The Department of Health is committed to ensuring that all essential medicines are available, at the appropriate level of care, to all patients in need. From time to time there are interruptions in the availability of medicines at the facility level.

Covid-19 rapid reviews

The National Essential Medicines List COVID-19 subcommittee of the South African National Department of Health are conducting rapid reviews to inform the National Clinical Guidelines for the Clinical Management of suspected or confirmed COVID-19 disease. These timestamped reviews are available on the website of the National Department of Health, along with the draft methods guide and Terms of Reference of the subcommittee. The reviews will be updated as additional research evidence becomes available

Guidance on the use of SARS CoV-2 Antibody Tests

The diagnosis of acute COVID-19 relies on detection of SARS-CoV-2 RNA by real-time reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (PCR) from respiratory samples. Viral shedding from the upper respiratory tract is greatest between the presymptomatic period and within the first week of symptoms but drops off rapidly over time.