It is that time of the year when a lot of people fall victim to the Flu epidemic, resulting in them being very sick, missing many productive days at work. Some of them even lose their lives from the related complications.
All this Flu negative epidemic impact to society and workplace productivity could be prevented if everyone, especially those who are considered high risk for the complications of Flu can get Flu shots from their GPs, Pharmacies or Workplaces.
Everyone must make it their business to protect themselves and their loved ones during the upcoming Flu season. If you are a member of a medical scheme, then most schemes will pay for the Flu vaccination and if you are not you can still get vaccinated at an affordable fee.
Since the dawn of democracy in South Africa, the issue of criminalisation of dagga has been a hot topic amongst the various sectors of the South African population, especially from the Dagga lobby groups who see Dagga usage as part of their religious practices as Rastafarians. The Rastafarians saw the continued criminalisation of dagga usage as an act of discrimination against their legitimate religious practices, something which is outlawed in terms of our National Constitution.
The recent landmark Judgement by the Western Cape High Court Judge Dennis Davies on the 31st of March 2017 which has legalised domestic usage of dagga has obviously brought elation to the Rastafarian community, as well as those who have also been pushing for Dagga to be legalised for medicinal benefits.
From the medical community, this legalisation brings a bit of dilemma, because as part of our Hippocratic Oath, we are not supposed to knowingly advocate for use of substance or substances that can cause harm, and chronic dagga abuse does lead to severe mental illnesses. On the other hand, there is growing body of scientific knowledge that proves that some dagga active chemicals have medicinal benefits.
Raising A Child Who Is Living with Autism Is Not For The Faint-Hearted.
Autism is a very little understood medical condition by the medical and health profession in general, it is even worse with the general population. There are a lot of myths and misconceptions about this medical and behavioural condition; from its causes, to its clinical presentation, to how effective its management, and support systems.
Its prevalence seems to be rising in society, yet society does not seem to be ready to provide an enabling supportive environment to get the best out of these kids who require some specialised attention and support systems.
In this article, a selfless mother opens up and talks from the heart about her family’s 16 year journey of raising a child who is living with Autism, the challenges with getting a correct diagnosis from the health care professionals, the emotional roller-coaster post diagnosis, the lack of definitive therapeutic interventions to effectively manage autistic children, the challenge of dealing with the sometimes inappropriate behaviours of an autistic child, the lack of well-equipped schools to handle and develop kids who are living with Autism, to the upside of their inherent disability features like obsession, photographic memory and exceptional gifts.
This article is a must read for all parents who are faced with the challenge of raising kids with disabilities or chronic illnesses, as well as other parents whose children may not have any disabilities, but who may need to learn more about the condition to help reduce the levels of ignorance and sometimes discrimination and judgement of parents and kids with Autism in society.
Friday the 24th of March 2017, in terms of the annual health calendar, was designated the World TB Day. It is a day to commemorate people who have perished from the global scourge of TB disease. It is a day of increasing the awareness and efforts to fight this TB scourge, and hopefully defeat it soon; just like we managed with the Smallpox pandemic that was defeated in the 1970s.
80% of South Africans are infected with TB mostly in its inactive/latent form, and about 1% of the population has Active TB, whereby they get sick as a direct result of TB infection. What worsens the challenge is that TB often goes with HIV infection in 73% of the cases in South Africa, therefore fighting TB must go hand in hand with the fight against HIV and AIDS.
Although we are battling this TB epidemic as a country, the tide is slowly turning, and there is a lot of confidence in the medical and epidemiological fields that in the not so distant future, using the latest strategies in health promotion, disease prevention and making use of technology to early detect and effectively treat active TB infections, we will also defeat the TB scourge.