The Journal of Endocrinology, Metabolism and Diabetes of South Africa (JEMDSA) is the official journal of SEMDSA (Society for Endocrinology, Metabolism and Diabetes of SA), DESSA (Diabetes Education Society of SA), NOFSA (National Osteoporosis Foundation of SA), SASOM (SA Society of Obesity and Metabolism), LASSA (Lipid and Atherosclerosis Society of SA) and PAEDS-SA (The Paediatric and Adolescent Endocrine and Diabetes Society of SA).

Through stringent peer review, the journal also aims to make a regional contribution to the international knowledge base of endocrinology, metabolism and diabetes and hopes to also offer other African countries the opportunity to make a world-class African contribution.

Readership comprises of the members of the various societies, namely general physicians, endocrinologists, diabetologists, diabetes nurse educators, lipidologists, beriatricians, paediatricians, gynaecologists (specialising in osteoporosis and infertility) and general practitioners with a special interest in endocrinology, metabolism and diabetes.

Paying homage to SA’s doctors on National Doctors’ Day

South Africa is in the midst of a healthcare crisis. A severely strained public healthcare system and the implications of the Medical Schemes Act and the NHI, could see many of South Africa’s doctors being lost to other professions and countries. EthiQal cares about the future of medical care in South Africa and has a firm belief that doctors should be treasured as national assets. EthiQal is launching the 2019 National Doctors’ Day campaign to acknowledge the critical role doctors play in meeting the healthcare needs of our nation.

Rabies is fatal, but preventable – Be proactive.

Between 5 and 30 human rabies cases are confirmed in South Africa every year and more than 70% of these occur in children and teenagers.  The rabies virus is transmitted through the saliva of a rabid animal to other animals or humans. In SA, almost all human rabies cases are related to exposure to an infected domestic dog. Rabies is fatal, but preventable – Be proactive.

Healthcare company partners with Department of Health to provide South Africans with access to innovative healthcare

Roche South Africa has over the course of the last five years delivered innovative healthcare solutions to over 600 000 South Africans. They are strongly committed to partnering with the Department of Health and other funders in order to find ways to overcome the financial, regulatory and legislative challenges faced in South Africa and to ensure that patients in this country can access innovative medicines and products faster than ever before.

Getting to grips with occurrence-based professional indemnity cover

South Africans are becoming increasingly aware of their rights when it comes to medical malpractice, explaining some of the increases in the number and size of claims against doctors. Taking into consideration these trends, it is important that medical practitioners have professional indemnity cover which protects them against legal defence costs and claims for damages for personal injury where allegations of improper professional conduct are levelled against them.

Will NHI worsen SA’s medico-legal nightmare?

With the draft NHI bill silent on an estimated R98 billion in state medico-legal claims, public sector doctors are deeply unsettled by a recent warning from the Gauteng Department of Health, that they could be held liable in their personal capacities for damages claimed as a result of patient harm.

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