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National Health Insurance (NHI) – Lessons from Ghana

People with access to healthcare are more likely to seek medical assistance; meaning medical conditions are detected and treated earlier, limiting the risk of potentially life-threatening complications. (more…)

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Risk of Shingles

Approximately 90% of adults are at risk for Shingles say health experts

“It was the worst pain I have ever experienced. I have never taken time off work before, even when I felt unwell, but this time I couldn’t go to work. It was so painful to touch that I couldn’t even put my clothes on. I even tried to put my back into the freezer to […]

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Brief Behavioural Change Counselling

New, more holistic era of practicing medicine on the cards for SA

An innovative approach to patient care aimed at stemming chronic diseases of lifestyle such as cardiovascular disease (CVD), cancer, diabetes and hypertension in South Africa has received the thumbs up, and will usher in a new era for practicing medicine in the country. (more…)

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Fat but fit? You have less chance of having a heart attack

South Africa has the third highest incidence of heart disease in the world. In fact, every 10 minutes a South African has a heart attack and a fatal heart attack occurs every 45 minutes. (more…)

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COHSASA board

COHSASA appoints new Board Members, changes in leadership

COHSASA welcomed three new Board Members at its quarterly May 2017 meeting to take the vision and mission of the organisation forward. There was also a change of leadership at the top of the Board. Ms Sharon Slabbert has been appointed Chairperson of the Board with Professor Gert van Zyl as vice-Chair. (more…)

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Cipla collaborates with American Cancer Society to increase access to cancer treatment in Africa

Cipla Ltd, the global pharmaceutical company and owner of Cipla Medpro, South Africa’s third-largest pharmaceutical manufacturer, announced a ground-breaking market access agreement with the American Cancer Society (ACS), the Clinton Health Access Imitative (CHAI) and the pharmaceutical company Pfizer, to expand access to 16 essential cancer treatment medications, including chemotherapies, into Ethiopia, Nigeria, Kenya, Uganda, […]

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Roles of forensic officers

Statement and information regarding strike action by forensic officers at medico-legal mortuaries

There have been many recent media reports pertaining to the strike action by forensic officers at medico-legal mortuaries in Gauteng. It is clear from most of these reports that there is a severe lack of knowledge regarding the practice of forensic death investigations. (more…)

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Drug abuse

International day against drug abuse and illicit trafficking 2017

The South African Medical Association (SAMA) called on all South Africans to join it to observe the United Nations (UN) International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking. This International Day was aimed at raising awareness of, and finding solutions to, drug abuse throughout the world. This day is observed annually on 26 June. (more…)

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Drug Awareness Week

Abuse of legal substances is also drug abuse

A recent survey revealed that 4% of graduate professionals indicated they use substances like alcohol or medication to cope with stress. In light of Drug Awareness Week Dr Dominique Stott, Executive: Medical Standards and Services at PPS, says it is important that people understand that drug abuse not only involves the misuse of illegal drugs, […]

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Diabetes in SA

Diabetes the most potentially devastating, fastest-growing health crisis

There may be as many as 4.6 million people in South Africa living with diabetes, and possibly the same number at risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Those diagnosed face the risk of life-changing and life-limiting complications unless they receive the care and the support they need to manage their condition well. (more…)

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