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Millions face Starvation in DRC

More than three million people are facing starvation in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), says David Beasley the head of the UN World Food Programme (WFP), who is appealing for aid to avert a humanitarian crisis in Kasai province.

In an interview with the BBC Beasley further warned that hundreds of thousands of children could die in the coming months if urgent aid was not delivered.

Possible Tap Water Contamination in JHB

A sewage leak may have contaminated tap water in the North Riding area, Johannesburg Water has warned in a statement.

Residents in the area surrounding Boundary and Aureole streets, as well as Spionskop Street, have been advised to take precautionary measures until further notice.

However, Johannesburg Water added that there is no need for panic.

Fake Medical Certificates for Sale

A list of 10 illegally practising or unregistered medical practitioners issuing bogus medical certificates for people to get off work in the Western Cape has been released by the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA).

The aim is to create awareness among employers, employees and the public.

Spokesperson Priscilla Sekhonyana says the HPCSA has in its possession 28 fake medical certificates reported to the Cape Town office, GroundUp reported.

SA 'black death' Plague Warning

South Africa is one of nine countries which have been warned by the World Health Organisation (WHO) to be on high alert for the "black death" plague.

The other eight countries at risk include the Comoros, Ethiopia, Kenya, Mauritius, Mozambique, France's La Réunion, the Seychelles, and Tanzania.

An update on the outbreak, released in a WHO report, states that South Africa’s travel and trade links with Madagascar, where the outbreak has already killed 124 people and infected 1 133, has put it at risk.

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.

National Nutrition Week: 9-15 October 2017

National Nutrition Week takes place annually from 9 to 15 October, and this year’s theme is: “Rethink Your Drink – Choose Water!”

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.

New International Study Reveals South Africa has Saltiest Kiddies Chicken Burger Globally

  • Of all countries surveyed, South Africa’s KFC chicken burger and chips aimed at children had the highest salt content of all kiddies chicken burgers globally, at 2.91g (more than ½ a teaspoon) per meal;
  • South Africa was in the top 10 for the saltiest popular kiddies meals globally;
  • Eight out of ten (134/163) meals contain more than 1g salt per serving –  that’s the maximum recommendation for a meal for a child aged 4-6 years [1];

Organ Donors needed in SA

Only 0.2% of South Africans are registered as organ donors while over 4 000 people are in dire need of organ transplants.

South African Donor Foundation spokesperson Joost Vermeulen says kidneys are in high demand and dialysis only provides renal kidney failure patients with a short term solution.

He says: "Currently there are over 4 500 people in need of a life saving transplant. However that does not give us the true story, because in South Africa thousands of people are turned away who need renal dialysis.

SA Needs a Concrete Plan To Stop Gender Violence

Recently, newspapers carried an article about a 44-year old gender activist who was raped behind some bushes at night. Most readers likely skipped over it and turned to the sports pages. Perhaps partly because of the familiarity of the scenario, or partly to protect the reader from yet another story about “bad and violent things” happening in South Africa.

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