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Disrupted nuclear medicine production ‘reckless’

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.

UNAIDS sounds warning over funding for HIV/AIDS programmes

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).

CMS reports on Prevalence of chronic diseases in the population covered by medical schemes

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. 

Almost 20-million children not vaccinated in 2018

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.


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