Covid-19 patients quarantined at Nasrec Expo Centre in Johannesburg allege that the catering company has provided them with expired food, which they say, “makes their [health] situation worse.”
The nutrition challenges facing South Africa are complex and underpinned by historical and current inequalities, while undernutrition coexists with the rising incidence of obesity and non-communicable diseases, say experts.
Whilst global and national attention is focussed on one respiratory illness – Covid-19 – tuberculosis (TB) treatment and testing is falling to the wayside. Some health professionals say that TB testing needs to be linked to Covid-19 testing to remedy this.
The Public Servants Association of South Africa (PSA) says it is worried about their members working at Steve Biko Academic Hospital (SBAH) who are wearing black plastics as Covid-19 protective gear.
Globally, South Africa is amongst the countries with the highest tuberculosis (TB) burden and high statistics of people living with HIV. Two of the biggest issues in reducing both these numbers are access and adherence to medication, but this can change with a new TB treatment.
Discussions about the schooling program for the rest of the year are still underway, but the majority of children who rely on the National School Nutrition Programme remain without access to their meals.