#COVID-19: South Africa Revises Lockdwon Down To Level 3

SOUTH Africa President, Cyril Ramaposa has revised the national lockdown to Level three after wide consultations with various stakeholders. By Michael Gwarisa Addressing the nation, President Ramaposa said the lockdown has been effective. While the nation-wide lockdown has been effective, it cannot be sustained indefinitely. We introduced the five-level COVID-19 alert system to manage the gradual easing of the lockdown. This risk-adjusted approach is guided by several criteria, including the level of infections and rate of transmission, the capacity of health facilities, the extent of the implementation of public health…

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#JUSTIN: South Africa Records Tow First Covid-19 Deaths

Dr Zwelini Mkhize

SOUTH Africa has recorded two mortalities who succumbed to the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) making it the second Southern African country after Zimbabwe. By Kuda Pembere South Africa’s Health Minister Dr Zwelini Mkhize this morning announced that one died at a Private Institution with the other at a Public Health facility. “This morning, we wake South Africans up with sad news that we now have our first deaths resulting from COVID-19. “These two deaths occurred in the Western Cape. One at a Private Hospital and the other at a Public Hospital,”…

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South Africa Coronavirus Cases Shoot Through The Roof

Dr Zwelini Mkhize

SOUTH Africa could be battling to contain the spread of Coronavirus (Covid-19), amidst indications that the number of confirmed cases in the neighbouring country has  risen to 116.  By Michael Gwarisa Even though South Africa recorded Coronavirus later than Egypt, Algeria and other African countries, the sporadic rise in the Covid-19 cases in the Southern African country makes it the second highest country in Africa by in infection rate after Egypt which has 196 cases. South Africa Department of Health on Wednesday morning confirmed that  31 new cases were reported…

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#BREAKING: South Africa Records First Coronavirus Case

THE South Africa health ministry has announced its first positive Coronavirus case. In a statement, the country’s Ministry of Health spokesperson, Popo Maja, said the case was detected by the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) of a 38old male patient who had travelled to Italy with his wife. The patient consulted a private General Practitioner on March 3, with symptoms of fever, headache, malaise, a sore throat and a cough. The practice nurse took swabs and delivered it to the lab where it was tested positive,” said Maja. He…

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SA Students Demand Condoms In Schools

LEARNERS in most South African schools have rapped government for delaying the implementation of guidelines on the National Policy on HIV, STI and TB (2017) which they say is limiting their access to HIV testing, Condoms, and other essential sexual and reproductive health (SRHR) services. HealthTimes NewsRoom The international medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders (MSF) is calling for intensified collaboration by the   Department of Basic Education (DBE) and Department of Health (DOH) to offer annual HIV counselling and testing (HCT), TB and STI screening, and year-round access to…

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Patient groups march for access to medicines in South Africa

Finalise the draft policy and amend laws to save lives, activists tell dti PRETORIA – Today, more than 1,000 members of the Fix the Patent Laws Coalition (FTPL) will march to the Department of Trade and Industry (dti) in support of the government’s efforts to fix our patent laws and ensure everyone has access to the medicines they need. Made up of 36 patient groups and civil society organisations representing people affected by most major diseases in South Africa, the FTPL Coalition will hand over its in-depth submission in support of the draft…

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MSF Takes Sexual Reproductive Health To Schools…As More Students Test HIV positive

By Michael Gwarisa INTERNATIONAL medical humanitarian organization Doctors without Borders (MSF), has embarked on a widespread Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) drive in schools starting with South Africa in an effort to reduce increased cases of HIV/AIDS and unwanted pregnancies in amongst students. In a statement, MSF South Africa urged the Department of Basic Education (DBE) and the Education and School Governing Bodies (SGBs) in South Africa to get rid of traditional barriers to healthcare and sexual health education so as to promote uptake of HIV prevention measures as well…

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