Surgeons help create new process for disinfecting and reusing N95 masks

Journal of the American College of Surgeons study authors report a framework to address supply limitations and enhance safety of healthcare workers by returning...

Number of health workers with COVID-19 rising in SA

A total of 328 health workers have tested positive for COVID-19 since the beginning of the outbreak in South Africa with an elderly doctor in Limpopo...

Yoga cuts testosterone in women with polycystic ovary syndrome

A mindful yoga intervention reduces testosterone levels in women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). This has been described in a study published online in the Journal...

OPINION: Nationalising healthcare to save lives in SA, a disastrous consideration

In her article, “Spain did it, so why can’t South Africa nationalise healthcare to save lives?”*published in Mail & Guardian on 12 April, Nimi...

Forecasters chart a ‘devastating’ impact of prolonged lockdown on the economy

Pandemics Depress the Economy, Public Health Interventions Do Not*

Titanium Awards deadline extended, reduced to two categories

Convenors of the 6th Annual Titanium Awards have announced that the deadline has been extended to 31 July 2020 and instead of the original...

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...

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...

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...

Coronavirus-resistant robot doing ward rounds at Tygerberg Hospital during pandemic

Intensive-care specialists at Tygerberg Hospital have a new infection-resistant 'colleague' helping them do ward rounds on Covid-19 patients. “Quintin" – as 'he' is affectionately...

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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...

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...

#Masks4allinAfrica: Call for homemade masks to be considered as tool to...

A group of public health and infection prevention doctors in South Africa have urged the National Coronavirus Command Council to add the wearing of homemade masks...

OPINION: How the COVID-19 pandemic could nudge us towards the achievement...

This article was published in the Daily Maverick and was written by Geetesh Solanki: Specialist Scientist at the Health Systems Research Unit, SA Medical...