E-cigarettes have to comply with medicines law 10.05.2013
The Medicines Control Council (MCC) has refuted claims by electronic cigarette distributor Twisp that it does not have to comply with medicine-related laws, confirming that the product is subject to medical scheduling and can only be sold at pharmacies.
Health supporter honoured 10.05.2013
A well-known health supporter has been honoured by the department of health and social development in Vhembe for her outstanding community commitment in health-related matters.
Rocking the RWOPS boat 08.05.2013
Remunerative Work Outside the Public Service or RWOPS. It is a mouthful and as provincial health departments start tightening the screws it has become a hot potato, especially in Gauteng where some specialists are threatening to resign.
School toilets in shocking state 02.05.2013
Millions of people do not have access to proper sanitation and in South African schools the situation is especially dire. Health-e News Service conducted an informal survey of the state of 17 schools’ toilets that fall within four of the National Health Insurance (NHI) pilot districts. At all 17 schools the toilets were in a shocking condition. By OurHealth Reporters.
Public health facilities in a dire state 30.04.2013
A poisonous snake slithering through a district hospital, badly cracked walls and rooms filled to the roof with broken equipment were some of the challenges facing researchers as they conducted the first national audit of public health facilities.
Mpumalanga district falling behind NSP targets 30.04.2013
GERT SIBANDE. - The Gert Sibande district municipality is working hard at implementing the National Strategic Plan (NSP) for 2012-2015 that promotes zero new infections, zero HIV/AIDS related deaths and zero stigma.
Long lines, poor service at Kgabo Health Centre 29.04.2013
TSHWANE. - The staff and patients at Kgabo Health Centre in Winterveld are unhappy with the conditions at the facility – the staff complain that do not receive support from the regional office while patients are concerned about the long waiting periods.
New pills bring new hope 29.04.2013
LUSIKISIKI. - All twelve clinics in the Qaukeni sub-district in the Eastern Cape are dispensing the new fixed dose combination pill (FDC) to HIV patients. This new pill is a triple antiretroviral that is believed to improve adherence as it only needs to be taken once a day. The fact that ARV treatment now consist of just one tablet will make it easier to dispense and prescribe, and make ordering and monitoring stock supply easier for clinics and depots.
Professor Quarraisha Abdool Karim awarded the Order of Mapungubwe 26.04.2013
MEDIA RELEASE: Professor Quarraisha Abdool Karim, Associate Scientific Director of CAPRISA (Centre for the AIDS Programme of Research in South Africa) is being bestowed with the Order of Mapungubwe: Bronze by the South African State President on Freedom Day (27 April 2013) in recognition of her “outstanding work in the field of HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis research and health policy development.” The Order of Mapungubwe is South Africa’s highest honour.
World Malaria Day: Gold speeds up malaria diagnosis 25.04.2013
It’s hard to imagine that gold is more than a rich person’s trinket and actually plays a role in healthcare.
But tiny nano-particles of gold are being used in rapid diagnostic tests (RDT) that can identify malaria in 20 minutes, according to the World Gold Council.
No immunisation at Limpopo clinics, hospitals 25.04.2013
THOHOYANDOU. - The Department of Health and Social Development in Limpopo is urging everyone who was turned away from clinics and hospitals in the region because of medicine stock outs to go back and get assistance.
Youth learn about their sexual health rights 25.04.2013
TSHWANE. - A youth camp with the theme: “Together taking responsibility to end HIV infection; ‘No’ to teenage pregnancy, ‘No’ to discrimination, and ‘No’ to gender based Violence” was recently held at the Stoney Ridge camp site in Magaliesburg.