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NEWS RELEASE Government and business stand together on the principle of Good Manufacturing Practice In its role to protect and promote the health products industry in South Africa, the Health Products Association of South Africa (HPA) recently hosted a hugely successful and comprehensive Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) member workshop in conjunction with the Department of Health (DoH). Explains Dr Alan Tomlinson, chairperson of the HPA, 'The HPA is South Africa’s most authoritative and representative body of complementary medicine and we have always been the primary advocates of GMP in our industry. We also work closely with government on issues related to our industry, ensuring that our industry is recognised and consulted and in touch with global trends and developments. It was therefore important to host this workshop with the support and input from Department of Health, to ensure that our members are fully aware of, and able to comply with the requirements and essential principles of GMP based on current and future legislation.' An impressive array of speakers from the DoH shared the HPA platform, covered the various aspects of GMP and provided valuable insights into the problems and challenges facing the industry as well as the opportunities and the solutions – all to benefit the millions of consumers who support the health industry’s products. The DoH Head of Inspectorate and Deputy Registrar, Dr Joey Gouws, opened the workshop with valuable insights into the PIC Conference in Geneva. She concluded by warning that, in the future, GMP principles and the manufacturing role will become a hugely competitive edge due to the community, customer and stakeholder’s demand for high-quality, cost effective and acceptable medicines, 'Consumers are more sophisticated and more discerning and they are making choices based on quality'. The DoH Deputy Director, Mr Enos Motshitela, provided the department’s perspective on the issue which supported Gouws’s view, 'Bridges need to be formed between academia, government, the complementary industry and the pharmaceutical industry as these will, of necessity, result in practical concepts that will help to not only improve the safety of today’s complementary market but also the safety of the millions of consumers who support this industry.' Tough industry issues such as counterfeit, substandard and adulterated medicines were tackled by DoH Manager of Law Enforcement, Mr Griffiths Molewa, who highlighted the fact that this problem is particularly dominant in Africa where there is an occurrence of 30% versus the EU countries where the occurrence is only 3%. Molewa also addressed the issues of the increased health risk of unsafe medicines and the fact that the existence of these products undermines the public confidence in the industry. He believes that powerful action from all industry stakeholders is required to stamp out the existence of these products and strongly advocated for industry awareness of the existence of such products and its support in eradicating them, in conjunction with harmonised medicine legislation, regular facility audits, procedures for the destruction of medicines and a legal framework/remedies. Concludes Tomlinson, 'The role of quality assurance and GMP compliance in our industry is crucial to its continued growth and continued success. As the watchdog of the health products industry and the guardian of the integrity of the products our members manufacture, we will continue to work with the DoH to protect the health of the public. We will also continue educating our members on the importance of product quality, starting with purchasing quality ingredients and extending all the way through to the end product, product safety and product acceptability to ensure a health products industry that can be a shining example of GMP on the continent.' Pregnancy & Old Wives' Talese started a poll in the office over the sex of Maylene’s (our receptionist) baby. Everyone thinks it’s a girl because of the way she carries and how this pregnancy is so different to her first one that ended in a boy being born. How true are these old wives' tales anyway? According to research conducted by Yale University, the tales are completely baseless and nothing more than fanciful rumours. If your stomach sticks out, it means nothing more than the fact that you have a small upper body, so your baby is pushing out since he has no where else to go. If you are carrying the baby wide, it is because your baby has positioned himself horizontally. If you are carrying the baby high, it is because your stomach muscles are not very strong; it does not mean that you are having a boy.
A big belly does not mean a big, tall child. The tallest of people may have been born to women whose bellies increased almost imperceptibly during pregnancy.
Why then place so much belief in old wives' tales? Essentially such sex-determination tales have a fifty per cent chance of being right. So if you are pregnant and someone tells you that you are going to have a girl because you are carrying her low, and if you really do give birth to a girl, you will remember with amazement and wonder that your aunt had predicted your baby's sex accurately and your own faith in the tale is bound to increase. But on the other hand, if you give birth to a boy, you will forget who said what and no one would broach the topic again.
Of all the old wives' tales out there, this possibly takes the cake: 'To get pregnant, stand on your head after intercourse. Gravity will ensure that the egg gets fertilised.' Well, you can stand on your head all you want. It is good for you, but it will not help you get pregnant. Simply placing a pillow under the pelvic region and lying down in this position for a few minutes after sex should give you the extra push that is needed. Although women inherit many characteristics and physical attributes from their mother, their pregnancy normally does not depend on how their mother's pregnancies were, unless of course it relates to a genetic disease. No, just because your mother had stretch marks does not mean you will have them too. If you look after your skin, moisturise it well, you just may be lucky and not develop any stretch marks at all! On the other hand, if your mother had no stretch marks don't think you will automatically escape them!
She is editor, publisher and founding member of Natural Medicine and Dreamcatcher Publications. She has a passion for knowledge and strives to share the work of the brightest minds and biggest hearts in healing. For Daleen natural medicine is more than taking a pill for an ill philosophy. Natural medicine also encompasses nutrition, lifestyle, spiritual health, exercise, and emotional and mental well-being. She is the mother of three children.
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