Dr Phil Matley elected as new SAPPF Chair

Dr Phil Matley has been unanimously elected as the new chairperson of the South African Private Practitioners Forum (SAPPF) at a recent Directors Meeting. He succeeds...

TRIPS waiver for vaccine manufacture: ‘well-intentioned, but unfeasible’*

South Africa’s Department of Health has revealed that over 12.2 million COVID-19 vaccines1 have been administered so far, with 5.8 million people completely vaccinated2...

Doctors spreading unfounded opinions about COVID-19: What are the implications?

One of the big challenges in curbing the Covid-19 pandemic worldwide has been the polarisation of beliefs around key issues such as vaccines, treatments,...

Long COVID symptoms can persist for more than a year, study...

Nearly one half of people who are hospitalized with COVID-19 suffer at least one lingering symptom one year after discharge, according to the largest...

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Here are some of the articles Med Brief Africa readers found the most interesting during the past week: Outcomes measurement system vital to improve patient...

Recording consultations: law tends to favour patients

The law pertaining to a patient recording a consultation is somewhat complex because it involves various legal Acts, but does nonetheless tend to favour...

COVID-19 prominent on SA Heart Congress agenda

This year’s SA Heart Congress (#SAHeartCongress) will be held on a virtual stage enabling some of the best international and local speakers to share their dynamic experiences...

Certificate of Need regulations: ‘withdraw, consult, redraft!’

The controversial Certificate of Need (CoN) draft regulations bear little relation to the empowering sections in their origin, the National Health Act of 2003,...

HPCSA CEO’s precautionary suspension reimposed

Health Minister Joe Phaahla has placed the new HPCSA Registrar and CEO, Dr David Motau on precautionary suspension for a second time after initially...

Recent or current COVID-19 infection linked to increased risk of VTE...

A global study published in Anaesthesia (a journal of the Association of Anaesthetists) has shown that VTEs are 50% more likely to occur in patients with...

Doctors strongly advised to stick to evidence-based medicine, regardless…

The fact that the authors of a systematic review, “Ivermectin for preventing and treating COVID‐19”1 - published by the prestigious Cochrane Infectious Diseases Group at the...

New interactive MediFin Practitioner Dashboard launched*

MediFin has more than 1200 registered medical practitioners who are helping more people access better care through affordable medical loans. Now, MediFin has launched...

UCT study highlights the huge toll of postoperative deaths in Africa

Surgical patients in Africa are twice as likely to die in hospital following surgery when compared to the global average. This is due to...

Certificate of Need, schemes’ ‘new normal’ top agenda

Topical concerns for medical schemes and practitioners, namely budgeting for COVID, the pandemic progression and the Certificate of Need respectively, will be addressed in...

Outcomes measurement system vital to improve patient care in SA

Despite there being a general agreement in the South African healthcare sector that the establishment of an outcomes measurement and reporting (OMR) system is...

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Here are some of the articles MedBrief Africa readers found the most interesting in the past week

Doctors to formally object to Pharmacy Act antiretroviral therapy OTC amendments

A system where pharmacists are allowed to initiate and administer anti-retroviral therapy – Schedule 4 medication – to patients over the counter oversimplifies comprehensive HIV management...

Karim, Madhi head this weekend’s SAMA Conference programme

Leading scientists, Prof Salim Abdool Karim and Prof Shabir Madhi, will be heading the SA Medical Association (SAMA) Virtual Conference* programme to be presented...