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.

METROGEL V GETS A MAKEOVER

MetroGel V, the preferred choice for the treatment of Bacterial Vaginosis (BV) by South African gynaecologists, has had a facelift. The same trusted product now comes in beautifully designed floral packaging, adding visual appeal to the product and aligning to its therapeutic goal of re-establishing vaginal flora.

Newly forged partnership set to revolutionise disposal of hazardous medical waste in SA

The safe and effective management of healthcare waste emanating from hospitals and other healthcare facilities has long been a matter of grave concern locally and internationally. An all-South African partnership known as Tshenolo Green Solutions (TGS) is combining the use of a new cutting-edge, locally developed on-site waste disposal technology, with a comprehensive logistic approach to medical waste disposal.

Medical industry duty of care: onerous, but necessary

A recent study on the state of medical waste management in rural South Africa has revealed that areas of the country are underprepared to deal with multiple forms of potentially-hazardous materials. If left unchecked, communities could be exposed to hazardous materials that medical facilities have a legal and ethical duty to dispose of according to very stringent regulations.

Systems harm patients more than doctors

A culture of “name, blame and shame,” in medicine drastically reduces the potential for system changes to improve patient safety, the Hospital Association of South Africa’s (HASA’s), annual conference was told by a global expert in public health on Tuesday, 27 August.

Professor Michael Marx, of the Heidelberg Institute of Global Health at the University of Heidelberg said it was deeply disturbing for clinicians to realise how much their performance was shaped by the equipment, tasks, environment and organization around them.

Global view of NHI cause for optimism in SA

South Africans are often too introspective and forget to examine how the rest of the world has implemented widely-differing models of universal healthcare, Barry Childs, a nationally-respected healthcare actuary says.

Contrary to popular local belief, a global map of the percentage of the population covered by universal healthcare shows South Africa to be in the high ninety percent, comparing favorably to most of the developed world. The only other country that shines equally in Sub-Saharan Africa is Ghana, he revealed at the recent HASA 2019 Conference.

Computer hackers able to kill patients

Hobbyist or criminal hackers who breached security firewalls could potentially kill patients wearing remote-controlled pacemakers or insulin pump devices, it emerged at the Hospital Association of South Africa’s annual conference on Cape Town’s Foreshore yesterday (Tuesday, 27 August 2019). Speaking during a panel discussion of South African medical technology experts, Tanya Vogt, Executive Officer of the SA Medical Technology Industry Association, said the risk was so real that a group of local medical device experts formed a working group some six years ago to categorise risk and improve quality product management and the clinical evaluation of medical technology products.

Pharma Dynamics announces commercial agreement for hemp oil based cannaQIX® with Creso Pharma

SA’s leading provider of cardiovascular medicine, Pharma Dynamics, has announced the signing of a Commercial Term Sheet with Creso Pharma, a leading global provider of cannabis products, headquartered in Australia. The agreement affords Pharma Dynamics sole distribution rights of Creso’s organic, broad spectrum hemp oil nutraceutical, cannaQIX®10, across South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Lesotho, Angola, Mozambique and Uganda.

Public/private Parktown hospital a model of equity/access

Minor miracles in equitable, quality healthcare provision can happen when unlikely partners join forces. Dr Sue Tager, CEO of the Wits University/Donald Gordan Medical Centre in Parktown spoke on “Collaboration in Healthcare; the art of the possible,” and told an admiring HASA conference audience that the 220-bed private academic hospital, established in 2002, had gone from training 20 super-specialists to 80 currently, with over a thousand doctors having rotated through it.

The risk of weight gain and the benefit of weight loss – how Duromine® can help your patients

The causes of overweight and obesity are complex. While diet and physical activity are central to energy balance, both are directly and indirectly influenced by a wide range of social, environmental, behavioural, genetic and physiological factors. For many people, weight gain is hard to avoid and very difficult to reverse. Advising patients about the health benefits of losing weight and helping them to do so, is becoming increasingly important for healthcare practitioners.

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