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News and Speeches for Department of Health and Wellness

42 babies born on Christmas Day in public health facilities

25 December 2019

On 25 December 2019 (Christmas Day), the births of 42 babies* have been reported by public health facilities throughout the Western Cape, comprising of 23 boys and 19 girls. Read More

Christmas babies 2019 (as of 14:00)

25 December 2019

91 babies born on Christmas Day in public health facilities (as of 14:00) On 25 December 2019 (Christmas Day), the births of 91 babies* have been reported by public health facilities throughout the Western Cape, comprising of 66 boys and 25 girls. Read More

Whole of society approach to EMS emergencies

11 December 2019

Today (11 December 2019), Western Cape Minister of Health Dr Nomafrench Mbombo acknowledged a number of Emergency First Aid Responders (EFAR) volunteers in the Cape Metropole for their contributions to Emergency Medical Services (EMS) service... Read More

The season to be alert for childhood diarrhea

10 December 2019

During the 2018/2019 paediatric surge season, which is the period from November to May every year, the Western Cape Government Health reported that 1.3% of children under the age of five years old were treated at Primary Health Care facilities (PHC... Read More

Have a heart and support those children in need of care

5 December 2019

The Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital (RCWMCH) is appealing to members of the public to reach out to children, and to prioritise the safety of children under their care ahead of the upcoming festive season. Read More

Touwsranten youth had a blast

2 December 2019

Touwsranten was the place to be on 28 November 2019. A stage, DJ, music, dancing, numerous stalls and give-aways made for a great World AIDS Day and B-Wise event. Read More

Be ballsy and get checked for prostate and testicular cancer

21 November 2019

By doing the #FafChallenge during November and going for a screening for testicular cancer, our Springbok Rugby World Cup Champions are highlighting how important it is for men of all ages to go for regular health check-ups. Read More

Proudly Diabetic Patient Lives Life to the Fullest

15 November 2019

I don’t call myself diabetic, I call myself “proudly Diabetic.”  Grassy Park resident, Mr. Martin Van Gee, has been living with Diabetes Mellitus for 36 years. Read More

Spotlight on Diabetes

13 November 2019

You might have heard or read about diabetes, or you know someone with diabetes, or perhaps you have diabetes. Much has been done to raise awareness of the impact that diabetes has on the individual and family. Read More

Obesity is a health risk

18 October 2019

With National Obesity Week being observed from 15 – 19 October, the Western Cape Government Health is encouraging people to become aware of the risks associated with the condition, and to a Read More

Impact of violent crime on Western Cape health system

17 October 2019

In commemorating World Trauma Day today (17 October), the Western Cape Government Health (WCGH) is appealing to the public to help reduce the number of trauma-related incidents. Read More

Health Department gets clean bill of health from Auditor General

16 October 2019

The Western Cape Department of Health today (16 October 2019) presented its 2018/19 Annual Report to the Standing Committee. Read More

Detecting early warning signs of childhood cancer is vital

15 October 2019

Seven-year old Melina Nyoni from Blue Downs was recently diagnosed with nephroblastoma at Tygerberg Hospital. This disease is the most common renal tumour of children between the ages 2 and 5, and is also the fourth most common cancer in children in... Read More

'My heart led me to palliative care'

15 October 2019

“I had so much planned for the future, I had a vision for my children and then suddenly I am staring death in the face and wondering…how are my children to grow up without me?” Read More

Taking care of the vulnerable

14 October 2019

World Homeless Day was commemorated on 10 October 2019 with the purpose of drawing attention to the needs of homeless people locally and provide opportunities for the community to get involved in responding to homelessness. Read More

MEC Health officially opens palliative care centre at victoria hospital

11 October 2019

Minister Mbombo Officially Opens Palliative Care Centre at Victoria Hospital in Honour of World Hospice and Palliative Care Day Read More

Media Alert: New spokesperson for WCGH EMS & FPS

10 October 2019

New spokesperson for WCGH Emergency Medical Services & Forensic Pathology Services As of 10 October, the Spokesperson for the Emergency Medical Services and Forensic Pathology Services at the Western Cape Government Health, will be Ms Deanna... Read More

Mitchells Plain Hospital Re-opens Emergency Centre

9 October 2019

The Mitchells Plain District Hospital has re-opened its Emergency Centre today after a devastating fire destroyed it in February 2018. The hospital serves a population of 550 000 people from the broader Mitchells Plain and Philippi area. Read More

Whole Foods and Exercise for better health

8 October 2019

The prevalence of overweight or obesity among women in South Africa increased from 56% in 1998 to 68% in 2016. Read More

Basic health services offered in Hout Bay

7 October 2019

Basic health services are available again from today at the Hout Bay Community Day Centre, following closures due to protests in the community.   Read More