South Africa is poised to start benefiting from a plethora of healthcare technologies that could dramatically improve patient care at a lower cost, boost preventative healthcare, and take the best medical practitioners virtually to the most underserved regions of the country. However, exciting new developments in healthcare technology could also...
South African health insurer Discovery is making COVID-19 vaccinations mandatory for all staff from the beginning of next year, following the lead of several major global companies, from banks to airlines, in insisting on inoculation of employees. Lenders CitiGroup and Deutsche Bank have both announced plans to make vaccines compulsory...
While over 12-million South Africans have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, rollout in the country has been slow. Currently, Media24 reports that the South African government is debating whether or not the jabs will be made mandatory for SA citizens. While these discussions occur, recently appointed...
Across Africa, there has been an exponential rise in the number of people engaging with digital health services through their smartphones, creating a vast potential for countries to deliver access to healthcare digitally. This was a key finding of Vodacom’s e-health policy paper released Tuesday as part of the Africa.connected...
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued full approval for the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, its very first full approval for any SARS-CoV-2 vaccine. Following the approval, the Pfizer jab will now be marketed as "Comirnaty", a two-dose inoculation for the prevention of COVID-19 disease in individuals 16...
All South Africans aged 18 years and older will be eligible to get their COVID-19 vaccinations from Friday, 20 August. eNCA broadcaster Heidi Giokos broke the news on Twitter. https://twitter.com/HeidiGiokos/status/1428303341529010176 The announcement was made by the SA's Cabinet today, stating that it fits into part of the current plans to increase the...
As many as four out of five South Africans may have already contracted the novel coronavirus, a statistic that could indicate that the country is one of the hardest hit by the disease in the world, according to Emile Stipp, the chief actuary of healthcare insurance provider Discovery. The 80%...
The government of South Africa is reportedly in considerations to open COVID-19 vaccinations to all adults over 18 by the end of the week, just over a week earlier than the planned 1 September date. Final decisions on this matter, will however still be subject to Cabinet approval. This comes from...
The University of Glasgow has been working with the Vector Control Division of the Uganda Ministry of Health - collaborating for several years on new ways to achieve vital recommendations from the World Health Organisation (WHO) outlined in a 2018 report on controlling malaria, which highlighted a need for...
South Africans aged between 18 - 34 were previously informed that they could only register for their COVID-19 jabs in September, however now it seems that under 35s are managing to register for vaccinations through healthcare insurance provider Discovery. https://twitter.com/TranquilBigfoot/status/1423575923635462144 The Discovery platform is free and open for all South Africans,...
Kenya will require all government employees to receive at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine before 23 August or face disciplinary action, according to the head of the East African country's public service, Joseph Kinyua. According to a letter, varified by Bloomberg, sent by Kinyua to senior state officials,...
Nigeria has received 4-million doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine from the US as the most populous country in Africa ramps up efforts to battle a rising third wave of infections. UNICEF officials received the vaccines, which arrived on two separate aeroplanes on Sunday, on behalf of Nigeria at the...
It may sound counterintuitive but one of the major challenges governments across the globe faced at the height of the coronavirus pandemic was actually keeping people away from hospitals. In part, because of an inability to scale up human labour and resources fast enough to meet increased demand and also...
The Onderstepoort Veterinary Academic Hospital (OVAH) of the University of Pretoria’s (UP) Faculty of Veterinary Science has acquired its first magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanner. This means that the hospital now no longer has to make special arrangements with human hospitals to perform MRI scans. “In South Africa, the use...
According to President Cyril Ramaphosa, South Africa's vaccine rollout will open for people aged 18 to 34 from 1 September 2021. People in the age range wanting to be vaccinated can register then. Speaking during an address to the nation on Sunday, Ramaphosa also said that vaccine sites will be...
Pharmaceutical heavyweights Pfizer and BioNTech have agreed to partner with South Africa's Biovac Institute to produce their COVID-19 vaccines at a facility in Cape Town. First announced on Wednesday, this deal will see more than 100-million doses of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccines produced annually to be distributed to African nations. Biovac had...
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