Only one doctor is available for every 1,250 patients in South Africa, across its vast expanse, with an urgent need to increase its cohort of specialists. This shortage of medical professionals costs the country in terms of the negative impact on people’s health and the increased price of healthcare provision...
Copper Fresh, a Johannesburg-based company has innovated a new solution to possibly curb the spread of COVID-19 through its pink face masks. The company says it is making one of Africa’s first face masks capable of self-sanitising and killing the SARS-CoV-2 virus, the virus that causes the COVID-19 disease, just...
The Pasteur Institute in Senegal is set to produce rapid antigen tests for diagnosing SARS-CoV-2 in patients from early 2022 with the help of a new tech transfer partnership with two international biotech companies. The Institute, based in Dakar, will partner with Bionote, a South Korean firm that provides diagnostic...
The COVID-19 vaccine rollout campaign has been ramping up across South Africa, and the rest of the continent at large. In the last 24 hours over a million people have registered for the vaccination in SA since the 35 and above age group was permitted to, according to acting Health...
The World Health Organization (WHO)'s Africa director has warned that South Africa should prepare itself for a significant surge in COVID-19 cases after days of widespread rioting and looting in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng, two of the most populous provinces in the country. Since the weekend of 10 July and the...
The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has added a new warning to the COVID-19 vaccine produced by Johnson & Johnson after receiving new reports that a very rare, but dangerous neurological reaction can occur. With this, the South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA) has noted the recent...
There was a time when no one worried about medical insurance or a health care policy, but today, they are as indispensable as it gets. The significant rise in life-threatening diseases and the ongoing coronavirus pandemic have made it evident that life is getting more unpredictable and uncertain with each...
South African President Cyril Ramaphosa announced on Sunday that a new "historic agreement" will see the rate of delivery of the Johnson & Johnson vaccines to South Africa and the rest of the continent increased significantly. The US-based pharmaceutical powerhouse has also committed to allowing South Africa to manufacture its...
New research released on Wednesday is the latest to indicate that people infected with COVID-19 can continue to experience lingering effects of the illness after recovering and becoming uninfectious. This latest study, based on data collected from the Fitbits of hundreds of users, found that it takes around two to...
The COVID-19 vaccine rollout in South Africa is extending to younger age groups, according to Acting Health Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane, who made the announcement during a media briefing today. Vaccine registrations for people between the ages of 35 - 49 will officially open on 15 July 2021, with the Department...
The South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA) has authorised the administering of the Chinese-manufactured Sinovac vaccine to South Africans under "certain conditions". One of these conditions from SAHPRA includes the periodic submission of safety data. Previously, the South African health products authority said that it would need to be guided...
The Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Pretoria (UP) and Steve Biko Academic Hospital have welcomed "Stevie", a mobile robot that will help improve the treatment of patients during the COVID-19 pandemic. This will be done through instant live discussion and communication daily between German and South African...
The healthcare industry has been one of the greatest beneficiaries of digital transformation in the last 12 months. Essential remote care services, critical real-time hyper-localised data in tracking pandemic trends, and the rapid rollout of a worldwide vaccine have been facilitated by digitalization. This growing reliance on digital operations brings with...
Johnson & Johnson has said that its single-shot COVID-19 vaccine neutralises "the fast-spreading COVID-19 Delta variant" that is currently wreaking havoc in South Africa. The company has also said that the vaccine provides broad, durable protection against infection from the virus. The Big Pharma power said in a statement on...
The highly contagious COVID-19 Delta variant that is currently causing a massive third wave of infections in South Africa may cause the fourth wave of infections in Kenya over the next two months. This is according to Kenya's Health Ministry. First identified in India and the cause of significant desolation...
Last night, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa announced new, increased lockdown restrictions in an attempt to curb the spread of a new COVID-19 variant in the country that has been detected in five provinces. Ramaphosa announced that South Africa's alert level would rise to Adjusted Level 4. New restrictions include...
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