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Health Ministry warns: Don't use this olive oil or canola oil

Following complaints, Health Ministry conducts lab tests on Ma'ale Iron oils, warns against consuming them.

Health Ministry warns: Don't use this olive oil or canola oil

Hospitals instructed to prepare for mass-casualty incident

Health Ministry gives instructions to hospital and health system heads to be prepared due to increasing threats on northern border and from Iran.

Hospitals instructed to prepare for mass-casualty incident

Quarter of a million NIS saved

Daylight savings time to begin in Israel this week

The clock change is expected to bring a number of benefits to the Israeli economy.

Daylight savings time to begin in Israel this week

IVF scandal:

Patients may have received genetically-ill embryos

The affected eggs were imported from Georgia and donated by women known to carry hemophilia; police investigate.

Patients may have received genetically-ill embryos

Binyamin Region:

'An environmental and public health disaster'

Residents of the Binyamin region warn that a massive garbage fire set illegally by Palestinians over August will soon be reignited.

'An environmental and public health disaster'

Health Minister revokes directive to treat Gazans

Minister Busso noted that no change has been made in his clear policy to not allow terrorists or civilians from Gaza and Lebanon to be received at hospitals in Israel.

Health Minister revokes directive to treat Gazans

Hospitals instructed to receive wounded Gazans

Hospital directors were instructed to receive civilians who were wounded during the war and how to return them to Gaza following their treatment.

Hospitals instructed to receive wounded Gazans

Hostages: 'Special team analyzes every video, hears every story'

Health Ministry: "daunting task of analyzing videos and hearing testimonies of returned hostages, to determine condition of the hostages.

Hostages: 'Special team analyzes every video, hears every story'

Health Minister:

ZAKA should be under auspices of Home Front Command

Minister of Health says rescue organizations should be merged under official state bodies. 'The State should sponsor them.'

ZAKA should be under auspices of Home Front Command

Hamas terrorists hospitalized alongside the civilians they shot

Health Ministry says it is seeking to have wounded terrorists from Saturday massacre treated in Prison Service facilities.

Hamas terrorists hospitalized alongside the civilians they shot

Measles outbreak suspected at kindergarten in central Israel

Four two-year-old children from Tel Aviv diagnosed as positive for measles. Health Ministry conducting epidemiological investigation.

Measles outbreak suspected at kindergarten in central Israel

Report: Israeli official met with Saudi minister

Health Ministry official traveled to Saudi Arabia to meet with one of the kingdom's ministers, report says.

Report: Israeli official met with Saudi minister

New shippment of vaccines to counter rising COVID-19 rates

The Health Ministry has ordered 200,000 vaccines to counter the rise in critical COVID-19 hospitalizations.

New shippment of vaccines to counter rising COVID-19 rates

Is COVID coming back?

Health Ministry recommends masks

Ministry of Health recommends that people at high-risk use a mask in closed places to minimize the risk of infection.

Health Ministry recommends masks

Following earthquake:

Minister of Health offers to send aid to Morocco

Health Minister Moshe Arbel writes to Moroccan counterpart, offers medical personnel and equipment to area struck by earthquake.

Minister of Health offers to send aid to Morocco

Man identifies as woman, receives pregnancy medication advice

A man identifying as a woman was sent healthcare information on how to reduce risk during pregnancy.

Man identifies as woman, receives pregnancy medication advice

Health Ministry:

No change in COVID guidelines in response to new variants

Ministry makes recommendations on masking and isolation as it monitors morbidity data.

No change in COVID guidelines in response to new variants

Health Ministry drafts plan to fight increase in e-cigarette use

Health Ministry publishes new plan, aims to reduce percentage of smokers to 5% by 2035.

Health Ministry drafts plan to fight increase in e-cigarette use

Israel's Health Ministry:

No young adults without preexisting conditions died of COVID-19

Health Min.: 0 reports of people 18-50 dying of COVID-19 without preexisting conditions; info based only on epidemiological investigations.

No young adults without preexisting conditions died of COVID-19

Violence against doctors

"The Busso Plan": The plan to eradicate violence against doctors

Health Committee Chairman MK Uriel Busso presented a plan to eradicate the phenomenon of violence against medical professionals.

"The Busso Plan": The plan to eradicate violence against doctors

Vaccine committee recommends:

Annual vaccination against COVID-19

Committee recommends that the Ministry of Health prepare for a COVID-19 vaccination campaign every year in the fall months.

Annual vaccination against COVID-19

Deri decides:

Passengers on flights from China required to get COVID test

Incoming Health Minister decides that airlines will require foreign citizens to undergo COVID-19 test on flights from China to Israel.

Passengers on flights from China required to get COVID test

Israel's plan:

Treat COVID-19 like the flu as of February

COVID-19 czar meets heads of HMOs, gives them schedule for closing the testing facilities and ending the isolation requirements.

Treat COVID-19 like the flu as of February

Former Senior Researcher

'It was a mistake to take the COVID vaccine'

'Pfizer vaccine is neither safe nor effective,' says ex-head of Israel Institute for Biological Research, drawing rebuttal from Health Min.

'It was a mistake to take the COVID vaccine'

Health Ministry warns of eye-attacking parasite in the Kinneret

Fungal parasite Microsporidia believed to be behind recent spate of eye infections among people who bathed in the Kinneret.

Health Ministry warns of eye-attacking parasite in the Kinneret

Alternative COVID vaccines:

Israel to offer non-mRNA coronavirus vaccine

New protein-based jab offers an alternative to those who were unable or unwilling to receive the other available options

Israel to offer non-mRNA coronavirus vaccine

Return of the masks? Movement calls for change in policy

Movement for social justice calls on Health Ministry to reinstate mask requirements, require COVID testing for international travelers.

Return of the masks? Movement calls for change in policy

Israeli dies after contracting encephalitis from rare amoeba

In northern Israel, a 36-year-old dies after exposure to a rare amoeba, naegleria fowleri.

Israeli dies after contracting encephalitis from rare amoeba

Cyberattack targets Health Ministry’s website

Website of Ministry of Health attacked by hackers, making it inaccessible to users from abroad.

Cyberattack targets Health Ministry’s website

Health Ministry approves COVID-19 vaccine for infants

Health Ministry approves coronavirus vaccines for youngest children, but has not issued recommendation for their use.

Health Ministry approves COVID-19 vaccine for infants

Israel inches closer to approving vaccines for young children

Health Ministry in process of purchasing toddler vaccines from Pfizer, report says.

Israel inches closer to approving vaccines for young children

Three new cases of monkeypox diagnosed in Israel

The three new cases are between the ages of 30 and 60 from central Israel.

Three new cases of monkeypox diagnosed in Israel

Health Min: Violence against doctors has become a scourge

Health Ministry officials respond to assault on doctor with a metal rod at a Clalit office/

Health Min: Violence against doctors has become a scourge

Uptick in COVID-19 cases

Health Ministry recommends masks in closed spaces

Ministry of Health recommends that masks be worn in enclosed spaces in order to protect at-risk populations and the elderly.

Health Ministry recommends masks in closed spaces

Government ministries have become branches of the LGBT

Government ministries are changing their profile pictures on social media to LGBT-supporting images.

Government ministries have become branches of the LGBT

'Abortion reform will harm women'

Reform will increase pressure on women & do nothing to support those who want their babies, says Lilach organization.

'Abortion reform will harm women'

'No changes in policy' insists PM as COVID threatens again

After months of decline, COVID cases are on the rise. Health Minister urges calm, "Like any disease, it has its ups and downs."

'No changes in policy' insists PM as COVID threatens again

Health Min. official: 'People are threatening my children'

'There were concrete threats, including threats to murder my children,' Dr. Sharon Alroy-Preis says.

Health Min. official: 'People are threatening my children'

Health Ministry following acute 'hepatitis' in 12 children

Twelve children hospitalized with unexplained acute liver infection, in two Israeli hospitals.

Health Ministry following acute 'hepatitis' in 12 children

Arabs who placed explosives near government office are arrested

Shabak arrests Arabs suspected of placing explosive device at Health Min. office in northern Israel.

Arabs who placed explosives near government office are arrested

Israel's Health Minister travels to Ukraine

Horowitz will be first govt minister to visit Ukraine since outbreak of war.

Israel's Health Minister travels to Ukraine

School health service:

Between privatization and nationalization

Israel's school health service is falling through the cracks, new study shows.

Between privatization and nationalization

Soon: Rapid PCR test at Ben Gurion Airport

Ministry of Health promoting rapid test for those returning to Israel, the results of which can be obtained within 3-4 hours.

Soon: Rapid PCR test at Ben Gurion Airport

Top health official:

Education Ministry not reporting COVID-positive students

'Health Ministry can't enforce quarantine for those who aren't testing,' says Dr. Sharon Alroy-Preis, head of public health services.

Education Ministry not reporting COVID-positive students

Top health officials:

'There are signs that the peak of Omicron is behind us'

Health Ministry estimates that close to three million Israelis became infected during Omicron wave.

'There are signs that the peak of Omicron is behind us'

Jenin University students could get Israeli medical licenses

A new program intends to boost the PA curriculum to allow students from Jenin University to sit Israeli licensing exams.

Jenin University students could get Israeli medical licenses

Health Min. clarifies testing system for school children

After quarantine rules for students cancelled, Health Ministry clarifies details of new testing system for students.

Health Min. clarifies testing system for school children

Health Ministry orders HMOs to use less PCR tests

Ministry directs health funds to prioritize elderly, at-risk populations for PCR tests or face fines.

Health Ministry orders HMOs to use less PCR tests

Health Min. approves 4th vaccine dose for at-risk adults

Prof. Nachman Ash approves expansion of of administration of 4th vaccine doses beyond citizens over 60.

Health Min. approves 4th vaccine dose for at-risk adults

Health Ministry:

Fourth vaccine dose provides greater protection

Fourth dose provides three times the protection against serious illness, data shows.

Fourth vaccine dose provides greater protection

The Green Pass is about to expire. What next?

Options include abolition, extension, and expanding the Purple Tag; distinctions based on vax-status are irrelevant in the Omicron era.

The Green Pass is about to expire. What next?

Israelis with active COVID-19 cases can print out Green Pass

Health ministry app allows COVID-positive Israelis to print out Green Pass, bot which conducts epidemiological investigations crashes.

Israelis with active COVID-19 cases can print out Green Pass

Tel Aviv hospital prof: Time to re-evaluate 'quarantine mania'

Prof Idit Matot calls for a change in policy. Health Ministry: "Whoever does not want to help should not interfere."

Tel Aviv hospital prof: Time to re-evaluate 'quarantine mania'

Top health official tests positive for COVID-19

Health Ministry advisor Professor Ran Balicer announces he tested positive for COVID-19.

Top health official tests positive for COVID-19

Isolation for COVID patients to be reduced to 7 days

Health Min. decides to reduce isolation period from 10 days after studies find risk of spreading disease after 7 days very low.

Isolation for COVID patients to be reduced to 7 days

New record: 30,970 new cases of COVID-19 in one day

The number of active cases stands at 169,117, including 221 who are hospitalized in serious condition.

New record: 30,970 new cases of COVID-19 in one day

Health Min: Shorten isolation for COVID patients to 7 days

Health Ministry epidemic response team recommends not expanding 4th vaccination dose drive beyond at-risk populations.

Health Min: Shorten isolation for COVID patients to 7 days

Health Ministry issues new instructions for antigen tests

Samples for antigen tests should be taken from both nose and throat, Health Ministry says.

Health Ministry issues new instructions for antigen tests

Report: MDA used less effective tests for rapid testing

New report by Central Lab for Viruses shows MDA used test which are less effective at detecting Omicron than other tests.

Report: MDA used less effective tests for rapid testing

Health officials believe:

One in three Israelis will get COVID-19

Ministry of Health believes millions of Israelis will be infected with COVID-19 in coming weeks as Omicron cases increase.

One in three Israelis will get COVID-19