News and Speeches for Department of Health

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

EMS In Support Of Life

15 October 2018

During 2016 the Department took a decision to tackle the issue of EMS Safety with renewed focus. Read More

Autism in children as a mental health factor and the role of the Rehabilitation

12 October 2018

If your child is showing signs of unusual behaviour, such as odd or repetitive ways of moving their fingers or hands, over-sensitivity to certain textures, sounds or lights, does not respond to his/her name even though their hearing is normal,... Read More

Investigation of allegations directed at Helderberg Hospital

4 October 2018

Western Cape Government Health is aware of the issues raised by Mr John Michels and the community of Helderberg and its surrounding areas pertaining to the health care services received from Helderberg Hospital, as well as a planned protest march. Read More

Minister Mbombo marks Breast Cancer Awareness month in Mitchell Plain

1 October 2018

Today, Dr Nomafrench Mbombo marked Breast Cancer Awareness month at Mitchells Plain Hospital along with PinkDrive. Read More

Groundbreaking surgery gives 4-year old a finger from her toe

27 September 2018

Meet Angelique:  A friendly 4-year old girl who has become one of the youngest patients in South Africa to undergo a successful microvascular foot to hand transfer.  In layman’s terms: her toe is now a functioning digit on her hand. Read More

Official opening of Napier Clinic

26 September 2018

Today (Wednesday, 26 September 2018), Western Cape Minister of Health, Nomafrench Mbombo, officially opened the Napier Clinic. Read More

Red Cross Children's Hospital supports Sunflower Day

21 September 2018

Today is acknowledged as Sunflower Day – which is all about rallying support for individuals diagnosed with life-threatening blood diseases and cancers such as leukaemia. Many such children are treated at the Haematology-Oncology unit at the Red... Read More

Leadership Conference - Transforming the past and creating a future

18 September 2018

Western Cape Health Department hosts Leadership Conference themed “Leadership in action: Transforming the past and creating a future”, 17 – 19 September 2018 Read More

The health system is hard hit by crime within our communities

13 September 2018


New pharmacy queuing system to improve patient experience at Mitchells Plain CHC

10 September 2018

The Western Cape Government Health (WCGH) together with the Department of the Premier (DoTP) has rolled out a new electronic pharmacy queuing ticket system in September 2018 to improve the experience of approximately 13 000 patients collecting... Read More

WC Health Minister launches Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Awareness Drive.

4 September 2018

Western Cape Health Minister launches Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Awareness Drive in Conville, George Statement By Dr Nomafrench Mbombo              Read More

Khayelitsha Site B Superwoman with a smile

31 August 2018

Everybody that visits Site B Community Health Centre is familiar with Phyllis Zondani. She is loved by everyone young and old. She has a positive effect on people and knows how to put a smile on everyone’s face. Read More

Frequently Asked Questions about the Human Papillomavirus(HPV) Vaccination

29 August 2018

More than 3000 South African women die from cervical cancer every year. Certain strains of the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) causes cervical cancer, therefore the National Department of Health has introduced the HPV vaccine. Read More

Western Cape College of Nursing: Multi Campus

20 August 2018