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Clinic Criticised After Babies’ Death

Itireleng Clinic in Soweto has allegedly led to the death of one baby born in the parking lot, another at the clinic’s gate and a third due to a malfunctioning oxygen machine.

These recent incidents among others have impelled the nursing union, Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa to call for the permanent closure of the clinic dubbed a ‘death trap.
 
The death of Friday, 30 May 2014, of a baby was the last straw for the fed-up union, which says that the clinic is not suitable to offer health services.

Zim Medical Consultation Fees Increase

The Zimbabwean government increases consultation fees for general practitioners by 100 percent, but massively slashed maternity fees for private hospitals.

Health and Child Care Minister, Dr David Parirenyatwa, states that the new fees would apply with immediate effect.

Initial consultation at a general practitioner's room increased from US$20 to US$35, while subsequent consultation at the rooms for the same illness will be US$30, up from US$15.

New District Hospital Opens in Soweto

Health Minister, Aaron Motsoaledi, has officially opened the R730-million, 300-bed Zola-Jabulani District Hospital in Soweto saying the new facility would help to ease the load on Soweto's Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital.

The new hospital will provide accident and emergency services, maternity and post-natal care, among other.

Speaking at the opening, Motsoaledi noted that Chris Hani Baragwanath has 2 888 beds, far above the World Health Organisation's recommendation, adding that a hospital with over 1 200 beds is difficult to manage.

Floods Compromise Service Delivery

Communities in Malawi risk losing their only health facility to floods, if nothing is done to protect it from flood water from the Nyankotola River.

Nsanje District Health Officer, Dr Medson Matchaya admitted that the problem has caused strain as during rainy seasons floods hit the health facility which affects the delivery of healthcare.

Alcohol Abuse Linked to Unemployment

World Health Organisation’s report (2011) estimates that South Africans consume an average of 9.46 litres of pure alcohol per adult every year, which is more than a third higher than the African regional average of 6.2 litres of pure alcohol.
 
According to a 2014 South African Medical Journal article, alcohol is the most abused drug in the country and alcohol abusers account for more than half of all patients being treated for substance addiction.
 

Philani Child Health and Nutrition Project: Assistant Coordinator

Philani Maternal, Child Health and Nutrition Project is a community-based child health and nutrition organisation operating in the informal settlements surrounding Cape Town and in the rural or Thambo district of the Eastern Cape. The Philani Mentor Mother Programme aims to prevent child malnutrition and attendant morbidity and mortality.

Philani Child Health and Nutrition Project: Monitoring and Evaluation Assistant

The Philani Child Health and Nutrition Project is a community-based NGO committed to the protection of the rights of every child to proper nutrition and healthcare in communities where malnourished children and destitute mothers are most vulnerable.

The Philani Maternal Health and Nutrition Project seeks to appoint an Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Assistant, based in Cape Town.

S/he is expected to be organized, motivated and a hands on individual.

Responsibilities:

​Commission Tackles High Price of Hospital Care

The Competition Commission’s healthcare market enquiry has convened a special session in Pretoria, at which stakeholders gave oral presentations in response to a report by the World Health Organisation (WHO).

The report concluded that the cost of hospital care in South Africa was high when measured against gross domestic product per capita and that the driving forces are in-house hospital and specialist fees.

Gender Advocacy Sessions Highlight Abuse by Nurses

People attending gender advocacy sessions in Mthatha, Eastern Cape, have described rudeness and verbal abuse by nurses when they visit local clinics as acts that humiliate them.

The sessions are hosted by the Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians sub-national branch in partnership with the O.R Tambo District Municipality.

O.R Tambo District health manager, Nomvume Ntshanga, says ill-discipline will not be tolerated at their health facilities.

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