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February 15, 2018

So you’ve donated blood, then what?

Ever wondered what happens to blood after it’s been donated? If yes, then this is the article for you. Westside Urban News interviewed Regional Marketing Manager, Ivor Hobbs from the South African National Blood Service (SANBS) to help you understand a little more about where and what happens to your blood after it’s been donated.

The below interview is in Question and Answer (Q&A) format.

Q: What is the process after the donor donates blood? (Where does the blood go?)

Hobbs: The process is rather complex. After donation, the blood is transported in temperature controlled boxes to the closest testing and processing laboratory.

After processing and [...]

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January 19, 2018

Kenyans try new world of HIV self-testing kits

Truck drivers and prostitutes have taken to HIV self-testing like a duck to water, reveals recent studies.

In the latest of two studies, a majority of truck drivers and turn-boys in Nakuru chose ‘selfies’ or self-testing (self-testing is when you perform an HIV test on yourself, in private, and get an immediate result) instead of being tested by a health worker.

In the second study, prostitutes in Kisumu were used in what has been described as “successful distribution of self-test to their clients and partners”. Studies justifying the introduction of self-test kits in Kenya show truck drivers, sex workers, pharmacists and couples are eager to take up the [...]

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January 16, 2018

Member centric call centres a must for medical schemes

People join medical aid schemes for no reason other than that they want assistance in paying medical bills.  So let’s face it  –  private healthcare is a grudge purchase;  a colossal one.  Especially to those members who pay their monthly contributions, but hardly ever experience the immeasurable benefit of financial cover in the event of big accident, illness or disease.

Generally speaking, members are happy when their claims are settled in line with their expectations and the only time they contact their scheme, is to obtain a tax certificate or to update personal details.

From time to time, however, members find themselves in the dire situation where bills are [...]

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December 7, 2017

SA committed to reducing pollution

South Africa remains fully committed to reducing all forms of pollution, says Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa.

“As a responsible global citizen, South Africa is committed to addressing pollution at the international, regional and national levels,” Minister Molewa said.

Addressing the High Level Segment of the Third Session of the United Nations Environment Assembly in Nairobi, Kenya, on Tuesday, she said South Africa’s Constitution provides a legal obligation for government to ensure that the environment is safe and clean for all.

“This obligation is a core pillar of our National Development Plan (NDP) that sets sustainable development targets to be [...]

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