Over the past few weeks, our country has undergone a lot of developments arising from the Covid-19 global pandemic. On the 9th April 2020 the President of the Republic of South Africa announced an extension of the 21-day lockdown for the country as part of continued efforts to help in the fight against Covid-19. South African experts have advised that the peak of the disease is expected in September, with others predicting that a vaccine may only be available early next year.
In light of the current situation globally, SADA have reached the extremely difficult decision to cancel the SADA Congress 2020. This decision was not arrived at lightly and after careful consideration and in-depth discussions, we have taken the decision as an emergency precaution. Following the directive from the President, any further delays and inaction from SADA would be irresponsible to its members, delegates, speakers, sponsors and anyone involved with or coming into contact with the extensive number of individuals required to host and present such an event.
SADA have taken into consideration the negative financial impact that the lockdown is having on many businesses including those drawn from our profession as well as its suppliers and we concluded that continuing with the hosting of the congress, even if lockdown may be lifted by then, would add to the financial strain on businesses.
SADA will be in touch with all role players with fresh and innovative ways to continue the professional development of all oral healthcare practitioners to facilitate continued growth of the profession and providing world class and effective patient care.
Yours in oral health
Dr Nthabiseng P Metsing
Head: SADA Professional Development