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Health minister’s battle plan
Financial Mail | 5 June 2014
THE roll-out of national health insurance (NHI) is top of the agenda of health minister Aaron Motsoaledi.   However, that will not be at the expense of other programmes.   "We’re going to accelerate the battle against HIV/Aids," he says. "The number of people on ARVs needs to move from 2,4m to 4,6m within the next 24 months. It’s a five-year programme, but we intend to reach it within the next 24 months."   He will also target...
Doctors need not panic over ‘certificates of need’
Health-e News | 4 June 2014
Doctors do not need to panic about being forced to work in places where they do not want to, according to the Department of Health.   This follows an outcry last week after it emerged that President Jacob Zuma had signed into law a proclamation that makes it compulsory for all health establishments to get a “certificate of need” within the next two years in order to operate.   The intention of such certificates is to encourage doctors to only open practices in...
N West medical practitioners vow to improve maternal care
SABC | 30 May 2014
Medical practitioners and experts in the field of maternal and newborn care in North West, have vowed to keep fingers on the pulse of maternal and neonatal care, to better the lives of mothers and babies.   According to the World Health Organization's (WHO) statistics, as many as 1500 women die every day due to complications related to pregnancy and childbirth.     Source: WHO   Senior Lecturer at the North West University's School of Nursing...
Health dept aims to make primary school learners TB ambassadors
SABC | 30 May 2014
The Health Department is embarking on a campaign looking at the prevalence of Tuberculosis (TB) at schools.   Primary school learners in Mokopane in Limpopo will take part in a TB screening test.   Recently, three learners at Chris Hani Primary School at Mahwelereng in Limpopo were found to be infected with TB, with one case of Multi-Drug Resistant TB.   The Department says the campaign aims to educate lower primary learners about TB and preventative measures....
Comment: The cost malady; Foresight is 2020
Mail&Guardian | 30 May 2014
Vital changes need to be made in healthcare to give patients better value for their money.   Earlier this year, a new breast-cancer drug shown to extend the life of women with advanced breast cancer was rejected by the United Kingdom’s National Health Service (NHS) because of its extremely high cost.    The NHSE’s refusal to pay for this drug at £90 000 a patient, tens of thousands of pounds more expensive than alternative treatments, has...
The 
doctor who 
walked 
away
Mail&Guardian | 30 May 2014
As a young medical student from Soweto, Maria Phalime had high expectations for life as a doctor. Then she started to practise and was confronted with inhuman hours, overflowing emergency rooms and poor resources. Her book Postmortem: The Doctor Who Walked Away exposes the pressures that come with being a doctor in South Africa. This is a condensed, edited extract:   On a number of occasions members of the nursing staff at Site B would come to me requesting I write them a...
International expert says better treatment of TB is urgently needed
Department of Paediatrics and Child Health, Stellenbosch University | 29 May 2014
An international expert on tuberculosis has warned about the danger of doctors prescribing incorrect or too little medication for TB.
New X-ray scanners will save hospitals time, money
BDlive | 29 May 2014
Government is expecting savings of at least R8m over the first five years of use of each of the full body X-ray scanners that will be introduced in Gauteng hospitals and forensic pathology units within the next year.   South African company Lodox, whose majority shareholder is the Industrial Development Corporation, has adapted scanner technology that was originally developed in the late 1980s to check whether miners had hidden diamonds on their bodies for medical treatment....
Motsoaledi returns for second term as health minister
BDlive | 26 May 2014
Aaron Motsoaledi comes back for a second term as health minister, with former deputy arts and culture minister Joe Phaahla as his deputy.   A medical doctor by training, the hard-working Dr Motsoaledi has won praise from all sides for his frank acknowledgement of the problems facing South Africa’s health system, and the energy he has devoted to undoing the damage wrought by former health minister Manto Tshabalala-Msimang, who allowed the health system to crumble while she...
Annual Medical Research Council Scientific Merit Awards 2014
SAMRC | 23 May 2014
  The South African Medical Research Council strongly supports excellence in health research and has established a set of medal awards to recognise world-class science. The Awards are among South Africa’s most prestigious and are dedicated to contributions to health research in South Africa.   For more information, click on the below link.
PrePex could cut down on botched circumcision deaths
Mail&Guardian | 19 May 2014
Government is looking to fast track the introduction of a non-surgical medical male circumcision device, PrePex, that officials believe will decrease the number of deaths and injuries caused by unsafe circumcision practices during initiation ceremonies.    PrePex, which was endorsed or ‘prequalified’ by the World Health Organisation (WHO) in May 2013, is expected to be introduced in South Africa by mid-2015, says health department deputy director general for medical...
World Health Statistics 2014: Large gains in life expectancy
WHO | 15 May 2014
People everywhere are living longer, according to the "World Health Statistics 2014" published today by WHO. Based on global averages, a girl who was born in 2012 can expect to live to around 73 years, and a boy to the age of 68. This is six years longer than the average global life expectancy for a child born in 1990.   WHO’s annual statistics report shows that low-income countries have made the greatest progress, with an average increase in life expectancy by 9...