PERSPECTIVE: Africa in the path of COVID-19

This perspective article on the expected spread of COVID-19 in Africa in the coming months was originally published in the New England Journal of...

Netcare acts swiftly at Pholoso Hospital to stop coronavirus spread

Netcare says it has responded swiftly at its Pholoso Hospital in Polokwane to implement a range of additional, precautionary preventative COVID-19 measures after a patient died...

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Council suggests scheme member premium holiday where warranted

To ensure member protection through continued access to quality healthcare, the Council for Medical Schemes (CMS) has encouraged medical schemes to assist vulnerable members...

More private hospitals report coronavirus outbreaks

Netcare Kingsway Hospital in Amanzimtoti and Mediclinic Morningside in Sandton have confirmed coronavirus outbreaks at their facilities. This comes only a week after Netcare’s...

PPE worth millions to arrive in the country soon

Business for SA’s (BSA) Public Health Workgroup (PHW) has secured personal protection equipment (PPE) for health workers to the tune of R400 million mainly...

Loss of smell and taste validated as COVID-19 symptoms

The findings of a study published in the International Forum of Allergy & Rhinology suggests that clinicians should include sensory impairment as standard screening...

Medicines courier gives assurance deliveries will continue

National courier pharmacy Medipost has assured patients and the healthcare providers it supplies that it has implemented  contingency plans and precautions enabling it to continue its delivery...

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No treatment change needed for paediatric IBD during pandemic

Preliminary data regarding outcomes for paediatric patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak are reassuring, according to research...

Side effects halt Swedish hospitals use of chloroquine

The use of the antimalarial drug chloroquine to treat COVID-19 patients has been halted at several Swedish hospitals due to reported side effects such...

BHF welcomes HPCSA’s lifting of telemedicine ban

The Board of Healthcare Funders (BHF) has welcomed the lifting of the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) telemedicine ban to broadly permit...

Elective surgery during lock down period: legal implications

Legal health expert Elsabé Klinck has drafted a document on the medico legal consequences of doing elective surgery during the lockdown period. The document was made...

Bacteraemia risk higher in older patients hospitalized with IBD

Older age is associated with an increased risk for bacteraemia in hospitalized patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), researchers in a study published in...

Investigation launched into COVID-19 outbreak at Netcare hospital

Netcare says its clinical team is working closely with the Minister of Health special adviser Professor Salim Karim and a team of epidemiology and infectious diseases...

Concerns mounting over coronavirus infections at Netcare hospital

Health Minister Dr Zweli Mhize has expressed concern about the situation at Netcare St Augustine’s Hospital in Durban where 66 people including 48 staff...

Crohn’s disease: better outcomes after deep early remission

Deep early remission of Crohn’s disease is associated with a significant decrease in long-term adverse effects, a study published online in Gastroenterology has shown Ryan C....

SAPPF puts COVID-19 financial and other support measures for healthcare providers...

The SA Private Practitioners Forum (SAPPF) has reiterated its support for healthcare practitioners during the COVID-19 crisis and has taken the following measures to...