COVID-19: Pandemic puts pressure on medicine supply

COVID-19: Pandemic puts pressure on medicine supply

Reports of drug shortages and stock-outs across South Africa have the Department of Health in a race against the clock to ensure a supply of essential medicines. With manufacturing operations around the world still facing issues due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the country is battling to meet the demand for contraceptives, tuberculosis medicines and psychiatric medicines.

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COVID-19 “She said goodbye to me in her way”

COVID-19 “She said goodbye to me in her way”

By last week 1 010 public sector healthcare workers in the Western Cape had tested positive for SARS-CoV-2. Of these six had passed away of COVID-19. Anncha Kepkey, a nurse at Tygerberg Hospital, is among those who died. Biénne Huisman spoke to her husband about who Anncha was and what happened in the last days of her life.

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COVID-19: As ICUs fill up in the WC, some lockdown measures may have to be reconsidered

COVID-19: As ICUs fill up in the WC, some lockdown measures may have to be reconsidered

The substantial relaxation of South Africa’s COVID-19 lockdown measures from today was probably both inevitable and the right decision. But with ICU capacity in the Western Cape already stretched, and infections in the province rising rapidly, one or two measures may need to be reconsidered, argues Marcus Low.

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Opinion: HIV and TB are losing out in the drive to stop COVID-19

Opinion: HIV and TB are losing out in the drive to stop COVID-19

It seems HIV and TB are falling by the wayside in the drive to stop the spread of COVID-19. Where we can we must  minimise the harm to the HIV and TB response, and we need to see the opportunity to address all three diseases together, writes Erica Penfold.

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Op-ed: Why SECTION27 and TAC are involved in a court case about complementary medicines

Op-ed: Why SECTION27 and TAC are involved in a court case about complementary medicines

The Pretoria High Court this week heard a challenge to the regulation of complementary medicine in South Africa. Tendai Mafuma and Julia Chaskalson explains why the case is important and why SECTION27 and the TAC got involved.

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COVID-19: Health and Safety at Groote Schuur Hospital

COVID-19: Health and Safety at Groote Schuur Hospital

Health and safety officers play a critical role in keeping hospitals safe. Tiyese Jeranji spoke to Jan Engelbrecht, a health and safety officer at Groote Schuur Hospital where 69 staff members have tested positive for COVID-19.

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Op-ed: Health minister caught between politics and medicine

Op-ed: Health minister caught between politics and medicine

Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize needs to abandon the autocratic attitude for the greater good of the nation and realise that the likes of Professor Glenda Gray and her counterparts are critical in our response to COVID-19, writes Dr Shafrudeen Amod.

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Op-ed: President Ramaphosa should support the COVID-19 IP pool

Op-ed: President Ramaphosa should support the COVID-19 IP pool

Having pressed the imperative of equitable global sharing of COVID-19 health products, President Ramaphosa must now declare support for the Intellectual Property Pool for COVID-19, argues Professor Yousuf Vawda & Professor Brook K Baker.

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