COVID-19 surfaces in haemodialysis patient

Physicians at the University of California Irvine have described what they believe is one of the first cases of COVID-19 infection in a haemodialysis...

HPCSA issues guidance on Telemedicine Guidelines application during pandemic

Acknowledging that medical practitioners are faced with an ethical dilemma of how to contribute to the national endeavours of self-isolation and social distancing and continue...

Critical Care, Anaesthesiologists issue joint COVID-19 statement

The Critical Care Society of Southern Africa (CCSSA) and the South African Society of Anaesthesiologists (SASA) issued the following joint statement last night: The CCCSA...

MPS issues guidance on remote consultation during COVID-19 pandemic

The current situation surrounding the COVID-19 coronavirus has created a number of challenges, many of which relate to self-isolation and social distancing. For doctors,...

Medical sector cooperative developing niche products for shareholders

 MediCoop is developing investment, finance and insurance solutions specific for health professionals’ individual and business circumstances. MediCoop’s members are also shareholders.  Medicoop investment services MediCoop’s savings products...

Despite FWA Summit postponement, Section 59 report still to be released...

In its statement announcing the postponement of the Fraud, Waste and Abuse (FWA) Summit from 2 to 3 April in Durban to a date...

COVID-19 challenge no time for corporate profits: SECTION27

The Treatment Action Campaign had to litigate against pharmaceutical companies back in 2001 to drop the price of medicines to treat HIV: "We do...

Africa Health moved from May to October

After consultation with partners from around the world, the organisers of the annual Africa Health Exposition and Conference have decided to postpone this year’s...

SAMA calls for telemedicine regulations to be relaxed in COVID-19 fight

The South African Medical Association (SAMA) says it supports the measures announced by President Cyril Ramaphosa 15 March to contain the spread of coronavirus...

Therapeutic options for COVID-19 patients: CDC

There are no US Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved drugs specifically for the treatment of patients with COVID-19.  At present clinical management includes infection...

SAMA advises surgeons to only provide emergency care

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the South African Medical Association advises that all surgeons should consider providing only emergency care. The COVID -19 pandemic is...

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Union to fight for doctor’s right to be protected against coronavirus

In the first COVID-19 labour-related court case in South Africa, trade union Solidarity will lodge an urgent application at the Labour Court on behalf...

Battling COVID-19 in SA: Cooperation of doctors key to winning the...

With between 60-70% of South Africans expected to be infected with COVID-19, there is a dire need for the response of healthcare professionals to...

Virus has natural origin, not ‘genetic engineering’

The analysis of public genome sequence data from SARS-CoV-2 and related viruses found no evidence that the virus was made in a laboratory or...

Digestive discomfort tied to worse COVID-19 outcomes

Patients with gastrointestinal (GI) symptoms who were admitted to the hospital and were diagnosed with COVID-19 were more likely to have severe disease than...

SA to participate in international COVID-19 trial

South Africa is one of 10 countries that will be joining the international Solidarity Trial that will be investigating and comparing the efficacy of...

HPCSA announces contingency plans during COVID-19 outbreak

The HPCSA says it has invoked its Business Continuity Plan in the light of the declaration of the COVID-19 pandemic as a national disaster in the...