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,...

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 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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Concomitant viral infections: ‘World can learn from us’ – Mkhize

While it is both unfortunate and bad luck that COVID-19 has reached pandemic proportions at a time when South Africa is already grappling with concomitant disease issues...

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...

Climate similar in cities with biggest outbreaks

A study report just released has indicated that cities that have experienced significant outbreaks of coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) have similar winter climates. In their study...

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...

COVID-19: Health Minister to answer doctors’ questions via webinar

As reported yesterday, SAMA will be hosting a live webinar tonight (19 March) which will give doctors the opportunity to pose their questions regarding...

Notification obligations under a medical malpractice insurance policy

Medical malpractice insurance is a practical necessity in the current litigious environment, as an unfavourable judgment can lead to severe financial and reputation consequences. Some of the most serious...

Health Minister to address doctors’ questions on COVID-19

As the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in South Africa ticks up to 85 cases including eight cases of local transmission, the South...

BHF postpones annual conference

The Board of Healthcare Funders (BHF) has postponed its annual conference planned for 26-29 July in Cape Town until further notice. In a statement,...

Clinical trial of investigational vaccine for COVID-19 begins in the US

A Phase 1 clinical trial evaluating an investigational vaccine designed to protect against coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has begun at Kaiser Permanente Washington Health...

Drastic steps, but necessary – SAMA

In a media statement on the measures  announced by President Cyril Ramaphosa last night to contain the spread of coronavirus in the country, the SA Medical Association...