Dilopye clinic suffers from staff shortages 21.05.2013
Dilopye village is situated in a remote area in the north-western region of the city of Tshwane, Hammanskraal, which is one of the National Health Insurance pilot sites with an estimated population of 35 000 people. Many of these are unemployed and depend on social assistance grants.
Raising Roots in Soweto 20.05.2013
Raising a child isn’t child’s play, and many young mothers struggle when raising their first children, but parents from around Pimville and Meadowlands have been given the opportunity to learn about parenting toddlers.
Students use art and drama to teach health awareness 15.05.2013
Pupils from five schools at Ha-Makuya in Vhembe were last week treated to painting, drama and workshops by students from the University of Johannesburg as part of a programme which attempts to affect social change through the arts.
Vit C helps babies of smoking moms 10.05.2013
Women are advised not to smoke during pregnancy as it can harm the baby's lungs and lead to problems such as wheezing and asthma. But if a pregnant woman can't quit smoking, taking vitamin C may help protect their baby's lungs, new research, presented at the Paediatric Academic Societies' annual meeting, suggests.
Tobacco’s burden shifting from rich to poor 10.05.2013
Tobacco experts recently voiced their concern about the rising prevalence of smoking in the developing world, especially Latin America, which puts these populations at risk of being overwhelmed by a burgeoning cancer epidemic.
E-cigarettes have to comply with medicines law 10.05.2013
The Medicines Control Council (MCC) has refuted claims by electronic cigarette distributor Twisp that it does not have to comply with medicine-related laws, confirming that the product is subject to medical scheduling and can only be sold at pharmacies.
Health supporter honoured 10.05.2013
A well-known health supporter has been honoured by the department of health and social development in Vhembe for her outstanding community commitment in health-related matters.
Mpumalanga district falling behind NSP targets 30.04.2013
GERT SIBANDE. - The Gert Sibande district municipality is working hard at implementing the National Strategic Plan (NSP) for 2012-2015 that promotes zero new infections, zero HIV/AIDS related deaths and zero stigma.
Long lines, poor service at Kgabo Health Centre 29.04.2013
TSHWANE. - The staff and patients at Kgabo Health Centre in Winterveld are unhappy with the conditions at the facility – the staff complain that do not receive support from the regional office while patients are concerned about the long waiting periods.
New pills bring new hope 29.04.2013
LUSIKISIKI. - All twelve clinics in the Qaukeni sub-district in the Eastern Cape are dispensing the new fixed dose combination pill (FDC) to HIV patients. This new pill is a triple antiretroviral that is believed to improve adherence as it only needs to be taken once a day. The fact that ARV treatment now consist of just one tablet will make it easier to dispense and prescribe, and make ordering and monitoring stock supply easier for clinics and depots.
No immunisation at Limpopo clinics, hospitals 25.04.2013
THOHOYANDOU. - The Department of Health and Social Development in Limpopo is urging everyone who was turned away from clinics and hospitals in the region because of medicine stock outs to go back and get assistance.