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Contractors delay reopening of KwaMhlanga mortuary

January 18th, 2019       OurHealth  

Workers at the KwaMhlanga Forensic Pathology Services Centre in Mpumalanga are unhappy with their poor working conditions. Balise Mabona writes that the National Education, Health and Allied Workers Union (Nehawu) wants renovations to the pathology facility to be completed so it can re-open after it was closed down for failing to comply with infrastructural requirements.

“Get on with it”, labour, the church and TAC tell Government

September 21, 2001
HIV and AIDS  

COSATU, the Anglican and Catholic churhes and the Treatment Campaign have joined forces, determined to pressurise Government into increasing its budget to allow for AIDS drugs. The groups also called on Government to declare a national emergency and to “get on with it”, steering clear of controversy

SA med schools commit to places for SADC students

September 20, 2001
Policy and Legislation  

South African medical schools will from next year admit 100 students from regions in the Southern African Development Community (SADC).

Med Schools welcome community service for other health professions

September 20, 2001
Policy and Legislation  

Medical schools have welcomed a move by the health department to introduce community service for a further seven health professions, the majority by 2003.

SA cannot afford anti-retrovirals now – Health minister

September 14, 2001
HIV Treatment  

South Africa’s Health minister Dr Manto Tshabalala-Msimang has made it clear that her budget does not allow for anti-retroviral treatment, but she has recommitted herself to treating opportunistic infections, boosting people’s immune systems and addressing nutrition as a matter or urgency. She also refuted reports that Government was de-emphasising spend on HIV/AIDS.

Decisive measures to control TB and Malaria

September 14, 2001
Tuberculosis (TB)  

South African health minister Dr Manto Tshabalala-Msimang has recommitted herself to fighting TB and Malaria. She has ordered a forensic audit of the SA National TB Association and expanded the use of DDT to control Malaria in Mpumalanga and the Northern Province.

Mental Health Bill enacted by December

September 14, 2001
Mental Health  

Several pieces of legislation are expected to come before Parliament before the end of the year. The health minister describes the Mental Health Care Bill as one of the most interesting pieces of legislation while the crucial National Health Bill will not be tabled this year following Constitutional hitches.

Children ask simply for the basics
Living with AIDS – Programme 47

September 14, 2001
HIV and AIDS  

The death of parents due to HIV/AIDS is leaving a growing number of children vulnerable and in need of care. The more fortunate are taken in by grandparents or other relatives, but this does not protect them from the a life of poverty where food and clothing is scarce and often they are turned away […]