Category Archives: Health & Fitness

Malaria outbreak in Limpopo and Mpumalanga

Malaria outbreak in Limpopo and Mpumalanga Following the malaria outbreaks in Limpopo and Mpumalanga provinces, there has been daily monitoring of the developments through the district outbreak response meetings. However, the overall number of reported malaria cases has declined in the provinces of Mpumalanga and Limpopo over the past two weeks. There have been a high number of malaria cases in South Africa in the 2016/17 season, compared to the previous season. This has been attributed to the rise in ambient temperature, rainfall and humidity.…

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World Health Organization

New data reveal higher blood pressure in low-and middle-income countries

Worldwide trends in blood pressure from 1975 to 2015 A pooled analysis of 1479 population-based measurement studies with 19·1 million participants According to new research published in the Lancet,  the number of people in the world with high blood pressure reached 1.13 billion, nearly doubling since 1975. The largest ever study of its kind, the research involved the World Health Organization and hundreds of scientists throughout the world, and incorporated blood pressure measurements from nearly 20 million people. High blood pressure is no longer a…

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World Obesity Day

Today is World Obesity Day, and the international focus is on childhood obesity. The Department of Health is deeply concerned about the growing obesity rate in the country and urges all South Africans to adopt healthier lifestyles. Obesity rates in South Africa are increasing rapidly, with almost 70% of women and 40% of men either overweight or obese, according to The Lancet. One in four girls and one in five boys between the ages of 2 and 14 years are overweight or obese. Obesity-related diseases…

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Situation in Liberia: non-conventional interventions needed

Ebola in SA

Pretoria – The Department of Health has allayed fears of the Ebola outbreak moving to South Africa, assuring that the country is safe. Department spokesperson Joe Maila confirmed that no case of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) has been reported in the country since the outbreak was first reported in West Africa, on 23 March 2014. “We have very stringent rules and regulations at our ports of entry and therefore nobody will come into the country with Ebola because our screening process will be able…

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