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NHI Bill: Two thirds of submissions warn against unconstitutionality

20 May 2022
Business Day reported (20 May 2022) that Members of Parliament’s Health Committee voted 7 – 4 in support of a motion of desirability of the NHI Bill, paving the way for them to begin clause-by-clause deliberations on its content. The motion was supported by the ANC and IFP, but not by the DA, EFF and FF+.
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Regulator’s stalling of plans blamed for ‘robbing millions of private healthcare’

20 May 2022

 

Up to 20-m South Africans from low-income households could afford basic private healthcare services if the Council for Medical Schemes (CMS) stopped stalling on plans for cheap, pared-down benefit options, according to Business Day (20 May 2022).


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'NHI gathers momentum'

19 May 2022
Although Parliament’s portfolio committee for health voted to implement the NHI, opposition political parties rejected the committee’s decision, saying the NHI will not address healthcare inequalities in its current form.
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Global smoking rates fall, but not for children and Africa

19 May 2022

 

A report from Vital Strategies and the Tobacconomics team at the University of Illinois at Chicago found that there was a decline in smoking rates from 22.6% of people in 2007 to 19.6% in 2019. 


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Aspen Pharmacare still waiting for an order

19 May 2022
Five months after starting production of Covid-19 vaccines under Johnson & Johnson’s name, Aspen Pharmacare hasn’t received a single order, according to Bloomberg News (18 May 2022).
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  'What the latest COVID stats can tell us - and what they can’t'

18 May 2022

According to calculations of the data journalism organisation, Media Hack, the peak of SA’s previous (fourth) wave was on December 17 with 20 791 new infections, reported Bhekisisa Centre for Health Journalism 18 May 2022).

But: Are the formulas we used to calculate the beginning of previous waves still relevant and can we trust the results?


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Breakthrough lung surgery in SA

18 May 2022
A team of cardiologists from Stellenbosch University (SU) and Tygerberg Hospital recently performed a new, minimally invasive surgical procedure known as balloon pulmonary angioplasty (BPA) on three patients, reported Cape Tomes (17 May 2022) 
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Vaccination + infection = better Covid immunity

17 May 2022

 

“People who are vaccinated and then get infected with Omicron may be primed to overcome a broad range of coronavirus variants, reported. Bloomberg News (16 May 2022). 


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Two years into the COVID disaster, where do we stand?

16 May 2022

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R8.8-bn donated to SA’s AIDS, TB and Malaria programmes

16 May 2022

 

Health-e News Service reported on 13 May that the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria has donated a R8.8-bn grant, running for three years, to SA to help eradicate these diseases. 


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President urges world to buy Africa’s jabs

15 May 2022

 

Pres Cyril Ramaphosa urged multilateral and philanthropic organisations at the second Global Covid-19 Summit to procure Covid-19 vaccines from African producers to ensure the continent retains its fledgling manufacturing capacity. 


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NHI the right thing, says Adrian Gore

15 May 2022
“While the ANC led government has been a vociferous supporter of the NHI, which it says is needed to create more equitable access to quality healthcare, critics argue SA cannot afford it given current fiscal debt and economic growth constraints,” reported Business Day (13 May 2022).
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Activists demands change in intellectual property laws

10 Nov 2021

 

Activists from Fix the Patent Laws Campaign (FTPL) urged government to change intellectual property laws to allow more people to access lifesaving medicine for serious ailments such as cancer, HIV, Covid, tuberculosis, mental health and diabetes.


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Vaccination slashes Covid deaths and ICU stays

10 Nov 2021
Bloomberg reported on 9th November that an Australian study found that people who are fully vaccinated are 16 times less likely to end up in intensive care wards or to die from Covid-19 than those who have not been immunised.
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COVID-19: The big wave is coming

09 Jun 2020

“It is only a matter of time before the rest of South Africa reaches the surge in COVID-19 coronavirus cases currently being experienced in the Western Cape, experts warn,” reported City Press (7 June 2020).


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