Congo declares measles epidemic after it kills more than Ebola

19 June 2019, 4:30 PM
Democratic Republic of Congo's government has declared an epidemic of measles, which the latest health ministry figures show has now killed at least 1,500 people, more than a hundred more than have died of Ebola.
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Ramaphosa joins climate change meeting in Quebec 11 June 2018, 5:55 AM

President Cyril Ramaphosa says the meeting of developing countries on the sidelines of the G7 Leaders' Summit in Quebec, Canada, dealt in depth with issues of Climate Change. 

Western Cape remains in grips of worst drought 10 June 2018, 8:37 PM

The Western Cape remains in the grips of the worst drought in living memory, but it seems there is some hope.

Gauteng Health MEC blames lack of funds for health care woes 10 June 2018, 3:40 PM

Gauteng Health MEC Gwen Ramokgopa says continued staff shortages and a shortage of equipment at hospitals is due to insufficient funding to meet the demand for health care services in the province.

Polio makes comeback in Venezuela after decades 10 June 2018, 10:55 AM

Polio has been reported in Venezuela, a crisis-wracked country where the disease had been eradicated decades ago, the Pan-American Health Organization reports.

Low-fat diet tied to improved breast cancer survival odds 9 June 2018, 6:12 PM

Breast cancer patients may have a better chance of survival when they follow a low-fat diet heavy in fruits, vegetables and whole grains, a U.S. study suggests.

Heavy rain expected in the Cape 9 June 2018, 10:40 AM

Cape Town Disaster Risk Management is on standby after the South African Weather Service alerted them of heavy and persistent rainfall on Saturday which could lead to localised flooding.

WHO chief says Ebola outbreak in Congo is stabilising 9 June 2018, 9:32 AM

A deadly Ebola outbreak in Democratic Republic of Congo is stabilising, giving reason for cautious optimism, the head of the World Health Organizationsaid on Friday.

Ancient fish fossils discovered in E Cape 8 June 2018, 8:44 PM

It started with hominid discoveries at the Cradle of Humankind, then the Great Karoo uncovered ancient turtles and tortoises.  

500 000 malnourished children around Lake Chad risk dying: UN 8 June 2018, 6:19 PM

The United Nations said Friday that half a million severely malnourished children around Africa's Lake Chad need life-saving assistance, but warned funding for humanitarian aid in the region was dramatically low.

N Cape Health dept faces lawsuit for dialysis bungle 8 June 2018, 5:07 PM

The family of a woman, who was allegedly refused dialysis treatment, says they intend to sue the department of health after the woman died.

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CEO says no crisis at Charlotte Maxeke 8 June 2018, 6:51 AM

The CEO of the Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital, Gladys Bogoshi, says although there are concerns in the hospital's oncology ward, there is no crisis at the facility.

Earliest animal footprints found in China: Study 7 June 2018, 8:20 AM

The earliest known footprints left by an animal on Earth, dating back at least 541 million years, have been uncovered in China, a study said Wednesday.

Nairobi moves to cut disaster risks 7 June 2018, 6:02 AM

Bad weather is bringing flooding and other threats to many of Africa's cities, with Nairobi, Dar es Salaam in Tanzania and Somalia's capital Mogadishu all experiencing flooding this spring.

Poor leadership blamed for Kgapane hospital problems 6 June 2018, 5:09 PM

Limpopo MEC for Health Dr Phophi Ramathuba says lack of effective leadership is core to challenges at the Kgapane hospital in Modjadjiskoof.

Medical workers in Congo city finish vaccinating contacts of Ebola patients 6 June 2018, 11:51 AM

Medical workers in Democratic Republic of Congo have given all the immediate contacts of Ebola patients in the city of Mbandaka an experimental vaccine as they try to thwart a disease that has killed around 25 people, the health ministry said.

Kopane says Motsoaledi failed himself 6 June 2018, 10:43 AM

The DA shadow minister, Patricia Kopane says their findings during the oversight visit, “we really realised that our health care system is on a verge of collapse.”

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W.C govt wants answers from SA Revenue 6 June 2018, 6:08 AM

The Western Cape Government says it has not received any allocation from the National Department of Environment's plastic levy revenue.

Home Affairs launches ABIS 5 June 2018, 10:25 PM

The Department of Home Affairs says its newly launched Automated Biometric Identification System (ABIS) will come in handy in the fight against crime in the country.

SA’s health system one of the best: Motsoaledi 5 June 2018, 5:14 PM

Health minister Aaron Motsoaledi has admitted that the healthcare system in the country is very distressed and going through a hard time.

Property losses mount on Hawaii’s Big Island as lava flow spreads 5 June 2018, 4:23 PM

A river of lava spewing from the foot of Hawaii’s Kilauea Volcano swallowed about three dozen more homes on the Big Island during a weekend of destruction that brought to nearly 120 the number of dwellings devoured since last month, officials said on Monday. Mounting property losses were reported a day after five or six […]

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Next stop San Francisco as ‘longest swim’ embarks from Tokyo 5 June 2018, 9:46 AM

Ben Lecomte dived into the Pacific Ocean Tuesday, kicking off an epic quest to swim 9,000 kilometres (5,600 miles) from Tokyo to San Francisco, through shark-infested waters choking with plastic waste.

North West nurses protest as MEC makes a surprise visit 4 June 2018, 8:14 PM

Pandemonium broke out at the Christiana Hospital in the Lekwa Teemane Local Municipality in North West.

Aviation organisations in Africa, South America meet in Durban 4 June 2018, 5:46 PM

Air traffic navigation control organisations are meeting in Durban over the next four days to come up with tangible plans on what needs to be done in the South Atlantic and Indian Ocean regions to be part of a global air traffic control system that is to be in use by 2020.

Geologists to look into Harding “gold rush” 4 June 2018, 10:30 AM

Geologists are still trying to establish whether South Africa's latest reported gold discovery is genuine.

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Independent meat inspections for abattoirs welcomed 4 June 2018, 7:35 AM

The Red Meat Abattoir Association has welcomed independent meat inspections at abattoirs.

SA lagging behind in diagnosing rare diseases 3 June 2018, 9:31 PM

Non-governmental organisation Rare Diseases South Africa says the biggest challenge in South-Africa is accessing expensive drugs to treat and manage rare conditions.

Sardines expected to hit Durban beaches 3 June 2018, 6:40 PM

The ever-popular silvery bounties of the sea, the sardines, are expected to hit Durban Beaches in about two weeks-time. 

Western Cape temperatures set to warm up 3 June 2018, 1:55 PM

The Western Cape Weather Office says there is no rain on the cards for the province for the week ahead.

Whale dies in Thailand after swallowing 80 plastic bags 2 June 2018, 6:39 PM

A whale has died in southern Thailand after swallowing more than 80 plastic bags, officials said, ending an attempted rescue that failed to nurse the mammal back to health.

Google retreating from military AI project: reports 2 June 2018, 12:11 PM

Google workers on Friday got word that the internet titan will retreat from a deal to help the US military use artificial intelligence to analyze drone video following an outcry from staff, according to reports.