A recent reported published by a monitoring group has revealed the myriad of challenges faced by people who rely on public healthcare facilities in the North West province – from long waiting times to a shortage of medication to unfair treatment of members of the LGBTQIA+ community.
The collaboration between researchers at the North West University (NWU) and the Walter Sisulu University (WSU) on the development of a new COVID-19 vaccine candidate received a major boost.
Due to a broken water boilers, nurses at Tshepong Hospital’s surgical ward are forced to boil water for patients so that they can bath. The health facility in Klerksdorp is also faced with a shortage of bed linen for patients.
Initiation practices in the province have been suspended for over a year since the country went into lockdown in March last year and will remain closed due to the threat of a third wave of COVID-19 infections.
There is a link between HIV infection and gender-based violence, a study shows. The cultural and economic issues that prevent women from speaking up, also create a climate for intimate partner violence.