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With healthcare costs growing at around 10% - levels well-beyond inflation - and with most medical schemes announcing annual plan increases of between 8-9% for 2020, South African medical scheme consumers are left with little choice but to buy down on their medical scheme benefit options in a bid to…
Sham Moodley is a community pharmacist based in the Durban South Basin area, and he also serves as a Director in the Care Group of Pharmacists. Sham is deeply rooted in his community, and his passion and determination to give back shows. From helping and supporting a student to fulfill her study…
Wednesday, 01 April 2020 10:33

Risk, Resilience and COVID-19

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Opinion by Vanessa Thurlwell of Mondial Risk and Business Consultants and Craig Kent, Head of Risk Management at Aon South Africa.   South Africa made it to 5 March 2020 before our first official confirmed case of COVID-19 was announced by Health Minister, Zweli Mkhize.   The case load is now rapidly…
Stoltz One, a Cape Town-based company, has announced that it has been granted a permit to operate during South Africa’s 21-day national lockdown in a bid to supply the essential services sector with personal protective equipment (PPE), which is in high demand around the world. South Africa’s latest coronavirus figures…
Preparing now to flatten the curve Whilst many individuals, companies and manufacturers initially stocked up on disinfectants and sanitisers at the start of this worldwide pandemic, did they foresee just how long these stocks would last? We’re already seeing many countries stopping exports of raw materials and ingredients needed to…
Dudu Ndlovu is a registered nurse at Port Shepstone Regional Hospital in KwaZulu-Natal. She works predominantly in the Thuthuzela Care Centre unit of the hospital which deals with cases of rape victims. Dudu is known for her kindness, passion and dedication to spreading awareness around reporting rapes, particularly to the youth and…
Pharmacist Ilse Morkel From arranging fun runs for charity to driving clients to hospital, meet the pharmacist who is changing lives in the Athlone community. Ilse Morkel is a pharmacist at Braude's Pharmacy in Athlone. She is known for her kindness, compassion and for always going the extra mile for her clients.…
Tuesday, 17 March 2020 10:40

SABRIC: Beware Coronavirus Scams

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SABRIC, the South African Banking Risk Information Centre, would like to warn bank clients that cybercriminals are exploiting the spread of Coronavirus for their own gain using “Coronamania” panic to spread Coronavirus scams. Coronavirus scams exploit people’s concerns for their health and safety and pressure them into being tricked using…
Pharmacist Philip Jordaan saw the need and potential of bringing pharmacies to the townships and rural areas to help people get better and convenient access to medical assistance. This inspired him to branch out on his own and kick start the pilot pharmacy Kgubetswana just outside of Clarens, in the Free State.…
Blood in the urine and chronic back pain may indicate kidney stones or a tumour and anyone experiencing these symptoms should immediately consult a urologist. Dr Laurie Blake from The Urology Hospital, Pretoria, says in about a third of cases of blood in urine the reasons may be due to…
Doctor Liana Roodt found her calling in changing the lives of breast cancer patients. After witnessing the saddening, stretched out and complicated hoops cancer patients in the public health sector had to jump through for treatment, Dr Roodt felt that something needed to be done to help these patients. This is…
The Coronavirus (CoViD-19) has received global attention, and various stakeholders in the healthcare value chain are mobilizing their resources, placing considerable efforts to control spread and find a solution quickly. Many digital initiatives (e.g., tracking applications) were launched since Jan 2020; however, unfortunately, no application provides tips for consistent prevention…

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