Heritage Health News


World Suicide Prevention Day (10 September)

10 Sep 2020

World Suicide Prevention Day (10 September) Suicide prevention starts with recognizing the warning signs and taking them seriously. If you think a friend or family member is considering suicide, there is plenty you can do to help save a life. Understanding suicide The World Health Organization estimates that...

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10 Small Steps to Better Heart Health

01 Sep 2020

10 Small Steps to Better Heart Health Change is an important part of living with heart disease or trying to prevent it. A jump in blood pressure or cholesterol earns you a lecture on healthy lifestyle changes. Heart attack and stroke survivors are often told to alter a lifetime of habits. Some people manage to ...

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Heart Attack Warnings Signs

01 Sep 2020

Heart Attack Warnings Signs The most common symptom of a heart attack for both men and women is chest pain. But women may experience less obvious warning signs. Have a look at the below warning signs between men versus women. Men Nausea or vomitting Jaw, neck or back pain Squeezing chest pressure or p...

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Spring Clean Your Health and Wellness

01 Sep 2020

Spring Clean Your Health and Wellness Believe it or not, it is already the month of September! Now's the time to get moving as we transition seasons. Here are seven hints to help you "spring into wellness”. Wake early to exercise The mornings are warming up, and spring means the sun rises earlier each day...

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8 Steps to Prevent Heart Disease

17 Aug 2020

8 Steps to Prevent Heart Disease Although you might know that eating certain foods can increase your heart disease risk, it' is often hard to change your eating habits. Whether you have years of unhealthy eating under your belt or you simply want to fine-tune your diet, here are eight heart-healthy diet tips. Once...

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Heart Health Matters

14 Aug 2020

Ingredients for a Healthy Heart The World Health Organisation’s most recent data on Africa’s leading causes for deaths in 2016 are divided into three groups: Group 1 is caused by infectious diseases; Group 2 is caused by chronic disease. And Group 3 by injuries. Group 2 - Chronic diseases or Non-communicabl...

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15 Fascinating Heart Health Facts

05 Aug 2020

15 Fascinating Heart Health Facts While you are probably familiar with a few heart-healthy tips, there are some fun facts about the heart that you may not know. You can easily check you heart size. Your heart is about the size of two hands clasped together. Your heart weigh between 280 to 340 grams in men ...

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Guidelines to Providers of COVID-19 Admissions

03 Aug 2020

Guidelines to Providers of COVID-19 Admissions Dear Heritage Health Healthcare Service Provider, RE: Funding for the right patient, in the right facility, at the right time - Guidelines of the diagnosis and management of Covid-19 within scheme benefits. The World Health Organization (WHO) was alerted of a cl...

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What to do if you’ve been diagnosed (COVID-19)

03 Aug 2020

What to do if you’ve been diagnosed (COVID-19) If you are sick with COVID-19 or think you might have COVID-19, follow the steps below to care for yourself and to help protect other people in your home and community. Stay home except to get medical care Stay home. Most people with COVID-19 have mild illness...

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World Hepatitis Day (28 July)

28 Jul 2020

World Hepatitis Day (28 July) Hepatitis A is a contagious liver infection caused by the hepatitis A virus. Hepatitis A can be prevented with a vaccine. People who get hepatitis A may feel sick for a few weeks to several months but usually recover completely and do not have lasting liver damage. In rare cases...

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International Self-Care Day (24 July)

24 Jul 2020

International Self-Care Day (24 July) Most people are reasonably healthy and well as children. As we get older however, we are faced with the challenges and temptations of life such as food, alcohol and tobacco, and the opportunity for sedentary lifestyles. We are faced with choices, and risks. Unfortunately, t...

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Cold & Flu Season

09 Jul 2020

Cold & Flu Season As we move into the middle of winter, we need a sensible approach to ensure that we remain safe and healthy at work and in our homes. Infections, especially respiratory or lung infections tend to be more common in winter, as we close windows and doors to keep the cold out, resulting in poor v...

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World Vitilogo Day (26 June)

25 Jun 2020

World Vitilogo Day (26 June) Vitiligo is a genetic and autoimmune skin disorder in which skin loses its natural color due to lack of pigmentation. They are caused when melanocytes within the skin starts to die off, which means the skin essentially loses its colour. Melanocytes are the cells which produce the sk...

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Health Benefits of Blood Donation

16 Jun 2020

Health Benefits of Blood Donation Blood donation does not have any major side effects, but there are several benefits. Blood donation improves heart health, reduces cancer risk, and burns calories. Health Benefits of Blood Donation Improves Cardiovascular Health: Studies have shown that an increased level...

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Men's Health - Size does Matter

09 Jun 2020

Men's Health - Size does Matter Who says size does not matter? Being overweight or obese seriously adds to your health risks. Losing just 10% of your weight can improve your health. Men get ‘Weight Wise”! Men watch your waist! A waist measurement over 94cm puts your health at risk. The risk is higher if ...

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Men’s Health Musts

01 Jun 2020

Men’s Health Musts The following 10 tips are a must for all men, regardless of your age: Talk with your healthcare provider about a check-up. Snack pre-cut vegetables and fruit to help fill your daily servings of fruit and vegetables. Find healthy ways to blow off steam – a workout, hobby, whatever h...

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World No Tobacco Day (31 May)

31 May 2020

World No Tobacco Day (31 May)  According to WHO, tobacco use kills more than 8 million people around the world each year, a number that is predicted to grow unless anti-tobacco actions are increased. In the United States, tobacco use is the largest preventable cause of death and disease. It causes many types ...

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Looking after our mental health

15 May 2020

Looking after our mental health As many countries have introduce measures to restrict movement as part of efforts to reduce the number of people infected with COVID-19, more and more of us had to make huge changes to our daily routines. The new realities of working from home, temporary unemployment, home-school...

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International Nurses Day (12 May)

12 May 2020

International Nurses Day (12 May) International Nurses Day is celebrated around the world, on the 12th of May, the anniversary of Florence Nightingale's birth. 2020 has been designated as the "Year of the Nurse and the Midwife" by the World Health Organisation (WHO) in recognition of the contribution nurses mak...

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Arrangements During State of Emergency Due to COVID-19 Pande…

12 May 2020

Arrangements During State of Emergency Due to COVID-19 Pandemic and Stage 2 Dear Member and Healthcare Provider, We refer to our letter that you received at the end of March 2020 regarding the COVID-19 pandemic affecting the norm of healthcare services and the implementation of specific measures. The President ...

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SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands

05 May 2020

SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands Hands are one of the most common ways that viruses spread from one person to the next. During the current global pandemic, one of the cheapest, easiest, and most important ways to prevent the spread of a virus is to wash your hands frequently with soap and water. Here’s everything...

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Clean the right surfaces to protect yourself against Covid-1…

01 May 2020

Clean the right surfaces to protect yourself against Covid-19 Among the things we don’t know about COVID-19 is how long the virus can survive outside of a human host. It certainly seems to have taught us to wash our hands regularly and thoroughly. To touch our face less often and cover our coughs and sneezes. Ho...

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Covid-19 and High-Risk Individuals

14 Apr 2020

Covid-19 and High-Risk Individuals Though we believe most people will have a mild illness, some older people or people with pre-existing health conditions will experience severe illness and we need to protect them. Who is at greater risk from Covid-19? The groups with the highest risk of serious illness from...

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World Health Day (7 April)

07 Apr 2020

World Health Day (7 April 2020)    7th April 2020 is the day to celebrate the work of nurses and midwives and remind world leaders of the critical role they play in keeping the world healthy. We are calling for your support on World Health Day to ensure the nursing and midwifery workforces are stro...

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Interim Arrangements During COVID-19 Pandemic

25 Mar 2020

Interim Arrangements During COVID-19 Pandemic Dear Member and Healthcare Provider. During the following few months, the COVID-19 pandemic will affect the norm of healthcare services and it is important that measures are implemented to ensure that those who need critical care at hospitals will have access to bed...

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Tests and Consultations during Covid-19 Challenge

20 Mar 2020

COVID-19 TESTS AND CONSULTATIONS Dear Members and Practitioners. The COVID-19 pandemic affects each one of us anxiously not knowing how and when it may impact our lives. It is also important that we remain vigilant protecting our very own exposure including those in the health profession, family friends an...

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World Kidney Day (12 March)

12 Mar 2020

World Kidney Day (12 March) The term "chronic kidney disease" means lasting damage to the kidneys that can get worse over time. If the damage is very bad, your kidneys may stop working. This is called kidney failure, or end-stage renal disease. If your kidneys fail, you will need dialysis or a kidney transpla...

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How worried should we be about the Novel Coronavirus?

10 Mar 2020

How worried should we be about the Novel Coronavirus? The overall profile of the disease, including its mortality and ability to spread, is now better understood. Many healthy, young people who are exposed to the coronavirus will experience nothing worse than seasonal flu symptoms, or indeed no symptoms at all. ...

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Novel on Coronavirus

06 Mar 2020

Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) information With the first confirmed Coronavirus case announced by the South African Department of Health, we would like to provide you some information to keep you safe. The Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses found in both animals and humans. Some infect people and are kn...

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World Obesity Day (04 March)

04 Mar 2020

World Obesity Day (04 March) What is obesity and overweight? Overweight and obesity are defined as abnormal or excessive fat accumulation that may impair health. Body mass index (BMI) is a simple index of weight-for-height that is commonly used to classify overweight and obesity in adults. It is defined as a...

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Rare Disease Day 2020

29 Feb 2020

Rare Disease Day 2020 (29 February) Saturday 29 February was the 13th edition of Rare Disease Day. The campaign continues to grow each year since it was first launched in 2008. Thousands of events were organised over 100 countries and regions to mark the occasion. The community joined together across borders an...

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Show your heart some love this Valentine’s Day

28 Feb 2020

Show your heart some love this Valentine’s Day Candy hearts and chocolate hearts… the heart serves as a universal symbol to express our feelings for our loved ones. But what about loving your own heart? While it may not be very romantic to talk about heart disease risks on Valentine’s Day, it is a great oppo...

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World Cancer Day (04 February)

04 Feb 2020

World Cancer Day (04 February) Theme: I Am And I Will This World Cancer Day, we recognise that our commitment to act will lead to powerful progress in reducing the global impact of cancer. So, this 4 February whoever you are, your actions - big and small -will make lasting, positive change. Because, progress is...

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Autism Awareness Day

02 Apr 2019

Autism Awareness Day The twelfth annual World Autism Awareness Day is April 2, 2019. Autism-friendly events and educational activities take place all month to increase understanding and acceptance and foster worldwide support. Autism’s core symptoms are social communication challenges and restricted, repetitive...

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Rare Disease Day 2019

28 Feb 2019

Rare Disease Day A rare disease, is any disease that affects a small percentage of the population. Characteristics of Rare Diseases There are over 6000 rare diseases, characterized by a broad diversity of disorders and symptoms that vary not only from disease to disease but also from patient to patient suffe...

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World Leprosy Day

30 Jan 2019

World Leprosy Day Leprosy is a disease that causes severe, scarring skin sores and nerve damage in the limbs. Leprosy firstly affects the skin and then moves on to nerves present outside the brain and spinal cord which is known as the peripheral nerves. Although, it takes three to five years for these symptoms ...

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