Poor data, centralised procurement issues COVID-unearthed threats to NHI

The poor and limited use of data since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic has to be realised and strengthened particularly in light of...

Herd immunity approaches to COVID-19 a ‘Dangerous Fallacy,’ Lancet Open Letter

A group of 80 researchers have written an open letter in The Lancet in which they warn that a so-called herd immunity approach to...

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LCBOs in spotlight this Friday

While Circular 56 from the Council for Medical Schemes has granted a further exemption to medical insurers to continue operating, there is still some urgency for...

Time to name, shame, jail abusers ‘promoting death and mortality across...

The president of the Africa Health Federation, Dr Amit Thakker, has called for the establishment of an Africa COVID 19 Discipline Index as a...

HPCSA calls for board nominations*

The Health Professions Council of SA (HPCSA) is now calling for suitable candidates to serve as members of the council for the new five...

Women in focus in Wednesday’s BHF Dialogue Session Three

Theme for the third in the six-part BHF Dialogue 20/20 series, scheduled to take place on Wednesday, 12 August 2020 from 09:00-12:00, will be...

Hydroxychloroquine combinations associated with increased mortality in cancer patients with SARS-CoV-2

For adults with invasive cancer and severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) infection, treatment with hydroxychloroquine in combination with any other drug is...

Blood type not linked to severe COVID-19 progression

Contrary to suggestions in previous reports, a team of Boston researchers have given the assurance in their study report published online in the Annals of...

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Possible relief for struggling private practices in the wake of COVID-19...

A major proposal  that could assist in sustaining private practices that are struggling to stay afloat as the fall-out of COVID-19  takes its toll...

Telehealth + COVID-19 adding new dimension to practice management*

Telehealth is a focus at present, given the surge of COVID-19 – a focus that has served to update and expand regulations around telehealth...

More volunteers needed for COVID-19 Doctors on Call Programme

The Covid-19 Doctors on Call oversight committee is appealing to all South African registered doctors to consider voluntary participation in the Covid-19 Doctors on...

Schedule 2, 3 & 4 chronic medications: 12-month repeats now permitted

Patients on Schedule 2, 3 and 4 chronic medications may now be prescribed repeats of up to 12 months by their pharmacist, Minister of Health, Dr Zweli...

COVID-19: special guidelines reminder for medical practice

The Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) has recognised the severity of the COVID-19 outbreak and has provided special guidelines that apply during...

GI manifestations seen in nearly one in three with SARS-CoV-2

A considerable proportion of patients with severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) have gastrointestinal manifestations, according to a study involving hospital patients published...

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All encouraged to complete WHO COVID-19 survey*

African Health Business (AHB) has given notice that deadline for response to the World Health Organisation (WHO) survey in response to COVID-19 is now...