Occupational health ‘high risk’ for contracting virus

The occupational health environment during this COVID-19 challenge is most certainly stressful and high risk for contracting the disease, according to Far East Rand...

OPINION: A call for strengthened private and public healthcare systems in...

Never let a good crisis go to waste. That's what we are seeing in a time of the coronavirus crisis. Governments the world over...

No evidence of ‘no PPE’ allegations: Kempton Park’s Arwyp

The management of Arwyp Medical Centre in Kempton Park have been reported to have found no evidence of any staff members having to work without protective...

GPs taking strain – and then lockdown!

A drop in patient volumes, tremendous anxiety among patients, and fears for their own safety - let alone that of their staff members -...

GSK manufacturing plant closed after workers test positive for COVID-19

Pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) has temporary halted operations at its manufacturing plant in Epping in Cape Town after workers tested positive for Covid-19. It...

Doctors appeal to President to end hard lockdown now

Almost 30 doctors including GPs, psychiatrists, surgeons and researchers have signed a letter to President Cyril Ramaphosa urging him to relax the current hard...

Medical protection webinar on ‘working outside comfort zone’

Professional groups SAPPF and HealthMan have given advance notice of a webinar to be hosted by the Medical Protection Society next week on “COVID-19:...

Asthma not among common COVID-19 problems

Asthma is not among the top 10 chronic health problems in people who have died from coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in New York state,...

Gauteng health centres offer drive-thru Covid-19 testing service

In the interest of assisting with the required efficiencies in the testing for Covid-19, NHC Health Centres now offer their regular patients and the...

COVID-19 survivors urged to donate plasma

Patients who have recovered from coronavirus disease 2019 have been asked by the US Food and Drug Administration to donate their blood plasma to...

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...

Saliva test for COVID-19 approved in US

The first saliva test for coronavirus has been approved this week by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The test, developed by Rutgers University researchers, provides another testing...

Effectiveness of PPE in preventing COVID-19 transmission to healthcare workers

In view of the COVID-19 pandemic and the high transmission rate to healthcare workers working with these patients, The Cochrane Review has done a...

Those most affected by one-month lockdown identified

Australian researchers have confirmed that adults who stopped working during COVID-19-related lockdowns report worse mental and physical health in a study published online in Psychiatry...

Guidance issued for infants born to mothers with COVID-19

In an initial guidance document issued by the American Academy of Pediatrics, recommendations are presented for the management of infants born to mothers with...