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Mpact expands face shield range - adults, kids, hardhat shields and respiratory masks
Mpact expands face shield range - adults, kids, hardhat shields and respiratory masks

The safety of our communities is a top priority for us at Mpact. We have further expanded our face shield range and will be launching a respiratory mask during the course of June; ready for the re-opening of the many industries under lock down level three.

Issued by Mpact Plastics 11 hours ago

Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister, Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma
Lockdown Level 3: Some of the details

As the country moves towards Level 3 lockdown regulations on 1 June, Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister, Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, outlined some of the details of the eased regulations at a briefing in Tshwane.

16 hours ago

Debacle over child malnutrition rates belittles suffering
Debacle over child malnutrition rates belittles suffering

Recently, our country's leaders and medical representatives have publicly debated the effect of the lockdown on the malnutrition rates of our most vulnerable populations. Before Covid-19, a significant number of South Africans did not have access to sufficient food and were going hungry on a daily basis. Today, the Human Sciences Research Council1 reports an upward trajectory in hunger experienced by these populations, particularly children.

1 day ago

Healthcare workers testing people in Nairobi, Kenya during a mass testing exercise for Covid-19. Photo by SIMON MAINA/AFP via Getty Images
Sub-Saharan Africa needs to plug local knowledge gap to up its anti-Covid-19 game

Africa remains one of the regions least affected by Covid-19, although evidence suggests it is an evolving and growing pandemic. It is now present in all African countries and territories.

By Alex Ezeh & Sharon Fonn 1 day ago

Health Minister, Zweli Mkhize
Covid-19 hot spots to also move to Level 3

The whole country will move to Level 3 lockdown from 1 June, including areas identified as hot spots. However, if these areas are not able to curb the rapid spread of Covid-19, they may be forced up to Level 5, said Health Minister, Dr Zweli Mkhize.

2 days ago

Old Mutual provides isolation facility for Western Cape Covid-19 efforts
Old Mutual provides isolation facility for Western Cape Covid-19 efforts

Old Mutual has handed over a fully refurbished quarantine and self-isolation facility to Premier Alan Winde and Transport and Public Works Minister Bonginkosi Madikizela today, which will be used in the Western Cape's fight against Covid-19.

2 days ago

Professor Glenda Gray
SAMRC drops probe into Prof Glenda Gray's Covid-19 regulations comments

The South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC) has dropped the investigation into its president, Professor Glenda Gray, for critical comments she made in an interview about some of the government's Covid-19 regulations.

3 days ago

Making sense of the numbers - cases, co-morbidities and costs
Making sense of the numbers - cases, co-morbidities and costs

As the number of Covid-19 infections moves over 21,000, both public and private healthcare is going to be under constant pressure. The World Health Organization (WHO) says its Covid-19 data to date suggests that 80% of infections are mild or asymptomatic, 15% are severe infections, requiring oxygen and 5% are critical infections, requiring ventilation.

Issued by Bonitas 3 days ago

A researcher performs a CRISPR/Cas9 process at the Max-Delbrueck-Centre for Molecular Medicine in Germany . Gregor Fischer/picture alliance via Getty Images
Covid-19 and gene editing: ethical and legal considerations

Researchers are racing against time to find ways to treat and prevent Covid-19. There is currently no treatment for the disease, and the World Health Organisation has created Solidarity, a global clinical trial which is testing four drugs as possible treatment. There are also more than 90 vaccine trials being undertaken worldwide, but it may take more than a year before a vaccine is developed. And there is currently a global shortage of Covid-19 testing kits.

By Sheetal Soni 25 May 2020

Women and children wait to be treated at a health clinic in northern Burkina Faso. Giles Clarke/UNOCHA via Getty Images
A new global health pattern: longer life for the poor, with more ailments

With ageing come many benefits, including freedom, wisdom, perspective, and - in many cultures - respect. Unfortunately, the downside is that ageing also brings medical ailments. Many people in wealthy countries have multiple co-existing, chronic conditions. This is known as multimorbidity. In 2016, chronic conditions accounted for over two-thirds of deaths worldwide. Many of these people had more than one condition.

By Justine Ina Davies & Maria Odland 25 May 2020

Self-diagnostic app helps pinpoint virus hotspots
Self-diagnostic app helps pinpoint virus hotspots

A new self-diagnostic application & predictive modelling dashboard, a digital tool to both help South Africans self-assess their Covid-19 symptoms, and aid government efforts to pinpoint virus hotspots, has been launched.

22 May 2020

A health worker drags an electrocardiograph at the Charlotte Maxeke Hospital in Johannesburg.
Michele SpatariI/AFP via Getty Images
How South Africa's health system could take a hit from pandemic lawsuits

As the Covid-19 pandemic spreads around the world, there's been an outpouring of gratitude and support for healthcare professionals. Communities have made extraordinary efforts to support them. These include ensuring they have protective personal equipment, meals and priority access in supermarkets. They've been given a break from indemnity payments and will most likely be prioritised for critical care and ventilators if they get sick themselves. That's because they are risking their lives to save others. By the beginning of May, it was estimated that more than 1,000 healthcare workers from 64 different countries had died.

By Keymanthri Moodley & Anita Kleinsmidt 22 May 2020

NGO donates over 4,000 masks to help those on Covid-19 frontline
NGO donates over 4,000 masks to help those on Covid-19 frontline

South African NGO Smile Foundation has donated 4,000 N95 masks and 300 imported masks with 'germ trap' technology to medical workers on South Africa's Covid-19 frontline. According to Smile Foundation CEO Hedley Lewis, these essential masks, valued at over R370,000, will be distributed to seven national hospitals.

22 May 2020

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