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The word “Amayeza” means “Medicine” in the Xhosa language.
Pharmacists now have an essential role in malaria prevention
Although there have been good control efforts, malaria remains a major health burden in South Africa.Malaria chemoprophylaxis (prevention) helps reduce the chances of travellers becoming ill with malaria.
Doxycycline, a malaria prophylaxis medication has now been down-scheduled for the pharmacist to dispense provided the use and intention is for malaria prophylaxis for travellers 8 years and older for a period not longer than 4 months.
For more information regarding the downscheduling, please refer to: http://www.gpwonline.co.za/Gazettes/Gazettes/39815_15-3_Health.pdf
For more information regarding malaria: http://www.santhnet.co.za/index.php/travel-health-advice/2015-02-04-01-09-55/malaria-advice-for-travellers/item/277-malaria.html
TRAVEL HEALTH AFRICA – THE BOILING POINT?
SASTM biennial Congress and the 7th Regional Congress of the ISTM
If you are interested in travel medicine, the SASTM conference takes place late September 2016.
For more information: http://www.sastm.org.za/TMC/Details/15
RABIES IN JOHANNESBURG
Rabies was confirmed in two jackals in Muldersdrift and the other in the Lanseria area this week. The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) advises not to touch any wild animals especially jackals that appear tame.
Preventative measures include the following: Washing of the wound very well for at least 10 minutes with water or soap to wash out the virus, and consult your doctor immediately for rabies post exposure prophylaxis.
For more information :http://www.nicd.ac.za/?page=alerts&id=5&rid=670
SWITCH FROM T-OPV TO B-OPV
As part of the global Polio Eradication Initiative, the polio endgame strategic plan (2013-2018) was formulated in 2012. One of the key objectives is to remove OPV and thereby eliminate the risk of Vaccine Associated Paralytic Polio (VAPP). This however has to be done in stages.
All trivalent OPV (t-OPV) will be replaced with bivalent OPV (b-OPV) and this switch must be synchronised worldwide to minimise the risk of Vaccine-derived polio virus infection with type 2.
The switch date in South Africa is April 20th and we are fast approaching this date! If you stock any OPV and have not been contacted by the Department of Health in your area, please contact the coordinator in your area as soon as possible so that arrangements can be made to collect your t-OPC stock and replace it with b-OPV.
THIS IS A MATTER OF INTERNATIONAL IMPORTANCE!
South African Society of Travel Medicine (SASTM) Publications:
Beyond Childhood Vaccination: http://www.sastm.org.za/sastm_publication.php?id=34
A Guide to the Practice of Travel Medicine
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