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...

Netcare suspends, restricts visiting hours

As of this morning, visiting hours at Netcare hospitals have been suspended, except in specific special circumstances, as a further precaution against the spread of COVID-19,...

Guidance issued for prenatal care in COVID-19 setting

In new guidelines specific to maternal-fetal medicine practitioners, published online in the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology MFM, recommendations are presented for prenatal care in the setting...

SAHPRA warns against stockpiling meds including chloroquine

The South African Health Products Regulatory Agency (SAHPRA) has cautioned against medicine stockpiling including chloroquine-containing products.  In addition to licensing medicines that are safe, effective and of...

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...

Germ destroying robots strengthening hospital infection prevention and control

With the increase in the spread of the novel coronavirus in South Africa, there has been a surge of interest among the public regarding...

ACEIs and ARBs may increase risk of severe COVID-19

The SARS beta coronaviruses, SARS-CoV, which caused the SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) outbreak in 2003 and the new SARS-CoV-2, which causes COVID-19, bind...

Austell donates chloroquine tablets to SA in fight against COVID-19*

Austell Pharmaceuticals has announced that it will be donating 500 000 chloroquine phosphate tablets to the South African government in its fight against the...

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...

Guidance provided for allergists on patient management during the COVID-19 pandemic

Special consideration should be given to patients with asthma and those who are immunocompromised, according to a webinar updating the allergist community on patient...

Are patients with hypertension and diabetes mellitus at increased risk for...

On March 11, 2020, Lancet published a correspondence piece entitled, “Are patients with hypertension and diabetes at increased risk for COVID-19 infection?” The authors pointed out that the patients with more...

HASA asks for assistance to distribute information on coronavirus

The Hospital Association of SA, HASA, has asked its members, healthcare professionals and the media to assist in its efforts to communicate vital information...