WHO declares Novel Coronoavirus a Public Health Emergency of International Concern

The second meeting of the Emergency Committee convened by the WHO Director-General under the International Health Regulations (IHR) (2005) regarding the outbreak of novel coronavirus 2019-nCoV in the People's Republic of China, with exportations to other countries, took place on Thursday, 30 January 2020, from…

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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…

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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…

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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,…

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