Despite plans for a protest in the cholera-hit township of Hammanskraal, Tshwane, the community is going about its business as normal. Residents claim that the protest was never going to materialise because the water problem in the area was not ‘something new’. According to some community members, the protest is[…]
Health Minister Joe Phaahla says they are looking at improving immunisation following the outbreak of mumps. The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) has confirmed the outbreak after a sharp increase in positive cases were recorded in three provinces. Most positive cases were found in children between the ages of four and[…]
INTERNATIONAL Uganda has recorded a drop in the number of new Ebola cases, with some districts going for at least two weeks without registering new infections, health ministry officials said. The development is a major sign the East African country is having a measure of success in efforts to combat[…]
Officials in Chinese cities and provinces across the country are pulling no punches in stamping out sporadic COVID-19 outbreaks as winter nears, quickly closing venues and enforcing longer temporary lockdowns on millions of people. Cases in mainland China hit 2,898 on Sunday, topping 2,000 for a second straight day and pressuring the country’s controversial[…]
INTERNATIONAL Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has ordered an immediate lockdown and imposition of a dusk-till-dawn curfew for three weeks in two districts in a bid to stop the spread of Ebola. Places of worship, markets, bars and entertainment will be closed and restrictions have been placed on movement in and out[…]
The Western Cape Health Department has confirmed the viral meningitis cases in Mossel Bay has risen to 41. Patients have been hospitalised at a private facility since the outbreak in December. Mostly children under 12 are infected. They have all been treated in an isolated ward. The department’s Marika Champion says[…]
Over the past few summers, as millions of Muslims set off on the annual Hajj pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia’s Mecca, members of the health community have speculated about whether this will be the year when religion and a new virus collide for a big, deadly outbreak. Recently, the bug in[…]
New estimates from the World Health Organization warn the number of Ebola cases could hit 21,000 in six weeks unless efforts to curb the outbreak are ramped up. Since the first cases were reported six months ago, the tally of cases in West Africa has reached an estimated 5,800 illnesses. WHO[…]
The European Union urged the international community Monday to make up for “precious time” lost in the response to the deadly Ebola outbreak in west Africa, calling for more contributions to fight the crisis. “We are behind the curve and for a reason,” EU Humanitarian Aid Commissioner Kristalina Georgieva said[…]
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