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SAMA Newsletter 16 October 2020



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Yet once again Covid has hit closer home right in the families of our very own colleagues in MWASA - Dr Ntyantyi EC and Dr Josephine MP.

The HCWMemorial led by our MWASA HCWHeroes Ambassadors, Dr Bulelwa EC and Dr Mjoli in Mpumalanga, in collaboration with NHCPA SG Dr Prudence Buthelezi, and our SAMA Chair and HCWMemorial Ambassador Dr Angelique Coetzee, wishes to express our sincerest heartfelt Condolences to the families and friends in Unity. 

May We Honour their selfless sacrifices and let their iconic Legacy lives on.

The HCWHeroes Memorial will forever cherish their Memories


Global Handwashing Day: Covid-19 a reminder that handwashing could save lives

As the world marks Global Handwashing Day in the midst of a pandemic, experts encourage parents to teach children about the importance of handwashing with soap.

This year, Global Handwashing Day holds greater significance as the Covid-19 pandemic sweeps through the world. Global Handwashing Day is marked on 15 October each year to raise awareness about the importance of handwashing with soap. 

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Mammograms in 40s can save women's lives, study finds


Adding to an ongoing debate over the timing of mammography, a new British study finds that screening women aged 40 to 49 for breast cancer saves lives, with only small increases in overdiagnosis.

"This is a very long-term follow-up of a study which confirms that screening in women under 50 can save lives," researcher Stephen Duffy, from Queen Mary University of London, said in a university news release.

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Mkhize: Data collation explains weekly spike in COVID-19 deaths

The Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has acknowledged that the country has experienced a spike in COVID-19 related deaths, but has attributed this to “data collation.”

More than 330 people have died from the respiratory disease in the past week, which Mkhize said they had grown concerned over.

This is because reports from the Medical Research Council had claimed there were no excess deaths for three weeks in a row.

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COVID-19 Is Having a Serious Toll on South Africans’ Mental Health: Study

More than 1,200 South African adults were polled by pharmaceutical company, Pharma Dynamics, in a survey aimed at understanding how the pandemic has affected mental health in the country.

The results showed that 56% of adults are experiencing higher levels of emotional and psychological stress than they were before the pandemic.



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