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News and Speeches for Department of Health

I didn’t think I will get the virus” – young people share their Covid-19 journey

14 August 2020

Thinking that COVID-19 only affects the elderly became a huge eye-opener for two young adults, Leah Jacobs (21) from Grassy Park and Keegen Carollus (22) from Belhar. Read More

Rural hero - surviving Covid-19 to serve the people of the cape winelands

14 August 2020

When the 40-year-old Mr Dumalisile September and his family contracted COVID-19, he focused on only one thing – surviving the virus so that he can return to work to take care of his family and serve the people of the Cape Winelands during the... Read More

EMS paramedic discharged from Tygerberg Hospital after 23 days in ICU

14 August 2020

On 11 August 2020, Nolusindiso Dayile, a paramedic from Khayelitsha, was successfully discharged from Tygerberg Hospital after 44 days, of which 23 days were spent in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). Read More

Red Dot taxi service provides more than 47 000 trips to help healthcare workers

13 August 2020

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Western Cape Health Department’s priority has been to protect its staff from infection in order to have a health workforce to save the lives of the vulnerable. Read More

Groote Schuur Hospital Appreciation Wednesday heroes: GSH wellness team

12 August 2020

The wellness team, made up of 18 volunteers from the occupational therapy, support services, and social work departments, is today’s Groote Schuur Hospital Appreciation Wednesday heroes. Read More

Garden Route patients survived because they sought immediate medical care

12 August 2020

Thembeka Marema (44) from Kwanonqaba Mossel Bay, is a COVID-19 survivor who spent 19 days in the COVID-19 ward at Mossel Bay Hospital. She was discharged on 28 July 2020. Read More

Tygerberg Hospital hero amongst us – Gertrude Swartz

11 August 2020

This week’s nominated coronavirus hero amongst us at Tygerberg Hospital, Gertrude Swartz, provides an essential service to the public during these challenging times. Read More

Rural Hero - Arlene Visser from George Hospital

11 August 2020

It is not always easy to give recognition to those who deserve it. “I don’t really like this sort of thing,” says Arlene Visser, our Rural Hero for this week. However, Arlene has gone above and beyond the call of duty during the pandemic. Read More

Phenomenal community health worker goes extra mile to serve her TB patients

8 August 2020

This Women’s Month we share the story of the phenomenal Katrina Jacobs (42). Katrina lives in Heinz Park and works as a Community Health Worker (CHW) for a Western Cape Government Health contracted non-profit organisation called Arisen Women in... Read More

Care workers face more than just COVID-19

7 August 2020

Community healthcare workers play a significant role in bringing healthcare services to communities across the Western Cape. They are assigned to a specific area within a community and go from door-to-door to ensure they reach as many people in... Read More

Khayelitsha Thusong Centre (Field Hospital) admits its last patients today

7 August 2020

As part of the Western Cape health response plan for the COVID-19 pandemic peak of transmission, three Intermediate Care Facilities were opened, with another one scheduled for opening on 12 August in the Cape Winelands (Sonstraal Hospital).    Read More

Heroes in Rural Health: Volunteer nurse Charis Davey at Paarl Hospital

6 August 2020

Sr Charis Davey, who volunteered at Paarl Hospital, is one of our Rural Coronavirus Heroes. Read More

Handover of R10 Million ward for care of Covid-19 patients in Mitchell Plain

6 August 2020

Humanitarian aid organisation Gift of the Givers (GOTG) has donated R10 million towards renovating and equipping an entire ward of Mitchells Plain Hospital which will be used to treat COVID-19 patients. Read More

Groote Schuur Hospital COVID-19 patient discharged after 69 days in hospital

5 August 2020

Mrs Victoria Base (63) from Gugulethu was all smiles when she was discharged on 31 July 2020 from Groote Schuur Hospital (GSH) after being a COVID-19 patient for 69 days. The health staff who looked after her are today’s Groote Schuur Hospital... Read More

George Hospital staff celebrates discharge of 12 patients in one week

5 August 2020

In the week of 21 – 24 July, jubilant George Hospital staff said farewell to 12 patients who have received treatment in the COVID-19 ward. George Hospital is currently facing significant service pressure due patients requiring critical care... Read More

Supporting a mother during her breastfeeding journey

4 August 2020

Breastfeeding Week is celebrated every year from 1 to 7 August. This year’s theme is: “Support breastfeeding for a healthier South Africa”. Read More

Overberg Hero: Hermanus Hospital Nurse Belinda Richards

4 August 2020

The first nominated Coronavirus Hero in the Overberg district, is Belinda Richards, a staff nurse in the Emergency Centre at Hermanus Hospital. Belinda and her team are experiencing increased pressure in the Emergency Centre due to the pandemic. Read More

Tygerberg Hospital Hero Amongst us – Candice Randall

3 August 2020

This week’s nominated coronavirus hero amongst us at Tygerberg Hospital, Candice Randall, provides an essential service to the public during these challenging times. Read More