Health

What the UN's first TB declaration should have said

It's finally here. After months of negotiations, at least one international spat and what we are sure are countless of track changes later the world finally has its first United Nations declaration on TB.

Heads of state, including our own President Cyril Ramaphosa, will ratify the declaration this week at the UN's first high-level meeting on TB in its 73-year history.

And boy, has TB bided its time. TB is single deadliest infectious disease today, World Health Organisation figures show.

Don’t Forget to Stay Hydrated This Season

Summer is slowly making its way back into our lives. We no longer have to go to bed with six layers of blankets and our cheeks are beginning to return to a colour that isn’t translucent. But now that the sun has returned, many of us will get back into our outdoor hobbies and spend more time honing our ‘bikini bodies’, and it’s vitally important to remember to refill our water-bottles. Staying hydrated in summer is critical for a number of reasons.
 

​Low-down on Depression

You may think that your colleagues’ apparent unhappiness is nothing more than moodiness, without realising they could be displaying signs of a mental illness.

Depression in the South African workplace is on the increase, with many employees continuing to attempt their daily duties while battling the debilitating symptoms of the illness.

75 Ebola deaths in DRC so far

The death toll from an outbreak of Ebola in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo has risen to 75, the health ministry said on Monday.

"In all, 111 cases of hemorrhagic fever have been reported in the area," it said.

To read the article titled, "Ebola death toll rises to 75 in DRC" click here

Water is an essential nutrient for life

Proper hydration is vital for good health and well-being. Poor hydration can affect one’s mood, concentration and performance negatively, and has recently also been linked to an increased risk of chronic diseases.

The Nutritional Information Centre at Stellenbosch University (NICUS) has compiled the following guide to help consumers make the best choices about what and how much to drink.
 
What should we drink every day?

Depression

Losing a loved one, getting fired from a job, going through a divorce, and other difficult situations can lead a person to feel sad, lonely and scared. These feelings are normal reactions to life's stressors. Most people feel low and sad at times. However, in the case of individuals who are diagnosed with depression as a psychiatric disorder, the manifestations of the low mood are much more severe and they tend to persist. Depression occurs more often in women than men. Some differences in the manner in which the depressed mood manifests has been found based on sex and age.

55 Ebola deaths in DRC so far

The Ebola outbreak in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo has claimed 55 lives since the start of the month, the authorities said on Monday, as the government announced free treatment against the disease for the next three months.

The health ministry's latest bulletin said that the death toll had been increased following five new victims in Mabalako-Mangina, close to Beni, the epicentre of the outbreak in the North Kivu province.

Cholera hits DRC, Niger

A cholera epidemic in the Democratic Republic of Congo has killed 127 people since February, while a further 22 have died in Niger, officials said on Wednesday.

"A total of 2 100 patients are currently being treated and since February we have registered 125 deaths," said Hippolyte Mutombo Mbwebwe, health minister in the eastern Kasai region.

To read the article titled, "Cholera kills scores in DRC, Niger" click here

Ebola vaccinations for DRC

Democratic Republic of Congo's health ministry is preparing to begin Ebola vaccinations on Wednesday in the eastern city of Beni and neighbouring Mangina village where the outbreak was announced last week, the ministry said.

The vaccination campaign will target health care providers, contacts of confirmed Ebola cases and their contacts, said Barthe Ndjoloko Tambwe, director of the Ebola response in Beni. The strategy is the same that was used to contain the previous outbreak in DRC's Equateur province in which more than 3 300 people were vaccinated.

Poor Zim girls rely on rags, paper, leaves for their monthlies

When her monthly period comes, 17-year-old Maria Chaodza dismantles a home-made pillowcase and picks out pieces of its worn stuffing - an old, cloth rug - which she uses in place of the sanitary pad she cannot afford.

Menstruation means missing school; Chaodza feels too ashamed of her makeshift pad to show her face as she battles days of heavy bleeding.

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