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WHO raises swine flu alert to level four
Amid the rapid spread of swine flu in some countries, the World Health Organisation (WHO) on Monday raised its pandemic alert level from Phase 3 to Phase 4, warning of a significant increase in the risk of a pandemic.

Toll free number to help patients raise concerns
Patients who are unhappy about the Department of Health's services will soon be able to raise their concerns through a new 24 hour toll free line.

Hard working police need to be rewarded
Members of the South African Police Services (SAPS) who successfully fight crime and make arrests need to be rewarded, says Safety and Security Minister Nathi Mthethwa.

Over 1000 Zim Cholera patients in South African hospitals
More than 1 000 Zimbabwean cholera patients have been treated at two South African hospitals - 1 000 in Beitbridge hospital and 168 at Musina hospital, South African health officials said Monday.

Two new vaccines to help reduce infant mortality rate
Health Minister Manto Tshabalala-Msimang will on Friday introduce two more vaccines into the country's immunisation programme aimed at reducing the mortality rate of children under five years.

Parents, communities urged to ensure violence-free schools
The Department of Education has called on communities, parents and all other stakeholders to play an active role in ensuring that schools are a place of learning and free of violence.

Health service must be affordable for poor people
Minister of Health, Dr Manto Tshabalala-Msimang, has called on private healthcare stakeholders to make health services affordable and accessible to all South Africans.

Men and women have right to family planning - Govt
Men and women have the right to access safe, effective, affordable and acceptable methods of family planning, says Social Development Deputy Minister Dr Jean Swanson-Jacobs.

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