The pharmaceutical industry and national Health Department are working to deal with shortages of certain medications, caused by global shortages of the pharmaceutical ingredients. Minister Motsoaledi has also put to rest concerns about supplies of antiretrovirals.
The Department of Health has launched a new mobile phone-based messaging service to provide South Africa's estimated 1.2-million pregnant women with free antenatal health care information.
City residents and commuters boarding trains and taxis at Pretoria Station will now have access to free breast cancer screening at the newly opened Hello Clinic, a joint initiative of the government, Metropolitan Health, Pink Drive, Bidvest and Motion Pathology.
The government will be paying for doctors chosen by traditional leaders to ensure the safety of boys and young men who undergo circumcisions during traditional initiations in the country, Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi announced earlier this month.
Nine hospitals in Gauteng province will soon be armed with the Xmplar-dr full body X-ray scanner, a unique South African low-radiation X-ray machine capable of taking a full-body scan in just 13 seconds, as the government begins rolling the device out in hospitals nationally.
South Africa took a major step towards protecting women against cervical cancer on Wednesday when Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi launched a human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine campaign, targeting girls aged between nine and 12 years old, at Gonyane Primary School in Bloemfontein.
Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi on Thursday unveiled a new sub-dermal implant contraceptive, soon to be freely available at state clinics countrywide, that is expected to help reduce the number of teenage pregnancies and maternal deaths in the country.
South Africa will make transdermal implant contraceptives freely available in the country's public clinics from next week, Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi announced on Tuesday, saying the new contraceptive offered women greater control over their reproductive lives.
South Africa aims to medically circumcise one-million men over the next 12 months, Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe said at the launch of the government's medical male circumcision campaign on World Aids Day in Mpumalanga province on Sunday.
South Africa has bolstered its massive HIV testing programme by including eye, blood pressure and TB tests in the campaign, but more still needs to be done to ensure full coverage of testing, says Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe.