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New technology to detect drug resistant TB sooner
A newly launched Tuberculosis (TB) diagnosis tool is to help the country's health system to be able to diagnose drug resistant TB within seven days compared to the one currently used, which takes several months.

Early drinking likely to cause academic problems
Children who start drinking at an early age are more likely have academic problems and display delinquent behaviour in both middle school and high school, according to the Central Drug Authority.

Prevalence of HIV in pregnant women decreases in SA
The prevalence of the human immune deficiency virus (HIV) among pregnant women aged between 15 and 19 in South Africa has continued to decrease over the past two years, says Health Minister Dr Manto Tshabalala-Msimang.

Public urged to discuss Medicine Control Amendments Bill
The Department of Health has encouraged consumers and related groups to participate in the consultation process on Medicine Control Amendments bill.

Police winning the war against crime- Nqakula
Police are winning the war against crime and driving down the levels of criminal activity in the country, Safety and Security Minister Charles Nqakula has told Parliamentarians.

Children need to be better protected against pornography
While the internet is an invaluable resource, more care needs be taken to ensure children are not exposed to pornographic sites, writes Vivian Warby.

Eskom offers homeowners rebates for solar initiatives
Eskom is offering homeowners rebates of 15 to 20 percent on the cost of installing solar water-heating systems through its Solar Rebate Programme.

R8.6 Billion good news budget for Health
The Health budget for the Western Cape reaches R8.6 billion in 2008/09. This is 34.7% of the provincial budget and is good news for the 3.8 million uninsured people dependent on public health services in our province.

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