THE national Department of Health has urged all private and public sector health professionals to be on high alert for cases of polio after an outbreak of the disease in neighbouring Namibia.
Tamiflu, the anti-viral drug used to combat the H5N1 strain of avian influenza, which has already reached Africa and is predicted to reach South Africa in six months to a year, has officially been registered for use in the country.
New laws to ban brain-damaging lead paint are in the pipeline at last, but the Health Department cannot say how soon it will be before paint and toy makers are brought to book for exposing the public to well-known harm and injury.
Neighbouring countries placed their health services on high alert as the death toll in Angola's deadly Marburg epidemic climbed to 192.
The government is poised to clamp down on the sale of quick weight-loss products to obese South Africans desperate to become thin.