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Why the Eastern Cape health dept faces lawsuits totalling R3.1bn


So sick! The Eastern Cape health dept faces R3.1bn in medico-legal claims.

  • The Eastern Cape health department has been sued by different lawyers for a collective R3.1 billion for medical negligence. 
  • Legal claims are expected to rise to R4.4 billion by the year end, the department said.
  • Blame is centred on unscrupulous lawyers, who are colluding with “unethical and shameless” healthcare workers, to make a quick buck.

The Eastern Cape health department may have to pay R3.1 billion in lawsuits if it can’t defend itself against lawyers suing for medical negligence at public hospitals.

The astronomical figure was revealed by newly-appointed health MEC Nomakhosazana Meth, who added that the amount is expected to rise to R4.4 billion by the end of the year. 

Meth blamed the astronomical medico-legal claim bill on unscrupulous lawyers, who are colluding with “unethical and shameless” healthcare workers in the Eastern Cape, to milk the

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Western Cape health department to investigate allegations of vaccine queue jumping


Dr Jarrod Zamparini receives a vaccine.

  • The Western Cape Department of Health has been instructed to investigate
    cases of people posing as healthcare workers to receive vaccines.
  • This follows a report that family members of doctors were posing as
    healthcare workers or receiving vaccines even though they were only
    administrative staff.
  • As a security measure, the department is requesting everyone to produce
    proof that they are healthcare workers before being vaccinated.

The Western Cape Department of Health will be investigating allegations
that some people have skipped the queue for their Covid-19 vaccine, after
posing as healthcare workers.

According to a report by IOL, some doctors have allowed their
family members to pose as healthcare workers to fast track their vaccination.

The incidents reportedly occurred at Groote Schuur Hospital, with some
people presenting fake documentation, or only working in administrative roles.

Western Cape Premier Alan Winde said he has asked

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COVID-19: All the new categories that can receive vaccine in Dubai

A client at the One Central Vaccination Centre in Dubai.
Image Credit: Ahmed Ramzan/Gulf News

Dubai: Dubai Health Authority (DHA) has expanded the categories targeted within the vaccination programme in the emirate.

The announcement was made on March 2, 2021.

According to the new announcement, the following categories can book an appointment for the COVID-19 vaccine at a DHA Centre:

2. Dubai residence visa holders within the ‘People of determination’ category

3. All Dubai residence visa holders who are above the age of 40.

4. Dubai residence visa holders who suffer from chronic diseases

5. Elderly residents who are 60 years and above and live in Dubai. According to the announcement, elderly residents aged 60 and above with a valid visa issued in any Emirate can register for an appointment, provided they can prove that they are residing in Dubai.

6. GCC country nationals who carry an Emirates ID.

The

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Dubai expands COVID-19 vaccination campaign to include additional categories of the population

A Dubai resident receives his vaccine at Zabeel Primary Health Centre in Dubai.
Image Credit: Virendra Saklani/Gulf News

Dubai: Under the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, the Dubai Health Authority (DHA) announced on Tuesday that all valid Dubai resident visa holders aged 40 and above can now register to receive COVID-19 vaccination at DHA facilities.

The Authority also announced that elderly individuals aged 60 and above with a valid resident visa issued in any emirate can register for the vaccine, provided they can prove they are residing in Dubai.

The announcement is aligned with Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid’s instructions to adopt comprehensive measures to protect the community from COVID-19 and ensure the highest levels of health and safety.

The DHA also announced it has expanded the age limits for receiving the vaccine. The Pfizer-BioNTech

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Ironman Florida: Chris Nikic made history as the first person with Down syndrome to complete triathlon

Guiness World Records recognized Nikic’s achievement after he finished a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bike ride and a 26.2-marathon run at the Ironman Florida competition in Panama City Beach.
“Ironman. Goal set and achieve,” said Nikic in a post to Instagram. “Time to set a new and Bigger Goal for 2021.”

Nikic completed the race in 16 hours 46 minutes and 9 seconds — 14 minutes under the 17-hour cutoff time.

“We are beyond inspired, and your accomplishment is a defining moment in Ironman history that can never be taken away from you,” the Ironman Triathlon organization said in a post to Twitter.
The organization documented the historic race with a series of updates to social media on the day of the competition. The final two miles of Nikic’s run were streamed live on Ironman’s Facebook page.
Chris Nikic competes in the bike portion with his guide, Dan Grieb, during Ironman Florida.
Nikic and his father Nik developed the “1 percent better challenge” to
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To Tell the Truth: NYT Promotes ‘Study’ From Team Left Advocacy Group as Scientific Health Research

To Tell the Truth is Human Events News’ press analysis series. These stories will focus on “news” being reported by either The New York Times, The Washington Post, ABC News, NBC News, or CBS News. Despite 24-hour cable broadcasts, and an untold number of internet sources, these established, mainstream platforms continue to influence the majority of American citizens and their political opinions.

The “news” generated by these press outlets is better regarded as “opinion” crafted in a way designed to discourage skepticism and critical thought on the part of the audience. To Tell the Truth will be Human Events News’ periodic effort to help address this bias and restore the skepticism necessary on the part of all Americans to maintain a free society.

Last week, the New York Times published via email newsletter a piece titled “How Trump Affected Americans’ Health.

The article, which cited a report from a “respected

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Sindiswa Gomba fired as Eastern Cape health MEC amid Nelson Mandela funeral fraud case


Eastern Cape health MEC Sindiswa Gomba

Eastern Cape health MEC Sindiswa Gomba has been fired from her position to allow her time to focus on her Nelson Mandela funeral fraud case.

The announcement was made by Premier Oscar Mabuyane during a media briefing on Thursday.

Mabuyane added that Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs MEC Xolile Nqatha would serve as acting health MEC until a permanent appointment was made.

Gomba will, however, remain as a member of the Eastern cape legislature.

Mabuyane also revealed that Gomba was implicated in a Special Investigating Unit report on wrongdoing, alongside former health head Dr Thobile Mbengashe.

This is in relation to the procurement of the infamous scooter ambulances at a cost of R10 million by the provincial health department.

At the same time, Gomba, several other ANC heavyweights in the Buffalo City Metro region and municipal officials are facing a string of serious

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Lockdown: North West health MEC closes post office, home affairs for flouting regulations


North West Health MEC Madoda Sambatha has urged people to comply with the Covid-19 regulations.

  • North West Health MEC Madoda Sambatha has closed a post office and a home affairs office for non-compliance to Covid-19 regulations.
  • The Wolmaransstad Post Office and the home affairs offices were closed on Tuesday.
  • Sambatha said the two institutions had constantly flouted regulations around sanitising, social distancing and mask-wearing.

North West Health MEC Madoda Sambatha has ordered the closure of the Wolmaransstad Post Office and the home affairs offices because of a “persistent failure to comply with Covid-19 regulations”.

Sambatha ordered the closure on Tuesday.

In a statement, Sambatha said the two institutions had been found to be “consistent with non-compliance with Covid-19 regulations regarding social distancing, wearing of masks in public and sanitising”.

READ | Over 200 people arrested in North West for breaking lockdown rules

As of Tuesday, the province had

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Union PSA welcomes axing of ‘incompetent’ Sindiswa Gomba as EC health MEC


Former Eastern Cape health MEC Sindiswa Gomba.

  • The PSA has come out in favour of the axing of former Eastern Cape health MEC Sindiswa Gomba.
  • Gomba was fired amid fraud allegations stemming from the funeral of Nelson Mandela and an SIU report into the acquisition of scooter ambulances.
  • The organisation said to keep Gomba in the position would have sent the wrong message to the public.

The Public Servants’ Association (PSA) has welcomed the dismissal of former Eastern Cape health MEC Sindiswa Gomba.

The union said keeping her in the position would have set a precedent “that stealing from a public purse is acceptable (sic)”.

Gomba was sacked by Eastern Cape Premier Oscar Mabuyane after she was implicated by the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) in the awarding of a R10 million tender to a company for the acquisition of the infamous scooter ambulances, as well as alleged fraud around

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