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World Bipolar Day – Bipolar Disorder can be managed with treatment

30 March 2022

World Bipolar Day is commemorated on 30 March 2022 and aims to raise awareness about this condition, address stigmatisation, and encourage people to seek help for mental health conditions. Read More

Best Doctor of the Year: Cape doctor wins Silver at National Awards

30 March 2022

Running a hospital can be challenging, but what happens when you manage a hospital during a pandemic? Like many healthcare leaders, Dr Barry Smith showed unwavering dedication to fight COVID-19 and to save lives. Read More

Closure of Athlone Vaccination Centre of Hope Drive-through

28 March 2022

The closure of the Athlone Vaccination Centre of Hope Drive-through on Saturday 26 March 2022 brought mixed emotions of joy, sadness, and nostalgia to the Provincial Health team who managed the first drive-through vaccination service in the province... Read More

EMS officials continue to serve communities with zeal

25 March 2022

During the past week (14 – 21 March 2022), dedicated EMS officials responded to 12 851 incidents across the Western Cape. A total of 7 901 incidents (out of the weekly total) were responded to during the past weekend, including Human Rights Day. Read More

Provincial Strategy for Mental Health

22 March 2022

COVID-19 has had a significant impact on all health care services, including mental health services. There has been a noticeable increase in the number of mental admissions, particularly female mental health care users and adolescents.  Read More

Treatment is available for rheumatoid arthritis

22 March 2022

March is National Autoimmune Diseases Awareness Month and Tygerberg Hospital in the Western Cape provides patient-centered care for more than 4 000 persons with various forms of arthritis and connective tissue diseases every year in the Division of... Read More

Groote Schuur Hospital opens Adolescent Centre of Excellence

16 March 2022

On 16 March 2022, Groote Schuur Hospital (GSH) officially opened its Adolescent Centre of Excellence to serve young people, between the ages of 13 and 18, in the Western Cape. Read More

Emergency Medical Services (EMS) respond to 5 288 incidents over the weekend

15 March 2022

A total of 5 288 incidents were responded to by the Western Cape Government Health’s (WCGH’s) EMS during the past weekend. Read More

Diarrhoea vs Enteric (Thypoid) Fever

15 March 2022

Enteric or typhoid fever has recently been in the spotlight with a perceived increase in cases although there are annually cases diagnosed. Read More

Multi-drug resistant Tuberculosis survivor tells his story

14 March 2022

“Your recovery from Tuberculosis (TB) is not complete until you share your journey with others, so that we can bring an end to TB.” Read More

Cape Town orthopods raise R 66 000 for clubfoot!

14 March 2022

On 13 March 2022, a team of orthopaedic surgeons and alumni from Tygerberg Hospital’s Orthopaedic Unit completed a wet and rainy 2022 Cape Town Cycle race. Read More

Living with donor kidney for 20 years and still thriving

10 March 2022

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), it is estimated that 10% of people worldwide suffer from some form of chronic kidney disease (CKD). Therefore, it is estimated that 5 million South Africans over the age of 20 may be affected by CKD. Read More

Salt Awareness Week - ‘shake your habits’

9 March 2022

If you find yourself craving salty foods such as potato chips or a large bowl of popcorn, it could be tied to your health or other factors, such a stress or boredom. Read More

International Women’s Day: Your healthcare is self-care

8 March 2022

Improving women’s healthcare and access to healthcare is key to building resilient and healthy communities. Read More

Creating access to vaccines by partnering with the Southern Mail Wynberg Market

6 March 2022

In an effort to make vaccination even more accessible, Western Cape Government Health partnered with the Southern Mail Wynberg Family and Lifestyle Market by providing a pop-up vaccination service during the course of the four-day festival.  The... Read More

World Hearing Day and a new world of sound for Zion

3 March 2022

World Hearing Day is celebrated on 3 March 2022 with a global message: To Hear for Life, Listen with Care! Listening with care means avoiding exposure to loud sounds which can cause permanent damage to the sensory cells in your ears. Read More

Lives changed in the Western Cape through wheelchairs and mobility aids

1 March 2022

Monday, 28 February 2022, marked the official handover of a donation of 900 wheelchairs and 1 200 mobility aids from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to the Western Cape Department of Health.   Read More

Amended hospital visitation guidelines

1 March 2022

During the fourth wave, Western Cape Government Health had to restrict visitation at hospitals to align with regulations and to reduce the number of people in our facilities at a time. Read More