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News and Speeches for Ministry of Health & Wellness

Groote Schuur Hospital COVID-19 patient discharged after 69 days in hospital

5 August 2020

Mrs Victoria Base (63) from Gugulethu was all smiles when she was discharged on 31 July 2020 from Groote Schuur Hospital (GSH) after being a COVID-19 patient for 69 days. The health staff who looked after her are today’s Groote Schuur Hospital... Read More

George Hospital staff celebrates discharge of 12 patients in one week

5 August 2020

In the week of 21 – 24 July, jubilant George Hospital staff said farewell to 12 patients who have received treatment in the COVID-19 ward. George Hospital is currently facing significant service pressure due patients requiring critical care... Read More

Supporting a mother during her breastfeeding journey

4 August 2020

Breastfeeding Week is celebrated every year from 1 to 7 August. This year’s theme is: “Support breastfeeding for a healthier South Africa”. Read More

Overberg Hero: Hermanus Hospital Nurse Belinda Richards

4 August 2020

The first nominated Coronavirus Hero in the Overberg district, is Belinda Richards, a staff nurse in the Emergency Centre at Hermanus Hospital. Belinda and her team are experiencing increased pressure in the Emergency Centre due to the pandemic. Read More

Tygerberg Hospital Hero Amongst us – Candice Randall

3 August 2020

This week’s nominated coronavirus hero amongst us at Tygerberg Hospital, Candice Randall, provides an essential service to the public during these challenging times. Read More

Groote Schuur Hospital contributes to global COVID-19 intensive care study

1 August 2020

Groote Schuur Hospital and the University of Cape Town has joined a global alliance of clinicians and scientists dedicated to sharing clinical insights and using cutting edge technology to find more effective treatments for the most critically ill... Read More

Red Cross Hospital is going smoke-free from 1 August

31 July 2020

The Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital has been declared a smoke-free facility from 1 August 2020. Read More

COVID-19 survivor celebrates his 92nd birthday in isolation

30 July 2020

Living in lockdown at the Oakhaven Home for the frail in with no physical contact from his loved ones has not dampened Peter De Kock’s spirit, even after contracting and surviving COVID-19 at the age of 92. Read More

Be responsible, always wear a mask when in public

30 July 2020

The Western Cape Government Health (WCGH) is appealing to people to always wear a mask that covers the nose and mouth when in public and visiting a health facility. Businesses are also reminded to have visible signage at their facilities encouraging... Read More

2-year old undergoes successful cochlear implant surgery at Tygerberg Hospital

30 July 2020

The parents of two-year-old Sage Cloete, who has undergone a successful cochlear implant surgery at Tygerberg Hospital, are appreciative of the support provided by the hospital and the Cochlear Implant Audiology team. Read More

The Bruiners' isolation love story

28 July 2020

Spending time in a COVID-19 isolation facility for a few days was like a second honeymoon according to 71-year-old Mrs Valerie Bruiners and 67-year-old Mr Jacob Bruiners from Surrey Estate. The time spent in isolation made the couple’s marital bond... Read More

Tygerberg Hospital Hero Amongst us: September La Meyer

27 July 2020

This week’s nominated Coronavirus Hero Amongst Us at Tygerberg Hospital, September La Meyer, provides an essential service to his colleagues during challenging times. Read More

Grabouw nurses overcame COVID-19 by supporting each other

27 July 2020

Professional nurses at Grabouw Community Health Centre (CHC), Sr Thabisa Jongolo and Sr Faith Notoshaya, say they overcame COVID-19 by supporting one another. Read More

The role of the forensic pathologist during a pandemic

25 July 2020

Frontline healthcare workers across the world are working around the clock to help save lives during the COVID-19 crisis, while those in the field of forensic pathology focus on the deceased. Read More

Overcoming the Emotional Effect of COVID-19

24 July 2020

Senior Dietician, Megan Marais, received the warmest welcome back at her office in Khayelitsha after isolating at home for weeks. She and her husband both tested positive for COVID-19 and had to go into isolation at home. Read More

Recovered staff from Victoria Hospital share their COVID-19 experience

23 July 2020

Recovered staff from Victoria Hospital share the impact COVID-19 had on their mental and emotional health Read More

Community service nurses take the lead in providing quality care for COVID-19 pa

22 July 2020

Once they have completed their qualification, professional nurses are placed in a public health facility for a year to complete their community service year. The year is used to introduce the newly qualified nurses to different situations in order... Read More

Brackengate Intermediate Care Facility receives first patients

21 July 2020

On Monday, 20 July 2020, the Brackengate Intermediate Care Facility (ICF) in Brackenfell, Cape Town, admitted the first ten COVID-19 patients into the 338-bed facility. Staff members received the first patient with a hearty welcome, wishing them a... Read More

1000 blankets for Hospital of Hope

21 July 2020

Yesterday the Hospital of Hope, the name for the COVID-19 Intermediate Care Facilities in Cape Town, received a donation 1000 blankets from the Tzu Chi Foundation South Africa as part of the call to Spread Warmth this Mandela Month.  Read More

93-year-old mother survives COVID-19

21 July 2020

Katherine Dorothy Newman is one of the oldest survivors of COVID-19 in the Western Cape.  William Newman, son of Katherine, shares that his mother is affectionately known as Dorothy, Aunty Dorothy, or Ma Newman. Read More