Public Comments on OHS Bill now open

The Department of Employment and Labour has published the proposed amendments to the Occupational Health and Safety Act and is asking you to comment. The Bill seeks to amend the Occupational Health and Safety Act. 1993, so as to: ▪ delete, substitute and insert certain definitions; ▪ effect certain technical corrections; ▪ further provision in […]

Ethiopia to vaccinate 2 million against cholera in Tigray region

Mekelle – Ethiopia today officially launched a preventive oral cholera vaccination campaign targeting 2 million people aged 1 year and above in Tigray region in the north of the country to avert a potential outbreak The vaccination drive, which began on 10 June, will cover 13 priority districts in Tigray and is being carried out alongside […]

WorkSafe SA releases three more business opportunities

WorkSafe SA has released three more business opportunities in the Western Cape as part of its national roll-out of the new STEPSS program. Elaine van Vuuren, National Operational Safety Director at WorkSafe responsible for On-boarding of new franchisees, said “the market is ready for a more holistic approach to human capital than just mere health […]

Over 1 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered in Angola

Angola has reached the milestone of more than 1 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines administered after receiving the first doses from COVAX, a partnership between Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI )and WHO, which aims to ensure equitable distribution of vaccines against COVID-19, worldwide. Luanda – The Angolan Ministry of Health […]

The system stalling COVID-19 importation into Rwanda

Kigali – The aircraft engines power down as disembarking passengers rummage through their carry-on bags for documents in readiness for immigration. This is Kigali International Airport, a busy regional hub. The country has implemented an innovative electronic tracking system to stop the domestic spread of COVID-19 from arriving passengers. It starts with a pre-departure COVID-19 […]

Filling the gaps in oral health services in Africa

Brazzaville – More than 480 million people in the African region suffer from oral diseases such as dental caries and periodontal diseases, yet oral health remains a low priority in many countries, leading to inadequate financial and technical investment that undermine prevention and care services. Disruptions by the COVID-19 pandemic in the health sector have […]

How Senegal prepared for COVID-19 surge

Dakar – As the second wave of COVID-19 infections surged in early 2021, Senegal stepped up measures to cope with the anticipated rise in the number of patients needing critical care. Professor Daye Ka, Infectious and Tropical Disease Expert and member of Senegal’s COVID-19 task force, explains the steps taken to avert hospitals being overrun […]

Tackling surges in severe COVID-19 cases in Africa

Accra – Africa has the highest global mortality rate among critically ill COVID-19 patients despite having the world’s lowest COVID-19 infections and deaths overall, a recent study published by the Lancet found. Shortage of critical care resources and their underuse are some of the contributing factors. Dr Christian Owoo, a Senior Lecturer in the Department […]

Nine in 10 African countries set to miss urgent COVID-19 vaccination goal

Brazzaville – As COVID-19 cases in Africa rise for the third week running and vaccines are increasingly scarce, 47 of Africa’s 54 countries—nearly 90%—are set to miss the September target of vaccinating 10% of their people unless Africa receives 225 million more doses. The new global targets were announced recently at the World Health Assembly, the […]