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Pertussis Warning

The Pertussis commonly known as "Whooping cough" - caused by a germ known as Bordella pertussis primarily affects children too young to have completed the full course of vaccinations and teenagers and adults whose immunity has faded. In toddlers and children aged up to five years its prevalence has increased from 13 cases reported last month to 29 cases to date .

About 23 cases were reported from Nkangala District at Emalahleni sub-district.

Cases were reported from Panorama Primary School where the infection has been transmitted to three teachers and 11 learners in the same school.

Both Gert Sibande and Ehlanzeni districts have reported three cases each. There are currently no deaths reported.

Pertussis is a highly contagious illness, a vaccine-preventable disease and spreads when a person with pertussis sneezes, coughs or breathes.

The germs that cause pertussis live in a sick person's nose, mouth and throat and are in droplets of mucous or saliva.

A person can get pertussis when droplets from the sick person get into the mouth, nose or eyes.

The main signs and symptoms of pertussis are as follows:

Initial signs and symptoms are similar to the common cold and may include nasal congestion, runny nose, mild sore throat, mild dry cough and minimal or no fever.

Days later, the cough can become more severe and is characterised by episodes of paroxysms (severe attacks of coughing) followed by a whooping sound and/or vomiting after coughing.

Paroxysmal cough may last 1 to 2 months.

Adolescents and adults who are previously vaccinated may also present differently with minimal symptoms such as a sore throat or persistent cough.

The schools and public at large are advised to be on the high alert if anyone or child is experiencing or developing cold like symptoms including cough and runny nose, to immediately consult the nearest health facility to get medical help.

Anyone who has been diagnosed with pertussis by a doctor or health care facility should avoid mixing with other people especially infants and pregnant women to prevent the further spread of the disease.

The Department of Health is working very hard to contain the further spread of the disease

Issued by the Mpumalanga Department Health .

For more information contact, Mr. Dumisani Malamule. Tel: 013 766 3802

The Provincial Ephraim Mogale Bursary Scheme

The Department encourages the youth in the Province to apply for financial assistance for the 2019 academic year before the 30th October 2018.

Application forms have already been circulated to all secondary schools and education district offices.

Prospective students are required to:

* Apply for field of study as advertised which is driven by Provincial Human Resources Strategy priorities.

* Submit outstanding grade 12 results and university results for those already in various institutions.

Learners/ students with disabilities and those living with albinism who meet the requirements for admission in universities automatically qualify for bursaries for fields of study of their choice.

For international bursaries applicants will be subjected to medical and psychometric tests and will be subjected to compulsory interviews.

The Department is currently funding 281 international students, 1351 employees and 1989 local university students on its bursary scheme now renamed: Ephraim Mogale Bursary Schemes.

The late Ephraim Mogale was the first National President of the Congress of South African Students (COSAS), served as the Provincial Secretary of the South African Communists Party and was a Member of the Mpumalanga Provincial Legislature.

For more information contact the Departmental at: (013 )766 5380/ 5243/ 5370.

Download application forms here:

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