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August 18, 2014

A woman who died after being stabbed multiple times in Bryanston in northern Johannesburg has not been identified, Gauteng police said on Monday.

"The woman is unknown to police. We don't have her identity as of yet, and we are appealing to the community for information," Captain Tsekiso Mofokeng said.
"On Saturday, she was seen by a passer-by who alerted paramedics and the paramedics responded and treated her and took her to the nearest hospital where she died."

August 6, 2014

South Africa will host the Southern African Development Community (SADC) ministers of health meeting on Ebola, the health department said on Wednesday.

The meeting would be held on Thursday to deliberate on the state of readiness and develop an approach in response to the Ebola outbreak in west Africa, said spokesman Joe Maila.

"The meeting will bring together ministers of health and key stakeholders to build a consensus on appropriate strategic actions to prevent the spread of the ongoing Ebola [outbreak]."

June 11, 2014

 Health activists are pushing more than ever for policy changes that will see South Africa import powerful TB treatment drugs.

Activists are using the TB conference currently under way in Durban to make their voices heard.

TB mortality is the leading cause of death in adults and children in South Africa and it is hoped the new drugs will make a huge impact in combating the harmful illness.

May 29, 2014

South Africa has the highest overweight and obesity  rate in Sub-Saharan Africa, with 44% for women and 13.5% for men.

A study by Lancet, revealed seven out of ten women and four out ten men in SA, are among the most overweight along with the US , China and Russia.

Obesity is at 16.6% for south african children, putting them at the risk of diabetes chronic kidney disease and cancer

May 22, 2014

The South African National Blood Service has lifted the ban on gay people donating blood

The new policy implimented by the blood service would do away with discriminating against sexually active gay men

The policy which received much criticism when it was implimented in 2006 gets the boot almost a month away from World Blood Donor Day on June 14.


May 14, 2014

Judge justice Thokozile Masipa has ruled in favour of the state to have murder accused Oscar Pistoriuos' mental health evaluated for 30 days.

This comes after state prosecutor Gerrie Nel argued that Pistorius be sent for mental observation as his anxiety is listed under Psychiatric disorders.

On Monday Forensic psychiatrist Meryl Vorster told the court that Pistorius is suffering from a general anxiety disorder.

April 23, 2014

The failure of Gauteng health - to pay suppliers has once again come under the spotlight at the Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg hospital.

This comes as cancer patients who are on Gemzar chemotherapy treatment - were told that the drug is not available because the supplier has not been paid.

 Gemzar treatment which has been halted at the hospital - is used to treat breast cancer - pancreatic cancer and ovarian cancer.

Jack Bloom speaks for the DA on Gauteng health