Primary Care Morbidity in Eastern Cape Province (Original Articles) (Survey)

Primary Care Morbidity in Eastern Cape Province (Original Articles) (Survey)

Eastern Cape Province, with a population of 6.4 million, incorporates the former homelands of Transkei and Ciskei. (1) Mthatha (previously Umtata), the former capital of the Transkei, is one of the most economically depressed parts of South Africa. (1) Before 1994, public-funded primary care consisted of rural community clinics and health centres, with basic facilities […]

Pathogenic Lower Genital Tract Organisms in Hiv-Infected and Uninfected Women, And Their Association with Postpartum Infectious Morbidity (Original Articles) (Report)

Pathogenic Lower Genital Tract Organisms in Hiv-Infected and Uninfected Women, And Their Association with Postpartum Infectious Morbidity (Original Articles) (Report)

A balanced colonisation by endogenous vaginal microflora of the lower female genital tract consists of predominantly Lactobacillus species, (1) co-existing with vaginal anaerobes and aerobes such as Streptococcus agalactiae (e.g. group B streptococci) (2) and the Bacteroides family. (3) Disturbing this microbial milieu results in overgrowth of bacterial vaginosis-related organisms which are associated with a […]

First Do No Harm: Addressing Respiratory Morbidity in the Newborn and Child Following Elective Caesarean Section Before 39 Weeks' Gestation (Scientific Letters) (Clinical Report)

First Do No Harm: Addressing Respiratory Morbidity in the Newborn and Child Following Elective Caesarean Section Before 39 Weeks’ Gestation (Scientific Letters) (Clinical Report)

To the Editor: Globally, caesarean section (CS) rates are increasing and vary between 18% and 31%, (1,2) but between 65% and 82% in some countries with private health care. (3,4) A CS performed for the right indication is in the best interest of the mother and/or baby. However, the indications for an elective CS at […]