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South African National Blood Service facing severe shortages, in need of blood donations - Independent Online
A blood donation gives patients a second chance with their loved ones - another Christmas to remember, another summer holiday at the beach, another birthday celebration.
The South African National Blood Service (SANBS) is facing severe blood stock shortages, to the extent that there may not be sufficient available blood for patients in need. The SANBS needs to collect 3 500 units of blood a day and is urgently appealing to all potential and existing blood donors that are due to donate, to visit a SANBS blood donation site, to donate their precious unit of blood. A blood donation gives patients a second chance with their loved ones. Another Christmas to remember, another summer holiday at the beach, another birthday celebration. It really is an awesome thing to do, says blood recipient Bonolo Mashilo. She received blood on May 22 due to anaemia. Thanks to South Africas dedicated pool of blood donors, Bonolo was able to get the blood she needed to survive. Mashilo and thousands of others with life-threatening conditions join the SANBS encouraging South Africans to become regular blood donors. Silungile Mlambo, the SANBSs chief marketing officer says, The best gift you can give anyone is the gift of life. We know that South Africans have huge hearts and we call on them to fully embrace the spirit of this years World Blood Donor Day theme, Safe blood for all. Out of South Africas population of 56 million people, only about 1% donate blood regularly. This blood is used by every person living in this country who needs a transfusion during an operation or for emergencies during childbirth, Mlambo says. To become a blood donor, you must:
- Be between the ages of 16 and 75 years.
- Weigh 50kg or more.
- Be in good health.
- Lead a healthy lifestyle
- Consider your blood safe for transfusion to a patient.
- Commit to donating blood regularly.
- 28% is used to treat cancer and aplastic anaemia.
- 27% is used during childbirth.
- 21% is used for scheduled surgery.
- 10% is used for paediatric care.
- 6% goes to laboratories.
- 6% is used for orthopaedic care.
- 4% is used for accident or trauma victims.
Anoj Singh gets shaky under cross-examination at Zondo commission - IOL
The former Transnet chief financial officer stumbled and fumbled over a line of questioning that related to his eight safety deposit boxes, and his frequent trips to Dubai.
Johannesburg - Former Transnet chief financial officer (CFO) Anoj Singh stumbled and fumbled over a line of questioning that related to his eight safety deposit boxes, and his frequent trips to Dubai. Singh is currently giving evidence at the Judicial Commission of Inquiry into State Capture in Johannesburg. Evidence-leader advocate Anton Myburgh has been going over some of Singh's previous evidence, where he admitted to having four safety deposit boxes, at the Knox Vault in Killarney. Singh previously told the commission that he used these boxes to store personal documents for his family, jewellery for his wife, and cash he accumulated through moonlighting while at Transnet. However, Myburgh presented evidence that Singh actually had eight safety deposit boxes, most upgraded to sizes large and extra large. Singh's driver previously testified that he drove Singh to the vaults on a number of occasions, to deposit suitcases of cash allegedly given to him by the Gupta family. Singh has denied these allegations and claimed the driver never drove him to the Knox Vaults and he did not know how the driver would know about these safety deposit boxes. He also told the commission that he acquired more safety deposit boxes because he was moving houses and he used them to store personal items. When questioned why he did not tell the commission earlier that he moved properties and used the boxes to store items, Singh said he did not know. He was also questioned about his frequent travel to Dubai, while using the same travel agent as Gupta-owned company Sahara Computers and its associate Salim Essa. Singh said it was a coincidence. He also denied that he was aware his travel was paid for by Essa. "I was of the view that I was booking and paying on my own. I had no idea Travel Excellence was allocating my bookings to Essa's account," Singh said. He said his trips to Dubai were "private business holiday" trips that entailed "at times a vacation and on some occasions I was there to expand my personal network in the UAE". Singh said he would meet a Mr Albushi, who was a private citizen there, who would assist him in exploring options to expand his business interests. [email protected] Political Bureau
Government to lift suspension of J&J Sisonke vaccination programme - IOL
Cabinet welcomed the recommendation by the South African Health Products Regulatory Authority to lift the suspension of the J&J Sisonke Vaccination Programme.
CAPE TOWN - The temporary suspension of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine and the Sisonke Vaccination Programme will be lifted, government announced on Thursday. Acting Minister in the Presidency Khumbudzo Ntshavheni said the temporary suspension in South Africa was in line with the governments commitment to ensure that comprehensive safety measures are undertaken regarding the vaccine rollout. The reviewed data had confirmed that South Africa had not experienced any rare blood clots with the already vaccinated healthcare workers (HCWs). Cabinet welcomed the recommendation by the South African Health Products Regulatory Authority to lift the suspension of the J&J Sisonke Vaccination Programme, Ntshavheni said. Last week, South Africa suspended J&J vaccination rollout programme after six people who received the J&J vaccine in the US developed a rare type of blood clot. Our scientists will continue to monitor all South Africans as and when they are vaccinated. By mid-April 2021, more than 292 623 HCWs had been vaccinated under the Sisonke Vaccination Programme, added Ntshavheni. Furthermore, Cabinet welcomed the successful negotiation of an additional 10 million doses of the Pfizer vaccine, which brings the total doses of the Pfizer vaccine to 30 million. This means South Africa will be able to vaccinate 15 million people with the Pfizer vaccine instead of 10 million. To prepare for Phase 2 of the vaccination rollout programme starting on 17 May, 2021, Cabinet encourages people aged 60 years and older to register on the Electronic Vaccination Data System: https://vaccine.enroll.health.gov.za./#/ People without access to the internet can register in person at over 3 338 vaccination sites across the country. Mobile teams will also be deployed to assist the elderly, the homeless and people living in rural areas. [email protected] IOL
Facelifted Volkswagen Polo revealed and it's coming to SA in early 2022 - IOL
Like the current version, the 2022 Volkswagen Polo will be built in South Africa for both local and international markets.
WOLFSBURG - Volkswagens Polo has just received its midlife makeover and the revised model is due to hit South African showrooms during the first quarter of 2022. Like the current version, the 2022 Volkswagen Polo - including the GTI performance model - will be built in South Africa for both local and international markets. The manufacturer says that local pricing and specifications will be released at the end of this year. Unlike most facelifts, the Polos visual upgrade is subtle at the front and more noticeable at the rear. Upfront we see new LED headlights, with available Matrix technology, and theres now a light strip that connects them via the grille. Round back the Polo gets reshaped LED taillights which now run into the tailgate and its here that youll also see new Polo block letters. Buyers can also opt for an R-Line variant with unique bumpers featuring high-gloss black treatment for the air intake bars and diffuser, as well as chrome-look exhaust tips and 16-inch Valencia alloy wheels. Volkswagen has also used this facelift to upgrade the technology, a highlight being the new IQ.Drive Travel Assist system that allows for partially automated driving. It does this by combining Adaptive Cruise Control with Lane Assist. European models receive a spec boost too, with digital instrumentation now standard along with Lane Assist and heated mirrors amongst other things, but its not clear at this stage whether local models will receive similar enhancements. Volkswagen has not mentioned any engine changes, but the vehicle will reportedly soldier on with the current 1-litre, three-cylinder TSI units, as well as the GTIs 2-litre TSI motor. Watch this space for more information later in the year. IOL Motoring
Duchess Meghan spoke with Queen Elizabeth II after Prince Philip's funeral - IOL
Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, reportedly spoke with Queen Elizabeth II after Prince Philip’s funeral over the weekend.
Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, reportedly spoke with Queen Elizabeth II after Prince Philips funeral over the weekend, despite not being able to attend the service. The 39-year-old royal was unable to attend the service on Saturday because her doctors deemed it too risky for her to travel whilst heavily pregnant with her second child with her husband Prince Harry. And although she couldnt be there in person, Meghan and her 23-month-old son Archie reportedly called Queen Elizabeth earlier this week to make sure the monarch was okay following her 99-year-old husbands funeral. A source told People magazine: "Meghan spoke with Harry before his grandfather's funeral. Meghan and Archie also spoke with the Queen earlier this week." Harry, 36, attended his grandfathers funeral without his wife or their young son, which marked the first time he had met with several of his family members since deciding to step down as a senior royal and move to California. The Duke of Sussex has reportedly returned to his Montecito home following the service, with his car seen leaving the private terminal at LAX airport just minutes after the plane landed on Tuesday. Harry's return to the US means he will miss his grandmother Queen Elizabeth's 95th birthday on Wednesday, following previous reports he was "conflicted" as to whether to stay for the occasion or to get back to his spouse. The Dukes visit to the UK also marked the first time he had seen his family since he and Meghan gave their bombshell tell-all interview to Oprah Winfrey. It has been claimed he spent three hours "clearing the air" with his father, Prince Charles, and brother, Prince William, after the Duke of Edinburgh's funeral, though he didn't have a one-on-one meeting with either due to concerns what they said could be misconstrued. Harry is expected to return to the UK again at the end of July to join his brother for the unveiling of a memorial to their late mother, Princess Diana.
Everything you need to know about 2021 flu season - IOL
Scientists may struggle to predict what flu strains will dominate this flu season – making it challenging to create effective vaccines.
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, reducing the spread of respiratory illnesses, like flu, this winter is more important than ever. In the past year, flu was delayed and not widely spread, thanks in large part to social distancing measures aimed at reducing the spread of Covid-19. But experts say there could be a downside: Scientists may struggle to predict what flu strains will dominate this flu season making it challenging to create effective vaccines. This year, the Institute For Communicable Diseases has already officially detected one case of influenza in the Western Cape, making this time a crucial one to protect against this flu. Dr Morgan Mkhatshwa, Head of Operations at Bonitas Medical Fund answers all questions on what to expect with this years flu season. When will this years flu viruses circulate this season? South Africa experiences seasonal influenza epidemics every winter. Although the timing of the influenza season varies from year to year, it is usually during the winter months (May to August) but may start as early as April and as late as July. For the past 13 years, the average duration of the influenza season has been 19 weeks. This could be affected if we go into a third Covid-19 wave and another lockdown, where the spread of all viruses, including flu slowed down. It should be noted that prevention of severe influenza during pandemics, such as Covid-19, can reduce the burden on the health care system. When will flu season peak in 2021 and how will it affect people? It is uncertain as this will be influenced by the possibility of a third wave of Covid-19 and stricter lockdowns. When we are in lockdown, the flu virus, like Covid-19, does not spread as rapidly. What kind of vaccines are available in South Africa? What flu viruses does this seasons vaccine protection? For the 2021 influenza season, an inactivated quadrivalent influenza vaccine (QIV), containing an additional lineage of influenza B, will be available in South Africa. What flu virus strain do we have in 2021? There are three types of seasonal influenza viruses namely type A, B and C. In South Africa, seasonal flu is most commonly caused by type A or type B influenza viruses. Influenza, also known as the flu, is a viral respiratory illness that is most prevalent during autumn and winter months. It is a highly communicable disease which is associated with severe morbidity and mortality. Locally, severe illness caused by influenza affects more than 45 000 people annually, with almost 50% of them requiring hospitalisation. It is also estimated that 11 800 people lose their lives every year, in South Africa, from flu-related illness. While it can be potentially life-threatening in certain individuals, it is a vaccine-preventable illness. All procured influenza vaccines in South Africa in 2021 are quadrivalent (designed to protect against four different flu viruses), two influenza A and two influenza B strains. What should I do to protect myself from the flu this season? Get vaccinated, flu vaccines have been shown to reduce the risk of influenza illness, hospitalisation and death. Not only will flu vaccination reduce the risk of getting flu but is an important conservation measure for scarce health care resources, which remains a concern with the ongoing the Covid-19 pandemic. The flu vaccine should be given sufficiently early to provide protection for the coming winter. A protective antibody response takes about two weeks to develop. As there is limited evidence of the safety and effectiveness of receiving these vaccines simultaneously, Mkhatshwa recommends waiting at least 14 days between having the Covid-19 and flu Vaccinations. Who is most at risk? The Department of Health (DoH) together with the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) targeted the following groups for the 2021 campaign:
- Healthcare workers
- Individuals aged 65 years and older
- People with comorbidities like heart disease, diabetes or lung disease
- Pregnant women
- People living with HIV and Aids