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The National Health Department has assured South Africans that every citizen, who registers on the Electronic Vaccination Data System, will be offered a vaccine. Health Minister, Dr Zweli Mkhize and his team, launched the EVD system for people over the age of 60, this morning. Phase two of the vaccination programme will include the elderly, essential workers, and those with comorbidities. Prabashini Moodley reports...
The South African government has temporarily suspended the roll out of the Johnson&Johnson Covid-19 vaccine. Health Minister, Dr Zweli Mkhize, made the announcement. It comes hard on the heels of the Food and Drug Administration in the United States calling for an immediate pause in the use of the vaccine after six women who received it developed a rare and severe form of blood clotting. Prabashini Moodley reports...
The South African Depression and Anxiety Group or SADAG says, the murder of fifty-nine-year-old Jostina Sangweni is a horrific reminder of the absolute necessity of educating communities about mental illness and the seriousness of psychiatric conditions. Sangweni was killed in a mob justice incident in Soweto, last month. She was diagnosed with the mental disorder of schizophrenia however community members believed she was involved in witchcraft. Prabashini Moodley reports...
South Africa has secured more than fifty-million doses of COVID-19 vaccines and delivery is expected to start later this month. Health Minister Zweli Mkhize made the announcement at the Soweto Home for the Aged in Gauteng. Mkhize conducted a visit of the facility as well as the Charlotte Maxeke Academic Hospital in Parktown, Johannesburg, to access the readiness for the roll out of phase two of the vaccination programme. The vaccines have been secured from pharmaceutical giants Pfizer and Johnson and Johnson, as well as the COVAX facility. Prabashini Moodley reports...
The last few months have been an emotional roller coaster for SABC employees across the country. This week, 621 people left the employ of the public broadcaster. Of these, 346 opted for voluntary severance packages due to lower salary packages being offered to them. Those that remain bid an untimely farewell to many they considered family at the Corporation. This week, the SABC entered into its new structure after issuing a notice to all staff indicating that the retrenchment process has been concluded. Prabashini Moodley recaps on some of the most touching moments of the week...
The SABC says that it has concluded the section 189 retrenchment process and will move to a new structure on the 1st of April. The public broadcaster says that 621 permanent employees will leave the organisation this week. Labour unions say that the job cuts will compromise the quality of SABC content and that the staff that remain will have an increased workload. Prabashini Moodley reports...
One of SA's flight doctors, this month completed her 100th life-saving mission. Doctor Nadia Swart has been involved with medical emergency evacuations across the African continent for more than two years. In that time, she and her team, have been responsible for saving the lives of many people that required advanced medical care. However, life-saving on board an aircraft adds many additional challenges for the flight doctors as Prabashini Moodley finds out....
Exactly a year ago on this day - South Africa went into a national lockdown in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. For many South African children the lockdown has left them feeling sad, lonely and eager to return to a life before the virus. The COVID-19 pandemic has caused death, hunger, homelessness, isolation and a complete overhaul of life as we know it. In the past year, the country recorded more than one-point-five-million-cases of the Corona Virus and more than fifty-two-thousand deaths. However, while adults still battle with the adjustment of a new norm, what has been a child's perception of living under lockdown for one year? Prabashini Moodley reports...
The National Institute of Communicable Disease has warned that mass gatherings and social events over the Easter Holidays are likely to cause a surge in COVID-19 cases, which may trigger a third wave. Many South Africans have abandoned non-pharmaceutical interventions to prevent contracting COVID-19. Some have chosen to stop wearing masks at large family gatherings. This comes as South Africa is falling behind on it's vaccination targets. Prabashini Moodley compiled this report...
Gauteng has depleted its stock of the Johnson and Johnson vaccines. The province has already vaccinated more than 31-thousand healthcare workers. Gauteng Premier, David Makhura and Health MEC, Dr Nomathemba Mokgethi, today observed the jabs being administered at the Milpark Hospital in Johannesburg. The hospital, one of six dedicated vaccination sites, has thus far inoculated over four-thousand healthcare workers. Prabashini Moodley reports...
Television and Radio Broadcaster Karima Brown has been lauded for her unwavering dedication to the field of journalism in South Africa. Brown passed away this morning (Thursday 4 March) from Covid-19 related complications after a long stay in a Johannesburg hospital. In a statement, her family says she was driven by a conviction that journalism must be in service of justice. She will be laid to rest in a private burial ceremony which will be held in accordance with Islamic rites and traditions today. Prabashini Moodley reports....
New research from the country's top medical scientists show that people infected with the variant of the coronavirus found in South Africa have developed a level of immunity against that variant and possibly other mutations of the coronavirus as well. That's according to the KwaZulu-Natal Research, Innovation and Sequencing Platform or KRISP. Krisp today held a joint online media briefing with the National Institute for Communicable Diseases or NICD, the National Health Laboratory Services, the Health Department and the Department of Higher Education, Science and Innovation.The new variant, which was initially detected in South Africa, is now found in 48 countries. It has nine different mutations. Prabashini Moodley reports...
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