Topical Issues

April 22, 2018

Dr Sophia Kisting awarded UCT President of Convocation Medal

The NIOH is so proud the Executive Director of the Institute, Dr Sophia Kisting Cairncross, was awarded the President of Convocation Medal (2017) at the graduation ceremony held at the University of Cape Town on 5 April 2018. In her citation, President of Convocation Lorna Houston, lauded Sophia, a UCT medical graduate and previous staff member of the School of Public Health & Family Medicine, for her distinguished leadership, which demonstrated a deep and abiding passion for collective and inclusive […]
December 11, 2017

Listeriosis – What You Need To Know

What is Listeriosis? Listeriosis is a serious bacterial disease caused by the Gram-positive, rod shaped bacterium, Listeria monocytogenes. The bacterium is widely distributed in nature and can be found in soil, water and contaminated food. Animals and food products such as vegetables can become contaminated from these sources. Infection with Listeria usually results in gastro-enteritis with symptoms ranging from mild to severe. However, in persons with weak immunity, Listeriosis can lead to meningitis or septicaemia. In pregnant women, Listeriosis may results in preganancy […]
December 4, 2017

International Day for the Elimination Of Violence Against Women

“The world of work must confront the reality of violence in the workplace” Statement   |   Mr Guy Ryder   |   ILO Director-General “Leaving no-one behind means ending all forms of violence and harassment against women” “With notable exceptions, far too little has been done for far too long to end the culture of impunity, to end the culture of silence,” says ILO Director-General Guy Ryder in a statement issued on the occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence […]
August 17, 2017

Moulds In The Workplace – Fungal Disease Awareness Week: 14-18 August

Fungal diseases awareness week highlights the importance of diseases caused by exposure to fungi/moulds in the workplace. It also highlights the importance of preventing exposure and of recognising symptoms or diseases so that workers health is protected and improved. Workers spend a substantial fraction of time (~90%) within buildings such as offices; therefore indoor air quality becomes an important risk factor for human health (WHO 2009; Bonetta et al., 2010; Di Giulio et al., 2010). Microbial agents such as fungi/mouls […]
July 5, 2017

A Report on Asbestos in Gauteng Schools

One in eight Gauteng school buildings contains asbestos, exposing hundreds of thousands of pupils and about 10,000 teachers to serious health risks. If these asbestos structures become dilapidated, fibres are released into the air. If they are inhaled, they can cause deadly respiratory diseases such as asbestosis and mesothelioma. Everest Primary School in Newclare, just west of Johannesburg’s CBD, is one of 29 schools in Gauteng listed for replacement by the province’s department of education because they are made of asbestos. They […]