South Africa is bird flu free and determined to stay that way, says the Department of Agriculture. South Africa is one of few countries in the world to have successfully contained an outbreak of the virus.
A national campaign has been launched to raise awareness among South Africans, particularly young people, about the dangers of drug abuse.
South Africa's Department of Health will hold discussions next week on ways of dealing with the possibility of an outbreak of a new, deadly strain of influenza.
The Health Professions Council of SA has urged the public to be on the look-out for bogus doctors, reminding people that medical practitioners not registered with the council are breaking the law.
The government, the SA National Blood Service and an expert committee have agreed on a new risk-rating model for blood donations, following the blood service's admission that was using race and sexual orientation to profile blood donors.
The University of South Africa has launched a Braille HIV/Aids directory to help visually impaired and blind students to access knowledge about the disease.
South Africans can now test their own alcohol limits with ease using a disposable breathalyser manufactured to international standards by local firm Redline Products, in partnership with Arrive Alive.
The Western Cape has launched a 24-hour toll-free hotline for information and referrals on emergency contraception - the first of its kind in Africa.
South Africa has set up a medical research unit to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of traditional African medicines, to develop new remedies for chronic conditions, to safeguard indigenous knowledge, and to provide consumer information and protection.
South Africa's health minister has appointed a Medicines Pricing Committee to help shape a more transparent pricing system for medicines in the country.