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11% drop in number of men & women who smoke tobacco

national health survey shows decrease in tobacco smokers

The national health survey released this week, shows a 20% drop in infant mortality and 11% drop in the number of women and men who smoke tobacco.

According to the report, some 32% and 42% of women and men respectively indicated that they have never been tested for HIV, despite government efforts to raise awareness on HIV testing.

The 2016 South African Demographic and Health Survey measured the health status of South Africans and the reach and quality of health programmes. The survey was released by Statistics South Africa (Stats SA).

According to cabinet the results demonstrate that the policy interventions that were put in place by President Jacob Zuma’s administration are yielding positive results.

Cabinet called on all South Africans to take personal responsibility for their health and well-being, practice safe sex and get tested regularly for HIV and all communicable and non-communicable diseases.

Parents and guardians were called to ensure that their children are vaccinated against childhood diseases.