78 000 people in South Africa died of tuberculosis (TB) in 2017, and while this is fewer than estimated for the previous year, TB treatment coverage remains low at 68 percent, meaning that up to one third of all people living with TB are being missed. The disease is particularly prevalent in the Western Cape, the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal, and in general it remains at crisis point in South Africa.
During July, August and September six neonates, babies less than one month old, died as a consequence of Klebsiella infection at the Thelle Mogorane Hospital in Vosloorus, Ekurhuleni, Gauteng.
On Friday, 25th May, the people of Ireland voted in a historic referendum on whether or not to repeal a constitutional clause protecting the rights of the unborn. Voters were asked if they wanted to repeal the 8th Amendment of the Constitution, which recognises the equal right to life of mother and unborn child.
While the civil claim against the Department of Basic Education (DBE) in the matter of the death by drowning of little Michael Bopape in a pit latrine at a school in Limpopo was awaiting judgement, came the appalling news of yet another death of a small child, Lumka Mketwa, in a pit latrine at a school in the Bizana district of the Eastern Cape.
The current outbreak of Listeriosis in South Africa is one of the largest ever recorded in the world. It has claimed 180 lives to date, and has resulted in the hospitalization of hundreds more.