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BMJ 2007; 335 doi: (Published 01 October 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;335:0710339

South Africa

Medical students fear for safety

Hundreds of medical students in Johannesburg are staying away from local hospitals at night because of fear for their safety, after a fifth year student was raped at Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital, in Soweto township, this summer.

The hospital said it had increased security, but students maintain that they are not safe on the premises and have started a boycott of night duties.

Edward Ngwenya, medical student council chairman, said, “We are continuing to boycott night duty. Several of the issues we highlighted as problematic have yet to be addressed.”

Medical students often have to run errands for hospital staff to dark and secluded parts of hospital sites when working at night, and they say that this puts them at risk (


Blood banks shut after HIV infections

Peru has shut many blood banks, and all 240 of the country's facilities will be screened after at least four people were infected with HIV through contaminated transfusions.

All four patients, including an 11 month old child, were infected at a hospital in the port city of Callao. Officials also confirmed that 30 patients who attended a dialysis treatment centre had been infected with hepatitis C. …

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