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...

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:...

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...

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...

PPE worth millions to arrive in the country soon

Business for SA’s (BSA) Public Health Workgroup (PHW) has secured personal protection equipment (PPE) for health workers to the tune of R400 million mainly...

Two-week lockdown extension could help healthcare system prepare for the worst

The two-week extension of the national lockdown in South Africa announced last week has given government two more months to prepare the health system...

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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...

Phone app helps with osteoarthritis pain, functioning

A physical therapy app that offers a self-managed exercise and education program to help improve pain and physical function for patients with osteoarthritis has...

Only 6% of actual SARS-CoV-2 infections detected worldwide, researchers estimate

The number of confirmed cases for the novel coronavirus disease COVID-19 officially issued by countries and widely commented on by national and international media...

Statins cut heart failure risk in early breast cancer treatment

For women with early breast cancer receiving anthracyclines or trastuzumab, statin treatment is associated with a reduced risk for heart failure hospital visits, according...

#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...

Risk factors for missed appendicitis diagnosis identified

Certain patient and presentation factors increase the likelihood of a missed appendicitis diagnosis in the emergency department, the authors of a study published online in JAMA Network Open...