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A technician analyses blood samples. The clinic in Rio de Janeiro searches for dengue, Zika and chicungunya viruses in blood, a process that takes 30 minutes. Picture: AFP PHOTO/VANDERLEI ALMEIDA

Timeline of Zika’s origin and global spread

Timeline charting origin and spread of Zika virus from its discovery nearly 70 years ago by scientists researching yellow fever in Zika Forest in Uganda

Operational hurdles loom for health insurance

Surgery. Picture: ISTOCK

As with many government plans, the cart came before the horse, leading to a number of unanticipated operational complexities, writes Johann Serfontein

Government hostility towards private healthcare impedes NHI

Surgery. Picture: ISTOCK

Strong parameters set by the state would ease privatisation and divestiture concerns, says doctors’ alliance head

Operational hurdles loom for health insurance

Surgery. Picture: ISTOCK

As with many government plans, the cart came before the horse, leading to a number of unanticipated operational complexities, writes Johann Serfontein

Senior health official fired for lying about experience and qualifications

Picture: THINKSTOCK

Nonkqubela Kula, a chief director of priority health programmes, was dismissed last week on the recommendation of an internal disciplinary hearing


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