News and Speeches for Department of Health and Wellness | Western Cape Government

News and Speeches for Department of Health and Wellness

Living with donor kidney for 20 years and still thriving

10 March 2022

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), it is estimated that 10% of people worldwide suffer from some form of chronic kidney disease (CKD). Therefore, it is estimated that 5 million South Africans over the age of 20 may be affected by CKD. Read More

Salt Awareness Week - ‘shake your habits’

9 March 2022

If you find yourself craving salty foods such as potato chips or a large bowl of popcorn, it could be tied to your health or other factors, such a stress or boredom. Read More

International Women’s Day: Your healthcare is self-care

8 March 2022

Improving women’s healthcare and access to healthcare is key to building resilient and healthy communities. Read More

Creating access to vaccines by partnering with the Southern Mail Wynberg Market

6 March 2022

In an effort to make vaccination even more accessible, Western Cape Government Health partnered with the Southern Mail Wynberg Family and Lifestyle Market by providing a pop-up vaccination service during the course of the four-day festival.  The... Read More

World Hearing Day and a new world of sound for Zion

3 March 2022

World Hearing Day is celebrated on 3 March 2022 with a global message: To Hear for Life, Listen with Care! Listening with care means avoiding exposure to loud sounds which can cause permanent damage to the sensory cells in your ears. Read More

Amended hospital visitation guidelines

1 March 2022

During the fourth wave, Western Cape Government Health had to restrict visitation at hospitals to align with regulations and to reduce the number of people in our facilities at a time. Read More

Lives changed in the Western Cape through wheelchairs and mobility aids

1 March 2022

Monday, 28 February 2022, marked the official handover of a donation of 900 wheelchairs and 1 200 mobility aids from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to the Western Cape Department of Health.   Read More

Substance abuse harms unborn babies

23 February 2022

As an expectant mother, you want your baby to be as healthy as possible. Keep in mind that most of what the mother takes in, is passed through to her developing baby. Read More

More options and reduced intervals times when it comes to the booster vaccine

22 February 2022

There are now more options when it comes to the booster vaccine and intervals times have been reduced Read More

Tygerberg Hospital first government institution to perform robotic surgery

22 February 2022

Tygerberg Hospital is proud to announce the launch of its da Vinci surgical robotic programme. This will coincide with the first robotic operation in a government hospital in South Africa being performed at a tertiary academic centre. Read More

Reported “higher than usual” number of enteric (Typhoid) fever cases

21 February 2022

Reported “higher than usual” number of enteric (Typhoid) fever cases based on historical data Read More

A healthy lifestyle for a healthy heart

21 February 2022

About 80% of all heart diseases that presents before the age of 65 can be prevented by living a healthy lifestyle. Read More

Tygerberg hospital increases vaccination drive for pregnant mothers

17 February 2022

When the first COVID-19 case was described in South Africa, Tygerberg Hospital (TBH) initiated an early prevention response and d Read More

Emergency Medical and Ambulance Assistance line 10177 restored

13 February 2022

We are pleased to inform the citizens in the Cape Metropole that the emergency line, 10177, has been restored. Clients requiring emergency medical assistance can again dial this number. We thank you for your support while the line was restored Read More

One year later – young heart transplant patient is full of smiles

11 February 2022

A year after her successful heart transplant, Parusia Muhigirwa (13), is full of smiles and shares her experience of her first year’s experience with a new heart as part of Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Week. Read More

Even for younger persons the COVID-19 risk remains of getting and spreading it

7 February 2022

Even if younger persons are not at risk for severe COVID-19 illness, the risk remains of getting it and spreading it.  Read More

Tygerberg Hospital commemorates Congenital Heart Defects awareness week

7 February 2022

Annually, international congenital heart defects (CHD) awareness week is celebrated from 7 to 14 February. Read More

World Cancer Day – closing the gap in cancer care

4 February 2022

Today, 4 February 2022, is World Cancer Day, a global initiative that aims to reduce the global cancer burden. Western Cape Government Health is committed to saving lives of preventable deaths by raising awareness and education about the global... Read More