7 July 2019

Racial demographics of doctors not known by medical aids

Business Day 3 July 2019 – The SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) hauled medical aids over the coals on Wednesday after they admitted they do not know the racial demographics of the healthcare practitioners on their networks.

“Understanding our historical context‚ South Africans were segregated along racial lines. If you want to transform the industry‚ you still have to ascertain how many people are benefiting from our network. “How many practitioners? How many females? How many black‚ coloured‚ Indian people are there in our network?” SAHRC Gauteng manager Buang Jones said. He was speaking during the commission’s preliminary inquiry into alleged racial profiling of healthcare practitioners in Braamfontein‚ Johannesburg, on Wednesday. For the article click here

“Reports by Roy Watson, Med Brief Africa”

Minister Mkhize under no illusions about tasks ahead - For the article click here

HMI-prompted ethical rules redrafting underway –

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Different mind-set required ‘to do things differently’ –

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GEMS potentially largest health PPP in SA –

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Change across healthcare ecosystems in Africa

BizCommunity 5 July 2019 - Over the last 100 years, healthcare systems across the African continent have started to evolve and transform slowly, in line with parallel changes experienced in the economic growth and social development of each country.

A few of these countries are beginning to witness the birth of universal healthcare coverage, driven by the pursuit of national health insurance systems, with the concomitant reorganisation of the provider market. However, most African healthcare systems remain disorganised, fragmented, overburdened and under-resourced. For the article click here

Suspicion and angst in DRC diminish promise of second Ebola vaccine

Business Day 5 July 2019 - The Central African country’s officials remain unnerved by public reaction to an earlier experimental vaccine

It should be a moment of cautious optimism: a second promising vaccine has become available to tackle the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Instead, there is uncertainty and angst. Clinicians desperately want to see the new vaccine deployed. But officials in the DRC, unnerved by public reaction to an earlier experimental vaccine, worry that introducing a second one might stoke public suspicions and destabilise containment efforts. For the article click here

JEREMY THOMAS: My big Discovery — I’m a taker, not a giver (and there’s an alien aubergine in my belly)

Business Day 4 July 2019 – After years of grudging payments to my medical aid, a serious illness has finally brought payback

Now that one of my bean-sized adrenal glands has mutated into an aubergine, my medical aid and I have entered a different, more meaningful kind of relationship. I have been ushered through Discovery’s portal into a hallowed world where petty gripes about being short-changed have been set aside, where the gods of actuarial science have invited me to play for free. One can only marvel at the wonders of limitless hospital benefits, subsidised by you and me over all those years of grumbling about one’s poor return on health-care “investment”.  For the article click here

Ambitious plans to vaccinate more than a million against cholera

BizCommunity 4 July 2019 - Phase 2 of the biggest ever oral vaccination campaign against cholera is taking place in 15 health districts in the four central provinces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

The second dose of vaccine confers lasting immunity against cholera and is being targeted at 1,235,972 people older than one year of age. The five-day, door-to-door campaign will involve 2,632 vaccinators recruited mainly from local communities, whose job it is to administer the oral cholera vaccine, fill in vaccination cards and tally sheets, and compile a daily summary of the teams’ progress. For the article click here

Revamping Kempton Park Hospital could have saved R1.1bn

The Star 4 July 2019 - The Health Department would have saved at least R1.1billion had it renovated the “haunted” Kempton Park Hospital in Ekurhuleni.

Health MEC Dr Bandile Masuku recently announced that it would have cost R1.4bn to rebuild the Van Riebeeck Hospital, or R1.1bn to renovate it. However, it would have cost about R244-m to renovate it in 2012, when the plans were first announced. However, seven years later none of these plans have materialised as the department continues to pay R1m annually to keep the collapsing building guarded. For the article click here

Top German court clears suicide aid doctors

Business Day 3 July 2019 – Two doctors who did not intervene when patients took fatal does of medication must not be punished, judges say

Judges in one of Germany’s top courts said on Wednesday that two doctors who stood by as patients committed suicide must not be punished. Prosecutors had asked the federal court of justice to clear the two defendants, both doctors who did not intervene when their patients deliberately took fatal doses of medication, as their actions did not constitute a homicide. For the article click here

Despite dire state of facilities, Gauteng health fails to spend equipment budget

Business Day 3 July 2019 - Department overspent its admin budget due to medical negligence claims and overspent its central hospital budget due to bonuses

The Gauteng health department failed to spend hundreds of millions of rand set aside for equipment in the last financial year, while blowing its budget for hospitals and administration, a situation that highlights its weak financial management. Despite improving its audit outcomes in recent years, it continues to struggle to stick to its spending plans. For the article click here

Metro cops to patrol clinic where knife-wielding men attacked patient

The Star 3 July 2019 - Staff at the Phola Park Clinic in Thokoza received counselling after they witnessed a man being attacked by a group of knife-wielding men who stormed the 24-hour health facility on Sunday evening. 

The incident resulted in the Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa (Denosa) withdrawing its members from night shift duties at the clinic. The Gauteng MEC for Health Dr Bandile Masuku met with the Ekurhuleni Health district staff and the Phola Park clinic management and officials on Tuesday where he was briefed on the incident. For the article click here

Fluorescence imaging could transform cancer surgery

BizCommunity 2 July 2019 - a research team from the Royal College of Surgeons Ireland (RCSI) has identified the potential benefit of fluorescence imaging as a way of detecting cancer cells during surgery.

The findings have the potential of helping surgeons more accurately remove tumours and detect cancer in lymph nodes during surgery. The next step is a clinical trial that would allow the full potential of this discovery to be realised for patients, enhancing detection of life-threatening diseases and improving outcomes of surgical procedures. For the article click here

Biovac clinches deal to manufacture Pfizer and Sanofi vaccines

Business Day 2 July 2019 - The SA institute has been licensed to make the six-in-one Hexavalent in 2020 and Pfizer’s anti-pneumonia Prevnar 13 in 2021

The Biovac Institute will start local production of Sanofi’s Hexavalent vaccine in 2020 and Pfizer’s anti-pneumonia Prevnar 13 vaccine in 2021, boosting the supply of life-saving drugs in its main market, says its CEO. Local output of the two vaccines is a step-change for Biovac, a public-private partnership 47.5%-owned by the SA government, with long-term ambitions of expanding sales into the continent. For the article click here

Publication date: 7/7/2019