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March 8, 2018

Listeria outbreak: SA neighbours ban meat exports

Four countries in southern Africa on Monday took steps against South African chilled meat imports made at a factory found to be the origin of the world’s worst-ever listeria outbreak.

Mozambique and Namibia announced they were immediately suspending imports of the products. Botswana said it was recalling the items “with immediate effect”, while Zambia called on South African retail chains in its country to pull the incriminated goods from local shelves.

Since January 2017, 948 people in South Africa have contracted listeriosis – a disease caused by bacteria from soil, water, vegetation and animal faeces which can contaminate fresh food, notably [...]

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March 2, 2018

Panic after 900 cases of listeriosis recorded in SA

Listeriosis has caused panic among South Africans, in a country where it has killed over 160 people and made hundreds sick.

The latest statistics show that the listeriosis outbreak has now claimed 172 lives and 915 laboratory-confirmed cases have been reported to the National Institute of Communicable Diseases since January 1, 2017, they have said.

Just over 900 cases have been recorded in the country’s laboratories, and of the 164 people that it has killed, half are infants under the age of 1.

But health experts say while this misunderstood disease is a reality, they have cautioned that there is no need to panic as it is not an epidemic.

Dr Kgomotso [...]

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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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May 16, 2017

Lupus Awareness Month – May. Help Us Solve The Cruel Mystery

Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE) also known as Lupus is an autoimmune disease where the body’s immune system becomes hyperactive and form antibodies that fail to recognise the difference between pathogens and healthy body organs therefore attacking healthy tissues including the skin, joints, kidneys, heart and lungs.

Common symptoms include the swelling of the hands and feet, blood clotting, painful joints, fatigue and skin lesions more typically the facial malar butterfly rash. Lupus is neither infectious nor transmitted from one person to another nor mother to child and it is the cruellest and most difficult to diagnose as it mimics other illnesses. There is currently NO [...]

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