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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...
South Africa can expect the emergence of a third wave of Coronavirus infections from June this year, to coincide with cold winter months. That's according to the co-chair of the Ministerial Advisory Committee on COVID19 -- Professor Salim Abdool Karim. And with the third wave imminent -- is government ready for another surge in infections and what can South Africans do to avert this? Prabashini Moodley takes a look...
The last quarter of 2020 saw seven-point-two million South Africans face unemployment. This is according to the Human Sciences Research Council. Combined with unemployment, the loss of life, illness, inflated food prices, and isolation -- the social and economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has been devastating for thousands of families. Experts say while many have adjusted to the new normal -- the psychological implications as a result of the Coronavirus will leave a lasting impact. Prabashini Moodley reports....
Vaccine hesitancy as a result of fake news will halt South Africa's social and economic recovery from the devastating impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. That's according to the Department of Higher Education, Science and Technology. It's hosted a virtual conference, seeking to address myths in relation to the roll out of the vaccine, currently underway. The conference revealed that many South Africans still believe the virus was created by advanced technology to reduce population sizes. Officials say this is one of the many myths preventing some people from being vaccinated. Prabashini Moodley filed this report...
The Gauteng government intends vaccinating ten-point-four million of it's citizens in the coming months. The vaccination programme kicked off today at the Chris Hani Baragwanath hospital in Soweto. Health MEC, Dr Nomathemba Mokgethi was the first healthcare worker to receive the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine. The vaccine arrived at O.R. Tambo International Airport in Gauteng on Tuesday night. Prabashini Moodley reports...
A study by the Soweto Clinical Trial Centre has shown that 80-percent of Ivermectic tablets found in South Africa contain at least one undeclared substance. According to the centre's Managing Director, Dr Qasim Ebrahim Bhorat, the ingredients could have dangerous consequences for patients. The health products regulator, SAHPRA, recently approved the compassionate use of Ivermectin for the treatment of COVID-19 but under strict conditions. Health practitioners have been allowed to prescribe the drug under Section 21 authorisation of the Medicines and Related Substances Act, even though the drug isn't registered for human use in the country. Prabashini Moodley reports...
All Medical Aid schemes in South Africa will be covering the cost of the COVID-19 vaccine for their members. This comes after South Africa's Council for Medical Schemes or CMS added the Covid-19 vaccine to its list of Prescribed Minimum Benefits. Prabashini Moodley reports...
The National Department of Health has assured South Africans that the Corona Virus vaccine is safe. Acting Director General Dr Anban Pillay says millions of people around the world have already taken the vaccine with no reports of side effects. South Africa received it's first consignment of AstraZeneca's coronavirus vaccine from the Serum Institute of India yesterday. While many citizens remain hesitant about vaccination - Dr Pillay says the vaccine has been developed to teach your immune system to recognise and fight the infection. Prabashini Moodley looks at the concerns facing South Africans and speaks to experts about how the vaccine really works...
While the second surge of the coronavirus pandemic has begun its descent in the province of Gauteng - experts still remain concerned about the high rate of hospitalisation. The Provincial Command Council, led by Premier David Makhura, updated citizens and the media on the province's handling of the pandemic. Gauteng has recorded almost eight-thousand deaths, 380-thousand more positive Covid-19 cases, and more than 360-thousand recoveries. Prabashini Moodley reports...
The Justice for Shoni campaign and the family of Shonisani Lethole are demanding the immediate suspension of the Thembisa Tertiary Hospital CEO pending a disciplinary enquiry. The family held a virtual press conference after the Health Ombudsman, Professor Malegapuru Makgoba released his report on the circumstances surrounding the death of the businessman at the hospital last year. The report recommended that the Gauteng Department of Health institute a disciplinary inquiry against 19 staff members, including nurses and medical doctors for negligence. Prabashini Moodley reports...
There's been much debate and activity around the efficacy, procurement, cost and roll out strategy for Covid-vaccines. An online survey has recently been conducted by the University of Johannesburg and the Human Sciences Research Council, touted as the largest and most comprehensive survey on people's willingness to take a Covid-19 vaccine. It found that one third of South Africa's population says that they'll most likely not take the COVID-19 vaccine when it's rolled out. It's an early pointer to the government of the challenges they face in convincing people to take the vaccine, the first batch of which according to the health ministry, should arrive on our shores in the next few days. Prabashini Moodley reports....