COVID-19: 65-year-old driver tells of his time in Cape Town’s Hospital of Hope

COVID-19: 65-year-old driver tells of his time in Cape Town’s Hospital of Hope

On July 22 Richard Abrahams, his wife, and three children celebrated his 65th birthday with orange cake and well-wishes. Less than a month before, Abrahams was struggling to breathe due to COVID-19 and receiving oxygen at Cape Town’s Hospital of Hope. He shared his story with Biénne Huisman.

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COVID-19: NHLS reducing its dependence on “a few suppliers”

COVID-19: NHLS reducing its dependence on “a few suppliers”

Early enthusiasm about South Africa’s strong position to scale up COVID-19 testing due to existing investments in diagnostic infrastructure for HIV and TB waned after the country found itself unable to secure adequate test materials. Steps are now being taken to reduce the dependence on just a few suppliers for these materials. Catherine Tomlinson reports.

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COVID-19: Stark differences between public and private sector testing

COVID-19: Stark differences between public and private sector testing

While COVID-19 tests in the private sector are often processed within a day or two – even if the test is not urgent – many patients in public sector hospitals have to wait a week or more. Amy Green investigates the stark differences between public and private sector testing in South Africa.

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In Focus: Unpacking the Northern Cape’s COVID-19 response

In Focus: Unpacking the Northern Cape’s COVID-19 response

The Northern Cape Health Department has come under fire from NEHAWU, the DA, residents and healthcare workers for not testing enough and dragging its feet with its COVID-19 response. Refilwe Mekoa and Alicestine October investigate.

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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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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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COVID-19: Concerns mount over COVID-19 stigma in KZN

COVID-19: Concerns mount over COVID-19 stigma in KZN

As the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in KwaZulu-Natal increases, provincial health authorities, health practitioners and public health activists urge residents to avoid the spread of misinformation fuelling stigma around COVID-19. Nomfundo Xolo investigates.

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COVID-19: Interview with Free State Health MEC on testing, quarantine and more

COVID-19: Interview with Free State Health MEC on testing, quarantine and more

By Tuesday 19 May the Free State has conducted 19 834 COVID-19 tests. The province recorded 165 confirmed cases, 118 recoveries and six deaths. Spotlight spoke to MEC for Health Montseng Tsiu and Head of the Free State Health Department Dr David Motau about the province’s COVID-19-response.

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COVID-19: Lockdown takes heavy toll on SA’s TB response

COVID-19: Lockdown takes heavy toll on SA’s TB response

Tuberculosis (TB) testing rates are down by almost half and dramatically fewer TB patients are starting treatment. Kathryn Cleary takes an in-depth look at the impact of COVID-19 and the lockdown on TB services in South Africa.

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