Category «Health»

Anthrax outbreak amongst in cattle reported in Lesotho and measures to prevent human exposure in South Africa

Since 12th May 2019, three anthrax outbreaks have been reported in the Maseru district of Lesotho. Twenty-four cattle have died and a further 106 cattle infections are suspected. There has also been a report in a local Lesotho newspaper that over fifty local people became ill after eating meat from cattle that died of anthrax. …

Influenza in South Africa

Influenza (also known as flu) kills between 6000-11,000 South Africans every year. About half of those deaths are in the elderly, and about 30% in HIV-infected people. People with HIV, tuberculosis, the elderly, infants, pregnant women and those with chronic illnesses like diabetes or lung disease are at increased risk of severe flu. Getting a …

188 676 people are in need of health assistance

World Health Organization

Pemba – Cyclone Kenneth, the second category 3 cyclone to hit Mozambique within five weeks, brought widespread destruction and displacement and exacerbated health risks in the north-eastern province of Cabo Delgado after making landfall on 25 April. The cyclone struck populations already vulnerable due to a fragile health system and weak water and sanitation infrastructure. …

WHO sending urgent health assistance after Cyclone Idai displaces thousands of people in Southern Africa

World Health Organization

Brazzaville, 20 March 2019 – The World Health Organization (WHO) is providing urgent assistance to meet the health needs of thousands of people impacted by flooding in Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe. The floods were triggered by Tropical Cyclone Idai, which swept through the region last week. Cyclone Idai, which formed over the northern Mozambique channel, …

Ebola virus disease – risk of national and regional spread is very high: WHO

“As the risk of national and regional spread is very high, it is important for neighbouring provinces and countries to enhance surveillance and preparedness activities. The International Health Regulations (IHR 2005) Emergency Committee has advised that failing to intensify these preparedness and surveillance activities would lead to worsening conditions and further spread. WHO will continue …

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 …