Life-saving bowel screening appointments Programme now available in Waikato

Life-saving bowel screening appointments Programme now available in Waikato

The Ministry of Health has announced Waikato District Health’s Board is joining the National Bowel Screening Programme. For the next two years, residents that are eligible will receive a home testing kit in the mail. Clinical Director Dr Susan Parry gave some advice to get the test and do it....

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New Zealand Government introduces independent PHARMAC Review

New Zealand Government introduces independent PHARMAC Review

The New Zealand Government, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Health Minister Andrew Little announced today that a review would take place regarding how well PHARMAC performs. PHARMAC’s independent review will suit an election promise in forwarding focus on its performance against the current intentions and maximising its potential. The review...

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Pipe bursts are a nothing burger, local Councils should fix the problem

Pipe bursts are a nothing burger, local Councils should fix the problem

#OPINION: Pipe bursts and flash floods in our streets in good ol’ Wellington, say no more; what have local Councils really done for the benefit of our water? Nothing. It says it all, seriously. There has been nothing done to fix our growing problem surrounding New Zealand’s water systems. As...

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Deadly Nitrate levels in New Zealand’s drinking Water needs urgent action

Deadly Nitrate levels in New Zealand’s drinking Water needs urgent action

The Government is being asked to take urgent action on nitrate levels in New Zealand’s drinking water. According to a report released from Victoria and Otago Universities, high levels of nitrates mean that up to 800,000 New Zealanders could be affected by the pollution, thisquality reports. The Universities specifically say...

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Increased risk of Bowel Cancer over high levels of Nitrates in New Zealand’s drinking Water

Increased risk of Bowel Cancer over high levels of Nitrates in New Zealand’s drinking Water

In-between 300,000 to 800,000 New Zealanders have been potentially exposed to harmful amounts of nitrates in their drinking water. The harmful levels of nitrates in the water mean there could be an increase in bowel cancer cases around the country. Victoria and Otago universities had used research from overseas that...

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214 new Doctors start Specialist GP Training across New Zealand

214 new Doctors start Specialist GP Training across New Zealand

Across New Zealand, 214 Doctors are set to start their Specialist GP (General Practitioners) Training. There are 28 ethnicities involved within the large group, meaning they are very diverse, including Māori, Pacific Islanders, Asian, Middle Eastern, and Pākehā. Working from Northland to Southland many are enrolled in the General Practice...

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Warning for Parents: Asthma cases rise in Hospital upon return to School

Warning for Parents: Asthma cases rise in Hospital upon return to School

Parents are being warned by the Asthma and Respiratory Foundation NZ (ARFNZ) that they should be prepared for the annual rise in asthma hospitalisations when their children return to school after the holidays. Increases in asthma hospitalisations when school returns are well-documented in overseas studies peaking within the first 2-4...

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Ministry: Facemasks did not fully meet appropriate specifications

Ministry: Facemasks did not fully meet appropriate specifications

The Ministry of Health revealed to thisquality of facemasks not fully meeting appropriate specifications in terms of quality. However, this did not affect the national supply of facemasks. “A quality assurance check showing some face masks used in the health sector don’t fully meet specifications won’t have any impact on...

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Hautere/Te Horo residents advised to boil their water

Hautere/Te Horo residents advised to boil their water

Around 300 residents are being advised to boil their water in the Hautere/Te Horo area on the Kāpiti Coast. Boiling tap water is being recommended as a precautionary measure following heavy rainfall through the week. Infrastructure Services Group Manager Sean Mallon says the rainfall throughout the week and poor weather...

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A mystery illness has hospitalised 300 people in Andhra Pradesh, India

A mystery illness has hospitalised 300 people in Andhra Pradesh, India

A mystery illness is under investigation by health officials in India after many hundreds of people have been hospitalised over the weekend. The illness was first noticed on Saturday. Patients who experience this illness have symptoms of nausea, vomiting and some who have suffered seizures. Burning eyes was another symptom....

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