St Barnabas Hospital goes extra miles to save COVID-19 patients

3 July 2020, 9:06 PM
While South Africa battles COVID-19, at the forefront of the war against the invisible enemy, are health workers. Among them, Dr Vusumzi Mehlo, a Clinical Manager at St Barnabas Hospital at Libode, in the Eastern Cape.
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Shortage of pathologists an inconvenience to families 24 July 2018, 8:57 PM

The shortage of pathologists in the country has left several distraught families stranded.

A person getting ebola vaccine.
DRC officially declares end to Ebola outbreak 24 July 2018, 4:29 PM

Democratic Republic of Congo on Tuesday officially declared the end of an outbreak of Ebola, bringing the curtain down on a 10-week re-emergence of the disease which claimed 33 lives.

Men should play more proactive role in curbing HIV infections: Sanac 24 July 2018, 11:43 AM

Sanac says It has also shown that men, contribute to the high number of HIV infections in young girls and women through the sugar daddy and blesser phenomena.

SA to save millions with new TB drug: Motsoaledi 24 July 2018, 6:19 AM

The Health Department recently announced that it would replace current injectable drugs with the new drug Bedaquiline which is more effective and has fewer side effects.

UNAids head in hot water over ‘disrespecting human rights’ 24 July 2018, 6:05 AM

Women's rights activists, mainly from South Africa have demonstrated during the opening of the 22nd International Aids Conference in Amsterdam in the Netherlands accusing UNAids director Michel Sidibe of disrespecting human rights.

Concerns over HIV resurgence dominates world AIDS conference 23 July 2018, 9:18 PM

Concerns over an HIV resurgence caused by strict drug laws fuelling an epidemic blamed on needle sharing dominated a world AIDS assembly that opened in Amsterdam Monday.

Chinese president calls latest pharma scare “vile” 23 July 2018, 3:57 PM

Chinese President Xi Jinping on Monday described a vaccine safety scandal as "vile" and "shocking" as police opened a criminal investigation into the firm responsible and its management.

In Mozambique, a joint fight against climate change and forest loss 23 July 2018, 7:47 AM

From a distance, the Gile National Reserve in northern Mozambique is a vast, dense ocean of green that reaches as far as the horizon.

Activists lash out at global response to TB 23 July 2018, 6:14 AM

Community activists have described efforts to fight TB globally as shameful. Governments, donors and civil society have all been criticised for not doing enough to prevent and fight tuberculosis.

Producing Marula wine, research in advanced stage 22 July 2018, 9:19 PM

Researchers at the University of Limpopo are at an advanced stage of producing marula wine as an alternative to grape wine.

Censors jump into action as China’s latest vaccine scandal ignites 22 July 2018, 3:44 PM

Chinese censors on Sunday deleted articles and postings about the vaccine industry as an online outcry over the country's latest vaccine scandal intensified.

W Cape stakeholders to meet next month over water crisis 22 July 2018, 12:05 PM

Various stakeholders in the management of Western Cape's water crisis will meet again next month to assess current water restrictions.

An elderly man testing eyes.
Elderly in Mpumalanga receive free medical care 21 July 2018, 4:27 PM

Over 1000 elderly people received free medical health care services in Mbombela, Mpumalanga on Saturday.

NASA prepares to fly probe into Sun’s scorching atmosphere 21 July 2018, 1:33 PM

The Parker Solar Probe, a robotic spacecraft the size of a small car, is slated to launch from Cape Canaveral in Florida to fly into the Sun’s corona.

Annual Wild Coast sardine run a gold mine: Environmentalist 21 July 2018, 6:54 AM

An environmentalist from Port St Johns has urged the Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism to utilise the earning potential of the ocean economy over the sardine sun period.

SA HIV/AIDS activists in high spirits ahead of International AIDS conference 20 July 2018, 9:15 PM

South African HIV/AIDS activists have started arriving in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, ahead of the 22nd International AIDS Conference.

Young girls with multiple partners on increase – Study 20 July 2018, 3:09 PM

The percentage of young girls between 14 and 24 years has increased from 2012 to 2017. This is according to a study by the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC). The study shows that in 2012, 8.2% of girls between the ages of 14 and 24 reported having multiple partners, the number grew to 9% in […]

WhatsApp curbs India service after lynchings 20 July 2018, 7:31 AM

WhatsApp announced curbs on its service in India on Friday in an effort to stop a spate of horrific lynchings and to assuage government threats of legal action in its biggest market.

Feeling the heat: Tokyo preps for sweltering Summer Olympics 20 July 2018, 6:00 AM

A heatwave in Japan that has killed more than a dozen people is reviving concerns about the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, which will be held during the country’s notoriously sweltering summer. While the Games have been held in places that are hotter or more humid than Tokyo, including Athens and Beijing, Japan’s sweaty summers offer both […]

New rapid TB test developed 19 July 2018, 7:18 PM

Researchers at the University of Cape Town have developed a landmark new rapid test which diagnoses various forms of Tuberculosis (TB) within hours.

Trump slams EU over $5 billion fine on Google 19 July 2018, 6:08 PM

US President Donald Trump on Thursday criticized the European Union and said the bloc was taking advantage of the United States, pointing to the record $5 billion fine European antitrust regulators imposed on Google. 

Facebook cracks down on bogus posts inciting violence 19 July 2018, 6:12 AM

Facebook on Wednesday built on its campaign to prevent the platform from being used to spread dangerous misinformation, saying it will remove bogus posts likely to spark violence.

Men with same-sex partners 28 times more likely to get HIV – U.N. 18 July 2018, 9:34 PM

Men with same-sex sexual partners are 28 times more likely to contract HIV than their heterosexual counterparts despite a radical reduction in new infections among gay men in Western countries.

Project Sunshine lighting the dark in townships 18 July 2018, 12:32 PM

In South Africa, it is common for communities living in impoverished settlements not to have direct access to electricity and water. The same applies to Roodplaat Plot 175 - on the other side of Pretoria in Gauteng. The Butterfly Foundation has since intervened in the area by installing solar lights

Capetonians warned of sewage spill at Clifton’s First Beach 18 July 2018, 12:30 PM

Capetonians and visitors to the Mother City have been advised to avoid Clifton's First Beach because of a sewage spill in the Atlantic ocean.

Celebrity cosmetic surgeon in Brazil vanishes after patient dies 18 July 2018, 6:45 AM

A Brazilian celebrity butt-enhancement surgeon called Dr. Bumbum has gone on the run following the death of a patient just hours after undergoing cosmetic surgery at his home in Rio de Janeiro.

Debt cripples Mpumalanga health sector 17 July 2018, 9:31 PM

An urgent intervention is needed to save Mpumalanga's ailing health sector. Debt from previous financial years has accrued to one billion rand.

Fight against HIV infections continues 17 July 2018, 5:32 PM

Preventing new HIV infections remains a big challenge in South Africa. However the country is doing well in providing HIV positive people with antiretroviral treament.

Operation #100 speeds up surgeries at Groote Schuur hospital 17 July 2018, 12:05 PM

Groote Schuur hospital in Cape Town has almost doubled the number of elective operations performed as part of Mandela Month.

New HIV infections lowest in 5 years 17 July 2018, 12:04 PM

Latest research shows that last year new HIV infections dropped to 230 000, however there is still a high HIV prevalence among young females compared to their male peers.