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South African health service must strengthen infection control measures

BMJ 2004; 328 doi: (Published 12 February 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:366
  1. Pat Sidley
  1. Johannesburg

    South Africa's public healthcare facilities, groaning under the weight of the AIDS epidemic, have inadequate infection control measures, a report commissioned by its Department of Health says.

    The report followed research into the impact of HIV and AIDS on the health sector and was conducted by the Human Sciences Research Council—a state owned research facility.

    The overall conclusions of the report include the fact that some 20% of younger healthworkers (aged 18 to 35) are estimated to be infected with the virus, suggesting that 16% will die from AIDS related …

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