News and Speeches for Department of Health | Western Cape Government

News and Speeches for Department of Health

A wise man knows his health status

19 November 2020

November is Prostate and Testicular Awareness Month and on 19 November International Men’s Day is commemorated. Read More

Do you know the importance of completing your antibiotics course?

17 November 2020

People all over the world are becoming resistant to antibiotics and other antimicrobial medicines. This is mostly a result of taking the medication in ways which aren’t recommended. Read More

Newborns intensive care units celebrate daily miracles this preemie day

17 November 2020

Staff members at Groote Schuur and Mowbray Maternity Hospitals’ Neonatal Units have geared up for a day of fun and festivities as the hospitals joined the global celebrations for World Prematurity Day. Read More

Pull out the purple during world prematurity awareness month

16 November 2020

In support of World Prematurity Awareness Month in November, neonatal wards at Tygerberg Hospital will be draped in purple for premature babies (preemies). Read More

Forensic nurses’ week – honouring the unsung heroes who serve with compassion

12 November 2020

In celebration of Forensic Nurses Week (9 – 13 November), we honour the dedicated and committed Forensic Nurses who go above and beyond to serve patients and communities daily. No community is immune to violence and trauma, brutal incidents occur on... Read More

Pneumonia – when to seek emergency care for your child

12 November 2020

Pneumonia is the most prevalent killer of children under the age of five years. Studies have shown that HIV-infected or HIV-exposed uninfected children have a higher risk of severe pneumonia and death compared to HIV-uninfected children. Read More

Smile week at Tygerberg Hospital – sponsored by BigShoe

11 November 2020

Life-changing reconstructive surgeries for 18 Western Cape children at Tygerberg Hospital – sponsored by BigShoe Read More

National diabetes week: The importance of a healthy lifestyle

10 November 2020

November is considered Diabetes Month, with National Diabetes week starting on 9 November 2020 and World Diabetes Day celebrated on 14 November 2020. Read More

Health Platform Update and Announcement of #KeepSafe.MoveForward campaign

5 November 2020

As we get back into the swing of things, let’s stay safe. Be wise when it comes to choosing places to have fun and keep the COVID-19-safety momentum going. Read More

To prevent stroke, it is important to understand your risk factors

29 October 2020

As one in four adults are likely to have a stroke in their lifetime, Tygerberg Hospital would like to remind the public that almost all strokes can be prevented. Read More

Breast Clinic nurse has a heart for the patients

28 October 2020

Sister Serena Murie has been a nurse for 33 years and in 2019 she took over the reins as the Breast Clinic Co-ordinator at Groote Schuur Hospital (GSH), which sees about 6 000 new patients annually at the hospital. Read More

Surviving a stroke with occupational therapy

27 October 2020

The month of October highlights World Occupational Therapy and the significant role Occupational Therapists (OTs) play in communities and healthcare facilities. Occupational therapists treat injured, ill, or disabled patients through the therapeutic... Read More

Mobile clinics bringing health services to farming communities

26 October 2020

Besides on their monthly trip to town, most farming communities are only able access to primary health care services via the mobile clinics offered by Western Cape Government Health. Read More

World Polio day 2020: Importance of immunisations

23 October 2020

October 24 is World Polio Day. In the Western Cape, routine vaccination services do not always reach all children and some children fell behind their immunisation schedule during lockdown. Read More

Surviving cancer through COVID-19- young pharmacist shares his story

21 October 2020

When Dean Fabian Fritz, a 30-year-old Roving Post-Basic Pharmacist Assist, started his journey with Western Cape Government Health in 2012, he wanted to make a difference in people’s lives, especially those who live with serious chronic conditions. Read More

Good nutrition for good immunity – Brackengate Hospital of hope dieticians

19 October 2020

National Nutrition Week and National Obesity Weeks (NNOWs) are celebrated every year from 9 to 15 October and 15 to 19 October respectively to create awareness among consumers about obesity and the importance of eating healthy. Read More

Minister Mbombo commemorates the lives lost during covid-19

15 October 2020

World Palliative Care Day The significance of this year’s commemorated World Palliative Care Day highlights how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected families and claimed patients’ lives who were receiving Palliative Care support. Read More

Health worker shares her journey of beating breast cancer

14 October 2020

When health workers, including nurses, tell patients to conduct breast self-examinations every month, many of them convey this from what they learned in their training as health professionals. Read More

Groote Schuur Hospital continues to be at forefront of health technology

14 October 2020

The adult Extra-Corporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) Centre at Groote Schuur Hospital assisted 36 patients since its opening in 2016. Read More