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Celebrate Festive Season safely

As the festive season approaches, Health Department once again reminds South Africans to celebrate   responsibly during the festive season more so, during Covid 19 pandemic.

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Global Handwashing Day webinar 15 October 2020

The Deputy Minister of Health Dr Joe Phaahla is to address Global handwashing Day webinar to raise awareness about importance of washing hands with soap as a key approach to disease prevention.

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National Nutrition week and Obesity week

National Nutrition Week and National Obesity Week (NNOW) are celebrated every year from 9 – 15 October and 15 – 19 October respectively to create awareness among consumers about obesity and the importance of eating healthy.

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Rotary Health Family Days 2020 - Webinar

Rotary Health Days is a Public/Private Partnerships initiative aimed at providing healthcare services to hard to reach communities.

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Covid19 (MAC) Ministerial Advisory Committee - advisories

The Ministerial Advisory Committee (MAC) on COVID-19 is a non-statutory, advisory Committee appointed by the Minister of Health.

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COVID - 19 outbreak - wearing masks

The main benefit of everyone wearing a face-mask is to reduce the amount of Coronavirus (or Influenza virus) being coughed up by those with the infection thereby reducing its spread through droplets.

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Hand Washing - COVID 19

Members of the public are urged to wash their hands regularly with clean water and soap for 20 seconds to prevent corona virus infections.

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Stay Home during Lockdown

Government has urged people to continue to stay at home during the COVID 19 lockdown to curb the spread of the spread.

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COVID - 19 Screening campaign

Department of Health has embarked on massive screening of residents in their own areas during the corona virus outbreak in order to curb the spread of the virus.

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Syphilis is a sexually transmitted disease (STD). It is caused by a bacterium.


How it is spread Syphilis is passed from person-to-person through direct contact with a syphilis sore. Sores occur mainly on the external genitals, vagina, anus, or in the rectum. Sores can also occur on the lips and in the mouth. The bacterium is transferred during vaginal, anal or oral sex. Pregnant women with the disease can pass it to the babies they are carrying. You cannot get syphilis through contact with toilet seats, doorknobs, swimming pools, hot tubs, bathtubs, shared clothing or eating utensils.

Signs & Symptoms

Many people infected with syphilis do not have any symptoms for years. During the primary stage syphilis is usually marked by the appearance of a single sore, but there may be multiple sores. Skin rash and mucous membrane lesions characterise the secondary stage. This stage starts with the development of a rash on one or more areas of the body. In addition to rashes symptoms of the secondary stage may include fever, swollen lymph glands, sore throat, patchy hair loss, headaches, weight loss, muscle aches and fatigue. The latent stage of syphilis begins when primary and secondary symptoms disappear. The infected person will continue to have syphilis even though there are no symptoms or signs. In the late stages of syphilis the disease may damage internal organs including the brain, nerves, eyes, heart, blood vessels, liver, bones and joints. Symptoms may include difficulty co-ordinating muscle movements, paralysis, numbness, gradual blindness and dementia.


The best way to avoid any sexually transmitted disease is to abstain from sex or to be in a long-term mutually monogamous relationship with a partner who has been tested and is known to be uninfected. Latex condoms, when used correctly and consistently, can reduce the risk of transmission.


Syphilis is easy to treat in its early stages. A single injection of penicillin will cure a person who has had syphilis for less than a year. Persons who receive syphilis treatment must abstain from sexual contact until the sores are completely healed. Persons with syphilis must notify their sex partners so they can also be tested and receive treatment if necessary.

COVID-19 Corona Virus South African Resource Portal

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Important Contacts
Aids Helpline
0800 012 322
Mental Health Information Line
0800 567 567
Children’s Cancer Helpline
0800 333 0555
National Health System Ethics Line
0800 20 14 144 14