The Virustatic Shield helps slow the spread of viruses like no other face mask currently available on the market. Its revolutionary protein coating disables influenza viruses on contact. Virustatic has developed a scientifically proven way to capture and eradicate the threat posed by all known influenza family viruses. It also works against Coronavirus, SARS, MERS and the common cold.
On Thursday, 23 April, an employee at the Aeroton facility tested positive for COVID-19, and as a precaution, 57 employees from a specific operating department were referred to a private pathology laboratory for testing on the same day and were self-quarantined based on the primary contact trace in line with the company’s COVID-19 protocols. The infected employee is currently in self-isolation. The company received the test results from the laboratory on Friday, 24 April 2020, and we are pleased to confirm that all 57 employees who were tested as a precautionary measure based on the primary contact trace at the Critical Care manufacturing facility have tested negative for COVID-19.
An employee in the Adcock Ingram Critical Care manufacturing facility has tested positive for COVID-19, and 50 other employees have undergone testing today and self-quarantined based on the primary contact trace. As a pharmaceutical company, they are part of an integral healthcare system and the medicine supply chain in South Africa, their priority is the health and safety of our employees, customers and the citizens of the country, and it is therefore their responsibility to contain the spread of any additional infections within the organisation. Adcock remains committed to complying with the regulations and procedures as outlined by, inter alia, the Departments of Health and Labour.
The COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting lockdown has had an unprecedented impact on how businesses operate. Negatives aside, this pandemic is an opportunity to push workspaces into the future with new health technologies. We already know that a virus will survive on many surfaces that make up our office spaces and this means the potential risks for virus transmission in the workplace are everywhere. Health and safety regulations will adapt to protect our labour force and it is the responsibility of every business owner to adapt with them.
Health NGO Right to Care, which is supporting the Department of Health with its coronavirus response, is calling on all South Africans to wear masks when leaving home. “South African citizens must wear cloth masks, not only because we have to comply, but also because it could protect other people if you are infected but not aware of it. A mask is one of the layers of protection against the spread of the virus,” says Dr Eula Mothibi, executive director at Right to Care who also manages Right to Care International.
SEW-EURODRIVE (Pty) Ltd. joins national initiative to use 3D printing to combat critical face-mask shortage for healthcare workers
Drive and automation technology leader SEW-EURODRIVE (Pty) Ltd. has joined a nationwide campaign to use 3D printing technology to produce much-needed face masks and shields for healthcare workers and first responders. Since the announcement of a national lockdown to flatten the curve of the Covid-19 pandemic in South Africa, there has been a global shortage of such critical Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
Large-scale rollout of smart lockers fast-tracked during coronavirus to ensure safe collection of chronic medication
Due to high levels of fear, South Africans are increasingly missing their healthcare appointments and not collecting their chronic medication during lockdown. However, it is now more important than ever that people who are immune-compromised keep taking their chronic medication to increase their immunity for COVID-19. To make sure that South Africans don’t have to wait in long queues at clinics or hospitals to collect their monthly medication, Right ePharmacy and the National Department of Health is fast-tracking innovative Collect & Go smart lockers.
In Southern Africa, acute bacterial or viral meningitis causes considerable morbidity and mortality. In particular, even with appropriate therapy, meningococcal disease is often fatal and approximately 20% of those who survive will suffer from complications, including hearing loss, skin scarring, amputations and neurological fall out. Therefore, even though the incidence of meningococcal disease is relatively low in South Africa, all South Africans, starting from 9 months of age, should be vaccinated to protect against meningococcal infection.
Amid the COVID-19 crisis, supply chain professionals are responsible for maintaining South African supply chains; ensuring the efficient supply and distribution of food, basic goods and medicines, and mitigating the risks posed by the pandemic, the challenges of lockdown regulations and the associated extraordinary consumer behaviour like stockpiling and panic buying. To ensure that the supply chain profession has the necessary resources and support needed for its vital role in helping to beat the coronavirus crisis, SAPICS has launched a number of special support initiatives.
During this uncertain time, it is all too easy to feel powerless in the fight against the Coronavirus pandemic. Now more than ever, many of us are looking for a way to educate ourselves with accurate information, soothe our anxiety and most importantly to monitor our health. CoronaFighter is a web-enabled app found at www.testforcovid.co.za – the app allow you to track your symptoms through a simplified automated self-monitoring process.
Adrian Parsons, Executive Director at KHUSA Consulting, says that by law, medical schemes have emergency fund reserves amounting to at least 25% of members’ contributions. Collectively, they now have over R60 billion in their reserve funds, which could be released for the treatment of all South African COVID-19 patients – whether they are medical scheme members or not.
As South Africa heads into the next phase of our fight against Covid-19 – a nationwide lockdown – efficient supply chain management is critical to ensure that South Africans continue to have access to food, basic commodities and medical supplies, according to SAPICS, The Professional Body for Supply Chain Management. The spotlight is also on the measures that will be implemented by transport, distribution and logistics organisations to ensure the safety of drivers and staff who will provide essential services during the 21-day lockdown.
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The Innovative Pharmaceutical Association South Africa (IPASA) and its 26 member companies, join the government, the medical and business community in efforts to curtail and contain the spread of this serious health threat to our communities. We all need to be united as fellow South Africans to combat the spread.
The South African medical community has made important strides in treating ovarian cancer in the country, after three breakthrough procedures were recently performed at the Life Entabeni Hospital in Durban. Hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy (HIPEC) is a highly sophisticated procedure for the treatment of abdominal cancers and when it is performed with cytoreductive surgery, it results in longer recurrence-free survival and overall survival than surgery or chemotherapy alone. Combining surgery and chemotherapy achieves several important goals. As the solution is delivered directly to the abdomen, the patient receives a higher and more concentrated dose, while heating improves effectiveness. Being largely isolated in the peritoneal cavity and then subsequently removed, there is minimal exposure to the rest of the body, which reduces the normal side effects of chemotherapy.