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Cape Cod Hospital has one of first mobile infusion treatment centers to fight COVID-19 | Regional

May 29—HYANNIS — Cape Cod Hospital this week became one of the first hospitals in the country to host a mobile infusion center to treat newly diagnosed COVID-19 patients with Regeneron.

Known as a monoclonal antibody treatment, Regeneron was first approved by the Food and Drug Administration in November and is designed to keep those at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19 from being hospitalized.

“This is the first one in the country that’s mobile. We’re a test case,” said Dr. Kevin Mulroy, chief quality officer for Cape Cod Healthcare, the parent company of Cape Cod Hospital.

The mobile unit operated by Anyplace M.D. of Austin, Texas, is parked near the COVID-19 testing tent on the hospital campus in Hyannis.

It looks like a big RV or bloodmobile but provides patients with infusions of clear liquid Regeneron, which was among the treatments former President Donald Trump received when he

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HEALTH

Western Cape Covid-19 spike driven by social gatherings, health officials say


Dr Keith Cloete is head of health in the Western Cape province.

Brenton Geach, Gallo Images

  • A Western Cape third wave can still be delayed, health officials have said.
  • The province is currently experiencing a resurgence in Covid-19 cases.
  • Health authorities claim the resurgence is being driven by social gatherings.

While the Western Cape is facing a resurgence of cases, the province may still be able to hold off a third wave if public behaviour drastically changes.

The increase in cases have been linked to social gatherings, said provincial health department head Dr Keith Cloete, during Premier Alan Winde’s weekly Covid-19 digi-conference on Thursday.

The Western Cape is currently teetering between the second and third wave, Cloete said.

“We have officially gone into a resurgence. It’s not quite the start of the third wave, but it’s the early sign that we are going into a third wave,” he said.

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HEALTH

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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HEALTH

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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HEALTH

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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