Supply chain management support to relieve Covid-19 challenges

Amid the COVID-19 crisis, supply chain professionals are responsible for maintaining South African supply chains; ensuring the efficient supply and distribution of food, basic goods and medicines, and mitigating the risks posed by the pandemic, the challenges of lockdown regulations and the associated extraordinary consumer behaviour like stockpiling and panic buying. To ensure that the supply chain profession has the necessary resources and support needed for its vital role in helping to beat the coronavirus crisis, SAPICS has launched a number of special support initiatives.

The CoronaFighter WebApp brings South Africa immediate aid – track your symptoms daily

During this uncertain time, it is all too easy to feel powerless in the fight against the Coronavirus pandemic. Now more than ever, many of us are looking for a way to educate ourselves with accurate information, soothe our anxiety and most importantly to monitor our health. CoronaFighter is a web-enabled app found at www.testforcovid.co.za – the app allow you to track your symptoms through a simplified automated self-monitoring process.

Unleash billions from medical emergency reserves, urges KHUSA Consulting

Adrian Parsons, Executive Director at KHUSA Consulting, says that by law, medical schemes have emergency fund reserves amounting to at least 25% of members’ contributions. Collectively, they now have over R60 billion in their reserve funds, which could be released for the treatment of all South African COVID-19 patients – whether they are medical scheme members or not.

Supply chain management has a key role to play in Covid-19 crisis

As South Africa heads into the next phase of our fight against Covid-19 – a nationwide lockdown – efficient supply chain management is critical to ensure that South Africans continue to have access to food, basic commodities and medical supplies, according to SAPICS, The Professional Body for Supply Chain Management. The spotlight is also on the measures that will be implemented by transport, distribution and logistics organisations to ensure the safety of drivers and staff who will provide essential services during the 21-day lockdown.

Fight colds and viruses with Buchu

At the heart of fighting off viruses and infections is a healthy immune system. To help build your – and your family’s – immune systems, turn to a natural, family-friendly supplement with a long history as South Africa’s miracle herb.

IPASA Holding statement on Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The Innovative Pharmaceutical Association South Africa (IPASA) and its 26 member companies, join the government, the medical and business community in efforts to curtail and contain the spread of this serious health threat to our communities. We all need to be united as fellow South Africans to combat the spread.

New treatment provides hope for advanced ovarian cancer patients

The South African medical community has made important strides in treating ovarian cancer in the country, after three breakthrough procedures were recently performed at the Life Entabeni Hospital in Durban. Hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy (HIPEC) is a highly sophisticated procedure for the treatment of abdominal cancers and when it is performed with cytoreductive surgery, it results in longer recurrence-free survival and overall survival than surgery or chemotherapy alone. Combining surgery and chemotherapy achieves several important goals. As the solution is delivered directly to the abdomen, the patient receives a higher and more concentrated dose, while heating improves effectiveness. Being largely isolated in the peritoneal cavity and then subsequently removed, there is minimal exposure to the rest of the body, which reduces the normal side effects of chemotherapy.

WOMEN BREAK THEIR SILENCE AT FERTILITY SHOW AFRICA

3Sixty BioMedicine in partnership with well-known radio personality and medical practitioner, Dr Sindi van Zyl, launched a national campaign to give women struggling with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) and infertility a voice. During the Fertility Show Africa at the Gallagher Convention Centre on 6 and 7 March, the #BreakTheSilence campaign was launched in conjunction with the launch of 3Sixty BioMedicine’s new Salome Fertility product to encourage women to share their stories on social media

Eradication of cervical cancer in the next century?

4 March is International HPV Awareness Day. This aims to promote education about HPV and to raise awareness around prevention methods; “For those of us involved cancer care the focus is mainly on the treatment of cancers. Cancer prevention is not often part of our practice. For a highly preventable disease such as cervical cancer, it is vital that we highlight and support the wonderful work of the DOH’s vaccination programme.

KROKO WARTFIX®

Kroko WartFix® is available from Kroko Health Products and treats people who suffer from the scourge of warts. Warts are recurring and unsightly growths caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV), and now their removal can be dealt with effectively at home, by using Kroko WartFix®.

Stemming the tide of healthcare litigation

With a burgeoning load of unwarranted patient litigation threatening to drain public and private sector resources and disrupt overall healthcare delivery, urgent measures are required to address this unintended crisis. That’s according to legal advisors at EthiQal, a division of Constantia Insurance, an innovative and disruptive local insurer of healthcare professionals

IVF clinics donate free fertility treatments

Eleven couples will get the chance to receive treatment to help them have a baby as a result of a collaboration between an online support network and some of the world’s top fertility clinics with the results announced in Johannesburg, South Africa next month. Couples have been invited to enter a competition to receive a free cycle of IVF by IVF Babble, the go-to source of information, support and advice for anyone struggling with fertility or undergoing treatment. There is still time for couples to put their names forward.

Why corporates are going green in facilities management

The world is waking up to the dire need to go green. When looking at the current global trends, it seems that the percentage of people opting for eco-friendly products and strategies has increased substantially, and for good reason. This movement is not only visible in domestic settings but within the corporate world and facility management as well. Corporates are going green in facility management because the global culture is going green. With benefits from healthier employees and a healthier environment, to less money spent and more productivity, it is easy to understand this distinctive shift.

ORALMEDIC Launch

Abex Pharmaceutica (Pty) Ltd, through its consumer health division, is proud to introduce OralMedic ®, a revolutionary new mouth ulcer treatment that is scientifically formulated to alleviate mouth ulcer pain in seconds! OralMedic ® contains a patented formulation derived from Hybenx® technology. Hybenx® formulations are selective in removing damaged oral mucosal tissues from the ulcer site after application.

3M COMPLETES ACQUISITION OF ACELITY, INC.

3M has recently completed its previously announced acquisition of Acelity, Inc., and its KCI™ subsidiaries worldwide. Acelity is a leading global medical technology company focused on advanced wound care and specialty surgical applications marketed under the KCI™ brand.

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