Warning issued on looted medications

Medical professionals have been requested to remind their patients to only buy or receive medication from registered medical professionals, accredited pharmacies or medical facilities,...

The toll of the violent unrest on the health sector revealed…...

A total of 120 pharmacies, including 71 vaccination sites were damaged, burned or looted, and 47 000 Covid-19 vaccine doses destroyed during last week’s...

How healthcare volunteers are changing lives at a rural district hospital

Caption: Tshemba’s medical director, Prof John Gear, and clinics coordinator, Inez Allin, with a patient  Tintswalo Hospital is a 423-bed public hospital located in Acornhoek in...

MedTech ‘not a commodity’, SAMED tells Parliament

The South African Medical Technology Industry Association (SAMED) has expressed concern that the absence of alignment with the Constitution, the Public Procurement Bill and...

On a national scale, local doctors making a big impact to...

A group of general practitioners – from Rustenburg to Ladysmith, Vredendal to Kariega and everywhere in between – are working to provide quality healthcare...

Madiba Day: SAMA pays tribute to all healthcare workers and the...

The South African Medical Association (SAMA) is commemorating Mandela Day today by again highlighting the hard work and dedication of healthcare workers during the...

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Heart problems resolve in majority of kids with COVID inflammatory syndrome

Heart problems in children hospitalised with multisystem inflammatory syndrome (MIS-C)--an inflammatory condition triggered by COVID--were mostly gone within a few months, a new study...

Face masks may expose children to higher carbon dioxide levels

Carbon dioxide levels among children wearing face masks may exceed healthy limits, the authors of a research letter published online in JAMA Pediatrics have warned. Harald...

SAMA Virtual Conference 2021: Practicing during a pandemic

The South African Medical Association will hold its 2021 conference virtually over three days in August. The theme of the conference is “Practicing during a...

Pharmacists, doctors asking for protection as looting and violence spread

The Independent Community Association (ICPA), the South African Medical Association (SAMA) and private hospitals have called on government to urgently offer them protection as...

Prof Elmi Muller appointed as new Dean of Medicine and Health...

The pioneering clinician who performed the first HIV-positive-to-positive kidney transplants in the world, Prof Elmi Muller (pictured above), has been appointed as the new...

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Disband MAC for transparent, independent body ‘not reporting to politicians’: Dasoo

A call has been made for the COVID-19 Ministerial Advisory Committee (MAC) to be disbanded and reconvened as an independent body operating transparently and...

OPINION: Health trends and the impact on workforces*

By Jacqui Nel, Business Unit Head of Healthcare at Aon South Africa With the impact of the pandemic set to be long-term, and many work...

Once-weekly exenatide improves disease control in youth with type 2 diabetes

A phase III study of the GLP-1 receptor agonist exenatide has demonstrated reductions in glycated haemoglobin (HbA1c) in adolescents aged 10 to 17 with...

CMS acquiring member details: legality under POPI Act questioned

The disclosure of medical scheme membership details to the Council for Medical Schemes (CMS), even for the purpose of the COVID-19 vaccine rollout, could...

Call for ALL HCWs not yet vaccinated to register ‘as soon...

Those health care workers in line with the Department of Health’s vaccination roll-out approach who have not yet been vaccinated must register for their...