Source: Republic of South Africa: Department of Health |

South Africa: Health on commemorating World Autism Day

The awareness day is used as a platform to empower the public, health and welfare services providers with information and also dispel misconceptions and promote a deeper understanding of autism

World Autism Awareness Day – 02 April The Department of Health calls on families and communities to support people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) otherwise known as autism in order to thrive and reach their full potential, and not to discriminate them. Autistic individuals as well as their parents and…

Source: Republic of South Africa: Department of Health |

Deputy Minister Sibongiseni Dhlomo urges citizens to be vigilant following detection of cholera cases in Limpopo

The country remains on high alert of possible imported cholera cases from the neighbouring Zimbabwe which is currently battling the outbreak of the disease which has so far claimed over 200 lives

The Deputy Minister of Health, Dr Sibongiseni Dhlomo urges members of the public to be vigilant and maintain personal hygiene as country records two laboratory-confirmed cases of cholera in Limpopo. Both cases are imported from Zimbabwe.  The first case was confirmed in the Musina sub-district in Vhembe District. The 43-year-old…

Source: Republic of South Africa: Department of Health |

South Africa: Health on successful dialogue on margins of BRICS Summit

BRICS member states, Africa CDC and WHO commit to collaborate with Business sector on Pandemic Prevention, Preparedness and Response

On 28 August 2023, the Ministry of Health in South Africa, the Africa Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC), Africa Health Business and the South African Chapter of the BRICS Business Council co-hosted a successful dialogue on the margins of the BRICS summit to deliberate on a potential…

Source: Republic of South Africa: Department of Health |

South Africa: Health Minister announces another imported cholera case

The patient arrived in the country on the 16th of July from Pakistan which is known to be cholera endemic, where he experienced abdominal cramps, vomiting and diarrhoea symptoms

Minister of Health, Dr Joe Phaahla calls for continued vigilance as the country records another imported laboratory-confirmed case of cholera from a 24 year- old South African man with travel history from Karachi in Pakistan. The patient arrived in the country on the 16th of July from Pakistan which is…

Source: Republic of South Africa: Department of Health |

Health Condemns Violent and Disruptive Actions at Health Facilities

Any form of violence and intimidation directed at health workers, patients and infrastructure is condemned in the strongest terms

The Department of Health has noted with concern the violent and disruptive actions by some members of trade union NEHAWU at some health facilities around the country which affect access to some facilities, mainly major hospitals. The department respects the right to strike by members of the trade unions as…

Source: Republic of South Africa: Department of Health |

Minister Joe Phaahla Announces First Cholera Death, as More Cases Detected in South Africa

The body of the deceased will be transported to KwaZulu-Natal for burial

Health Minister announces first Cholera death, as more cases detected in South Africa Pretoria: The Minister of Health, Dr Joe Phaahla announces the first death linked to the recent cases of cholera detected in South Africa, as the number of laboratory confirmed-cases rises to five.  This follows an announcement of…

Source: Republic of South Africa: Department of Health |

Statement by Minister of Health, Dr Joe Phaahla on the detection of Cholera cases in South Africa

A close contact of one of the cases/patients was admitted to hospital on 4 February with diarrhoea and dehydration, and is considered a possible case

The Minister of Health, Dr Joe Phaahla calls for vigilance as the country records two laboratory-confirmed cases of cholera imported from Malawi. The cases are sisters who had travelled together from Johannesburg to Malawi to attend a funeral service, and returned by bus on 30 January 2023. Both patients had…

Source: Republic of South Africa: Department of Health |

Member of Executive Councils (MEC) Madoda Sambatha calls on Eskom to exempt North West hospitals from loadshedding

Provinces can't be treated differently in a crisis - MEC Sambatha calls on Eskom to exempt North West hospitals from load-shedding

The North West Health MEC Madoda Sambatha has reacted with dismay at failure by ESKOM to include the North West Province hospitals in the list of facilities that are excluded from load-shedding. The National Department of Health has at the end of September engaged ESKOM to consider exempting key hospitals…

Source: Republic of South Africa, Department of Health |

South Africa: Health urges people to save lives through organ donation

Health Department urges people to save lives through organ donation

As the country joins the global community to commemorate the campaign to raise awareness about the significance of organ transplant and donation, the Department of Health appeals to members of public to embrace the gift of life through organ donation. Although the call is not limited to organs, but also blood and tissues.…

Source: Republic of South Africa, Department of Health |

Minister Joe Phaahla announces fourth Monkeypox case in South Africa

Health Minister announces fourth Monkeypox case in South Africa

Minister of Health Dr Joe Phaahla would like to announce that a fourth case of Monkeypox has been identified through laboratory testing in a 28-year old male from the Western Cape Province. The patient has travel history to Spain and returned to South Africa on the second week of August 2022.  A polymerase…