Archive for June 12th, 2012

Single science council proposed for South Africa

12 June, 2012

See on Scoop.itVirology News

“A committee has advised South Africa’s government to set up a national council to steer the country’s research agenda and make recommendations on all major funding allocations to science and innovation.

The 15 to 20 member council would be chaired by the country’s deputy president and the science minister would be deputy chair, to ensure legitimacy across all government departments.

The council would include other ministers as well as representatives from academia and industry, says the committee’s report, published for public consultation on 6 May by the Department of Science and Technology.”

While a good idea in principle, this could work out just like SA’s last effort at consolidating funding bodies: the creation of the Technology and Innovation Agency resulted in the abrupt cessation of funding from the bodies it replaced, with only a trickle starting to become available now.

See on www.research-africa.net

Province on rabies alert | The New Age Online

12 June, 2012

See on Scoop.itVirology News

“A three-year-old boy from Umlazi [KwaZulu-Natal, SA] was close to becoming the fourth victim of rabies in the province following an outbreak of the disease that has killed three people in the past month.

The toddler has been at the Prince Mshiyeni Memorial Hospital for the past two weeks and, according to the department of environmental affairs, is showing signs of recovery.

“We have been in contact with his mother since he was admitted to hospital and she says there are improvements. He can now sit and has started swallowing liquids. He also responds when she calls his name but he still cannot speak properly,” said department spokesperson Jeffrey Zikhali.”

 

If that’s the case, then it’s close to being a miracle.  The problem appears to be lack of general immunisation of domestic animals, and a lack of government-supplied vaccine for free distribution.

See on www.thenewage.co.za