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The Sponsors of Brave campaign - 4th nominee registered Nurse Dudu Ndlovu
The Sponsors of Brave campaign - 4th nominee registered Nurse Dudu Ndlovu

Dudu Ndlovu is a registered nurse at Port Shepstone Regional Hospital in KwaZulu-Natal...

Issued by The SpaceStation 2 days ago

#Covid-19: Bizcommunity takes business virtual, as usual
#Covid-19: Bizcommunity takes business virtual, as usual

Bizcommunity has always been the place where virtual business gets done and is fully set up to seamlessly enable your business communications through the 21-day national lockdown, starting at midnight on 26 March 2020...

Issued by Bizcommunity.com 25 Mar 2020

Why defeating coronavirus in one country isn't enough - there needs to be a coordinated global strategy
Why defeating coronavirus in one country isn't enough - there needs to be a coordinated global strategy

As long as the virus is present in any country, it can reenter those that have managed to slow it down - or even ones that eventually eradicate it...

By Nader Habibi 25 Mar 2020

Our health is our humanity
Our health is our humanity

Human Rights Day is cause for celebration, a recognition of the progress South Africa has made. Our rights make us who we are. But as the spread of coronavirus shows, it is our right to health that is at the crux of everything...

By Amy Pieterse, Issued by Ginkgo Agency 23 Mar 2020

Simple, fact-informed hygiene measures can help slow Covid-19 spread in Africa
Simple, fact-informed hygiene measures can help slow Covid-19 spread in Africa

The number of coronavirus cases in Kenya has jumped to at least 15 (by 23 March) after the government confirmed more cases...

By Siddharth Chatterjee 23 Mar 2020

Why a one-size-fits-all approach to Covid-19 could have lethal consequences
Why a one-size-fits-all approach to Covid-19 could have lethal consequences

Suppose you had the choice between two health policies, A and B. Policy A would result in the death of a lot of elderly people...

By Alex Broadbent and Benjamin T H Smart 23 Mar 2020

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SAA suspends regional flights

Subsequent to suspending all international flights, South African Airways (SAA) has also announced the suspension of regional flights...

23 Mar 2020

Commuters outside Nairobi Railway Station wash their hands before entering the train station as a preventive measure against COVID-19. Photo by Dennis Sigwe/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images
Covid-19: a guide to good practice on keeping people well informed

The coronavirus disease (Covid-19) is spreading across the world. For those who catch it, the vast majority will experience mild symptoms, but for a few it can cause severe disease and death...

By Orkan Okan, Kristine Sørensen & Melanie Messer 23 Mar 2020

New regulations to curb stockpiling, price hikes released
New regulations to curb stockpiling, price hikes released

Government has imposed regulations that will limit unjustified price hikes and product stockpiling, to protect consumers, as the number of Covid-19 pandemic cases rise to 150...

20 Mar 2020

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More than 600 cases of #Covid-19 in Africa

More than 600 cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed in 34 countries in Africa as of 19 March, compared with 147 cases one week ago...

20 Mar 2020

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Blood groups - and their antibodies - are being explored in immunity to SARS-CoV2

Covid-19, which first emerged in Wuhan, China in December 2019, is relentlessly sweeping across the world. The scale of the epidemic has caused chaos and led to the World Health Organisation declaring it a pandemic in early February 2020...

By Glenda Mary Davison 19 Mar 2020

CDC 2019-Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Real-Time Reverse Transcriptase (RT)-PCR Diagnostic Panel. Photo: United States Centers for Disease Control via Wikimedia (public domain)
Covid-19: Why "test, test, test" is easier said than done

Testing people suspected of Covid-19 and then tracing who they have had contact with is vital to controlling the epidemic. But the test for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19, is both expensive and logistically time-consuming...

By James Stent & Nathan Geffen 18 Mar 2020

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Covid-19 in Africa: fewer cases so far, and more preparation needed

The novel coronavirus disease (Covid-19) outbreak, recently declared a pandemic by the World Health Organisation, has taken the world by surprise...

By Akebe Luther King Abia 18 Mar 2020

What mattered most to mothers using Nigeria’s free maternal health services was that their babies were healthy. Adekunle Ajayi/Getty Images
What mothers told me about Nigeria's free maternal health services

Each day, 159 women die during childbirth and as a result of pregnancy in Nigeria. This translates to one death every nine minutes...

By Anthony Idowu Ajayi 17 Mar 2020

A vendor distributes newspapers wearing a face mask as a preventive measure against the spread of the Covid-19 coronavirus in Nairobi, Kenya. Simon Maina/AFP via Getty Images
Society's most vulnerable will be hit as Covid-19 cases rise in poorer economies

As travellers cancel flights, businesses ask workers to stay home, and stocks fall, a global health crisis becomes a global economic crisis. In any health crisis, our first concern is (and should be) with the health of those affected...

By David Evans & Mead Over 17 Mar 2020

The Sponsors of Brave campaign - 2nd nominee Pharmacist Phillip Jordaan
The Sponsors of Brave campaign - 2nd nominee Pharmacist Phillip Jordaan

Pharmacist Philip Jordaan saw the need and potential of bringing pharmacies to the townships and rural areas to help people get better and convenient access to medical assistance...

Issued by The SpaceStation 17 Mar 2020

President Cyril Ramaphosa
Covid-19 declared national disaster

President Cyril Ramaphosa has declared the coronavirus pandemic a national disaster, and announced a raft of interventions to curb the spread of the disease in South Africa...

16 Mar 2020

The St Louis Red Cross Motor Corps on duty with mask-wearing women holding stretchers at the backs of ambulances during the global flu epidemic, St Louis, Missouri, October 1918.
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South Africa bungled the Spanish flu in 1918. History mustn't repeat itself for Covid-19

As the issue of repatriation of foreign nationals from China grabs the headlines in South Africa and elsewhere on the continent in the wake of the spread of Covid-19, there are some important lessons that can still be drawn from events 102 years ago...

By Howard Phillips 13 Mar 2020

The symptoms are non-specific and very similar to other viral infections. Shutterstock
#Coronavirus: How big, how bad, and what to look out for

Cases of illness from the new coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) disease, known as Covid-19, have been confirmed in more than 100 countries. The outbreak was first recorded in China in December last year...

12 Mar 2020

Prioritising testing and treatment in 2020
Prioritising testing and treatment in 2020

The Cipla Foundation, through its Sha'p Left initiative, provides high-quality, customised chronic medicine pick-up point facilities (PUPs) around the country and recently landed its 20th PUP...

Issued by Cipla 11 Mar 2020

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Six new cases of coronavirus confirmed in SA

The Health Department has confirmed six new coronavirus cases - bringing the total confirmed cases to 13, with the Western Cape confirming its first case....

11 Mar 2020

Anxiety is part of life, but should not take over your life.
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7 science-based strategies to cope with coronavirus anxiety

As the SARS-CoV-2 virus continues its global spread and the number of diagnosed Covid-19 cases continues to increase, anxiety related to the outbreak is on the rise too...

By Jelena Kecmanovic 11 Mar 2020

The Sponsors of Brave campaign - 1st nominee of the week Dr Liana Roodt
The Sponsors of Brave campaign - 1st nominee of the week Dr Liana Roodt

The Sponsors of Brave is calling on all South Africans to nominate their local pharmacists, nurses or doctors so that their stories can be told. This week, we meet Doctor Liana Roodt - who found her calling in changing the lives of breast cancer patients...

Issued by The SpaceStation 10 Mar 2020

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#Covid-19, HIV and TB

HIV-positive people and those with tuberculosis who are not on treatment will be at higher risk of worse outcomes if they contract the coronavirus...

9 Mar 2020

#Coronavirus: WHO switches to response mode in fighting Covid-19 in Africa
#Coronavirus: WHO switches to response mode in fighting Covid-19 in Africa

With confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Algeria, Senegal, Nigeria and South Africa, the World Health Organization (WHO) is changing from a readiness to a response mode in the African region...

6 Mar 2020

Health Minister, Zweli Mkhize
#BREAKINGNEWS: First case of #Covid-19 in South Africa

The Minister of Health, Dr Zweli Mkhize, has confirmed the first case of Covid-19 in South Africa...

5 Mar 2020

WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom at an Ebola treatment centre in Itipo. Getty images/ Junior D. Kannah
The DRC is on the road to being Ebola free: how it got here

At the beginning of March the authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) announced that the last Ebola patient had been discharged from a treatment centre...

5 Mar 2020

Bill Chen at San Francisco International Airport after arriving on a flight from Shanghai. Chen said his temperature was screened at the Shanghai airport before he departed.
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Airplanes spread diseases quickly - so maybe unvaccinated people shouldn't be allowed to fly

As the coronavirus spreads, the nation's leading health official told a Senate committee on 25 February that "we cannot hermetically seal off the United States to a virus"...

By Christopher Robertson & Keith Joiner 4 Mar 2020

A nurse in a hospital checks an IV. Wikimedia Commons
Ghana needs a better policy to guide care for cancer patients

The World Health Assembly urged countries in 2014 to include palliative care into their health systems. Its resolution called for equitable services, available to everyone who needs them...

By Yakubu Salifu 3 Mar 2020

Health Minister Zweli Mkhize.
Plans to evacuate South Africans from Wuhan City

Minister of Health, Dr Zweli Mkhize has outlined to plans to repatriate South Africans wanting to leave Wuhan City, China, which is the epicentre of the COVID-19 epidemic...

2 Mar 2020

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