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Safe and effective measles vaccine for children under 15 years

3 February 2023

As part of nationwide efforts to contain outbreaks of measles, as experienced in several other provinces, the Western Cape Department of Health will be making additional booster doses available for every child under the age of 15 from 6 February... Read More

Nurses on wheels bring healthcare to rural doorsteps

31 January 2023

Simonè Louw is 23 years old. She lives at the Kuiperskraal Farm, a rural community outside of Durbanville. Like many other residents in her community, Simone looks forward to the monthly visit from the Durbanville Community Day Centre (CDC) nursing... Read More

New round of boosters to fight COVID-19 subvariant

31 January 2023

COVID-19 is not gone. The highly contagious omicron offshoot XBB.1.5  is leading to increased COVID-19 infections across the world.  Read More

Providing emergency medical care to all who need it

30 January 2023

It was a busy weekend for the Western Cape Department of Health’s Emergency Medical Services (EMS) where their interventions in critical moments and prompt transport to the nearest health facility were in high demand. Read More

Making COVID-19 vaccines and other health services accessible

27 January 2023

There will be several opportunities for residents and spectators, when the Battle of the Stars pre-season soccer tournament takes place at the Vuyiseka Sports Complex in Philippi over the following weeks, to access their COVID-19 vaccine or booster. Read More

Minister Mbombo welcomes 300 new nursing students at WC College of Nursing

26 January 2023

The Western Cape College of Nursing (WCCN) is kicking 2023 off on a high note by expanding their course offering and annual intake of students. Read More

Protect your children, keep measles immunisations up to date

20 January 2023

Western Cape Government Health and Wellness is calling on all parents and caregivers to ensure that their children’s vaccinations are up to date to protect them against diseases that can cause serious harm, such as measles. Too many children right... Read More

Back To School - help your child to stay healthy and learn

19 January 2023

Children across the Province have started their new school year this week. It is important to ensure that your child stays healthy this year so that they can learn and thrive. Read More

Get vaxxed and relax at Sea Point Promenade and Mnandi Beach this weekend

19 January 2023

The most effective way for us to reduce the risk of COVID-19 is to be up-to-date with our vaccinations and boosters. What better way to ease into the new year than to be vaxxed and relaxed with the Vaxi Taxi this weekend.  Read More

Vaccination is the best answer for new sub-variant

10 January 2023

The MEC of Western Cape Department of Health and Wellness, Dr Nomafrench Mbombo, encourages people to remain calm and careful, in the light of the Covid-19 XBB.1.5 sub-variant. “Our Department continues to monitor the Covid-19 situation in our... Read More

Ongoing surveillance and monitoring of COVID-19 cases

9 January 2023

The Western Cape Department of Health and Wellness has ongoing surveillance and monitoring of COVID-19 cases, hospitalisations, and deaths from a number of COVID-19 variants. Read More

Safer New Year's weekend behaviour sees fewer medical emergencies and trauma

3 January 2023

The third long weekend of the Festive Season once again saw our trauma units and emergency medical services (EMS) called on relentlessly to provide emergency care to clients in need. Read More

192* bundles of joy welcomed at WC public health facilities on New Year's Day

2 January 2023

The Western Cape Government Health is pleased to announce the birth of 192 babies* born on 1 January 2023 in the Western Cape at public health facilities. Of the babies born on New Year's Day, 94 were boys, while 98 girls were born.   Read More

Immediate and available emergency medical assistance during holiday break

28 December 2022

The Western Cape Department of Health is deeply appreciative of the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) personnel and their contributions throughout the holiday break. Read More

188* babies born in Western Cape on Christmas day in public health facilities.

26 December 2022

We are happy to announce the birth of 188 babies* as reported by public health facilities throughout the Western Cape on Christmas Day 2022. The total number reported from 0:00 on 25 December 2022, comprises of 122 boys and 66 girls. Read More

Long weekend keeps EMS first responders busy

19 December 2022

Being considerate is an essential part of sharing the road and ensuring the safety of all road users, but unfortunately over this long weekend too many road users did not demonstrate this courtesy. Paramedics respond to a staggering 47 incidents... Read More

EMS encourages personal responsibility before holiday mode takes hold

14 December 2022

As schools and some industries close for the year and many residents take a well-deserved December and January break, the Western Cape Department of Health’s Emergency Medical Services (EMS) will continue to provide emergency medical and rescue... Read More

Ready, Collect, Go: Get your chronic medication

12 December 2022

Getting ready to enjoy the festivities over the next few weeks? Before you head off into the sunset, make sure to pop in at your collection site to ensure you have sufficient chronic medication for the whole of the festive season.  Read More

Increase in pertussis (whooping cough) cases in Western Cape

8 December 2022

Through our surveillance system, the Western Cape Department of Health has picked up a marked increase in pertussis cases (or whooping cough) in the province. Read More

Be sun-smart - look after your skin!

30 November 2022

According to the National Awareness Calendar, 1 December 2022 to 31 January 2023, have been designated as skin cancer awareness months. Read More

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