The Covid Report

VOW FM 88.1  |  Podcast , ±25 min episodes every 3 days  | 
At the onset of the Covid- 19 pandemic in South Africa when President Cyril Ramaphosa declared a state of disaster in March 2020, Voice of Wits launched an hour- long daily talk show, The Covid Report. This show focuses on the impact the virus has on various sectors of society. Some of the topics covered include; stories of recovery, how people living in informal settlements are dealing with the pandemic, the impact of the virus on schooling- focusing on home schooling. The LIVE show airs 6 and 7pm Monday to Thursday and is available on podcast after that.

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07
DEC
2021

How has the covid-19 vaccine affected blood donations?

Donating blood is a simple act that can save lives- people may need blood when they have surgery, cancer treatment, or transfusions for blood loss from injuries or accidents, but only 3% of age-eligible people donate blood each year, resulting in a constant demand for donated blood.

The South African National Blood Service''s Kamantha joins us to give more insight on this topic.
30
NOV
2021

New covid variant amidst move to lockdown level 1

In today's episode we are joined by Dr Angelique Coetzee who is a private practitioner and chairperson of the South African Medical Association.

She gives us insight into the new covid-19 variant as well as how this will affect the country as we move into lockdown level 1.
23
NOV
2021

Vaccination and the fourth wave

South Africa’s vaccination programme is in a race against time, with the fourth wave of Covid-19 infections expected to hit the country in December 2021 and into January 2022, says the Actuarial Society of South Africa (ASSA).

In today's episode we are joined by Dr Kgongwana who will be assuming the role of the Gauteng department of health spokesperson
23
NOV
2021

Is the molnupiravir tablet effective against covid-19?

Merck revealed in early October on a promising new pharmacological treatment that might be administered as a tablet in the days following the onset of COVID-19 symptoms to prevent severe disease. This development, which many are applauding as a game-changer, is already changing the debate. The tablet is called molnupiravir and will be given twice a day to vulnerable patients recently diagnosed with the disease.

To further discuss this we are joined by Dr Lize Hellstrom who is one of MERCKs principal investigators in the phase 3 clinical trials.
09
NOV
2021

How the pandemic has affected women's access to sexual and reproductive health services

In this episode of the Covid Report we discuss how the pandemic has affected women and their abilty to access sexual and reproductive health services.

To give more insight on this we are joined by Psycologist, Palesa Radebe. Along with much more insightful information, she shares that women need to be aware of what is happening around them and have transparent relationships with their sexual partners.
02
NOV
2021

Ivermectin as treatment for covid-19?

The South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA) has aligned with the United States Food and Drug Administration (USFDA) call to not use Ivermectin for the treatment of COVID-19, in this stance it reflected in the SAHPRA statement, dated 28 January 2021, outlining SAHPRA’s views on Ivermectin and the Controlled Compassionate Use Programme.

To give us more insight on this we are joined by Dr Tiny Mhinga who is Medical Practitioner for many years with a special interest in Men's Health & Travel Health.
02
NOV
2021

What happens when you use ivermectin as a treatment for covid-19?

The South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA) has aligned with the United States Food and Drug Administration (USFDA) call to not use Ivermectin for the treatment of COVID-19, in this stance it reflected in the SAHPRA statement, dated 28 January 2021, outlining SAHPRA’s views on Ivermectin and the Controlled Compassionate Use Programme.

To give more understanding of this issue we are joined by Prof Vinny Naidoo who is the dean of the Faculty of Veterinary Science at the University of Pretoria.
26
OCT
2021

Affects of covid-19 pandemic on the deaf community

In today's episode of the Covid Report we will be discussing the effects of the pandemic on the lives of the hearing impaired citizens.

To give us understanding on this, we are joined by Alex Reichenberg who qualified as a Speech Therapist and Audiologist at the University of the Witwatersrand and is currently enrolled for master in audiology at Witwatersrand.

We are also joined by Rafeeyah Hassim who qualified as a Speech Therapist and Audiologist at the University of the Witwatersrand and has a Master’s degree from the University of Pretoria in Augmentative and Alternative Communication.
19
OCT
2021

Pfizer vaccine in children aged 12-17

In this episode of the Covid Report we are looking at the rollout of the Pfizer vaccine for children aged 12-17 in South Africa, as well what it means for them.

To further discuss this, we are joined by Dr Bha Ndungane-Tlakula who is the Medical Director at Pfizer SA.
19
OCT
2021

The possible return to normalcy for fully vaccinated rugby supporters

Earlier this month, the minister of Sports Arts and Culture, alongside South African Rugby Union has announced that fully vaccinated supporters will be allowed to return to live club and professional rugby matches with a maximum of 2 000 spectators that will be permitted entry to rugby venues.

Although this does not extend to school rugby matches, which fall under the auspices of the Department of Basic Education.

To further discuss this, we are joined by Mark Alexander, President of South African Rugby Union House.
13
OCT
2021

Mandatory vaccination framework in Wits university

Earlier this year Wits University sent a detailed email to its students, which proposed a mandatory vaccination framework. This framework stated how people will be treated based on their vaccination status.

To give more information on this matter we are joined by the deputy vice-chancellor of the University of Witwatersrand, Professor Lynn Morris.
13
OCT
2021

Covid-19 Vaccine - an anti-vaxer's perspective

Ever since vaccination was made available, there have been those who are in favour of vaccinations and those who are against vaccinations. In today's episode of the Covid Report, we are joined by a proud South African anti-vaxxer Ms Malika Harris, and she will be sharing her views.

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