A Key emergency committee of the WHO will gather in Geneva today (22 January 2020) to discuss a new SARS-like virus spreading across China after it reached three other Asian countries.
In its January 22 issue News 24 published a list of “What we know about the virus”
Aspen Pharmacare share price has leapt by more than 83% in the past five months, reported The Star (21 January 2020).The recent recovery by Aspen’s share price comes after it tumbled by more than 50% in 2018 following the company’s move away from its generic pharmaceutical business
The Department of Health confirmed that out of the 17 cases of antibiotic-resistant CRE (Carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae) reported at Tembisa Hospital at the end of 2019, 10 babies have died. It is suspected that the babies contracted Klebsiella pneumoniae. The high mortality rates are attributed to a high burden of disease in pregnant patients, overcrowding of the neonatal ward, as well as a high number of referrals of high-risk patients from surrounding clinics and district hospitals.
The KZB Health Department has been accused of irregularities of R61-m regarding the awarding of a tender to Mzansi LifeCare and Mobile Satellite Technologies (MST). The Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane the Department 30 days to consider remedial action contained in a report released on 15 January.
The North West government’s head of health, Thabo Lekalakala - who was accused of entering into fraudulent contracts with Gupta-linked company Mediosa - has been fired. He is being charged with fraud, corruption and contravention of the Public Finance Management Act. He allegedly authorised payment of R30-m to Mediosa before it had provided any services to the North West health department.
The CEO of Life Healthcare, Dr Shrey Viranna, announced his resignation from the company “with immediate effect” and is emigrating to Australia with his family. CFO Pieter van der Westhuizen has been appointed acting CEO but willalso retain his current position.