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Judge Dikgang Moseneke on #LifeEsidimeni : ‘Government violated the Constitution’

The arbitration ruling specifies that both Constitutional and general damages have to be paid.

The Gauteng government has been ordered to pay each of the 135 Life Esidimeni claimants R1-million in Constitutional damages……….
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Watch as #LifeEsidimeni families are awarded settlements

Catch every moment as Life Esidimeni families are told how much money they will get for the loss of their loved ones.

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A pregnant mother, who lost her baby, has described to Eyewitness News her traumatic experience of waiting three days before the fetus could be removed, apparently because of a high demand for cesarean operations at the Rahima Moosa Mother and Child Hospital in Johannesburg.

Regina Ndahamana arrived with a referral letter at the hospital last Wednesday and was told the baby’s heart was no longer beating.

The Health Department’s Hennie Lombar, who works at the hospital, says there was a high number of emergency C-sections which resulted in the delay but that at no point was the woman’s life in danger.

“On Monday, I noticed the baby kicking, like she wanted to come out.”

Ndahamana sobbed as she told EWN that a week ago her baby was still alive but on Tuesday she started experiencing cramps and was told her baby had died.

Walking around the hospital with her visibly large baby bump, her husband Hussein Ramadhani spoke of how the fetus was only removed three days later on Friday night.

“Imagine for three days, if somebody knows that already you’ve lost your baby, take it out.”

Ramadhani, a Burundi national, slept in his car outside the hospital not leaving her side.


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TB is still the top cause of mortality in South Africa

Unemployed, a single mother of two small children, aged 6 and 10 years, and not feeling well – coughing for some time with chest pain – forced Ms P.M. to seek help at the nearest public clinic in Tshwane. Despite telling symptoms and another visit to the clinic with an additional tell-tale complaint – significant weight loss (4kg) since the first visit – it was not until 6 weeks later, and a hospital admission when eventually sputum was collected to initiate investigation for Tuberculosis (TB). Finally, Ms P.M. was diagnosed with and put on TB treatment. In the meantime, she was coughing her heart out at home and spreading the TB bacilli in the air of their small dwelling thereby exposing her two children to this million-year-old bacillus that is spread by airborne route.

TB, a fully treatable disease, is still the top cause of mortality in South Africa. It ranks amongst the top ten TB burden countries – after India, Indonesia, China, Nigeria and Pakistan. South Africa notified a total of 244 053 TB cases in 2016, but WHO Global TB Report 2017 estimates are calculated at 438 000 cases. Taking these estimates into account, there should be at least another 90 000 (range approx.60 000-190 000) undiagnosed TB patients “out there” not being identified, incorrectly diagnosed as a pneumonia, flu, etc., not being investigated despite tell-tale symptoms or stigma-related factors influencing both health care worker as well as patient behaviour, patients not accessing health care services because of time constraints and/or poor services, transport problems or other factors. TB has been named by some as one of the “scarlet pimpernel” diseases, (together with malaria, because of it being here, there, everywhere and its difficulty in diagnosis). Clinicians need to have a high index of suspicion and tenacity to point them in the direction of TB. Symptoms can be misleading, vague and general for a long time, but with a history of cough and weight loss, the diagnosis becomes easier. Testing sputum for TB, is not the end of the journey. Once treatment is started, it is very important to complete the six-month course of daily pill taking to prevent relapse and drug resistance from developing.

World TB Day is celebrated yearly on the 24th March as it was the day that the scientist, Dr Robert Koch, who diagnosed the tuberculosis bacillus, presented his findings to the Berlin Physiological Society on 24th March 1882 – up to today, it is often referred to as the Koch-bacillus. World TB Day is there to raise awareness for, and create space and eliminate stigma for people with TB. Communities are still unfairly discriminating against people with TB as it was historically linked to poor social circumstances, poverty, overcrowding and emotional or physical stress. With the discovery of powerful antimicrobials in the early fifties and sixties, it seemed that the demise of tuberculosis was inevitable. Until the HIV virus changed the face of TB, together they became the terrible twin, causing havoc in people with a compromised immune system. It is only after the introduction of Anti-retroviral treatment, that TB numbers started to decline again. The theme for this year’s World TB Day is: Wanted: Leaders for a TB-free world. You can make history. End TB.

For the first time in history, assisting the international drive to find the missing cases and end TB, the general Assembly of the United Nations will have a dedicated session in September focussing on TB3. All high burden countries will have to make presentations. The hope is that South Africa will be able to identify at least 60 000 additional TB cases by then. As always, the challenge is making sure that all presumptive (with symptoms) TB patients are diagnosed and put on treatment at the first contact session with the health care provider.

In Buffalo City in the Eastern Cape, in a small study in 20 randomly selected clinics during March – December 2015, it was estimated that the health system missed 62.9-78.5% of TB patients attending primary health clinics for TB related symptoms, as in the case of Miss P.M. above.

Apart from missing and not diagnosing TB patients, the other dilemma is that private general practitioners, as a rule, do not treat TB. There is little if any communication and collaboration between the private sector and the public sector as far as TB is concerned. Often male patients, as breadwinners, cannot access health services at public clinics, due to ungainly long queues and poor services. They show up at private practitioners for their health related problems and are then referred back to public clinics for further management of TB, should the doctor suspect that the patient might have TB.

Mr J M. a 36-year-old man, presented to a public clinic with a letter from his GP stating that he should be investigated for TB due to his symptoms. This request was flatly ignored. He left the clinic with a course of broad-spectrum antibiotics for a presumed pneumonia/bronchitis. A week later, and still not better, he returned to the clinic, was then referred to Mamelodi Hospital where an X-ray and sputum investigation confirmed that he had TB. He was promptly started on treatment.

Unless we can address this seemingly lax attitude of health care workers, the fight to end TB is far from being won.

These are but a few of many similar stories and the reason why, South Africa is amongst the highest burden countries in the world in terms of the number of tuberculosis cases (prevalence and incidence). Although South Africa has made notable progress in combating TB (Roll-out of rapid diagnostics(GeneXpert), reducing TB-linked complications and deaths and improved treatment outcomes for new smear positive TB cases), the burden of TB remains enormous. TB is the leading cause of death in people living with HIV and is the leading natural cause of death in South Africa according to StatsSA.2 According to the WHO Global TB report 2017, 124 000 deaths (including those with HIV co-infection) were attributable to TB in South Africa in the year 2016.


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Annual Medical Aid Scheme claims expenditure far outstrips inflation by double

Annual medical scheme claims expenditure rose on average by 11.3% a year over the past decade, far faster than consumer price inflation, which increased on average by just 6.1%.

The Discovery Health Medical Scheme (DHMS) data came from its administrator, Discovery Health.

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Lyk van vermoorde pasiënt onder bed gevind by Stellenbosch Hosptiaal

’n Pasiënt van 41 jaar is in Stellenbosch se provinsiale hospitaal vermoor.

Die man is vermoedelik verwurg. Sy lyk is Woensdag omstreeks 01:25 onder ’n hospitaalbed gevind.

Die Wes-Kaapse departement van gesondheid het die voorval bevestig.

Die man se familie is van sy dood in kennis gestel. Die forensiese dienste sal ’n lykskouing doen om die oorsaak van sy dood te bepaal.

Lt.kol. André Traut van die polisie sê die saak word ondersoek. Niemand is nog in hegtenis geneem nie.

Dié hospitaal is in Merrimanlaan in die middel van die dorp by die Universiteit Stellenbosch se kampus geleë.


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Lyke hoop op na werknemers by staatslykhuise in Gauteng al weer staak

Lyke is weer besig om op te hoop nadat Gauteng se personeel by staatslykshuise hul skalpels en ander instrumente neergesit het.

Dit blyk dat personeel sonder enige formele kwalifikasies werk en dat hulle nou eis dat hul opgelei moet word om beter vergoeding te kry.

Die vraag is nou hoe werk personeel sonder enige formele kwalifikasies in ‘n lykshuis en watter pligte verrig hulle?

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VAT increase won’t impact on medical aid contributions

There has been much debate around the 1% value-added tax (VAT), its impact on consumers and just how this will affect the money left in their pockets at the end of the month.

With the revised general fuel levy, it’s clear that consumers will have to tighten their belts and adhere to stricter budgets.

The rising costs of healthcare

One area of concern is the cost of private medical aid and VAT. For years increasing healthcare inflation and economic pressures have been a challenge for the industry. “The reality is that when consumers are struggling, medical aid, which is essentially a grudge purchase, is often viewed as unaffordable,” says Gerhard van Emmenis, principal officer of Bonitas Medical Fund. “In addition healthcare costs are not regulated which is why it is crucial for medical aid schemes to continue to explore ways to contain costs without compromising the level of health care offered to members.”

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Members’ contributions

However, he says, because the 1% increase will not impact monthly contributions or annual benefits. “Many members are confused as to whether VAT is payable on medical aid contributions but let me reassure you it is not,” says Van Emmenis. “The VAT increase will have no effect on members directly and what they pay every month. Medical aid contributions for 2018 are already. So, while the increase in VAT may influence the price of services, it will not impact benefits.”

“If your plan covers you at 100% of a scheme’s rate, you are still covered at 100% of that rate, no matter what the cost to the scheme because the scheme will absorb the VAT when paying for member’s benefits. The only impact is when it comes to savings and day-to-day benefits with members having a 1% lower buying power.”

The Council for Medical Schemes

In fact, changing contributions in the middle of the year can only be done with the permission of the Council for Medical Schemes following a request from the trustees of the medical scheme. This is a rare occurrence and most schemes generally put through contribution increases in January each year.

The law

VAT is never the property of any private entity but belongs to the government. “We are therefore only vendors that collect the monies on their behalf. From April 1, we will increase the VAT to all providers of the scheme by 1%. However, although this will have a direct impact on the budget for 2018 it will be absorbed by operational surpluses and not passed on to members.’

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Tax credit

One positive announcement out of the budget speech regarding medical aid was around tax credits.

“Medical tax credits are effectively used as an ‘expense’ when calculating tax and reduces the amount of tax payable by a household belonging to a medical aid,” says Van Emmenis. ‘There are eight-million people who rely on these credits to make medical aid more affordable. Speculation was rife that the tax credit would be removed but it is a relief that private medical aid members have some reprieve.”

The bottom line: The 1% VAT increase and the additional 52 cents general fuel levy will have a knock-on effect for South African consumers, things will cost more. However, it will not affect monthly medical aid premiums or member benefits although it will have an indirect impact in terms of healthcare services being more expensive, which will reduce buying power.

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Old diseases making potential comebacks

These diseases were previously eradicated or made to cause fewer deaths, but are now threatening to make the comeback of the century.

It was not long ago that having something as simple as a common cold was a life-threatening condition.

With the advancement of medicine and technology, many of these ailments were mostly eradicated around the world. Diseases such as polio, measles and smallpox, which previously affected all regions, now affect only a few, usually economically challenged, countries.

However, with great knowledge comes inevitable counter-arguments. And usually this is a good thing. But not in the case of life-threatening diseases.

Many parents around the world have opted not to vaccinate their children at birth, resulting in ancient conditions seeping back in to society. Only this time, it catches everyone off guard, as it is assumed that most people were vaccinated. It inevitably spreads and, once again, threatens millions of lives.

This is not the only reason why diseases make a comeback. The World Health Organisation (WHO) explains that natural disasters increase the likelihood of disease outbreaks. And unfortunately, developing countries, especially those that are densely populated, are the most vulnerable.

We outline eight diseases that posed serious threats to human life, and how they have begun to creep back into society.

Old diseases making potential comebacks
1918 to 1920 saw the deadliest bout of influenza (flu) in the history of the disease. The outbreak was named one of the deadliest natural disasters in history, with a total of 500 million infections worldwide.

Seasonal flu continues to affect countless regions, and is the one disease that consistently affects all regions, regardless of location or economic standing, as it is so infectious. It seems that this is one disease humans may not ever completely be able to shake.

A flu vaccine is recommended, although not guaranteed, to reduce infection.

War-torn regions such as Yemen are still struggling with vicious cholera outbreaks. In April 2017, it was reported by Healthmap that more than 350 000 cases of cholera were recorded, with an average of 5 000 new cases every day. Lack of sanitation is a breeding ground for the spread of cholera, which is contracted as a result of contaminated food or drinking water.

The WHO reported in 2016 that over 54% of cholera outbreaks occur in African countries, with approximately 663 million people using unsanitary drinking water worldwide.

The organisation emphasises a multidisciplinary approach to eradicate the waterborne disease, the most vital of which being to provide as many people with safe, clean drinking water as possible.

The ancient sexually transmitted disease (STD) is increasing, especially in the US. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that syphilis cases increased 18% between 2015 and 2016.

Syphilis can be prevented by not engaging in any sexual intercourse. However, a more realistic way of reducing your risk is by having protected sex. Many who are infected do not show symptoms for years. It can be cured with medicine prescribed by a healthcare professional, but one can be reinfected.

The first documented case of listeriosis was in 1924. The bacteria was common in animals, and has only affected humans recently. The bacteria is as a result of food-borne bacteria, most common in dairy products, processed meats, poultry, fruits and vegetables and smoked fish. Listeria can spread even if food is refrigerated.

There is no current vaccine. Listeriosis can be prevented by avoiding foods flagged as carriers of Listeria, and by sterilising food surfaces.

If diagnosed, the incubation period could last up to 90 days, the WHO reveals. Complications associated with Listeriosis, including contracting meningitis or developing septicaemia, are responsible for the high mortality rate of this preventable disease.

South Africa has been experiencing a large outbreak of listeriosis since December last year. It is still unclear what food sources could be responsible.

The WHO observed a four-fold increase in measles cases in Europe alone in 2017, when compared to measles cases of the previous year. The WHO’s findings also indicate that measles outbreaks affect 1 in 4 European countries. More than 20 000 cases of measles were reported last year, which the WHO deems as an avoidable tragedy if vaccinations are provided.

Measles requires a baseline vaccination. Children under the age of 15 years are the most affected.

Yellow fever
34 confirmed deaths related to yellow fever have occurred in Brazil alone, from July 2017 to January this year. This may not seem like a large number, but is still cause for concern. More than 100 cases are currently being investigated, to curb any chance of an outbreak.

To illustrate how quickly an epidemic can spread, 962 confirmed cases of yellow fever occurred in the Democratic Republic of the Congo in 2016 as a result of an outbreak in Angola at the end of 2015. The WHO immediately scheduled vaccines for the area.

Vaccination is recommended as a preventative measure, and those travelling to yellow fever-prone areas must be sure to receive the vaccine.

Bubonic and pneumonic plague
Madagascar terrified the world with a confirmed bubonic plague outbreak last year. The WHO recorded a total of 2 348 cases and 202 deaths. In addition, there were 1 791 cases of pneumonic plague.

Although the WHO did well to provide treatment and antibiotics to curb the spread of the plague, South Africa, along with Comoros, Ethiopia, Kenya, Mauritius, Mozambique, La Réunion and Tanzania have all been flagged as countries required to possess a plague preparedness strategy.

No new cases of the bubonic plague have been confirmed since November last year.

This disease wreaked havoc in many parts of the world in the 1940s and 1950s, owing to its infectious nature. Polio can cause total paralysis in hours, with the disease invading the nervous system.

Since 1988, the WHO reports that cases of polio have decreased by 99% since 1988. This is mostly as a result of polio vaccines, the only known preventative measure against the disease.

Regions most affected by polio outbreaks to date are Nigeria, Afghanistan and Pakistan, all of which have experienced dismal strategies to try and eradicate the disease.

“Failure to stop polio in these remaining areas could result in as many as 200 000 new cases every year, within 10 years, all over the world,” the WHO explains. It is imperative that all children receive vaccinations for polio to prevent a potentially fatal outbreak.

By: Times Live

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