Mpox outbreak: Five cases confirmed, one death reported in South Africa
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by Umamah Bakharia
1w ago
Health Minister Joe Phaala said on Wednesday that laboratory tests had confirmed five cases of mpox and the death of an adult male from Tembisa, Gauteng, of the same disease.  Two of the cases were in Gauteng and three in KwaZulu-Natal.  “One death is too many, especially from a preventable and manageable disease like mpox,” Phaala said at a media briefing in Pretoria.  All reported mpox cases were males aged between 30 and 39 years without any travel history to the countries currently experiencing an outbreak, according to the minister. This suggested local transmission.  ..read more
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How Groote Schuur primed Ntobeko Ntusi to head up the SA Medical Research Council
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by Eyaaz
1w ago
To get to Groote Schuur Hospital, one must at least travel some way on Cape Town’s Main Road, which runs between the two original enclaves of European settlement at the Cape — the Castle of Good Hope, built by the East India Company to defend its stake at the tip of the continent, and the naval base at Simon’s Town, which gave Britain’s Royal Navy supremacy in southern waters for a very long time.  The hospital complex, built on Cecil John Rhodes’s former estate, looms over the noisy road, its classical façade of Corinthian columns and Grecian urns amplified by Devil’s Peak. When I arriv ..read more
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Doctors launch digital solution to boost health literacy in South Africa
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by Ozayr
1w ago
Three doctors have launched a digital solution to help bridge the gap between health literacy and better healthcare.  Safe Patient, a WhatsApp bot platform, provides the patient with step-by-step information about pre-surgery medical processes.  Pradeep Mistry, a consultant vascular surgeon, president of Vascular Society of Southern Africa (Vassa) and vice-president of the World Federation of Vascular Surgical Societies, has been working alongside two other doctors — Dirk le Roux and Jay Pillai — to develop the solution. Le Roux is a vascular surgeon and immediate past president of V ..read more
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ANC’s message to medical aid users: Stop ‘resistance’ to R200bn NHI plan
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by Khaya Koko
2M ago
Parks Tau on Wednesday night dismissed criticism of the proposed R200 billion National Health Insurance (NHI) as “resistance” by private healthcare users, who he said were effectively subsidised by the state.  Tau made the comments while representing the ANC at a national election debate hosted by the Mail & Guardian and the University of Fort Hare in a week in which Health Minister Joe Phaahla confirmed, in a written parliamentary reply, that medical aid tax credits would be revoked to fund the NHI.  Tau, who is the deputy minister of cooperative governance and traditional affai ..read more
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Rural KwaZulu-Natal is helping the world find a TB vaccine
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by Sipokazi Fokazi
2M ago
Sicelo Masangwana closes his office door in Somkele, a settlement of about 6 000 people near Mtubatuba in northern KwaZulu-Natal.  He walks the 10 or so steps towards the foyer of the building where a room full of people aged 20 await him, wipes across his forehead and takes a deep breath.  “It’s going to be a long day,” he smiles.  Outside, children are playing football barefoot in the dusty street that leads into the village from the tarred highway. Every now and again people pop in and out of their homes while doing their daily chores, as they usually do by mid-morning on we ..read more
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Report finds pension grant not enough to make ends meet
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by Umamah Bakharia
2M ago
A recent report by the University of Cape Town has found that the older persons’ grant is not sufficient for beneficiaries to make ends meet.   Elena Moore and other researchers from the Family Caregiving programme, which  focuses on the care of older people in southern Africa, interviewed 30 families in rural KwaZulu-Natal and 50 in the Western Cape to find out how pensioner-headed households make ends meet on their grant. About 3.9 million people in South Africa are beneficiaries of the grant, which is currently at R2 080 per person a month. But pensioners say the amount is in ..read more
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Report finds pension grant not enough to make ends meet
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by Umamah Bakharia
4M ago
A recent report by the University of Cape Town has found that the older persons’ grant is not sufficient for beneficiaries to make ends meet.   Elena Moore and other researchers from the Family Caregiving programme, which  focuses on the care of older people in southern Africa, interviewed 30 families in rural KwaZulu-Natal and 50 in the Western Cape to find out how pensioner-headed households make ends meet on their grant. About 3.9 million people in South Africa are beneficiaries of the grant, which is currently at R2 080 per person a month. But pensioners say the amount is i ..read more
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South African tech entrepreneur solves health problem
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by Des Erasmus
4M ago
A huge setback for technology entrepreneur Neo Hutiri, who contracted tuberculosis after quitting his corporate job, turned out to be the catalyst that resulted in his global award-winning business in the health sector. Hutiri, an electrical engineer, is the founder of Pelebox, which scooped the Royal Academy of Engineering’s special medal to mark 10 years of the Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation earlier this month. His business concept was shortlisted among 12 innovations from six countries that had participated in the programme over the past decade.  He is also one of five entrep ..read more
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South African doctors make up to 40 times more than those in Kenya and Nigeria
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by Umamah Bakharia
4M ago
This story was produced by the Bhekisisa Centre for Health Journalism. Sign up for the newsletter. Unemployed doctors aren’t the health department’s only problem; those who do work in state clinics and hospitals are heavily underpaid, says the South African Medical Association (Sama). Yet, South African government doctors earn up to three times more in a month than what some make in a year in other middle-income countries in Africa, such as Kenya and Nigeria.  On Wednesday, Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana allocated just over R15 billion to the health department to help it deal with it ..read more
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Special Tribunal declares PPE contract awarded by Gauteng health department unlawful and invalid
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by Umamah Bakharia
4M ago
The service provider, LNG, has been ordered to pay back the profit earned from the R113.2 million contract This content is restricted to registered users and subscribers. Get Your Free Account The Mail & Guardian is committed to providing all our readers with the best possible experience. Please register your free account now. Your registration is your first step to becoming an M&G community member. Register Registration enables: - M&G newsletters access - notifications - the best possible experience Already registered? Login here Want to subscribe and get even more benefits ..read more
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