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News and Speeches for Department of Health and Wellness

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

Hospital Name Changes: Hottentots Holland to Helderberg

20 August 2007

Media Statement by Western Cape Minister of Health, Pierre Uys Read More

National Epilepsy Day: 21 June 2007

19 June 2007

Media Statement by Minister Pierre Uys Read More

Prevention of Diarrohea Amongst Toddlers

28 February 2007

'The secret weapon against diarrhea is plenty of water', said Minister Uys during a visit to the Delft Community Health Center. Read More

Condom / Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI) Awareness Week: 11 - 17 February 2007

13 February 2007


International Cancer Day: 4 February 2006

3 February 2007

"No tan is a safe tan - it is a sign of skin damage. Teach your kids to be "sun smart" as part of their lifestyle in order to drastically minimise their risk of skin cancer at an older age," Uys said today after a visit to the Read More

Launch of New Provincial HIV Prevention Strategy

29 December 2006

"Teenagers should wait until they are older before they become sexually active," Minister Uys said at the launch of a new Provincial HIV Prevention Strategy. Read More

2006 Year End Message from Western Cape Minister Of Health, Minister Pierre Uys

15 December 2006

I would like to extend hearty best wishes to all the people of the Western Cape and wish them well over the festive season and into the New Year. Read More

Minister Pierre Uys Praises Volunteers for their Efforts on International Volunteers Day

5 December 2006

"Volunteers play a major supportive role in the health services we render, and their role will become even more important as the burden on our services increases," Minister Pierre Uys said at a Volunteers Awards Ceremony at the Red Cross Children's... Read More

Theta Accreditation for Brewelskloof Hospital

9 November 2006

Our Food Service Unit consists of 13 staff members who prepare 3 meals a day for approximately 220 patients, as well as preparing baby feeds, supplementation drinks and tube feeds. We use the plating system to serve our patients, it measures up... Read More

Spring Fashion Show at Brewelskloof Hospital

9 November 2006

After a successful fund raising concert, with the children of Brewelskloof Hospital in May this year and realising how much the children enjoyed activities outside their normal hospital routine, we decided to have a Spring Fashion Show, in order to... Read More

Royal Visit to Red Cross Children's Hospital

17 October 2006

Prince Edward Count of Wessex and Sophie, Countess of Wessex, visited the Red Cross War Memorial Children's Hospital on Mo Read More

Nutrition Week: 9 - 16 October

8 October 2006

Nutrition week is celebrated from the 9-16 October annually. The Western Cape Provincial Department of Health will be launching the Food Based Dietary Guidelines (FBDG) during nutrition week. Read More

National Polio Immunisation Campaign: 8 to 14 October 2006

5 October 2006

A free polio immunization campaign will sweep across the province from the 8th to 14th October 2006, when all children under five years of age will be immunized. Read More

Key Strategic Post Filled - Deputy Director General

4 October 2006

Dr Joey Cupido has been appointed as Deputy Director-General (DDG) of District Health Services and Health Programmes from 1 November 2006. He has acted in this position since 13 January 2006. Read More