News and Speeches for Department of Health

Doctor’s dedication sees third generation baby delivered at Helderberg Hospital

19 March 2019

Dr Werner Viljoen, the Medical Manager at Helderberg Hospital, was called into the maternity room one day to help a patient deliver a baby. He remembers it very well as it was a rather difficult birth. Read More

WC Minister of Health officially opens the upgraded Vredenburg Hospital

18 March 2019

On Monday, 18 March 2019, The Western Cape Health Minister, Dr Nomafrench Mbombo officially opened the newly upgraded, state of the art Vredenburg Hospital in the Saldanha Municipality. Read More

Grabouw CDC to get 24hour Emergency Service and extended operating hours

7 March 2019

An improvement strategy for Health Services in Grabouw was discussed with residents during a public meeting held today, 7 March 2019. Western Cape Minister of Health, Dr Nomafrench Mbombo, along with senior officials for the Department of Health... Read More

Violence, trauma and alcohol has devastating effects on WC Health system

19 February 2019

Today, Western Cape Minister of Health, Dr Nomafrench Mbombo briefed the media on the impact of violence, trauma and alcohol has on the health system. Read More

Sexually transmitted infections and condom awareness

11 February 2019

Did you know that using a condom every time you have sex, is the only way to protect yourself against HIV and sexually transmitted infections (STIs)? Read More

Carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) outbreak

8 February 2019

Carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) outbreak:  Tygerberg Hospital’s Neonatal Service Read More

HPV vaccination to tackle cervical cancer

4 February 2019

As we commemorate World Cancer Day today (4 February 2019), Western Cape Government Health teams will visit all Grade 4 girls who are nine years old and attending public schools from 5 February until 15 March to administer the first dose of the... Read More

Safeguard your family against tummy bugs this summer

10 January 2019

Summer is here and with it comes the heightened risk of your child contracting diarrhoea. Read More

Be alert when cooling down this holiday

10 December 2018

While many of us look forward to taking a well-deserved break during the December and January school holiday, everyone should be on high alert and vigilant when around water. Read More

Wash hands regularly: Your health is in your hands

4 December 2018

The simple yet effective act of washing your hands with water and soap is the first step in preventing the spread of disease-causing germs. Regular hand washing plays an important role in disease prevention since 80% of germs are spread from our... Read More

World AIDS Day 2018

28 November 2018

World AIDS Day: Celebrating the 10th anniversary of the first HIV- positive to HIV-positive kidney transplant Read More

#ManUp for better Health

23 November 2018

Men often take their health for granted. It is time to #ManUp and go for regular health check-ups to detect and treat preventable health problems early. Men of all ages (including boys and youths) should go for regular check-ups and those over 40... Read More

Purple for Preemies

15 November 2018

People worldwide will observe Prematurity Day on Saturday 17 November 2018 to acknowledge the journey of preterm infants and their families. Read More

Diabetes is a ‘Family Affair’

13 November 2018

Ashleigh Williams is 9 years old. She has type 1 diabetes. While most children go about their daily activities relatively carefree, Ashleigh has to test herself up to six times a day and has to apply strict self-control when it comes to her eating... Read More

Cecilia Makiwane Awards 2018 Winner - Noluthando Tibini

12 November 2018

Noluthando Tibini, Clinical Nurse Practitioner at Ruyterwacht CDC was recognised as the 2018 Cecilia Makiwane Awards winner. Read More

Take caution during Paediatric Surge Season

3 November 2018

Incidents of Diarrhoea Disease (DD) will be on the increase as we head into summer, with children under the age of five being particularly affected.  Read More

Palliative care is part of health care!

29 October 2018

  When a person reaches the end-of-life stage we look for ways of making that person’s journey as comfortable as possible. Palliative care provides such support. Read More

World Trauma Day 2018

18 October 2018

On World Trauma Day we turn our attention to those who have undergone preventable trauma. Over the first weekend of the September school holidays this year, the Trauma Unit at Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital saw a dramatic increase of... Read More