At the centre of providing universal health care are people and ensuring equitable services, but can the health minister prevent the private sector from hijacking the National Health Insurance?
There is a shortfall of ferrous sulphate in public hospitals in Limpopo. It is used as a pre-labour treatment measure so that haemorrhaging (excessive bleeding) isn’t as fatal to women during childbirth.
After turning down placements at rural hospitals, hundreds of newly qualified doctors remain unemployed while the country’s rural state hospitals remain desperately understaffed because of a complex – yet fixable – situation. Health-e News’ Amy Green investigates whether these health professionals are being ‘picky’ and what possible solutions there are to this senseless situation.
Ikageng has seven general practitioners, all of whom are men, but Sister Vuiswa Leseka has opened a private clinic in the North West township and aims to challenge the gender gap in healthcare.