The World Health Organisation (WHO) has expressed concern following a six percent increase in COVID-19 cases in South Africa in the past seven days, despite a two percent decrease in the number of infections on the African continent. South Africa is one of 16 countries that have shown an increase. South African[…]
Indonesia has announced its first two coronavirus cases as Iran reported 11 more deaths from the virus, bringing its death toll to 54 – the highest outside China. The number of people infected in Italy – the centre of the outbreak in Europe – jumped to 1,694, while the number[…]
China is ramping up containment measures as the spread of a new coronavirus that has killed 56 people and infected at least 1,975 more in the country accelerates. More than 56 million people in almost 20 cities are affected by travel restrictions, which have been introduced amid fears the transmission[…]
The prevalence of obesity in children in South Africa increased from 10.6% in 2005 to 13.3% in 2016 – more than twice the global prevalence of 5.6%. This was revealed in the 2019 South African Child Gauge report, which was released on Tuesday. The SA Child Gauge is an annual[…]
International concern around the use of the e-cigarette, or ‘vape’, has now extended into South Africa with many parents and concerned health professionals warning that despite the marketing of these traditional cigarette alternatives, they are not as healthy or harmless as many might think. According to an article published by[…]
The Richards Bay Primary School, on the north coast of KwaZulu-Natal, has been forced to shut down following a confirmed case of swine flu. A learner from the school is being treated for swine flu in hospital and remains in a stable condition. KwaZulu-Natal Education spokesperson Muzi Mahlambi says the[…]
Apple and Samsung have been hit with a class-action lawsuit over claims that their phones expose users to radio frequency emissions up to 500 percent beyond federal limits. Meanwhile the health debate around smartphones heats up. Filed following an investigation by the Chicago Tribune, the lawsuit alleges that the Radio Frequency[…]
South Africa is being brought back to the forefront of international tobacco control best practice with the latest publishing of The Control of Tobacco Products and Electronic Delivery Systems Bill, up for public comment until August 9, which proposes substantial changes, including a ban on smoking in any enclosed public space.[…]
The signing of the Presidential Health Compact was officiated by President Cyril Ramaphosa in Tshwane today. In the president’s speech, he highlighted that the Health Compact being signed today is a pinnacle point of a process brought by effective consultation and collaboration between various stakeholders and aimed at strengthening the healthcare system[…]
The demolition of two Manenberg schools to make room for a new hospital has not gone uncontested. While the Manenberg community is believed to be on-board after being promised a “Skills School”, other stakeholders have questioned the validity of the plans. The phasing out of pupil intake at Sonderend Primary[…]
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