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News and Speeches for Department of Health

Community healthcare workers bridge vaccine knowledge gaps in COVID-19 fight

11 March 2021

Community healthcare workers have been on the frontline in the fight against COVID-19 and play a critical role in saving lives. At the start of the pandemic, it meant assisting with contact tracing, while continuing to provide much-needed home-based... Read More

Press release by Dr Nomafrench Mbombo Western Cape Minister of Health

11 March 2021

“The best way to honour those we have lost is to keep on staying safe and saving lives”   Read More

Healthcare worker vaccination update

10 March 2021

The overall intent of the vaccination roll-out is to prevent severe illness and death and to protect the health system. Read More

The World is Bright, Save your Sight!

10 March 2021

March 7th to 13th is World Glaucoma Awareness Week 2021 and aims to raise awareness on glaucoma and effect it has on your sight with the 2021 theme 'The World is Bright, Save your Sight! Read More

First healthcare workers to be vaccinated in Garden Route

3 March 2021

The first group of healthcare workers from both the public and private sector in the Garden Route District will receive their Johnson & Johnson’s vaccinations today, 3 March 2021. Read More

Update on the J&J Vaccination implementation study

3 March 2021

The province has completed the rollout of its first tranche of vaccines as part of the J&J/Sisonke implementation study by administering its full allocation of the first batch of vaccines received. Read More

After surviving COVID, nurse looks forward to being vaccinated

3 March 2021

June-Rose Msiya, a 43-year-old enrolled nursing assistant at Caledon Hospital, says she is looking forward to getting the COVID-19 vaccine, which will be rolled out to selected health workers in the rural districts of the Western Cape this week. Read More

'A dream come true': Karl Bremer Hospital launches vaccination site

25 February 2021

Excitement filled the air as Karl Bremer Hospital launched its vaccination tent on Tuesday, 23 February 2021, boosting Western Cape Government Health’s efforts to immunise staff against the Coronavirus. Read More

Observatory Forensic Pathology Institute (OFPI) – project progress and delays

23 February 2021

The Western Cape Government Health’s purpose-built, OFPI’s completion progress is currently at 91.6 % and the current predicted date of occupation is mid-2021, should all go according to plan. Read More

The COVID-19 vaccine rollout is in full swing

22 February 2021

Over the last few days, the Western Cape Department of Health has commenced with its vaccine rollout at three sites, Groote Schuur Hospital, Tygerberg Hospital and Khayelitsha Hospital. Read More

Chronic illness during COVID-19 and making healthy lifestyle choices

22 February 2021

Living with a chronic illness especially during the COVID-19 pandemic has been quite overwhelming and feelings of fear and anxiety slowly settle in when encountering people in public spaces or shopping centres. Read More

‘Vaccines save lives’ says Groote Schuur Hospital’s first vaccine recipient

21 February 2021

Prof. Ivan Joubert, Head of the Critical Care Unit at Groote Schuur Hospital, became the first frontline healthcare worker at the hospital to receive the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine. His vaccine was administered by the hospital’s Head of... Read More

“I vaccinated the president” – Sr Milanie Bennett

19 February 2021

When Sr Milanie Bennett from Khayelitsha District Hospital completed her vaccinator training, she did not know that she will make history by administering the first COVID-19 vaccine in South Africa. Read More

Groote Schuur Hospital healthcare worker says vaccines have given her hope

18 February 2021

Melody Camelo was one of 40 frontline healthcare workers at Groote Schuur Hospital to have received the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine on 17 February 2021. Read More

Nurse delivers baby after getting first vaccine shot in SA

18 February 2021

Shortly after becoming the first South African to receive the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine, nurse Zoliswa Gidi-Dyosi delivered a healthy baby boy, weighing 5 Read More

Health students brave COVID-19 vaccine fears to save lives

16 February 2021

The pandemic has shaken up our lives and careers. For many health sciences and medical students, it meant joining the frontline to fight the virus as volunteers. Now, students working in health facilities take on a new challenge: getting their... Read More

Teenage Pregnancy? visit your healthcare worker for support

15 February 2021

A child’s health is most vulnerable during the first 1 000 days of its life. This period, from conception until a child’s second birthday, offers a unique window of opportunity to shape healthier and more prosperous futures. Read More

Giving every child the best chance of surviving cancer

15 February 2021

The paediatric oncologists at Tygerberg Hospital remain committed to improving every patient’s chance of survival and quality of life. Read More

Karl Bremer Hospital uses technology to connect patients with loved ones

10 February 2021

Hospital visitations are not allowed at present to limit the risk of possible COVID-19 transmission. However, understanding the importance of connecting patients with their loved ones, Karl Bremer Hospital has decided to use technology to bring... Read More

WC continues with preparations to rollout vaccine to healthcare workers

10 February 2021

The AstraZeneca/Covishield COVID-19 vaccine rollout may have been put on hold, but our preparations have not.   Read More