Monday, November 03, 2008

03 November - Health

Today we spoke to Dr Neil Cameron – from the University of Stellenbosch. We were talking about Malaria. The World Health Organisation agree that greater awareness is needed. The world health community recognizes malaria as a global emergency that knows no borders. This week is the Tourist Malaria Awareness Week with the aim of informing the public to take precautionary measures if they visit malaria high-risk areas to avoid infection. That interview was brought to you by the National Department of Health and Funded by the European Union.
We were also joined instudio by Dr Hubrecht Brodey – an Ophthalmologist from the Cape Eye Hospital and Sharon Munnik from the Eye Bank. We were talking about cornea transplant. The Eye Bank is a registered non-profit organisation, authorised by the Department of Health to obtain and distribute eye tissue to Surgeons for transplant purposes in order to restore or improve the sight of persons who are blind or partially blind. The Eye Bank would like to encourage all South Africans to consider becoming a donor and thereby give the gift of sight and improve the lives of the thousands who are waiting for a corneal graft. The need for donor corneas is never satisfied as new patients are continuously being added to the waiting list. So if you would like to donate or for more information contact the Eye Bank on (021) 447 5151 or visit www.eyebank.org.za. Dr Brodey is available on (021) 948 6333 or visit www.lasikeyesurgery.co.za
PIC:by Busisiwe Mtabane

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Blogger Hi! I'm Grace said...

hi, i like this blog. very informative. :)

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Anonymous Sakhisizwe team said...

Thank you Grace, we are a team of young people who work for a community radio in Cape Town, South Africa.

We blog about people we interview in our show to keep people in our communities more informed. You can listen online: http://196.36.153.121/bushradio/bushradio_popup.htm

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The South African Constitution guarantees to everyone the right of access to health care services, however despite the fact that the government has taken important initiatives in the health sector many South Africans still do not enjoy affordable and adequate access to health care facilities. The health sector provides many urgent challenges to government and civil society. On the Health segment of SAKHISIZWE Bush Radio is rising to the challenge and creating awareness around (to mention a few of our program coverage), HIV/Aids, Immunisation, Acute Childhood illnesses, Cervical Cancer and other poverty related diseases like tuberculosis and cholera.

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