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New regulatory institute ‘a boost’ for medicines council
BDlive | 19 February 2014
The Department of Health will launch a specialised institute of regulatory medicine in April as one of the measures to improve the capacity of the Medicines Control Council (MCC) to approve new drugs and clinical trials, health director-general Precious Matsoso said on Tuesday.
Health Ministry aims to resolve problems at Laboratory Service
SABC | 19 February 2014
The National Health Laboratory Service plays an important role within the national and provincial health industry. But through the years it has had an uphill battle with provincial health departments not paying for its services.   Billions of debt is owed to the lab service for many years and this has caused a hindrance on the lab delivering its services.   CEO of the service Sagie Pillay says: “The Minister of health is working with the board to provide resolutions...
ARV shortages uncovered: Bhekisisa director speaks on VoW FM
Mail&Guardian | 18 February 2014
Bhekisisa director Mia Malan speaks on The Science Inside show about ARV shortages on Voice of Wits radio station.
SA school girls to be vaccinated against cervical cancer
SABC | 18 February 2014
The Department of Health says it will target girls who are not sexually active when it rolls out the Human Papilloma Virus vaccine next month.
New hospitals and clinics for NHI on the cards
BDLive | 18 February 2014
The government plans to build 43 new hospitals over the next five years and at least 213 clinics in the 11 pilot districts for National Health Insurance (NHI), Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi announced on Tuesday.
Call made for sugar to be classified as a drug
SABC | 15 February 2014
In light of Healthy Lifestyles Awareness Day, nutritionist Vanessa Ascencao and many others are calling for sugar to be classified as a Class A drug. Nutritionists say it's so highly addictive, it is now scientifically proven to be leading to preventable cancers. 

In her interview with Morning Live on Saturday morning, Ascencao says: "Sugar suppresses the immune system. So one of the things that cancer does, is your body’s inability to function at its peak. Sugar feeds...
‘Lifestyle diseases’ plaguing poor
Health-e News | 12 February 2014
High blood pressure, diabetes and other “lifestyle diseases” are no longer just for the rich and are wreaking havoc among South Africa’s poor.
Tshwane support workers go unpaid
Health-e News | 11 February 2014
Many Tshwane health care workers have gone up to five months without payment from the Gauteng Department of Health and are battling to put food on the table and pay school fees.
South Africa ‘to grow science ties with Brics nations’
BDLive | 11 February 2014
Science and Technology Minister Derek Hanekom on Monday pledged closer scientific co-operation between South Africa and its fellow Brics members (Brazil, Russia, India and China).
Limpopo medical students leave for Cuba
SABC | 10 February 2014
At least 100 Limpopo students will on Monday leave for Cuba to study medicine. Premier Stanley Mathabatha has already bid farewell to the students.
High incidence of antiretroviral prescribing errors in Nigeria
Aidsmap | 7 February 2014
Antiretroviral prescribing errors are common in Nigeria, according to results of a large prospective study published in PLOS ONE. Errors were detected in the prescriptions of almost all adult patients. Common errors included prescribing incorrect antiretroviral drugs or combinations; prescribing drugs that were contraindicated or that interacted with other medication; and inappropriate frequency or duration of therapy.
Government offers lifeline to embattled Durban hospital
BDLive | 7 February 2014
THE KwaZulu-Natal health department is set to rescue embattled and cash-strapped St Mary’s Hospital in Durban, which was set to close to avoid more debt.   This is the second health institution offered a lifeline by the department, which bailed out 104-year-old McCord Hospital at the end of last year.   The department said on Thursday it would provide R30m annually to save the 87-year-old, 200-bed hospital in Mariannhill. It serves thousands of poor patients and its...