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4 myths to take on “the Silent Killer”

16 May 2022

Maintaining a healthy blood pressure is important as an elevated blood pressure can significantly increase your risks of heart, brain, kidney and other diseases. Read More

New treatment offers hope for patients with devastating lung disease

16 May 2022

First time in South Africa that a minimally invasive surgical procedure successfully used balloons to dilate blocked arteries in the lungs. Procedure offers hope for patients with so-called “orphan disease” who generally have a very poor quality... Read More

Kangaroo Mother Care is an effective method of bonding and healing

14 May 2022

May 15th marks International Kangaroo Mother Care  (KMC) Awareness Day.  Kangaroo mother care (KMC) refers to the practice of providing continuous skin-to-skin contact between mother and baby, exclusive breastmilk feeding, and early discharge from... Read More

Early booking assists in detecting problems that may occur in pregnancy

13 May 2022

This week we celebrated International Nurses Day and on 5 May we commemorated International Midwives Day. Midwives Day emphasises the very important role midwives play in a women’s pregnancy journey. Read More

Celebrate the contributions that nurses make to a healthy Western Cape

12 May 2022

As an ever-present force for good, 13 823 nurses employed by the Western Cape Government Health and Wellness (WCGHW) are at the core of enabling high-quality, accessible, and affordable healthcare for the residents in the Western Cape. Read More

Hero nurse embodies the spirit of the nursing profession ahead of Nurses Day

11 May 2022

On the eve of International Nurses Day celebrated on 12 May, the heroism of what the uniform means, going beyond the call of duty to save a life, was once again highlighted as Sr Diane Seale and her team managed to calm down a shooter and, in the... Read More

Lupus ‘warrior’ gives hope to those affected by this chronic, autoimmune disease

10 May 2022

‘Lupus might have my body, but it does not have me.’ These are the encouraging words of 25-year-old Tamryn Monique Swartz, a Human Resource Management student from Grabouw. Read More

School health services contribute to a healthy, thriving child

10 May 2022

To build a brighter and healthier community, health education and care start at a young age, and we encourage all communities to support the Department in educating and growing a thriving and healthy child.  Read More

Update by Western Cape Government Health and Wellness on fatal shooting tragedy

8 May 2022

Update by Western Cape Government Health and Wellness on fatal shooting tragedy at New Somerset Hospital.     It is with great sadness that we confirm the third death following the fatal shooting tragedy at the New Somerset Hospital yesterday... Read More

Western Cape Government Health and Wellness can confirm a fatal shooting tragedy

7 May 2022

Western Cape Government Health and Wellness can confirm a fatal shooting tragedy that has claimed two lives took place inside of New Somerset Hospital.     Read More

Groote Schuur Hospital performs first Cornea Surgery in South Africa

5 May 2022

On Tuesday (3 May 2022), another groundbreaking medical procedure was performed by surgeons of Groote Schuur Hospital – this time, the first ever corneal neurotisation procedure by a hospital in South Africa, paving the way for many patients to... Read More

Boost your immune system before flu season

4 May 2022

A healthy lifestyle has many benefits and can help your immune system to fight infections like flu. Influenza, or flu, affects millions of people every year. While most people recover easily, others can become seriously ill. Read More

Health is everybody's business

30 April 2022

On Friday, 29 April 2022, Western Cape Government Health and Wellness hosted its first External Health Indaba with stakeholder representation from the private sector, statutory bodies, universities, civil society, political parties, and other... Read More

Vaccination against COVID-19 still our best defence, now with increases in cases

28 April 2022

Vaccination against COVID-19 remains our best defence, especially if your immune system is compromised, as we are seeing increases in cases.  Read More

A long life for all – vaccines save lives

24 April 2022

Vaccines are one of the most powerful tools we have in our health arsenal for preventable disease. Read More

Celebrating World Book Day – important to read and tell stories to your children

23 April 2022

CELEBRATING WORLD BOOK DAY – importance of reading and telling stories to your child EVEN WHEN DEVELOPMENTAL DELAYS ARE EXPERIENCED    Read More

Health facilities kept busy over Easter weekend, but not overrun

19 April 2022

The recently concluded Easter Weekend once again posed a range of challenges to our health system. Our staff and health facilities once had to bear the brunt of avoidable additional trauma cases.  Read More

The bleeding disorder – it’s treatable

14 April 2022

On 17 April 2022 we celebrate World Haemophilia Day, where we raise awareness of this blood disorder.  Read More

Community Health Workers helping people with TB to return to care

12 April 2022

Since the decrease in COVID-19 cases, Community Health Workers (CHWs) have been actively searching for people who have contracted tuberculosis (TB) and who are no longer accessing healthcare facilities for their monthly check-ups or maintaining... Read More

Gloudina Flynn says life does not need to stop after Parkinson’s diagnosis

11 April 2022

In 2015 at the age of 60, Cosmetic Manager, Gloudina Flynn, started dropping cosmetic items and perfumes and found it difficult to keep her hands steady while offering assistance to and performing makeovers on clients. Read More