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Challenges posed by HIV, TB in the fight against COVID-19 under the spotlight

6 April 2020, 8:20 PM

Fears of an imminent COVID-19 catastrophe drove government to put the country under national lockdown for three weeks to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

Bill Gates to assist African countries with coronavirus testing kits

5 April 2020, 8:48 AM

Microsoft founder and philanthropist, Bill Gates, has committed to assist African countries with mass-based testing kits for the coronavirus.  

Researchers warn the COVID-19 lockdown will take its own toll on health

4 April 2020, 10:12 AM

As governments race to stem the spread of coronavirus through an unprecedented closing of schools, businesses and travel, some specialists fear the long term public health impacts of a depressed economy and shuttered society.

Young Jamaican’s invention could help tackle spread of viruses like COVID-19

30 March 2020, 5:49 PM

Five years ago more than 40 babies born in Jamaican hospitals became infected with lethal bacteria – half of them died. The bacteria Klebsiella, like the coronavirus, is spread from person-to-person or via contaminated surfaces. It can be killed by hand-washing with warm soapy water, writes Patricia Scotland.

14-day quarantine period for South Africans repatriated from Wuhan ends

28 March 2020, 3:42 PM

The 14-day quarantine period for the 114 South Africans repatriated from Wuhan, China came to an end on Friday.

Health Minister in W Cape to commemorate World TB Day

24 March 2020, 6:35 AM

Health Minister in the Western Cape, NomaFrench Mbombo will commemorate World TB Day on Tuesday by embarking on a coronavirus awareness campaign.

Smokers warned of increased vulnerability to coronavirus infection

13 March 2020, 6:24 PM

The National Council Against Smoking (NCAS) has warned that smoking and exposure to second-hand smoke, can increase vulnerability to infection of Covid-19.

Mkhize, health authorities to discuss coronavirus pandemic

12 March 2020, 7:16 AM

Health authorities in South Africa will meet with Health Minister Zweli Mkhize on Thursday afternoon, to discuss how the country will respond to the World Health Organisation’s declaration of the coronavirus as a pandemic.

Shorter treatment for HIV positive patients can prevent TB: Study

12 March 2020, 6:19 AM

People living with HIV can now use treatment for a shorter period to prevent from getting Tuberculosis (TB).

Yes, washing our hands really can help curb the spread of coronavirus

7 March 2020, 10:33 AM

Much of the media discussion about coronavirus revolves around diagnosis and management of suspected cases. But the first piece of advice that is essential for anyone worried about contracting the coronavirus is something your grandparents might have suggested: wash your hands.

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