Health Department


Botswana confirms first case of XDR-TB

Sello Motseta, Clare Nullis

Health authorities on Wednesday reported the first known cases of virtually untreatable tuberculosis in Botswana. The Health Ministry said there were two cases of so-called extremely drug resistant tuberculosis, or XDR-TB, as well as 100 cases of the slightly more manageable multidrug-resistant TB, or MDR-TB.

Manto may be in contempt of court, says Public Protector

Staff Reporter

Health Minister Manto Tshabalala-Msimang may be guilty of contempt of court for criticising a ruling that allowed the Sunday Times to comment on her health records, the Public Protector said on Wednesday. The Public Protector made this finding while investigating a complaint of misappropriation of funds against the Health Ministry.

Rights commission to monitor baby-deaths probe

Staff Reporter

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) will monitor investigations into the cause of the deaths of nearly 80 Eastern Cape babies, the body announced on Friday. Earlier this week, reports emerged that 78 children from the Eastern Cape had died as a result of diarrhoea allegedly caused by contaminated water.

Manto: 11-million condoms recalled after quality concerns

Staff Reporter

The Health Department recalled 10,8-million condoms after the country was hit by "quality issues" during last year, Health Minister Manto Tshabalala-Msimang said on Sunday. "Yes, we have had a challenge recently with regard to quality issues, but once this was brought to our attention we acted on the matter."

Govt to curb private healthcare costs

Staff Reporter

The government is to intervene to curb rocketing private healthcare costs and prevent the sector's "demise", Health Minister Manto Tshabalala-Msimang said on Tuesday. The health charter task team, among others, has been discussing the challenge of making healthcare more affordable, she told the National Assembly's health committee.

Manto: Traditional healers important in Aids fight

Staff Reporter

Health Minister Manto Tshabalala-Msimang on Thursday vowed to continue engaging traditional healers on health issues, saying they were important partners in the fight against HIV/Aids. "Some people might be resisting traditional healers, but I believe we are on the right track," she said.