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How did Cuban health workers register in just three days?

27 May 2020
On 25 May, 28 Cuban doctors, part of a group of 187 healthcare workers, started working in Gauteng to assist with the COVID-19 outbreak.
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Low-cost hospital group RH Bophelo lists in Rwanda

27 May 2020

Black-owned hospital group, RH Bophelo, will be making a secondary listing on the Rwanda Stock Exchange on 1 June. The group, which owns nine hospitals and manages six on behalf of smaller standalone hospitals, targets lower and middle-income earners who ordinarily cannot afford medical aid, but also do not want to rely on state hospitals.

 


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Fight against Covid-19 undermines war on HIV

26 May 2020

HIV experts fear an upsurge in new HIV infections after lockdown because thousands of people are defaulting on treatment.

Clinics across the country are reporting a dramatic decrease in patients collecting their medication and the diversion of staff from HIV outreach programmes to Covid-19 screening could slow down HIV-testing and treatment initiation.


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Private ambulances fall victim to pandemic

26 May 2020
The private ambulance industry has become the latest victim of the COVID-19 pandemic, reported Sunday Times (4 May 2020). 
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Netcare scraps its interim dividend

26 May 2020

“Private hospital group, Netcare, has followed several other companies and scrapped its interim dividend payment for the first time since listing on the JSE in 1996.” – Business Day (26 May 2020)

It has also withdrawn its full-year guidance, secured a waiver of its debt covenants and increased its undrawn banking facilities to R4.8-bn.


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SAMRC board apologises for Prof Gray's comments, bars staff from speaking to media – News24

26 May 2020
The SA Medical Research Council (SAMRC) board has apologised to the Ministry of Health and the Ministerial Advisory Committee for recent comments made by its president, Professor Glenda Gray, and says it will institute a fact-finding investigation into the "damage" the comments may have caused. – News24 (25 May 2020)

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Findings from St Augustine's Covid-19 outbreak

24 May 2020
An investigation into the COVID-19 outbreak that led to the closure of Netcare St Augustine's Hospital in Durban found that, between 9 March and 30 April 2020, there were 119 confirmed cases identified at the hospital (39 patients and 80 staff). 
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Blood shortage fears as lockdown continues

24 May 2020

Health experts are concerned about the blood donation cycle, which has been disturbed by national lockdowns across the world. The South African National Blood Service (SANBS) blood stock levels are at 4.9 days of supply; the platelet stock is at 0.4 days of supply, and the supply of rarer blood types at O- at only (36%) of capacity.

During the current lockdown SANBS collected 40 % less than their usual donation amount.


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Mediclinic predicts 200 000 WC Covid-19 cases for people with health insurance

21 May 2020

Mediclinic, one of SA’s largest private hospital groups, told staff it expects 200 000 COVID-19 cases in medically insured patients in the Western Cape by early July, while itexpects cases in Gauteng to reach 100 000 by November.


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Dis-Chem decides to defer dividend payment to preserve cash

21 May 2020

Dis-Chem Pharmacies announced that it had deferred its dividend payment to preserve cash in order to deal with the uncertainties created bythe coronavirus pandemic.


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Western Cape rations virus tests

21 May 2020

The Western Cape health department is changing its COVID-19 testing strategy and will now prioritise high-risk groups such as healthcare workers and people in old age homes, reported Business Day (21 May 2020). This follows growing delays at the National Health Laboratory Service, which has been unable to keep up with demand.


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SA faces up to 48 000 Covid-19 deaths by November

20 May 2020

Pressure is growing on government to release details of the models it has used to guide its response to the COVID-19 pandemic,” reported Business Day (20 May 2020).


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Why Cape Town has 10% of Africa’s confirmed coronavirus cases

20 May 2020

Cape Town accounts for 60% of COVID-19 cases in SA; 15% in sub-Saharan Africa and 10% in Africa as a whole, reported The Washington (19 May 2020).


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SA patent laws threat to vaccine

19 May 2020
The effect of COVID-19 can become much worse as the access to medicines and other health products in SA is hampered by a patent system that allows for the granting of an excessive number of unwarranted patent monopolies, reported The Citizen (19 May 2020).
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Nearly 1 000 new Covid-19 cases in SA

19 May 2020
By May 18, nearly 1 000 new cases of COVID-19 were recorded in SA in the past 24 hours. The death toll climbed to 286 and the total number of cases to 16 433.
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