As of March, the department has been experiencing challenges in the dispensing of, among others, medication to fight tuberculosis, schizophrenia and asthma.
Health Minister Zweli Mkhize is concerned about increasing allegations of healthcare workers contracting the virus in the line of duty, owing to a lack of, or poor quality, PPE.
While the hospital’s acting CEO was off sick for two weeks, the facility had been put up before she was ill.
She described how patients went for days sleeping on beds with stained linen or without it, as the laundry facility was overwhelmed at Mthatha General Hospital.
An investigation has been launched into Northdale hospital’s ‘makeshift’ Covid-19 parking lot ward.
The union questions why if PPE was available, it hasn’t been provided to workers who had been complaining about the lack of sufficient PPE in their workplaces.

Health Two suspended, acting CEO ‘redeployed’ after death in parking lot facility

KZN MEC for health Nomagugu Simelane-Zulu says urgent and decisive action is needed in such cases in order to send a strong message to managers who apparently abdicate their duties.

Health SA could see second virus surge, concern over health workers – Mkhize

The number of infected healthcare workers was 24 104, with 181 fatalities recorded as at 2 August.

Health Mahikeng medical depot staff stage ‘sit out’ over safety concerns

According to the provincial health department, the workers are raising concerns around safety in the workplace.

50% of Covid-19 deaths possibly not reported

Covid-19 50% of Covid-19 deaths possibly not reported

Recent evidence suggests that at least half the Covid-19 deaths in SA remain unreported, in contrast to suggestions that the mortality rate is stabilising and the number of active cases is going down.

Health Deputy public protector inspects ‘disturbing’ EC govt hospitals

Gcaleka said if she found there was indeed improper conduct, maladministration and gross violation of human rights at the hospitals, her office would intervene.

Covid-19 SA finalising R25m investment to boost pan-African vaccine manufacturing capabilities

The SA Medical Research Council and the department of science and innovation have provided R10 million funding for the first South African Covid-19 vaccine trial.

Covid-19: Virus forced us into long-overdue health sector revolution

Covid-19 Covid-19: Virus forced us into long-overdue health sector revolution

The pandemic may just have the tiniest of silver linings, in that it forced greater public private partnership, highlighted the under-investment in healthcare, and increased international collaborative efforts in treatment and research.

Panic as Mpumalanga nurses continue working while sick with Covid-19

Covid-19 Panic as Mpumalanga nurses continue working while sick with Covid-19

A clinic in the province had to be shut down after it emerged a nurse had been coming to work while positive, while nurses at another facility claim they have been forced to report to work, despite showing symptoms and awaiting their Covid-19 test results.

Looting leading to PPE shortages on frontline – Cosatu

Covid-19 Looting leading to PPE shortages on frontline – Cosatu

A fact-finding mission uncovered lack of adequate provision of PPE, chronic staff shortages, non-compliance with health and safety regulations, as well as victimisation of workers, in a dysfunctional district healthcare system.

Health Corruption poses a threat to proper medical care for patients – SA Medical Association

The association has urged all healthcare workers and administrators, who have evidence of wrongdoing, to come forward and report it.

Health Preliminary study indicates that HIV and TB have a modest effect on mortality in SA

The two scientists added that the preliminary results indicated that, of the group tested, 12% and 2% of Covid-19 deaths were attributable to HIV and TB respectively.

Covid-19 ‘forces rethink on healthcare insurance’

Health Covid-19 ‘forces rethink on healthcare insurance’

Corruption is a huge underlying factor which threatens any attempt to improve the health system, says researcher at Corruption Watch, Melusi Ncana.

Health Natural death stats troubling as Gauteng leads the way

In the period between 6 May to 14 July, there was an excess of 17,090 deaths from natural causes.

Health Research finds shocking examples of theft of funds in health sector

Corruption is literally killing people during the pandemic.

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