Universal health care, worldwide, is within reach

BY MANY measures the world has never been in better health. Since 2000 the number of children who die before they are five has fallen by almost half, to 5.6m. Life expectancy has reached 71, a gain of five years. More children than ever are vaccinated. Malaria, TB and HIV/AIDS are in retreat. Yet the … Continue reading Universal health care, worldwide, is within reach

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Public service shutdown looms

Public sector unions have warned of a shutdown in the public service next month if the government failed to meet their members’ wage demands. The unions yesterday accused the government of taking its cue on the ongoing public sector wage negotiations from international ratings agencies. They flatly rejected the acting Minister for Public Service and Administration Naledi Pandor’s request … Continue reading Public service shutdown looms

1 in 4 SA workers suffers from depression

A recent study conducted by The South African Depression and Anxiety Group (SADAG) in partnership with Hexor, with the support of Lundbeck, indicates that depression affects one in four South African employees. People aged between 25 and 44 are most affected by depression and take more than 18 days per annum off work because of it. The … Continue reading 1 in 4 SA workers suffers from depression

Infant Deaths Fall Sharply in Africa With Routine Antibiotics

Two doses a year of an antibiotic can sharply cut death rates among infants in poor countries, perhaps by as much as 25 percent among the very young, researchers reported on Wednesday. Their large study — of nearly 200,000 children in three African countries — raises the exciting possibility that deploying antibiotics as doctors do … Continue reading Infant Deaths Fall Sharply in Africa With Routine Antibiotics

Strategies for Reducing Opioid-Overdose Deaths — Lessons from Canada

North America is in the midst of its most serious drug-overdose crisis in history. From 1999 through 2015, drug-overdose deaths approximately tripled in the United States, and the majority of such deaths now involve an opioid. In 2016 alone, there were 64,000 drug-overdose deaths in the United States — more than the total number of … Continue reading Strategies for Reducing Opioid-Overdose Deaths — Lessons from Canada

Patient dies in Klerksdorp as strikers prevent doctors from doing their job

A patient died as doctors could not attend to emergencies due to the continuing strike in Klerksdorp‚ North West. Ambulances and medical staff were prevented from entering the Tshepong hospital in Klerksdorp on Wednesday, but the situation has since calmed down. Dr Ebrahim Variava‚ who works at the hospital‚ said a patient died as they … Continue reading Patient dies in Klerksdorp as strikers prevent doctors from doing their job

Letter of concern: Ongoing health crisis in the North-West province

An open letter from 73 doctors in the North West on the ongoing health crisis in the province Background: Currently there is a crisis in the provision of health care in the North West Province. This is a result of action taken by various groups who are angered by chronically unresolved issues which resulted in … Continue reading Letter of concern: Ongoing health crisis in the North-West province