News and Speeches for Department of Health and Wellness | Western Cape Government

News and Speeches for Department of Health and Wellness

Red Cross Hospital is going smoke-free from 1 August

31 July 2020

The Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital has been declared a smoke-free facility from 1 August 2020. Read More

COVID-19 survivor celebrates his 92nd birthday in isolation

30 July 2020

Living in lockdown at the Oakhaven Home for the frail in with no physical contact from his loved ones has not dampened Peter De Kock’s spirit, even after contracting and surviving COVID-19 at the age of 92. Read More

Be responsible, always wear a mask when in public

30 July 2020

The Western Cape Government Health (WCGH) is appealing to people to always wear a mask that covers the nose and mouth when in public and visiting a health facility. Businesses are also reminded to have visible signage at their facilities encouraging... Read More

2-year old undergoes successful cochlear implant surgery at Tygerberg Hospital

30 July 2020

The parents of two-year-old Sage Cloete, who has undergone a successful cochlear implant surgery at Tygerberg Hospital, are appreciative of the support provided by the hospital and the Cochlear Implant Audiology team. Read More

The Bruiners' isolation love story

28 July 2020

Spending time in a COVID-19 isolation facility for a few days was like a second honeymoon according to 71-year-old Mrs Valerie Bruiners and 67-year-old Mr Jacob Bruiners from Surrey Estate. The time spent in isolation made the couple’s marital bond... Read More

Tygerberg Hospital Hero Amongst us: September La Meyer

27 July 2020

This week’s nominated Coronavirus Hero Amongst Us at Tygerberg Hospital, September La Meyer, provides an essential service to his colleagues during challenging times. Read More

Grabouw nurses overcame COVID-19 by supporting each other

27 July 2020

Professional nurses at Grabouw Community Health Centre (CHC), Sr Thabisa Jongolo and Sr Faith Notoshaya, say they overcame COVID-19 by supporting one another. Read More

The role of the forensic pathologist during a pandemic

25 July 2020

Frontline healthcare workers across the world are working around the clock to help save lives during the COVID-19 crisis, while those in the field of forensic pathology focus on the deceased. Read More

Overcoming the Emotional Effect of COVID-19

24 July 2020

Senior Dietician, Megan Marais, received the warmest welcome back at her office in Khayelitsha after isolating at home for weeks. She and her husband both tested positive for COVID-19 and had to go into isolation at home. Read More

Recovered staff from Victoria Hospital share their COVID-19 experience

23 July 2020

Recovered staff from Victoria Hospital share the impact COVID-19 had on their mental and emotional health Read More

Community service nurses take the lead in providing quality care for COVID-19 pa

22 July 2020

Once they have completed their qualification, professional nurses are placed in a public health facility for a year to complete their community service year. The year is used to introduce the newly qualified nurses to different situations in order... Read More

Brackengate Intermediate Care Facility receives first patients

21 July 2020

On Monday, 20 July 2020, the Brackengate Intermediate Care Facility (ICF) in Brackenfell, Cape Town, admitted the first ten COVID-19 patients into the 338-bed facility. Staff members received the first patient with a hearty welcome, wishing them a... Read More

1000 blankets for Hospital of Hope

21 July 2020

Yesterday the Hospital of Hope, the name for the COVID-19 Intermediate Care Facilities in Cape Town, received a donation 1000 blankets from the Tzu Chi Foundation South Africa as part of the call to Spread Warmth this Mandela Month.  Read More

93-year-old mother survives COVID-19

21 July 2020

Katherine Dorothy Newman is one of the oldest survivors of COVID-19 in the Western Cape.  William Newman, son of Katherine, shares that his mother is affectionately known as Dorothy, Aunty Dorothy, or Ma Newman. Read More

Analysis in comorbidities in adult COVID-19 deaths

20 July 2020

As part of the regular learnings about the COVID-19 and its effect on Western Cape citizens, the Department of Health has done comprehensive analysis of 2 182 deaths of persons over 20 years due to COVID-19 (as at 8 July), specifically looking at... Read More

Tygerberg Hospital Hero Amongst Us: Rehana Maseti

20 July 2020

This week’s nominated coronavirus hero amongst us at Tygerberg Hospital, Rehana Maseti, is proud to be a caregiver to critically ill patients, helping them to manage their physical needs, and to follow their progress, and keeping their best interest... Read More

COVID-19 survivor celebrates birthday at Helderberg Hospital

20 July 2020

Staff members at Helderberg Hospital celebrated a patient’s birthday on 15 July 2020. A very joyful Ms Wilhelmina Williams turned 65 years old. She was admitted to the hospital on 13 July 2020 after contracting COVID-19. Read More

Reduction in the isolation period for patients with confirmed covid-19 infection

17 July 2020

Media statement by Dr Zwelini Mkhize Tonight we wish to inform South Africans that the recommended isolation period for patients with confirmed Covid-19 infection is reduced from 14 to 10 days. Read More

Western Cape Health Platform Update - 16 July

16 July 2020

COVID-19 numbers in the Western Cape have been stable for the past 10 days: the number of confirmed new COVID-19 cases, admissions and deaths all suggest a gentle easing in the Metro. Read More

Grabouw seamstresses benefit from Ubuntu Cloth Mask initiative

16 July 2020

The Ubuntu Cloth Mask initiative has made it possible for a group of eight seamstresses in Grabouw to earn an income during the Covid-19 pandemic. Read More