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SA teams up with France and WHO for vaccine skills transfer

22 Jun 2021
In a move to improve Africa’s ability to produce vaccines, Pres Cyril Ramaphosa, French President Emmanuel Macron and WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus announced that a technology hub to transfer skills to local manufacturers will be set up in SA.
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Private hospitals suspend surgeries

22 Jun 2021
Private hospitals have started to suspend visits and some elective surgeries to subdue the deadly third wave of Covid-19, which is gripping the country, reported Fin24.
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Covid-19 crisis in Gauteng is likely to worsen rapidly

22 Jun 2021
The crisis in Gauteng regarding a shortage of “beds” to care for Covid-19 cases, is unnecessary and an unfortunate manifestation of inadequate planning to mitigate the consequences of the resurgence – Shabir Madhi & Jonny Myers in Daily Maverick (21 June 2021).
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Gauteng now the epicentre of Covid--19

21 Jun 2021
According to Dr Ridhwaan Suliman, a senior researcher at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, Gauteng has become the epicentre of Covid-19 as the province recorded 8 400 cases, its highest number of increases per day since epidemiologists first detected infections in SA, reported Daily Maverick (20 June 2021). 
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What DHMS pays Discovery for administration services

21 Jun 2021

"Discovery Health Medical Scheme (DHMS) paid R5.389-bn to Discovery Health in administration expenses last year,” reported MoneyWeb (21 June 2021).


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Mobile health apps present privacy issues

21 Jun 2021
"Health and fitness apps, which help mobile phone users track everything from calorie intake to menstruation dates, can access and share personal data in a way that is concerning, according to a study published in the British Medical Journal." - (Business Day 21 June 2021)
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Teachers and education workers to be vaccinated over 10 days

18 Jun 2021

The 300,000 Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccines arriving in SA on June 18, are earmarked for teachers, school governing body members and other education sector staff. The aim is to vaccinate them over 10 working days from Tuesday 22 June, reported Daily Maverick (17 June 2021). 
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The issue of NHI funding - why it’s complicated

18 Jun 2021

 

“Quality healthcare is a basic need. It should not be based on socio-economic status. However, the HPCSA’s proposal to use the current private medical aid reserves - of around R92 bn - to fund the NHI is not the answer, wrote Lee Callakoppen,principal officer of the Bonitas Medical Fund in Fin24 (18 June 2021)


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Discovery defends clawing back money after ‘irregular billing’

17 Jun 2021
On June 17, Fin24 reported that Discovery Health said it had been clawing back money from doctors following “irregular billing” to protect its medical aid members. 
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‘Crippled public hospitals put ’severe strain’ on private facilities’

17 Jun 2021
Private hospitals in Gauteng are under “severe strain” and Parliament’s health oversight committee chair warned that it will be “practically impossible” to manage the third wave of Covid-19 in the province while the Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital remains closed. – Medical Brief (16 June 2021).
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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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