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30 Mar 2017 description

Pretoria – Friday will see Government launching the National Strategic Plan (NSP) for the next five years, on HIV, Tuberculosis (TB) and Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs).

Cabinet approved the five-year plan, which will guide South Africa’s response to the HIV epidemic, STIs and TB, at its fortnightly meeting on Wednesday.

The plan, to be launched in Mangaung, in the Free State, draws on the vision of the United Nations programme of zero new HIV infections, zero preventable deaths associated with HIV and zero discrimination associated with HIV.

24 Mar 2017 description

By More Matshediso

Pretoria – The introduction of Delamanid, a Japanese manufactured drug, has ushered in new hope in the fight against multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) in South Africa.

Delamanid, manufactured by pharmaceutical company, Otsuka, will initially be made available to 400 patients in South Africa as part of a clinical access research project.

18 Nov 2016 description

Pretoria - Gauteng MEC for Health Qedani Mahlangu has dispatched an outbreak response team to the areas surrounding the Jukskei River following the recent flash flooding and the subsequent bursting of the river banks.

This is in a bid to mitigate any potential water borne disease outbreaks.

The Jukskei River is one of the longest rivers in Gauteng and flows through several industrialised and semi-rural areas hence it is always heavily contaminated.

05 Feb 2016 description

Pretoria - Two more cases of typhoid fever have been confirmed in Gauteng.

The Gauteng Health Department on Tuesday said the cases were confirmed on Monday at the Dr George Mukhari Academic Hospital in the Tshwane district.

“A 38-year-old Zimbabwean female patient, who resides in Centurion, came to the hospital last Thursday. She was confused on arrival at the hospital. She was referred from Centurion Clinic,” said the department.

The department said she had travelled home to Zimbabwe two weeks ago and had just returned to South Africa.

22 Nov 2011 description

Climate change set to exacerbate child vulnerability in South Africa

New study by UNICEF and partners calls for policy makers to focus on children in addressing climate change

PRETORIA, 19 November 2011 – Climate change will exacerbate the existing vulnerabilities of children in South Africa, unless mitigation and adaptation strategies are child-sensitive and implemented in a timely manner, UNICEF said today.

26 Jan 2011 description

We are here today to express a consolidated and integrated government view and response on the recent floods and other disasters that have afflicted our province resulting in a loss of life, displacement and destruction of property.

We would firstly like to convey our deepest condolences as government to all the families that have lost loved ones due to the floods and rains.

18 Mar 2010 description

To date, a total of 32 human laboratory cases of Rift Valley Fever (RVF) have been confirmed by the National Institute of Communicable Diseases (NICD) in Free State with two deaths and one in Northern Cape.

Two cases of Congo Fever, one in Free State and one in Northern Cape, have also been confirmed.

RVF is a viral disease that can cause severe disease in a low proportion of infected humans.

11 Mar 2010 description

Cabinet held its ordinary meeting in Cape Town yesterday, 10 March 2010.

Cabinet welcomed and approved the implementation plan to scale up the HIV and AIDS prevention and treatment programme that was presented by the Minister of Health.

01 Dec 2009 description

Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe,
The Minister of Health Dr Aaron Motsoaledi and all Ministers and Deputy Ministers present,
Premier of Gauteng Nomvula
Mokonyane and MECs present,
Executive Mayor of Tshwane Dr Gwen Ramokgopa,
Deputy Chairperson of the South African National AIDS Council, Mark Heywood,
Members of the diplomatic corps,
UN AIDS Executive Director Michel Sedibe and all representatives of international agencies,

18 Jun 2009 description

A diagnosis of the first case of H1N1 was this morning confirmed in South Africa.

The patient, a 12 year old from the United States of America flew into South Africa on Sunday, 14 June 2009, presented with flu-like symptoms and was admitted to a private hospital on Monday morning. The patient fitted the criteria as a suspected case and was dealt with in accordance with the World Health Organisation and the Department of Health guidelines in this regard.

The patient was kept in isolation and discharged after a few days in hospital. He is well and recovering in isolation at home.

18 Feb 2009 description

The total cumulative number of people affected by cholera in the province has risen to 5 950, still with 30 confirmed deaths. The daily head count of people presenting has in the past three days remained below 100, an indication that fewer number of people are getting infected. On Monday we saw 66 people; 79 people on Tuesday and 74 people on Tuesday.

For more information contact:
Mpho Gabashane
Cell: 082 802 4937

Issued by: Department of Health, Mpumalanga Provincial Government

12 Feb 2009 description

The total cumulative number of cholera cases recorded is 5 489 since the outbreak was first detected in the in the province. Total number of deaths confirmed is 30. The breakdown per municipality: Bushbuckridge 22, Mbombela North five, Mbombela South two and Thaba Chweu one.

The number of people presenting in our health facilities on a daily basis has also declined: they were 99 on Monday, 118 on Tuesday and 120 on Wednesday.

04 Feb 2009 description

The number of people that have presented with cholera in our health facilities since it was declared in the province has risen to 4 469. The number of confirmed deaths still stands at 26.

Although the cumulative number shows a daily increase, the daily head count of people presenting has stabilised and remained below 200. On Sunday 116 people reported at various facilities, 126 on Monday and 186 on Tuesday.

This can be attributed to intensive mass mobilisation and health education undertaken in affected areas.

02 Feb 2009 description

Since the outbreak of cholera in the province, we have as at 1 February 2009, 4 165 cases that have been seen in various health facilities in the province. We have also reported 26 confirmed deaths thus far.

23 Jan 2009 description

Pretoria - A Boeing 747 carrying humanitarian aid contributed by the South African public and co-ordinated by the Department of Foreign Affairs, the Gift of the Givers Organisation, the South African Council of Churches, the Southern African Catholic Bishops' Conference and Cosatu earlier today Friday 23 January 2009 arrived in Egypt en-route to Gaza.

The flight, carrying 84 tons of supplies including: medical equipment, medicines, other medical supplies, high energy and protein supplements, plaster of paris, bottled water, cooking oil, milk powder, glucose biscuits, generators, …

07 Jan 2009 description

There are no cholera cases in the Eastern Cape and we do not know where this information is coming from.

06 Jan 2009 description

The number of cholera cases both confirmed and suspected so far seem to be confined largely to two (2) of the country's nine (9) provinces. This has emerged from the Situation Report (SITREP 27) of the National Outbreak Committee meeting held on 5 January 2009 in Pretoria.

The Committee held its first meeting of 2009 in Pretoria yesterday to take stock of the number of cholera cases in the country since the first outbreak was reported late last year.

22 Dec 2008 description

Contributors:

  • Provincial Departments of Health
  • National Department of Health
  • National Institute for Communicable Diseases
  • International Organizations & NGOs
  • World Health Organisation
Areas: Limpopo, Gauteng, Mpumalanga, Kwa-Zulu Natal, Eastern Cape, Western Cape, Northwest, Free State and Northern Cape Provinces

1. HIGHLIGHTS

1.1. The national Multi-Sectoral cholera outbreak committee held its 4th meeting today 22nd December 2008. Outputs of the meeting:

1.1.1. Continue support to Limpopo Province to maintain focus on the fight against cholera.

26 Nov 2008 description

Issued by: GCIS

Zimbabwe is experiencing an outbreak of cholera since mid October 2008. It started in Harare and by 18 November 2008, it spread to nine of the country's provinces with 6072 suspected cholera cases and 294 deaths as at 18 November.

On 15 November 2008, we received reports of cholera in Beitbridge, Zimbabwe.

30 May 2008 description

The Inter-ministerial Task Team, chaired by Minister for Safety and Security, Charles Nqakula, which deals with the violence against foreign nationals, met in Johannesburg on Thursday, 29 May 2008, to assess progress regarding government's management of the problems related to the attacks.

From the reports provided by security agencies it is clear that there is relative calm and stability.