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News and Speeches for Department of Health

Promoting Women's Health

6 August 2009

July, August and September are Women's Health season in the Western Cape Health Department. During this time, all primary health care services focus attention on promoting the health and wellness of women. Read More

Update on Influenza A(H1N1)

6 August 2009

The Department of Health has had no official confirmation from the National Institute of Communicable Diseases (NICD) of a second death. Read More

Status of the H1N1 Virus (Swine Flu) in the Western Cape

3 August 2009

Firstly, my deepest sympathy with the family of the student from the University of Stellenbosch, who lost their son last week. We are truly sorry for your loss. Read More

Western Cape Health Minister Calls for No Disruption of Essential Services During Municipal Strikes

27 July 2009

The Khayelitsha Community Health Centre in Site B was closed today, after striking municipal workers entered the building and drove people out with sjamboks. Read More

Security at Tygerberg Hospital Heightened after Disappearance of Baby

26 July 2009

Following the alleged incident at Tygerberg Hospital where a 14-day old baby disappeared on Friday evening, the Western Cape Department of Health confirmed the following security measures at Tygerberg Hospital: - Electronic access-controlled door Read More

Unanimous Support for Re-development of Emergency Services

21 July 2009

As a result of a discussions this afternoon between the Western Cape Minister of Health, Theuns Botha, and senior doctors from the provincial department's central hospitals, the team of doctors will go to the drawing board together to re-develop a... Read More

Implementation of New Vaccine, Prevenar, at Primary Health Care Facilities

14 July 2009

Pneumonia and diarrhoea are worldwide public health problems and together account for about half the deaths in children below the age of five years. Studies indicate that in South Africa, pneumonia related deaths in children less than five years of... Read More

Groote Schuur Trauma Centre Will Not Close - Incorrect Reporting

13 July 2009

Groote Schuur Trauma Centre will not close - incorrect reporting Read More

Red Cross Children's Hospital Honoured 94 Staff Members

9 July 2009

Red Cross War Memorial Children's Hospital recently honoured 94 staff members who have devoted 20 years of their career in the employ of this hospital - a phenomenal achievement that speaks of the commitment and passion for their work and their... Read More

Japanese Embassy Donates Eye Equipment to Groote Schuur Hospital

8 July 2009

The Ophthalmology Department at Groote Schuur Hospital will host an internal event to hand over equipment to the eye-clinic, donated by the Japanese Embassy. The event will be attended by the Japanese Consul, Mr. Kenji Miyata. Read More

Western Cape Health Minister Welcomes Doctors' Decision

6 July 2009

3 July 2009 Immediately after this mornings decision of the doctors to call off their protest action, the SA Medical Associations Western Cape chairperson, Dr. Mark Sonderup, called Western Cape Health Minister Theuns Botha, and informed him of the... Read More

Western Cape Health Minister Calls on Doctors Not to Strike, but Talk

30 June 2009

Following national governments OSD offers to doctors this week, the Western Cape Minister of Health, Theuns Botha, is calling on all doctors not to take up strike action. Read More

Announcement by the WHO on elevation of Influenza A (H1N1) to global pandemic status on 11th June 2009

16 June 2009

Media Statement 12 June 2009 Announcement by the WHO on elevation of Influenza A (H1N1) to global pandemic status on 11th June 2009 Read More

Provincial Department of Health Needs Doctors - Apply Now for Vacancies

4 June 2009

The Western Cape Provincial Department of Health urgently needs doctors (medical officers). The department is currently experiencing major service pressures in child health, obstetric care and emergency care. Read More

World No Tobacco Day 2009

28 May 2009

In South Africa, more than 43 000 people die every year from diseases directly and indirectly related to tobacco smoke. Tobacco smoke contains at least 4 000 chemicals of which many can cause cancer. Read More

World No Tobacco Day Seminar

28 May 2009

In South Africa more than 43 000 people die every year from diseases directly and indirectly related to tobacco smoke. To raise awareness, the Western Cape Department of Health will host a seminar to celebrate World No Tobacco Day. Read More

Doctors? Salaries Held Up at National Government Since Last Year

19 May 2009

New Western Cape Minister of Health, Theuns Botha, undertook to discuss doctors' Occupation Specific Dispensation (OSD) as a matter of urgency with the National Health Minister, Aaron Motsoaledi. He also requested Premier Helen Zille to take up the... Read More

New Somerset Hospital Celebrates 150 Years

19 May 2009

On 16 May 2009, the Department of Health's Somerset Hospital, along with the hospital's facility board hosted a horse racing event at the Kenilworth Race Course as part of the 150th celebrations of the New Somerset Hospital. Read More

The Influenza A (H1N1) Virus - Swine Flu

19 May 2009

The global spread of the dreaded swine flu virus is fast becoming an epidemic of disastrous proportion, with reports from the World Health Organization (WHO) classifying it as a level 6 alert on the worldwide warning system. Read More

Lodox Statscan Machines for the Forensic Pathology Services (FPS)

5 December 2007

"A worldwide first and groundbreaking initiative will enable the FPS laboratories at Salt River and Tygerberg to drastically cut the amount of time spent on autopsies with the installation of the Lodox Statscan machines," Minister Uys said at the... Read More

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