OPINION: The Eastern Cape health crisis is nothing new

OPINION: The Eastern Cape health crisis is nothing new

The healthcare system in the Eastern Cape has been on the brink of collapse for over a decade but the health department has failed to act, writes Nontsikelelo Mpulo.

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COVID-19: What the pandemic is like for older persons living in poor communities

COVID-19: What the pandemic is like for older persons living in poor communities

Already at an increased risk of serious COVID-19 illness, older persons in poor communities face an additional set of difficulties in staying safe and healthy. Siyabonga Kamnqa spoke to older people, experts, civil society organisations and government authorities on what can be done to protect older people.

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COVID-19: How PE waste pickers navigate lockdown and hunger

COVID-19: How PE waste pickers navigate lockdown and hunger

Hundreds of people daily search for recyclable materials to sell and food to eat at Arlington and Uitenhage waste disposal sites in Port Elizabeth. Luvuyo Mehlwana spoke to waste pickers about their fears of contracting COVID-19 from waste and to experts about the risks of this happening.

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COVID-19: Palliative care needed now more than ever

COVID-19: Palliative care needed now more than ever

As COVID-19 infections and deaths increase in South Africa, the need for palliative care has become more apparent. Tiyese Jeranji spoke to palliative care specialists and a family about the challenges they face in accessing and providing palliative care services during the pandemic.

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COVID-19: Seven lessons from the Western Cape

COVID-19: Seven lessons from the Western Cape

The COVID-19 epidemic in the Western Cape is at least a few weeks ahead of that in South Africa’s other provinces. Some leading doctors in the province have shared some key lessons learned in recent months.

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COVID-19: Healthcare worker unions explain their concerns

COVID-19: Healthcare worker unions explain their concerns

As South Africa’s COVID-19 numbers continues to rise, long-simmering healthcare worker complaints are boiling over. Tiyese Jeranji spoke to trade union representatives from Hospersa, Denosa, Nehawu and YNITU about salary disputes, staff shortages, healthcare workers safety, psychological strain, and access to personal protective equipment.

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#Whatitslike: Heading up Charlotte Maxeke’s Emergency Department in the time of COVID-19

#Whatitslike: Heading up Charlotte Maxeke’s Emergency Department in the time of COVID-19

Professor Feroza Motara remembers how she felt when the Minister of Health announced in February that the hospital where she works would become a designated COVID-19 hospital. Melissa Javan interviewed her about life and work on the frontlines of South Africa’s COVID-19 response.

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COVID-19: Views from healthcare workers as two Netcare hospitals reopen

COVID-19: Views from healthcare workers as two Netcare hospitals reopen

The two Netcare private hospitals in KwaZulu-Natal hardest hit by COVID-19 outbreaks, reopened this week with lessons that there’s no room to drop the ball when it comes to infection control. UFRIEDA HO reports.

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COVID-19: Concerns mount over plans to protect prisoners

COVID-19: Concerns mount over plans to protect prisoners

Despite measures implemented by the Department of Justice and Correctional Services to protect inmates since the start of the COVID-19 outbreak, there are concerns among some civil society organisations and legal experts about the adequacy of these measures, writes Elri Voigt.

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COVID-19: Discontent among CHWs on the frontlines

COVID-19: Discontent among CHWs on the frontlines

In South Africa’s war against COVID-19 community healthcare workers are foot soldiers on the frontlines. Spotlight spoke to CHWs from across the country about their concerns regarding a lack of protective equipment and job security.

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