The South African Pharmacy Council (SAPC) has placed a moratorium on annual fee increases for all pharmacy professionals and facilities.
The SAPC which is a 25 member council decided to halt all the fee increases in recognition of the efforts by pharmacy professionals in the fight against COVID-19.
The Registrar and CEO of the SAPC Amos Masango says the council is confident that the services offered to both pharmacy professionals and the public will not be affected by this decision.
Masango says, “While fee adjustment moratoriums are not sustainable in the long term, particularly due to inflationary pressures on operational expenditure, we recognise that 2020 has been a tough year for the economy and most of our colleagues on the frontline in the war against COVID-19 may have to do with reduced incomes or below-inflation salary increases.”
As of Tuesday, the South African Health Ministry reported a cumulative total of 940 212 cases of COVID-19. This after 9 501 new cases were recorded.
A cumulative total of 6 215 728 tests have been conducted with 39 045 tests conducted since the last report.
The department said the recoveries now stand at 808 241.
Regrettably, the Department also reported 339 more COVID-19 related deaths.
Western Cape has reported 142 deaths, followed by Eastern Cape 107 deaths, Free State 8, Gauteng 30, Kwa-Zulu Natal 45, Limpopo 7. This brings to 25 246 the total deaths in the country.
Government conveyed their condolences to the loved ones of the departed and thanked the health care workers who treated the deceased patients.
Healthcare systems in the Western Cape under severe pressure, with increasing COVID-19 infections:
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