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14 May 2020

Making sure lifestyle diseases are under control during COVID-19

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As the number of Covid-19 infections moves over 10 000, the health minister, Dr Zweli Mkhize, has expressed concern about the huge risk group of South Africans suffering from high blood pressure, diabetes and obesity. In other words Comorbidities.

Two years ago the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) and the Medical Research Council cautioned that chronic diseases such as diabetes and heart disease are becoming the biggest threat to South Africans health. The Council described the problem of these non-communicable diseases as an ‘emerging epidemic’.

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