Category Archives: Hospitals

World Health Organization

WHO condemns massive attacks on five hospitals in Syria

WHO condemns the attacks on five hospitals that took place in Syria on 13–15 November 2016, including three hospitals in Western Rural Aleppo and two hospitals in Idleb. At least two people were reportedly killed as a result of the attacks and 19 people were wounded, including six medical staff. Shockingly, such attacks on health in Syria are increasing in both frequency and scale. Throughout 2016, WHO and partners have documented 126 such attacks across the country. One of the damaged facilities in Western Rural…

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WHO condemns attack on Jableh hospital in Syria

WHO condemns the bombing of the the Jableh National Hospital hospital in Latakia province in Syria. Over 40 patients and accompanying family members were killed and 35 injured An emergency doctor and two nurses also died in the explosion while 11 other health workers have been wounded. Due to the damage, the hospital is currently not functional and patients have been transferred to neighbouring hospitals. Two additional explosions were reported in congested public places in Jableh bringing the total of casualties to 120 deaths and…

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Humanitarian sign of hope 5 years into the Syrian conflict: WHO increases its response to reach more people

5 years since the conflict began in Syria, millions of people across the country continue to suffer from limited access to basic medical care services because of ongoing conflict and a deteriorating health system. Over 11 million people are in need of health assistance that many hospitals and primary health clinics are unable to adequately provide. More than 4.8 million people have taken refuge in neighbouring countries and beyond. In the past week, however, after a fragile cessation of hostilities, access has slightly improved permitting…

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IFP

Hospital Demands Letter From Clinic Before Treating Sick Baby

The Inkatha Freedom Party is shocked that a nurse at the King Edward VIII Hospital in Durban insisted that a mother produce a letter from a clinic before her baby could be treated. “Mrs Jabulile Dlamini had gone to the hospital at 11pm on Monday night with her 4year old baby who was suffering from diarrhoea and was vomiting. This morning the mother was told by Sister Twala to join the queue again and that she must have a referral letter from a clinic before…

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IFP

Seven Thousand Rand Gets You Employed At Empangeni Provincial Hospital

The IFP calls on the KZN MEC of Health, Dr Sbongiseni Dhlomo to urgently institute an investigation into alleged claims of corruption at Empangeni Provincial Hospital where it is reported that people are asked to pay bribes in order to get jobs. “I have been alerted by concerned community members who worked as volunteers for two years in this hospital and when the posts were advertised they were told to pay R7000 in order to be employed. They say because they failed to pay the…

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Concerned About The Shortage Of Essential Medication In KZN Hospital

08 October 2015 The IFP calls on the KZN MEC of Health, Dr S’bongiseni Dhlomo to urgently investigate the dire shortage of essential drugs like anti-dog bite vaccines at Eshowe Provincial Hospital in KZN. “One of the patients, Seluleko Biyela had a dog bite recently then when he was taken to Eshowe Provincial Hospital he was told that there are no anti-dog bite vaccine. When I contacted the Matron at the hospital she told me that such vaccines are out stock and they will try…

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IFP

Violent Medical Practioner In Bara Hospital Must Be Fired

The IFP calls for the urgent suspension of a doctor who is accused of beating up a mentally ill teenager at Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital. “It is shocking that more than a month after the doctor had beaten up the patient no action has been taken against this medical practitioner. By dragging its feet in pursuing this matter urgently makes us believe that the hospital management is trying to protect the accused. If they are serious about taking care of patients they should have finalised…

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IFP

IFP: TASK TEAM ON PUBLIC HOSPITALS NEEDED

The IFP in KwaZulu-Natal demands that the MEC of Health, Dr Sibongiseni Dhlomo urgently appoint a task team of senior health officials to assess the state of provincial hospitals and clinics. “We have raised many concerns about the state of health care especially in hospitals such as Mbongolwane, Addington and Hlabisa. These are just some examples of hospitals where health care services are far below the desired standards. After the IFP exposed the recent problems at Hlabisa Hospital, the MEC acted and we are thankful…

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IFP: IMPROVED SECURITY FOR PUBLIC HOSPITALS NEEDED

The IFP in KwaZulu-Natal calls on the Department of Health to develop a “fool proof” protocol aimed at safety and security in public hospitals. “Today I conducted an oversight visit at Inkosi Albert Luthuli Hospital in Durban where I was shocked to find out that security guards stationed at the entrance only search cars when they leave the hospital and not when they enter the premises. My car was not searched on entering. This creates an opening for dangerous weapons to be brought into the…

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Horrific crash in Swellendam claims eight lives

Gauteng healthcare facilities warned to shape up

Pretoria – Gauteng’s public healthcare institutions have been warned to shape up or face the wrath of authorities. This came after Gauteng Premier David Makhura paid a surprise visit to Sebokeng regional hospital in the Vaal on Monday. Upon inspecting the facility, Premier Makhura said the hospital was in need of an overhaul. “The hospital has very old infrastructure, staffing backlogs and the filing system needs to be upgraded. The hospital services about 500 000 residents from Emfuleni, Sedibeng, Orange Farm, Heidelberg with patients coming…

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Horrific crash in Swellendam claims eight lives

Opening of two hospitals an important milestone

Pretoria – The official opening of the Dr Harry Surtie Hospital in the Northern Cape and the Natalspruit Hospital in Gauteng are an important milestone in the country’s infrastructure plans. Briefing media in Cape Town on Thursday, following Cabinet’s ordinary meeting, Minister in the Presidency responsible for Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation, Jeff Radebe, said Cabinet had welcomed the official opening of the R1 billion Dr Harry Surtie Hospital by President Jacob Zuma on 2 September. This was four days after the Minister of Health Dr…

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Horrific crash in Swellendam claims eight lives

R1,7 Billion Rand Hospital the future of Gauteng Health

Johannesburg – The new Natalspruit Hospital, which recently opened its doors, is set to be the future of Gauteng health. The hospital, which cost R1.7 billion to construct in a period of eight years, is furnished with 821 beds and spans an area of over 7 000m2. It offers services such as family medicine, 24-hour casualty, medico-legal, obstetrics and gynaecological, mortuary, radiography, and an eye nose and throat clinic. It will take referrals from clinics, community health care centres and district hospitals, serving Thokoza, Vosloorus,…

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Ebola Virus in semen of men who have recovered from Ebola Virus Disease

Ebola declared International Emergency

The World Health Origanisation has declared Ebola a public health emergency of International concern.  This is the entire release from the WHO: Epidemiology and surveillance Between 5 and 6 August 2014, a total of 68 new cases of Ebola virus disease (laboratory-confirmed, probable, and suspect cases) as well as 29 deaths were reported from Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, and Sierra Leone. Health sector response On Wednesday, 6 August and Thursday, 7 August, an Emergency Committee was held via teleconference to determine whether the current outbreak constitutes…

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Situation in Liberia: non-conventional interventions needed

Ebola in SA

Pretoria – The Department of Health has allayed fears of the Ebola outbreak moving to South Africa, assuring that the country is safe. Department spokesperson Joe Maila confirmed that no case of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) has been reported in the country since the outbreak was first reported in West Africa, on 23 March 2014. “We have very stringent rules and regulations at our ports of entry and therefore nobody will come into the country with Ebola because our screening process will be able…

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