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Decline in basic health services amid pandemic

29 Oct 2020
Western Cape health MEC Nomafrench Mbombo warned that services such as immunisation, the treatment of mental health, TB and HIV were significantly reduced during the Covid-19 pandemic. This included a 22% reduction in immunisations and a 36% reduction in screening for TB.
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Hi-tech but pricey ways to put diseases in spotlight

29 Oct 2020

A new gut microbiome test called Viome is now available in SA at R3990.00. According to Viom’e CEO, Naveen Jain, this new technology allows for a molecular-level analysis of the gut in order to recommend to each individual why they should eat certain foods, and why they should avoid certain foods based on their own individual biology, with the goal to prevent and reverse chronic disease.

As a distributing partner to Viome, Next Biosciences in SA is the first to bring a gut intelligence test to the local market.

The test analyses a stool sample and the results are uploaded on the Viome app, tied to a unique ID from the kit.


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Did you know: Stroke: top cause of disability in SA

29 Oct 2020
Strokes claim more than twice as many lives as HIV/AIDS and is responsible for more deaths annually than those attributed to AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis combined, according to the Heart and Stroke Foundation South Africa.
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Covid-19: Anthony Fauci admits SA response better than US

29 Oct 2020
Shutting down a country is not the way to go about fighting Covid-19, said leading US infectious diseases expert Anthony Fauci, who admitted that South Africa appeared to have done better than his home country. – News24 (28 October 2020)
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Five things the mid-term budget tells us about the healthcare system (Health e-News (28 October 2020))

29 Oct 2020
COVID-19 accelerated an economic deterioration that was already under way, said Finance Minister Tito Mboweni in his mid-term budget framework speech (28 October). A second wave of infections and another hard lockdown, will put South Africa’s economic growth at greater risk, he said. According to the budget R724-bn will be allocated to health.
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MPS announces new grade for Medical Protection

26 Oct 2020
The Medical Protection Society (MPS) has announced that new grades are available from November 1, for Medical Protection membership if a private practice’s hours have been reduced
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Breast cancer deaths have increased by 20%

26 Oct 2020
Research from insurer 1Life shows that breast cancer deaths have increased by 20% over the past four months, indicating that breast cancer patients have been avoiding going for treatment. Discovery Health Scheme’s latest data - compared with last year - shows that there has been a 44% reduction in breast cancer diagnoses, and a 51% reduction in mammograms performed. This can be regarded as result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Clicks online store sales explode

23 Oct 2020
Clicks reported that the company’s online growth platform had become their largest and fastest-growing store. Clicks invested in e-commerce and its digital platform over the past four years and was reaping the benefits of this, reported Business Report (23 October 2020). 
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Survey highlights SA’s growing coronavirus fatigue

23 Oct 2020
According to the latest survey by the University of Johannesburg (UJ) and Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) 46% of the respondents believed they are unlikely to get COVID-19 in the months ahead; 41% thought the threat of the coronavirus is exaggerated; and 23% had been to a funeral or religious service with more than 50 people before the government eased restrictions on social gatherings.
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SA does not have money to keep state clinics open 24 hours a day

23 Oct 2020
“Financial pressure on the country’s fiscus, staff shortages and security concerns are just some of the reasons the National Department of Health gave as to why most state clinics and primary healthcare facilities cannot operate 24 hours a day,” reported News24 (22 October 2020).
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Alarm at Covid-19 flare-up in Cape Town

23 Oct 2020
By 22 October, SA has recorded more than 706 000 cases of COVID-19, and slightly more than 18 650 deaths since the first case was confirmed in early March.
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Mediclinic reports Covid-19 profit hit

16 Oct 2020
Private hospital group Mediclinic has recovered slightly after its first half profits for 2020 have fallen by about a third, due to COVID-19, reported Business Day (16 October 2020)
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Africa launches R1,6bn genomics initiative to help fight Covid-19

16 Oct 2020
On October 12, the African Union (AU) announced the launch of the Africa Pathogen Genomics Initiative, a $100-m four-year programme supported by international partners, which will produce data for a “precision public health response” to the pandemic, reported Times Daily (16 October 2020). 
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Mkhize vows post-Covid healthcare drive

16 Oct 2020
According to Health Minister Zweli Mkhize HIV testing dropped by 46% while countrywide screening for TB fell 9% for adults and 14%for children as fearful people stayed away from hospitals and clinics. At a the Rotary Family Health Day webinar Mkhize again confirmed that SA would move forward on the implementation of National Health Insurance.
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Hospitals play catch-up after six-month backlog in elective surgeries

13 Oct 2020
Many SA surgeons are facing a six-month backlog due to COVID-19 infections. According to orthopaedic surgeon, Dr Mark Human, who sits on the national board of the SA Medical Association, about a third of the procedures had not been done after elective surgery was put on hold. Senior surgeons were hit hardest when specialised operations were put on the backburner, reported TimesLIVE (12 October 2020)
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