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SAPPF CEO, welcomes ‘no-nonsense ruling on CoN

25 Jun 2022
“The controversial nearly two-decade old Certificate of Need, the CoN, which would have enabled government to tell doctors where they can practice and under what conditions, has finally been declared unconstitutional,” reported MedBriefAfrica (24 June 2022)
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SA identifies its first Monkeypox case

24 Jun 2022

BusinessLive (23 June 2022) reported that SA has identified its first case of monkeypox.

“The patient is a 30-year-old male from Johannesburg with no travel history, and contact tracing is under way to identify any linked cases. The case was confirmed yesterday, according to the National Institute of Communicable Diseases (NICD). Monkeypox is usually a mild, self-limiting disease, and the viral illness is spread by close contact with an infected person.”


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Department’s overhaul of legislation remains, in spite of notice published on Wednesday

24 Jun 2022
In a notice published in the Government Gazette on Wednesday night, Health Minister Joe Phaahla repealed three regulations relating to the surveillance and control of notifiable conditions, reported Business Day (24 June 2022)
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De Maayer: ‘Officials should face the music’

23 Jun 2022
Meanwhile, Times Live (22 June 2022) reported that a law professor said: “It appears the functionaries who sought to discipline paediatric gastroenterologist Dr Tim de Maayer for highlighting problems at the hospital he worked in were guilty of violating the constitution and the relevant legislation affecting children, and should be disciplined.”
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Face masks and travel certificates cancelled

23 Jun 2022

 

On 22 June Health Minister Joe Phaahla announced that the wear of face masks is no longer compulsory. In a Government Gazette, Phaahla repealed regulations 16A, 16B and 16C of the regulations relating to the surveillance and the control of notifiable medical conditions in their entirety. People leaving or visiting the country will no longer need vaccination certificates.


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Stop disciplinary action against Dr De Mayer, ask health professionals

22 Jun 2022
 Business Day reported on 22 June that 137 leading figures in the health sector, including activists, scientists, doctors, academics, former high-ranking Health Department officials and senior executives from private hospital groups have written an open letter to Health Minister Joe Phaahla and Gauteng Premier David Makhura, condemning De Maayer’s treatment.
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Operations cancelled at Baragwanath Hospital

22 Jun 2022
Nearly 900 operations have been cancelled at the Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital this year alone, according. Gauteng Health MEC Nomathemba Mokgethi. (News24 22 June 2022)
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Health Minister recommends dropping last coronavirus restrictions

22 Jun 2022
“Health Minister Joe Phaahla has proposed scrapping the coronavirus regulations that require mask wearing indoors, limit the size of gatherings and stipulate testing and vaccination requirements for travellers to SA,” reported Business Day (22 June 2022).
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‘No need to wait for NHI to fix health’ 

21 Jun 2022
“There has been real stagnation of health reform efforts while we wait for the NHI Bill, but there are things that can be done now,” says Sasha Stevenson, Section27 head of health. (Business Day 21 June 2022)
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Health Minister’s comment provides ‘some comfort to medical scheme industry’

15 Jun 2022

 

Health Minister Joe Phaahla’s comment that NHI will be implemented step-by-step - gradually phasing out the role of medical schemes in the private sector - should provide some comfort to these private healthcare services, according to Business Day (15 June 2022)


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Activists demands change in intellectual property laws

10 Nov 2021

 

Activists from Fix the Patent Laws Campaign (FTPL) urged government to change intellectual property laws to allow more people to access lifesaving medicine for serious ailments such as cancer, HIV, Covid, tuberculosis, mental health and diabetes.


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Vaccination slashes Covid deaths and ICU stays

10 Nov 2021
Bloomberg reported on 9th November that an Australian study found that people who are fully vaccinated are 16 times less likely to end up in intensive care wards or to die from Covid-19 than those who have not been immunised.
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COVID-19: The big wave is coming

09 Jun 2020

“It is only a matter of time before the rest of South Africa reaches the surge in COVID-19 coronavirus cases currently being experienced in the Western Cape, experts warn,” reported City Press (7 June 2020).


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