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Debacle over child malnutrition rates belittles suffering
Debacle over child malnutrition rates belittles suffering

Recently, our country's leaders and medical representatives have publicly debated the effect of the lockdown on the malnutrition rates of our most vulnerable populations...

21 hours ago

Healthcare workers testing people in Nairobi, Kenya during a mass testing exercise for Covid-19. Photo by SIMON MAINA/AFP via Getty Images
Sub-Saharan Africa needs to plug local knowledge gap to up its anti-Covid-19 game

Africa remains one of the regions least affected by Covid-19, although evidence suggests it is an evolving and growing pandemic. It is now present in all African countries and territories...

By Alex Ezeh & Sharon Fonn 1 day ago

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Who decides whether surgery is necessary in a pandemic?

It is only within the individual doctor-patient interaction that such an assessment can be made...

By Philip Matley 19 May 2020

New research suggests SA's ban on cigarette sales is failing
New research suggests SA's ban on cigarette sales is failing

Despite the ban on tobacco sales during the national lockdown, more than 90% of smokers have been able to purchase cigarettes during the period...

19 May 2020

Charm McDonald, Roger Morris and Margaret Fortuin
#OnTheFrontline: Surviving Covid-19

Even with safety measures in place, health workers are still at risk of contracting Covid-19. As at 14 May, 239 health workers in both the private and public sector tested positive for the virus...

18 May 2020

If you've had it with food intolerance, raise a finger
If you've had it with food intolerance, raise a finger

A new test provides 222 reasons to test for food intolerances...

Issued by OptiWay 18 May 2020

A healthcare worker collecting a swab for a Covid-19 test from a community member. AFP via Getty Images
Coronavirus pandemic holds lessons for South Africa's universal healthcare plans

The National Health Insurance (NHI) has become an idealistic concept known as "imaginary". It's become the idea onto which all South Africa's aspirations for healthcare have been projected...

By Steve Reid 18 May 2020

Novartis pledges R13.3m to support SA efforts in alleviating Covid-19 pressures
Novartis pledges R13.3m to support SA efforts in alleviating Covid-19 pressures

Novartis SA has donated R13.3m to two local NGOs in support of their efforts...

18 May 2020

Children are a high-risk population prone to severe complications from malaria. Shutterstock
Why malaria treatment shouldn't take a back seat to Covid-19

Ridding the world of malaria in the near future is a very ambitious goal. Efforts to achieve it have already been weakened by governments shifting resources from malaria control and elimination initiatives to the fight against Covid-19...

By Jaishree Raman 15 May 2020

Dis-Chem to acquire Baby City for R430m
Dis-Chem to acquire Baby City for R430m

Dis-Chem Pharmacies is set to acquire Baby City and its network of 33 stores from founder shareholders, the Aronoff family, for R430m...

15 May 2020

The medical scheme payment holiday issue and Covid-19 costs
The medical scheme payment holiday issue and Covid-19 costs

Medical aid schemes have not been spared the impact of Covid-19. Several solutions are being put forward to support members in shouldering both the financial and the clinical burden of the virus, while ensuring that schemes will be able to manage the expected number of increased admissions...

15 May 2020

The case for avoiding price controls in times of crisis: they don't work
The case for avoiding price controls in times of crisis: they don't work

Since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic and the initial stockpiling of food and other items, government regulation of the prices of basic food and medical goods has received significant attention...

By Willem H. Boshoff 14 May 2020

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IATA: Governments to reconsider air travel quarantine measures

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) latest analysis shows that the damage to air travel from Covid-19 extends into the medium-term, with long-haul and international travel being the most severely impacted...

14 May 2020

South Africa’s hard, extended lockdown has come at a significant economic cost. Shutterstock
South Africa's Covid-19 strategy needs updating: here's why and how

Decision-making at the early stages of the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic (the coronavirus causing Covid-19) was constrained by a paucity of medical evidence and epidemiological data...

By Imraan Valodia, Alex van den Heever, Lucy Allais, Martin Veller, Shabir Madhi & Willem Venter 14 May 2020

Video: Talking about mask safety
Video: Talking about mask safety

It is important to wear and remove a mask properly...

By Ozayr Patel 14 May 2020

Dr Dorman Chimhamhiwa, GIS and planning department head, Right to Care
#OnTheFrontLine: Geo mapping cools Covid-19 hotspots

Geo mapping technology has proved its worth in managing the spread of Covid-19, by providing access to real time information, especially in South Africa's densely populated communities...

13 May 2020

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Lockdowns and research: what we lost and what we stand to gain

The Covid-19 pandemic - and the resulting lockdowns - have had a major impact on research at institutions across the world, and universities in particular...

By Stephanie G Burton & Michael Sean Pepper 13 May 2020

Dr Clarence Mini
BREAKING: CMS chair dies of Covid-19

The Council for Medical Schemes (CMS) has confirmed that its chair, Clarence Mini, has died from Covid-19 complications...

12 May 2020

SA to breathe easier with landmark OBEL Respiclear range
SA to breathe easier with landmark OBEL Respiclear range

Local specialist brand-building distributor, Acdoco SA is soon to offer yet another pharmaceutical first in South Africa, this time an affordable, locally manufactured, nature-inspired highly-effective decongestant range...

Issued by ACDOCO SA 12 May 2020

#InternationalNursesDay2020: Nursing the world to health
#InternationalNursesDay2020: Nursing the world to health

We applaud all our nurses for their dedication and professionalism, especially in the face of Covid-19 pandemic, this International Nurses' Day...

12 May 2020

Professor Shabir Madhi
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#OnTheFrontLine: There needs to be a change in Covid-19 strategy, says Professor Shabir Madhi

The government needs to relook at its Covid-19 lockdown and testing strategy, because it's not going to stem the tide of community transmission...

By Nicci Botha 11 May 2020

#LockdownLessons: Build for post-Covid, says Iyeza Health's Sizwe Nzima
#LockdownLessons: Build for post-Covid, says Iyeza Health's Sizwe Nzima

Sizwe Nzima, founder of Iyeza Health, shares his experience of the current Covid-19 crisis and how his organisation is navigating these unusual times...

By Sindy Peters 11 May 2020

Machines like this (Gene Xpert) can be used to test for Covid-19, but they require cartridges to be imported into the country and demand currently appears to far exceed supply. Photo: Wikimedia user Wizi09 (CC BY-SA 4.0)
Huge delays in Covid-19 test results

Two Cape Town doctors have independently said that Covid-19 results from the National Health Laboratory Service (NHLS) are taking at least a week to reach patients. Private sector tests are now taking up to 72 hours...

By Liezl Human and GroundUp staff 11 May 2020

Netcare Kingsway Hospital
Netcare to reopen KZN hospitals

Both Netcare St Augustine's and Netcare Kingsway have been given the all clear by the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Health to reopen after outbreaks of Covid-19 among patients and staff in April closed the hospitals...

11 May 2020

KZN pharmacy admits to excessive pricing of face masks
KZN pharmacy admits to excessive pricing of face masks

A pharmacy based in KwaZulu-Natal has admitted to excessive pricing of face masks in a consent agreement with the Competition Commission...

8 May 2020

How businesses can support mental health in the Covid-19 workplace
How businesses can support mental health in the Covid-19 workplace

While people can handle change, uncertainty can seriously drive up stress and anxiety levels, especially around the world of work...

By Nicci Botha 8 May 2020

Winnie Byanyima, executive director, UNAIDS. Source: UNAIDS
Covid-19 and HIV: When two viruses collide

There are many parallels between Covid-19 and HIV/Aids. There are both highly infectious novel viruses which reached pandemic proportions very quickly, and, at this point, there is no vaccine against either of them...

By Nicci Botha 7 May 2020

Everyday heroes, we salute you!
Everyday heroes, we salute you!

The world as we know it has changed. Covid-19 has had a profound effect on our country and its people. During lockdown thousands of essential services personnel have been at the frontline of activities critical to saving lives and others are keeping our country running...

Issued by Bonitas 7 May 2020

Grandparents with dementia: helping kids engage with kindness and care
Grandparents with dementia: helping kids engage with kindness and care

How can you support your children's understanding and their gentle interaction with grandparents who may be experiencing cognitive decline and memory gaps? Claudia Andrews, an occupational therapist at Livewell, says children are usually very adaptable and remarkably able to cope with the changes introduced by dementia...

Issued by Livewell 7 May 2020

Video series educates essential FMCG workers on Covid-19 safety
Video series educates essential FMCG workers on Covid-19 safety

The animated videos provide essential workers in manufacturing, retail and supply chain industries with information on Covid-19...

6 May 2020

Rucksana Christian
How are you coping with Covid-19 stressors?

A potentially prolonged, gradual easing of national restrictions combined with the invisible and ever-present threat of the virus is causing a lingering sense of uncertainty for many South Africans...

6 May 2020

Community members wearing protective face masks as they queue for aid in Zandspruit informal settlement, north of Johannesburg. Phill Magakoe/AFP via Getty Images
African countries are moving to make masks mandatory: key questions answered

Many countries, including South Africa and Nigeria in Africa, are moving to make it mandatory to wear non-medical cloth masks when people are outside their homes...

By Shaheen Mehtar, Lucille Blumberg, Marc Mendelson 6 May 2020

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