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

News and Speeches for Department of Health and Wellness

Vaccination gives every child the chance at a healthy life

25 April 2023

Too many children in the Western Cape are being left without protection against measles and other preventable diseases. As a result, the risk of large outbreaks has increased. Read More

Keeping the lights on for you, so we can keep on looking after your health

23 April 2023

April marked a significant milestone for the Western Cape Department of Health and Wellness as it commenced with its plans to safeguard healthcare facilities against continuous and increasingly severe electricity blackouts. Read More

Construction of Eerste River APU in full swing and making good progress

21 April 2023

With mental health and the wellness of our communities being a priority for the Department of Health and Wellness, I was pleased with the progress being made with the construction of the Eerste River Acute Psychiatric Unit (APU). Read More

Increase in medical and trauma incidents this Easter weekend

12 April 2023

Providing effective emergency care both in-and-out of hospital medical care to residents was again a high priority for the health workers in the province this past long weekend.    Emergency Medical Services Read More

Easter weekend calls for individual responsibility to keep everyone safe

6 April 2023

The Western Cape Department of Health and Wellness encourages residents to play their part in doing whatever they can this Easter weekend to keep themselves, the people they care about, and all road users safe. Read More

A budget of resilience and action, despite funding pressures

30 March 2023

Yesterday, Minister Nomafrench Mbombo tabled her 9th budget for the Department of Health and Wellness of R23.804 billion for the 2023/24 financial year. This is a decrease of R289.766 million in comparison to the previous year. Read More

Protect your children by keeping measles immunisations up to date

29 March 2023

Parents of scholars under 15 years of age are reminded that they have until this coming Friday (31 March) to help ensure that their unvaccinated children are protected against measles. Read More

Final Vote 6 Speech - Dr Nomafrench Mbombo - 2023

29 March 2023

Vote 6 Speech – Budget 2023/24 Dr Nomafrench Mbombo Minister of Health of Wellness Western Cape Provincial Parliament, Cape Town 29 March 2023   PART 1: Read More

Non-emergency patient transport makes comprehensive health care possible

27 March 2023

As an essential part of the emergency ambulance service in the Western Cape, HealthNET (Health Non-Emergency Transport) has made 41 097 passenger trips in the first three months of the year. Read More

Western Cape strengthens efforts to improve TB control in the province

24 March 2023

Through its multi-sectoral response plan to reduce the spread of Tuberculosis (TB), the Western Cape is making progress to prevent TB infection, link TB positive patients to treatment quicker and save lives. Read More

Local doctor raking in awards

19 March 2023

Dr Hayden Poulter, a family physician at Knysna Hospital has been awarded the 2022 Tim Quan Medal as well as the GA Ogubanjo Award of Excellence by die Senate of the College of Medicine South Africa (CMSA) at the CMSA admissions ceremony on 16 March... Read More

Western Cape reaches half a million measles vaccines administered

19 March 2023

Getting vaccinated is the best way to prevent measles. And when enough children 6 months to 15 years of age get vaccinated against measles, the more we can stop future outbreaks. Read More

Tygerberg Hospital puts a spotlight on World Glaucoma Week

17 March 2023

With this year’s World Glaucoma Week theme in mind, ‘The world is bright, save your sight’, Tygerberg Hospital would like to raise awareness about glaucoma. Read More

Despite service delivery pressures Karl Bremer performs 328 additional surgeries

13 March 2023

Despite service delivery pressures, Karl Bremer performs 328 additional surgeries since August Read More

Vaccinate your child against measles before 31 March

10 March 2023

The Western Cape Department of Health and Wellness reminds parents, guardians and caregivers that they have until 31 March 2023 to vaccinate their children against measles, as part of the national campaign. Read More

Update on the NEHAWU protest action in the Western Cape, Friday 10 March 2023

10 March 2023

On Friday, 10 March 2023, there we very few reports of picketers at two health facilities but no reports of protest action or disruption of service at any health facility in the Western Cape. Read More

Update on protest action in the Western Cape

9 March 2023

Since the start of the week there have been several incidents of protest led by Nehawu across the country. In the Western Cape this has been mainly isolated to the Khayelitsha area resulting in some disruption of our healthcare services. Read More

Department condemns senseless assaults on EMS crews

6 March 2023

The Western Cape Department of Health and Wellness is deeply concerned that Emergency Medical Services (EMS) teams have been targeted by violent criminals on 10 occasions this year already. Read More

Make the choice to vaccinate against measles

3 March 2023

The Western Cape Department of Health and Wellness encourages parents, guardians and caregivers to ensure children are vaccinated this month as a measles outbreak has been declared in the Cape Metro. Vaccination is safer than having the disease (and... Read More

Ensure your children are vaccinated against measles

23 February 2023

As the number of laboratory-confirmed measles cases continues to increase in the country, the Western Cape Department of Health urges parents and caregivers to vaccinate their children against measles. It is a preventable disease. Read More

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