ndarukwa P, Chimbari MJ and Sibanda EN. Survival of asthma patients attended at Chitungwiza Central Hospital in Zimbabwe. PAMJ – Clinical Medicine. 2021;6:19.
- Adeloye, D., Elneima, O., Daines, L., Poinasamy, K., Quint, J. K., Walker, S., Brightling, C. E., Siddiqui, S., Hurst, J. R., Chalmers, J. D., Pfeffer, P. E., Novotny, P., Drake, T. M., Heaney, L. G., Rudan, I., Sheikh, A., De Soyza, A., & International COVID-19 Airways Diseases Group (—Pisirai Ndarukwa—) (2021). The long-term sequelae of COVID-19: an international consensus on research priorities for patients with pre-existing and new-onset airways disease. The Lancet. Respiratory medicine, 9(12), 1467–1478. https://doi.org/10.1016/S2213-2600(21)00286-1
- Bruce M Biccard, Leon du Toit, Maia Lesosky, Tim Stephens, Landon Myer, Agya Prempeh, Nicola Vickery, Hyla-Louise Kluyts, Alexandra Torborg, Akinyinka Omigbodun, Adesoji Ademuyiwa, Muhammed Elhadi, Mohamed Elfagieh, Bernard Mbwele, Mpoki Ulisubisya, Lazaro Mboma, Daniel Z Ashebir, Mahlet Tesfaye Bahta, Hassen Mohammed, Mikiyas Teferi, Yakob Seman, Eugene Zoumenou, Adam Hewitt-Smith, Janat Tumukunde, Dolly Munlemvo, Atilio Morais, Apollo Basenero, Pisirai Ndarukwa, Nazinigouba Ouerdraogo, Maman Sani Chaibou, Mohyeddine Zarouf, Ahmed Rhassane El Adib, Veekash Gobin, Zimogo Sanogo, Youssouf Coulibaly, Zipporah Ngumi, Tarig Fadalla, Cynthia Lule, Venerand Barendegere, Isaac Smalle, Mustapha Bittaye, Ahmadou Lamin Samateh, Mahmoud Elfiky, Maher Fawzy, Wakisa Mulwafu, Vanessa Msosa, Lygia Lopes, Akwasi Antwi-Kusi, Sama Hamza, Patrice Forget, Dawid van Straaten, Rupert M Pearse. (2021). Enhanced postoperative surveillance versus standard of care to reduce mortality among adult surgical patients in Africa (ASOS-2): a cluster-randomised controlled trial. The Lancet. Global health, 9(10), e1391–e1401. https://doi.org/10.1016/S2214-109X(21)00291-
- Ndlovu, V., Chimbari, M., Sibanda, E., & Ndarukwa, P. (2021). A feasibility study to assess Imbrasia belina (mopane worm) sensitisation and related respiratory health outcomes in a rural community in Gwanda district, Zimbabwe. Pilot and feasibility studies, 7(1), 55. https://doi.org/10.1186/s40814-021-00780-9
- Ndlovu V, Chimbari M, Sibanda E, Ndarukwa P. A feasibility study to assess Imbrasia belina (mopane worm) sensitization and related respiratory health outcomes in a rural community in Gwanda district, Zimbabwe. Pilot and feasibility studies. 2021 Dec;7(1):1-6.
- Estele Mwanza, Reginald Dennis Gwisai Joshua Munsaka (2021). Knowledge and Practices on Reproductive Tract Infections among Rural Women in Binga, Zimbabwe. Greener Journal of Epidemiology and Public Health Vol. 9(1), pp. 10-30, 2021 ISSN: 2354-2381.
- Chimhini G, Magwenzi M, Fitzgerald F. 2021. Infection Prevention and Control in low-resource settings: the need for the local, the contextual and the pragmatic. Infection Prevention in Practice. In Press, Corrected Proof, Available online 2 April 2021; Page 100135.
- Angela Dramowski, Gerald Ong’ayo, Andrea M Rehman, Andrew Whitelaw, Appiah-Korang Labi, Noah Obeng-Nkrumah, Awa Ndir, Marcelyn T Magwenzi, Kenneth Onyedibe, Martin Wolkewitz, Marlieke E A de Kraker, J Anthony G Scott, Alexander M Aiken, MBIRA study collaborators.2021. Mortality attributable to third-generation cephalosporin resistance in Gram-negative bloodstream infections in African hospitals: a multi-site retrospective study. JAC-Antimicrobial Resistance 3(1) Published online: https://doi.org/10.1093/jacamr/dlab037
- Katsinde, T. J., Katsinde, C. S., & Tsododo, E. (2021). Knowledge, attitude and practices among nurses on performance appraisal system at two district hospitals in Mashonaland Central Province in Zimbabwe. V(VI), 5.
- Chironda, Geldine & Manwere, Ancia & Dushimiyimana, Violette & Ngendahayo, Flavien & Gapira, E & Ndahayo, Didace & Umuhire, L & Mbabazi, T & Nkuranyabahizi, M & Shyaka, J & Umingabiye, M & Mukeshimana, Madeleine & Bhengu, Busisiwe. (2021). Acute Kidney Injury and Renal Replacement Therapy (RRT) in ICU: The Nephrology or Intensive Care Nurse Role. Rwanda Medical Journal. 78. 37-46.
COMMUNITY SERVICE AND INNOVATION
The department is involved in community engagement activities that ensure health and safety for all through participation in several conferences from local, regional to global platforms.
14 NOVEMBER 2021– Inter-ministerial World Diabetic Day commemoration held at Chivhu stadium. The Department of Health Sciences together with Optometry Department received an invitation from the Light of Dawn, a Non-Governmental Organization to participate in the World Diabetic Day event. We took part in screening for Hypertension and Diabetes Mellitus. Health education on the non-communicable diseases was delivered as the need was identified. The department was also honoured by the Vice President and Minister of Health and Child Care, Dr C Chiwenga who visited our designated stand and had his vision checked.
19 JANUARY 2022– CSSD Symposium, the Department hosted the symposium as part of learning activity for the Post Graduate Diploma in Infection Control (PGDIPC) students, who were on campus for their 2 weeks contact session for the module on Decontamination and Sterilization. The delegates included Infection Control Focal persons and those working in decontamination and sterilization services from local health facilities in Bindura. The PGDIPC students made three presentations on State of decontamination services in Central, District and Provincial Hospitals; and Private healthcare sector. KDB Healthcare as our guest also presented on modern Central Sterilization Supply Department (CSSD) resources and IPC standard protocols.
21 APRIL 2022– Nomination of Dr Pisirai Ndarukwa to be a focal point to support eSurvey to assess the current status of Ear and Health Care in Africa Region under World Health Organization.
Ms. A. Manwere – Chairperson
MSc Nursing Science (Medical-Surgical), UZ 2010. BSc Nursing Science, UZ 2002. Certificate in Research Methods, UZ 2016Certificate in Data Analysis UZ, 2010. Certificate in Online Facilitation UCT 2017.
Dr Ndarukwa- Senior Lecturer
PhD Public Health UKZN, South Africa 2019. MSc Public Health, 2014 AU. BSc Nursing Education (Psychiatric Nursing) 2010 CUT. Diploma in General Nurse- 2002, NCZ. Diploma in Psychiatry and Mental Health Nursing- 2005, NCZ. Diploma in Psychology 2011. Diploma in Health Studies 2013. Diploma in Statistics-2015. Diploma in Project Management 2014. Certificate in Measurement and Evaluation- 2015 USAID. Certificate in GIS Techniques for Measurement and Evaluation of HIV/AIDS and Related Programs- 2015. Certificate in Health in Numbers: Quantitative Methods in Clinical and Public Health, Research-2013, Harvard School of Public Health. Certificate in Data Quality – 2019, Global Health eLearning Centre. Certificate in Train the Trainer in Infection Control and Prevention- 2012, Stellenbosch University. Certificate in Introduction to Global Health. Certificate of Data Analysis Using Statistical Package R -2015, KIT. Certificate in Translating Research into Policy- 2015, UZ-BRTI. Certificate of Good Clinical Practice- 2014, UZCHS. Certificate of Basic Epidemiology-2014, UZCHS. Certificate in Protecting Human Research Participants – 2018, NIH. Certificate in Clinical Research Training- 2013, NIH. Certificate of Introduction to Clinical Research-2017, Global Research Network. Certificate of Good Clinical Practice- 2018, NIDA. Certificate in Foundations of Development Policy -2015, MIT. Certificate of Management of Epidemics –HKU-2015. Certificate of Evaluating Social Programs-2015, MIT
Ms. Estele Mwanza – Lecturer
MSc Nursing Science (Maternal and Child Healthcare), 2004. BSc Nursing Science, 1999. Diploma in Midwifery, 1995. Diploma in General Nursing, 1991. Post-Grad Diploma in Food and Nutrition Security, 2009.
Mrs. Constance Shorayi Katsinde – Lecturer
PhD candidate Public Health UKZN, South Africa 2022. MSc Public Health, Amsterdam University 2014. MSc Nursing Science (Medical Surgical Nursing) University of Zimbabwe 2000. BSc Nursing Science (Nursing Education) University of Zimbabwe 1994. Diploma In General Nursing Parirenyatwa School of Nursing, Hre Zimbabwe 1989. Certificate Sexually Transmitted Infectious Diseases, Genito-Urinary Centre, Hre Zimbabwe 1996.
Ms. Marcelyn T. Magwenzi – Lecturer
MSc Medical Microbiology, University of Zimbabwe, 2007. BSc Biochemistry and Microbiology, UNISA, 2003. Diploma in Applied Chemical Technology, Bulawayo Polytech,1996. Certificate in Health Education Advanced Leadership for Zimbabwe, 2014. Certificate in Unit Credit in Quality Assurance, 2004.
Mr. W. Manyani – Teaching Assistant
MSc candidate Medical Science Physiology, University of Zimbabwe, 2022. BSc Nursing Science (Medical Surgical), UZ, 2019. Certificate for Mechanical Ventilation for Covid 19 (4weeks), 2020. Certificate for Covid 19 Contact-Tracing(2weeks), 2020.
Ms. L Vengai – Secretary
BSc candidate Human Resource Management, GZU, 2022. Diploma in Office Management, BUSE, 2013.
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