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Growing concerns about regulations ahead of the Easter weekend

Independent public health practitioner, Dr. Shakira Choonara, has cautioned against the imposition of the envisaged stricter lockdown, as we approach the Easter holidays, saying that it was not necessary because most places have since adapted adequately to ensuring implementation of prevention measures. We speak to Dr. Choonara about the concerns he raises and health sector […]

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Experts speak out against stricter Easter weekend lockdown

Johannesburg – A top award-winning independent public health practitioner, Dr. Shakira Choonara, has cautioned against the imposition of the envisaged stricter lockdown, as we approach the Easter holidays, saying that it was not necessary because most places have since adapted adequately to ensuring implementation of prevention measures. There have been rumours that President Cyril Ramaphosa […]

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Questions over ’slow’ pace of SA’s Covid-19 vaccine roll-out

Durban – The alliance between the public and private sectors would be key to South Africa reaching Covid-19 vaccination targets. This was according to Dr Johannes Belle from the Disaster Management Training and Education Centre at the University of the Free State. He was commenting on the country’s vaccination roll-out plan. Responding to questions from […]

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Death rates double in poor areas

The funeral of a Covid-19 victim at the Motherwell Cemetery in Port Elizabeth. Experts say people living in poorer areas are at heightened risk of dying from Covid-19 due to several factors, including their relatively high burden of disease.Picture: Theo Jeptha Covid-19 is killing twice as many people in poor communities than elsewhere. Statistics from […]

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Local public health practitioner discusses her thoughts on government’s handling of Covid-19

PARKWOOD – Most concerning, according to Dr Choonara, is Sassa running out of money for temporary disability grants. Parkwood resident Dr Shakira Choonara believes that while the South African government has led a strong response to the Covid-19 pandemic, she is less confident in their ability to implement a smooth and equitable rollout of Covid-19 […]

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Quarterly Newsletter of the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, December 2020

Ramping up SARS-CoV-2 testing in Africa More than 140 disease outbreaks are detected annually in Africa, in addition to the threats of antimicrobial resistance and the high burden of endemic diseases such as tuberculosis, AIDS and malaria.In January 2020 when the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a public health emergency of international concern, surveillance and […]

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Universal Health Coverage: We need an overhaul of current systems

Under the framework of Universal Health Coverage (UHC), South Africa’s (SA) National Health Insurance (NHI) is punted as just about everything – the magic bullet to equity, solving quality woes, and ensuring we have a better health system. The political will and commitment is strong for moving towards the NHI, although it is considered to […]

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Amref Establishes Independent Commission to Review Progress towards Universal Health Coverage (UHC) in Africa

Amref Health Africa has established an independent commission to review the continent’s progress towards achievement of Universal Health Coverage (UHC) targets by 2030. The Africa Health Agenda International Conference (AHAIC) Commission on the State of UHC in Africa will, in addition to reviewing the continent’s progress, provide recommendations on leadership, accountability, technology/innovation and health security, to help […]

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