South Africa needs to urgently look to countries such as Rwanda, Thailand and Brazil, where they have employed community health workers (CHWs) to deliver a range of primary health care services that dramatically reduced mortality, public health expert Professor David Sanders told the National Health Assembly (NHA).
Speaking during yesterday’s (THURS) plenary session, Sanders said by extending the scope of what CHWs could do and by supporting properly selected and trained individuals, the country could make a very real impact on maternal and child mortality.
Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is not a recent phenomenon, but it is a critical health issue today. Over several decades, to varying degrees, bacteria causing common infections have developed resistance to each new antibiotic, and AMR has evolved to become a worldwide health threat. With a dearth of new antibiotics coming to market, the need for action to avert a developing global crisis in health care is increasingly urgent.
Doctor Ben Gaunt is puzzled. One of his HIV patients has just told him that he has run out of antiretroviral (ARV) drugs three weeks before he is due to collect his next monthly batch from the local clinic.
Gaunt calls the hospital pharmacist on his cellphone (there is no internal line) from a tiny, dilapidated consulting room in Zithulele Hospital in the former Transkei. He asks her to find the file of the patient who had been to see him because of "TB-like symptoms" and a sore throat.
ANTIBIOTIC resistant "superbugs" in SA’s hospitals are likely to make headlines in the coming years as the world faces the threat of an end to potent and cost-effective treatments for many infectious diseases.
In recent weeks, 10 patients have tested positive for a "superbug" called New Delhi metallo-beta-lactamase (NDM-1) at Life Glynnwood Hospital in Benoni. NDM-1 ultimately contributed to four deaths.
NDM-1 is an antibiotic-resistant enzyme produced by a bacterium. It causes those being treated with underlying conditions to become ill.
(Johannesburg) – A lack of oversight and accountability for recurrent problems in the health system and abuses committed by health personnel contributes to South Africa’s substandard maternity care and undermines one of its top health goals: to reduce its high maternal death rate, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. South Africa’s maternal mortality ratio has more than quadrupled over the past decade, making accountability structures to improve oversight and correct health system deficiencies all the more critical, Human Rights Watch said.
Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi has announced several new measures aimed at the improving health services in the country.
Addressing the media on the sidelines of a National Health Council (NHC) meeting on Thursday, the minister announced an 18% aggregate reduction in the cost of anti-TB medication and antibiotics, which translated to a saving of R242 million.
This was part of government's continued efforts to reduce the cost of healthcare, he said.
Motsoaledi announced the appointment of District Clinical Specialist Teams as part of the department's efforts to "re-engineer the primary health care system."