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News and Speeches for Department of Health

COVID-19: Essential information to keep handy

31 December 2020

The Western Cape currently has a rapidly rising number of Covid-19 cases and hospitals and other health facilities are under severe pressure. Here are some of handy facts to keep you safe during the upcoming days and weeks: When and where can I go... Read More

Healthcare staff literally putting their lives on the line

31 December 2020

The Western Cape Government Health (WCGH) is deeply disheartened by the passing of 20 staff members (WCGH: 17; CoCT: 3) in the last 20 days. Read More

Free Emergency Contraception at your Community Health Care facility

28 December 2020

The Western Cape Government Health (WCGH) and its partners are reminding sexually active women about the emergency contraception (the morning after pill) option should they wish to prevent an unplanned pregnancy. Read More

Western Cape hospital Emergency Centres under severe pressure

27 December 2020

Public hospitals in the Western Cape are currently under severe pressure due to a sharp increase in COVID-19 admissions and the increase in non-COVID-19 trauma cases, such as alcohol-related injuries and road accidents. Read More

85 babies born in Cape Metro on Christmas day in public health facilities

26 December 2020

The Western Cape Government Health is proud to announce the birth of 85 babies* as reported by public health facilities throughout the Western Cape on Christmas Day 2020. The total number reported from midnight, comprises of 43 boys and 42 girls. Read More

We are the last line of defence

26 December 2020

“Everyone keeps saying we’re the front line. We’re not. We’re pretty much the last line of defence.” Read More

COVID-19 leaves lasting damage

24 December 2020

COVID-19 caused permanent damage to Carmen’s lungs. Her doctors advised that it cannot be treated. Read More

“Things are really bad out there” – COVID-19 warrior

23 December 2020

Amy Louw is home with her family and just in time for Christmas after battling COVID-19. The survivor has thanked healthcare workers for going the extra mile at the Brackengate Hospital of Hope Intermediate Care Facility, where she spent nearly two... Read More

COVID-19 changed how Elsies River family celebrates birthdays and Christmas

21 December 2020

Birthdays, Christmas, and the holidays won’t look the same for COVID-19 survivors Bradley Cassels and his mother Cynthia Esau this year. Read More

Temporary service delivery changes in Western Cape Government health facilities

21 December 2020

Ongoing visitor restrictions at hospitals Read More

Hospital platform in the Western Cape under severe pressure

20 December 2020

Hospitals in the Western Cape are currently under severe pressure. This is as a result of the sharp increase in patients requiring to be admitted with severe COVID-19 as well as the increase in non-COVID-19 trauma cases. The bed status: Read More

Cape Winelands COVID-19 update 18 December 2020

18 December 2020

The number of COVID-19 cases in the Cape Winelands District has surpassed the peak reached mid-June this year (1 446 active cases). There are now more than 2 338 active cases in this area and the loss of 563 people are mourned.  Read More

Western Sub-district COVID-19 update – 18 December 2020

18 December 2020

The Western sub-district in the Cape Metro continues has experienced a 92% increase of recorded new COVID-19 infections this past week. It has also been noted that COVID-19 hospital admissions have been rising rapidly.   Read More

Southern Subdistrict COVID-19 update – 18 December 2020

18 December 2020

The Southern sub-district in the Cape Metro continues has experienced 76% increase of recorded new COVID-19 infections this past week. It has also been noted that COVID-19 hospital admissions have been rising rapidly.  Read More

Garden Route Health Platform Update 18 December 2020

18 December 2020

The Garden Route recorded a slight increase of 9% in new COVID-19 cases over the last seven days compared to the previous seven days. New cases per subdistrict in the Garden Route Read More

Northern, Tygerberg COVID-19 update: ‘The virus is everywhere, keep safe’

18 December 2020

The Northern (77%), Tygerberg (81%) subdistricts in the Metro continued to have an increase of recorded COVID-19 infections this week, with rapid outbreaks in Bothasig and Durbanville and ongoing outbreaks in Kraaifontein, Wallacedene, Edgemead,... Read More

Central Karoo Health Platform update - 18 December 2020

18 December 2020

The Central Karoo has seen a 50%  increase in new COVID-19 cases over the last seven days compared to the previous seven days. New cases per subdistrict in the Central Karoo Read More

Western Cape EMS becomes first government institution to obtain a drone license

15 December 2020

The Western Cape Government Health’s (WCGH’s) Emergency Medical Services (EMS) have become the first government institution in South Africa that will be allowed to fly drones legally which includes flying over public spaces, roads, people and... Read More

Keep your child safe this holiday season

14 December 2020

As the dedicated paediatric trauma centre for the Western Cape, the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital sees the worst of the worst cases.  These include children injured in car and taxi accidents, pedestrian accidents, burns and drownings. Read More

Isolating correctly crucial to limit the spread of Covid-19

14 December 2020

“People are becoming resistant to isolation adherence, which is a major concern if we are striving to reduce the infection rate in the high-risk areas in the Metro,” says Eugene Engle, Contact Tracing Team member for the Western Cape Government... Read More

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