Dr Hilda Ganesen

Female Family Physician

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Malaria in SA

The map below highlights the malaria areas in SA in 2017.

Malaria transmission occurs in three provinces in SA: KwaZulu Natal, Mpumalanga and Limpopo. Transmission is generally associated with higher rainfall and temperature, between September and May each year. Plasmodium falciparum infection ac…

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My child has chicken pox after taking the vaccine!!

In view of the recent outbreak in chickenpox this has been a common occurrence with the children in Durban North.  Mother's are often confused as to why the child has chickenpox if the vaccine was administered.

Although some vaccinated children (about 2%) will still get chickenpox, they gener…

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Medicine Recall: Epipen and Epipen Junior

Mylan has recalled specific batches of Epipen and Epipen Junior.  Please read the following attachment regarding the affected batch numbers. There is a problem with the activation device of the devices. Contact your pharmacy if you are in possession of such a pen


Insulin and your body

Reaching your true potential

Allergies and the home

According to the Allergy society of SA, dust mite excrement in the most common household allergen in SA.  

  • More than 30% of people who have allergies react to housedust mite excrement. 
  • Pet allergies are a common household allergy. Cats or dogs can be a source of allergens through their saliv…

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I often find that as a mum, it is easy to forget to deworm your children regularly.  My personal reminder is BACK TO SCHOOL.  Deworm children and the beginning of the school year.  By establishing such a routine annually you will find it less likely to overlook this task.

Remember if you have …

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At its 75th meeting on 27-28 November 2015, South Africa’s Medicines Control Council (MCC) approved the use of the fixed-dose combination of tenofovir disoproxyl fumarate and emtricitabine to include pre-exposure prophylaxis of HIV (also referred to as PrEP).

WHAT IS PrEP? It is a drug ta…

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Have you checked your cholesterol levels?

The fingerprick cholesterol test done in doctors rooms and pharmacies detects total cholesterol. If your total cholesterol is greater than 5, be sure to get a full lipogram done. A lipogram will tell you what the LDL (bad cholesterol), HDL (good cholesterol) and triglycerides are.


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Breastmilk Supply has decreased

New mums: do you have decreased breastmilk production.  Try a simple natural remedy as outlined in the book , Baby Sense by Megan Faure.

This is used to help promote more milk when you are breastfeeding...

1 litre of boiled water

1 litre of apple or any other juice but not acidic juice

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Diptheria in KwaZulu Natal

The Department of Health has rolled out a massive Diptheria Catch vaccination program in response to the recent Diptheria Outbreak in KZN.  I have questions from others daily regarding this disease and vaccination. I have attached some useful information in this blog post :

What is Diptheria?

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Have you had a pap smear this year?

Regular pap smears can prevent up to 90% of cervical cancers by early detection.

Did you know that your family physician can do your pap smear?  It is a simple procedure done in a few minutes.

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21 May 2015 :It is change of season in Durban.  Patients with seasonal sinusitis please remember to use your prescribed antihistamines and nasal sprays to combat the symptoms of sinusitis.

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