South Africa could, in the coming days, record more cases of the monkeypox virus.

The National Institute for Communicable Diseases sounded this warning after the Health Department last week confirmed that a 30-year-old Gauteng man tested positive for the virus.

Public Health activist, Dr. Kapil Narain, spoke to eNCA and said there could be many patients with the disease who have not yet consulted medical professionals to confirm the infection.

He says testing for the disease should be scaled up.

Watch Narain’s full interview here.

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The Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital in Soweto has confirmed that it had to cancel nearly 900 operations this year.

The hospital says in many instances, loadshedding or stolen cables, have prompted it to reschedule or entirely cancel operations.

Member of the hospital’s Medical Advisory Committee, professor Mmampapatla Ramokgopa says at times, the hospital has no clean linen due to breakdowns of its laundry machines.

Ramokgopa says the challenges are worsened by a lack of political will to deliver proper medical services to residents.

Watch Ramokgopa’s full interview here.

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The South African Society of Psychiatrists says there is an urgent need for the government to boost access to critical mental healthcare support services for young people.

SASOP says this is of critical importance, especially in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The society says there are only about seven state-funded facilities, across the country, that cater to providing mental health support services to children and young people under the age of 18.

Board member at SASOP, Dr. Alicia Porter says this includes the 4 units in Gauteng, one in KwaZulu-Natal, and two in the entire Western Cape.

Porter says the Covid-19 pandemic had a severe negative impact on the mental health of young people in South Africa.

Read the complete SASOP statement here.

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Transnet says it has started increasing supplies of jet fuel to the OR Tambo International Airport to address the shortage currently being experienced at the airport.

Dwindling supplies of jet fuel have affected several international flights, with airlines having to divert flights to other airports to refuel.

Spokesperson, Ayanda Shezi says the repair of Transnet infrastructure, damaged in the recent KwaZulu-Natal floods, is being fast-tracked to ensure the increased delivery of fuel to facilities in Gauteng.

She says they hope to have the shortages addressed as soon as possible.

Read Transnet’s full statement here.

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The Western Cape’s healthcare system is ready for the fifth wave of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Head of Health, Dr. Keith Cloete says the system is, like with the previous waves of the Covid-19 pandemic, ready to react should there be a drastic increase in hospitalizations.
Cloete says the capacity that has been built in the healthcare system, over the past 2 years, can easily be re-activated should the need arise.

He spoke to ENCA and says all systems are in place to deal with the expected 5th wave.

Cloete says the sudden increase in Covid-19 infections, recorded in the past few days, should not be a cause for alarm.

This past weekend, the National Institute for Communicable Diseases said the country’s test-positivity rate reached the 22% mark, with Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, and the Western Cape recording the majority of new infections.

Cloete says newer versions of the Omicron variant are responsible for this surge in new infections.

Read more here.

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