Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe, told Parliament one of his first interventions was to tackle the shutdown of NTP Radioisotopes, a subsidiary of the Nuclear Energy Corporation (NECSA), at Pelindaba (NorthWest Province) due to operational challenges. SA is a major producer of medical radioisotopes, which are used to treat cancer.
The United Nations warned that a deepening funding gap threatens global progress towards ending the HIV/AIDS pandemic, which affected 37.9-m people in 2018, reported Business Day (17 July 2019).
The Council for Medical schemes (CMS) conducted a retrospective study of the CMS Scheme Risk Measurement (SRM) database to establish changes in the frequency of chronic diseases among beneficiaries of medical schemes between 2011 and 2017.
According to an annual report by World Health Organisation (WHO) and the UNICEF children’s agency 19,4-m children missed out on potentially life-saving vaccinations in 2018 - up from 18.7-m in 2017 and about 18.5-m the year before. This all points to a “dangerous stagnation of global vaccination rates, due to conflict, inequality and complacency”, the UN agencies said.