Medical Student Selected for London World Health Organization Organising Committee

Click here for isiZulu version Second-year Medical student, Mr Mohamed Hoosen Suleman, has been appointed to serve as Theme Officer on the Organising Committee for the London World Health Organization (LonWHO) Simulation, an event held in the first week of November each year. The WHO Simulations, which were launched at the London School of Hygiene

Health Experts Panel Supports Ban on Cigarette Sales

Click here for isiZulu version The ban on cigarettes sales has slowed the spread of COVID-19 and will ease pressure on the health system, a panel of experts led by UKZN’s Professor Mosa Moshabela has found. The panel was at UKZN’s Data@breakfast, a webinar hosted by Moshabela – an expert on public health – where

UKZN Academic Finalist for Bioanalysis Rising Star Award

Academic Leader: Research at UKZN, Mr Sooraj Baijnath, became South Africa’s first ever finalist for the international Bioanalysis Rising Star Award when he was selected as one of the six contenders. ‘I feel really honoured to be selected as the first ever finalist from South Africa, especially in a field of internationally-recognised young scientists from

Call to Protect COVID-19 Sufferers Against Off-Label Drug Side Effects

Click here for isiZulu version African countries need to consider implementing a prescription monitoring scheme to ensure their COVID-19 patients being treated with chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine are protected against the serious side effects associated with these drugs. This is according to Professor Fatima Suleman, a professor in UKZN’s Discipline of Pharmaceutical Sciences and former Prince

UKZN Employee Helps Feed Those Impacted by COVID-19

UKZN staff member Mrs Zandile Magwaza-Mtshali, her husband, Bishop Sibusiso Mtshali, and colleagues in the College of Health Sciences are donating food parcels to communities in and around Durban affected by COVID-19. The couple, who started the project after the national lockdown was extended, belong to the Ethiopian Holy Baptist Church, which has congregations in

Medical Student to Lead African Youth Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic

Click here for isiZulu version Final-year Medical student at UKZN’s Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine, Mr Kapil Narain has been appointed as the Chair of the Federation of African Medical Students Association (FAMSA) COVID-19 Technical Working Group (TWG), a continent-wide youth response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The committee comprises members from 15 countries with

Protecting Mental Health While Working at Home

Protecting Your Mental Health while Working from Home was the title of an address Clinical Psychologist in the School of Psychiatry, Mr Suntosh Pillay gave to UKZN staff. Co-ordinated by the School of Clinical Medicine, the seminar targeted professional staff in the College of Health Sciences and focused on addressing stress associated with the new virtual

Excessive Screen Gazing May Cause Digital Eye Strain

Too much time staring at a screen during lockdown can cause digital eye strain previously known as computer vision syndrome, says UKZN lecturer in the Discipline of Optometry, Dr Alvin Munsamy. ‘If you consider that a computer is not the only electronic device we use today then digital eye strain is a better description as

Scientists Warn Against Antibiotics Use in COVID-19 Treatment

Healthcare providers treating COVID-19 patients have been urged to be prudent in prescribing antibiotics because of the danger of increasing resistance to the treatment. The call was made by UKZN’s Professor Sabiha Essack, who is the South African Research Chair in Antibiotic Resistance and One Health, and collaborating scientists, Dr Ariel Blocker of France and

Clinician Recommends Tailored Response to SA’s Unique COVID-19 Circumstances

We have to understand “our epidemic” as a unique thing and build our own tailored response, says clinician and UKZN COVID-19 war room Epidemiologist Dr Richard Lessells. Speaking at the latest data@breakfast Friday morning webinar, Lessells provided a general update on how the epidemic was unfolding in South Africa and challenges that could be expected