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The three cornerstones of our business and our commitment to our patients are, Life, Health and Care.
Life summarises our philosophy of protecting our patient's wellbeing
and quality of life. Health is our clinical excellence in world-class
facilities, and Care is the human touch of providing quality service,
respect and empathy for those entrusted to our care. Read more...
63 facilities in 7 provinces, of which 51 are acute care. Read more...
6 Mental Health units in 3 provinces and 2 units which offer involuntary and assisted mental health admissions. Read more...
7 Adult and 2 Paediatric Units in 5 provinces. Read more...
The company delivers hospital based services in the fields of chronic mental healthcare, frail care, rehabilitation and acute care in 5 provinces. Read more...
10 Renal Dialysis units in 5 provinces and still growing. Read more...
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Leading provider of contracted, on-site occupational and primary healthcare services to employer groups in commerce, industry, mining, parastatals and to government correctional services. Read more...
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According to the World Health Organisation’s 2005 World Health Report, more than
3.5 million children under the age of 5 die from diarrhoea and acute lower respiratory-tract
infections, such as pneumonia, every year — three quarters of them in sub-Saharan
Africa and south Asia.
A communicable disease is an illness caused by a micro-organism (bacteria or virus)
that is transmissible from person to person by direct contact with an affected individual
or the individual’s discharges. In South Africa, these include childhood pneumonia,
diarrhoea and HIV/AIDS infections. Many of these fatalities could be avoided as
the transmission of such infections can be prevented if simple hygiene practices
such as handwashing are followed.
This is according to the Global Hygiene Council’s 2009 Global Hygiene Survey of
8,000 individuals from eight countries including the USA, UK, Germany, Australia,
Saudi Arabia, Malaysia, India and South Africa. Only 40% of all respondents maintained
they washed their hands properly after using the toilet, sneezing or handling pets
and food. Hand hygiene standards in South Africa compared poorly to other countries
like Great Britain, Australia and India.
A 2005-2007 study carried out by Professor Eugene C Cole and his team of 1,250 households
(approx. 5,500 people) living in informal housing in the Western Cape demonstrated
that illnesses in homes that received both hygiene products (anti-bacterial soaps,
surface cleaners and antiseptic liquids) and practiced basic good hygiene habits
– including hand washing - were reduced by up to 75%. The study indicated that 80%
of gastrointestinal infections, including vomiting and diarrhoea, 70% of respiratory
infections, including colds, flu and ear infections, and 70% of skin infections,
for instance, abscesses, boils, eczema, impetigo, ringworm, scabies and pink eye,
can be prevented through good hygiene habits.
According to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), more than a billion people
do not have access to safe water and well over 2 billion people live without adequate
sanitation. At any given time, more than half of the developing world’s population
is suffering from one or more of the main diseases associated with unsafe water
and poor sanitation. The chances of survival dwindle in the absence of these essentials,
especially for children, approximately 6,000 of whom die from water-related diseases,
such as diarrhoea, every day.
As part of its commitment to the eight United Nations Millennium Development Goals,
the South African government aims to reduce the country’s 1990 under-five child
mortality rate by 60% by 2015 (down from 60 to 24 per 1000). Despite these intentions,
the rate in 2007 had increased to 69 per 1000 and the Minister of Health, Dr Aaron
Motsoaledi, recently admitted that infant mortality in South Africa remains ‘unacceptably
high’. According to UNICEF, there were 37 countries in which at least 10% of children
under five died in 2007 and all of these were in Africa, except for Afghanistan.
A five-second splash under water may make your hands appear cleaner and get rid
of any visible dirt, but it is not really effective in getting rid of the harmful
germs on your hands that can cause infection, especially at critical moments — after
using the toilet, after cleaning a child and before handling food. Not only that,
but only three out of five (59%) of parents in a recent global survey claimed that
their children always wash their hands before eating.
Washing hands with soap and household surfaces with disinfectants has been shown
to successfully remove respiratory pathogens and reduce respiratory infections by
as much as 70% percent.
Given the country’s high mortality rate in children, largely as a result of preventable
diseases such as pneumonia and diarrhoea, Dettol has embarked on a series of community-based
initiatives that support Government’s drive to significantly reduce child mortality
rates in South Africa by two-thirds by 2015. These initiatives include the Detto
Roadshow, the Eve Graham Government Hospital Programme, the Dettol Mom and Baby
Edushow, the Pick ‘n Pay School Club Dettol initiative, the Reckitt Benckiser Midwives
Academy and the Fall Ill Less Often (FILO) initiative. Between them, these initiatives
have already reached over 4.3 million South Africans and continue to educate 2,400
people every day.
The hands are one of the most important causes of cross contamination and cross
infection in the home.
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