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North West doctors gear up for the NHI
Health-e News | 15 July 2014
The National Department of Health is partnering with districts to orientate private doctors looking to pick up extra hours at government health facilities.   As part of the National Health Insurance (NHI) and revitalisation of primary health care, the National Department of Health will be looking to contract private physicians.   These private doctors will be contracted to work a limited number of hours in public facilities in an attempt to supplement the country’s...
Rapid HIV test gives hope for newborn infants
City Press | 14 July 2014
A new study due for publication has revealed that prompt detection of HIV in newborn infants is possible.   Global diagnostic device and service provider Alere today said the rapid tests could be done by primary health care nurses and the results could be established without sending samples to a laboratory.   In the study, which was conducted at five primary care clinics in Mozambique, the Alere™ q HIV-1/2 Detect assay prototype provided accurate early infant diagnosis...
Calling for applications: Graduate Programme in Public Health 2015
University of KwaZulu-Natal | 8 July 2014
The aim of the Discipline of Public Health Medicine is to produce effective, globally recognised, locally relevant evidence-informed (-based) knowledge to improve population health.   The Discipline of Public Health Medicine is now calling for applications from prospective students for the 2015 intake. The Graduate Programme in Public Health aims to produce health professionals who are change agents in the field of public health.
Flat funding, harsh laws could hurt Uganda’s battle against HIV
IRIN | 25 June 2014
Inadequate funding coupled with harsh laws targeting same sex unions could erode the gains so far made in the fight against HIV in Uganda, activists warn.   While the Anti-Homosexuality Act (AHA) is already in force, activists have expressed fears that the HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control Bill 2014 - passed by parliament on 13 May and stipulating fines and jail terms of up to 10 years for those found guilty of “willful and intentional” transmission but still awaiting...
24-hour clinic to open in Limpopo
Health-e News | 25 June 2014
Residents of Damani and surrounding areas in Limpopo’s Vhembe District will soon have access to 24-hour health care at the new Damani Clinic.   Damani Clinic Board Member Tshilidzi Maphangul says the old clinic was first built in 1996, following the initiative of the late chief Mudinda Ramagwede.
National Tuberculosis Management Guidelines 2014 released
Health-e News | 10 June 2014
The South African Department of Health has released its latest guidelines for the management of tuberculosis (TB) in adults.   According to Director General for Health, Precious Matsoso, the new guidelines formally introduce targeted screening to increase detection of TB cases, guidance for the use of Gene Xpert and revised treatment regimens for retreatment patients. The 120-document also includes guidance on the management of adverse drug events and antiretroviral initiation for...
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...
doctor who 
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...