Parents in Botshabelo in the Free State have expressed their anger at the Department of Basic Education (DBE) for instructing all primary school learners to return to school at once as from this past Monday (2 August). They say this move will put the lives of children in danger as the country slowly moves past the peak of COVID-19 infections during the third wave.
South Africa received a second batch of Pfizer vaccines from the US on Tuesday which is set to boost the country’s COVID-19 vaccination rollout even further. An initial consignment of 2.8 million doses arrived at OR Tambo International Airport last Saturday as donated by the US government.
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President Cyril Ramaphosa is satisfied with the national vaccine rollout which has seen close to 7.3 million people vaccinated so far. It was also announced that over 31 million additional doses will be delivered within the next two to three months meaning COVID-19 vaccine shortages are a thing of the past.
A recent reported published by a monitoring group has revealed the myriad of challenges faced by people who rely on public healthcare facilities in the North West province – from long waiting times to a shortage of medication to unfair treatment of members of the LGBTQIA+ community.
While many young people in the Free State are keen to get the COVID-19 vaccine, some are adamant that the jab is harmful and part of a state-sponsored conspiracy to alter people’s DNA. Health-e News spoke to a few youngsters after President Cyril Ramaphosa announced last Sunday evening that the national COVID-19 vaccine rollout will open for 18 to 34 year olds from 1 September.
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Access our Survivor’s Support Map which provides a directory of shelters, hospitals, clinics and Thuthuzela centres for survivor’s of sexual assault There are shelters that assist survivors with accommodation in times of need. The Thuthuzela Care Centres are rape care centres linked to hospitals where survivors can receive counselling and a medical examination after the rape. And there are 24 hour clinics and hospitals where survivors can visit for medical care if they are too far away from a Thuthuzela centre.