Category «Health»

New Ebola Outbreak in DRC

The WHO advises against any restriction of travel and trade to the DRC and has released an update about the latest news and information regarding the latest outbreak of acute haemorrhagic fever (Ebola virus disease) The WHO says: “it is important for neighbouring provinces and countries to enhance surveillance and preparedness activities. WHO will continue …

SAHPRA cautions consumers about anti-inflammatory drugs

MEDICINES SAFETY COMMUNICATION PUBLIC WARNING ON THE SAFE USE OF NON-STEROIDAL ANTI-INFLAMMATORY DRUGS (NSAIDs) The South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA) caution consumers about the risk of adverse effects when usingnon-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs(NSAIDs). NSAIDs are a group of medicines used for their pain-relieving and fever-reducing effects. They are available both over-the-counter (OTC) and on …

Recommendations about the urgent Recall of Valsartan In Response to the Potential Risk of Cancer

The South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA), in collaboration with other regulatory agencies are reviewing medicines containing the active substance valsartan, supplied by Zhejiang Huahai Pharmaceuticals, located in Linhai, China. This review was triggered because of the detection of an impurity, N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) in the valsartan active substance which the company supplies to manufacturers …

CRITICAL BREAKDOWN – PART TWO

Following Special Assignment’s March expose of a desperately sick inmate languishing in Johannesburg prison, that prisoner has since died inside jail. In this week’s episode we investigate why prison authorities allowed this to happen. Lungisa Livingstone Jadula was a sick inmate inside Johannesburg Prison’s Medium B-section, whose lawyer, Austin Okeke, said a part of his …

Listeria: Deadly outbreak

South Africa is in the middle of a difficult conundrum with health officials scrambling to locate the source of the deadly listeriosis outbreak. According to the National Institute of Communicable Diseases [NICD], listeriosis has so far claimed the lives of 172 people. As of February this year there were over 900 laboratory-confirmed cases of listeriosis. …