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News and Speeches for Ministry of Health & Wellness

Analysis in comorbidities in adult COVID-19 deaths

20 July 2020

As part of the regular learnings about the COVID-19 and its effect on Western Cape citizens, the Department of Health has done comprehensive analysis of 2 182 deaths of persons over 20 years due to COVID-19 (as at 8 July), specifically looking at... Read More

Tygerberg Hospital Hero Amongst Us: Rehana Maseti

20 July 2020

This week’s nominated coronavirus hero amongst us at Tygerberg Hospital, Rehana Maseti, is proud to be a caregiver to critically ill patients, helping them to manage their physical needs, and to follow their progress, and keeping their best interest... Read More

COVID-19 survivor celebrates birthday at Helderberg Hospital

20 July 2020

Staff members at Helderberg Hospital celebrated a patient’s birthday on 15 July 2020. A very joyful Ms Wilhelmina Williams turned 65 years old. She was admitted to the hospital on 13 July 2020 after contracting COVID-19. Read More

Reduction in the isolation period for patients with confirmed covid-19 infection

17 July 2020

Media statement by Dr Zwelini Mkhize Tonight we wish to inform South Africans that the recommended isolation period for patients with confirmed Covid-19 infection is reduced from 14 to 10 days. Read More

Western Cape Health Platform Update - 16 July

16 July 2020

COVID-19 numbers in the Western Cape have been stable for the past 10 days: the number of confirmed new COVID-19 cases, admissions and deaths all suggest a gentle easing in the Metro. Read More

Grabouw seamstresses benefit from Ubuntu Cloth Mask initiative

16 July 2020

The Ubuntu Cloth Mask initiative has made it possible for a group of eight seamstresses in Grabouw to earn an income during the Covid-19 pandemic. Read More

“My stay at Houw Hoek Hotel felt like a mini holiday”- Mariana Arends

15 July 2020

Mariana Arends, a 42-year-old self-employed mother from Botrivier, came into contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case. When Mariana received the news that she is a close contact of a positive case, she had common cold and flu symptoms and was not sure... Read More

Groote Schuur Hospital Appreciation Wednesday hero: Jacques Vosloo

15 July 2020

Jacques Vosloo (53), who works in the Linen Management Services at Groote Schuur, is today’s Appreciation Wednesday hero. The campaign seeks to give appreciation to ordinary heroes who are inspiring others during the Covid-19 pandemic. Read More

"It was very difficult" – Drakenstein physiotherapist shares his COVID-19 journe

14 July 2020

COVID-19 was a reality for Mr Malcolm Williams months before he tested positive. As a physiotherapist supporting Western Cape Government Health’s clients in Drakenstein, he immediately had to adapt his working schedule to protect the most vulnerable... Read More

Shoprite among the first to donate care packs to Brackengate facility

14 July 2020

The Shoprite Group answered the call for donations to the newly completed Brackengate field hospital, part of the Hospital of Hope, by making available 330 care packs containing blankets and toiletries for COVID-19 patients.   Read More

Western Cape Health COVID-19 Platform status update - 10 July

13 July 2020

The health platform, whilst under some pressure, is coping with the cases requiring admission. Hospitalisation Read More

First-hand account of a healthcare worker losing her husband due to COVID-19

12 July 2020

– Sister Sarah Willemse, Operational Manager of the Labour Ward at Mowbray Maternity Hospital, shares her inner feelings at losing her husband.   Read More

Garden Route health staff member shares his Covid-19 experience

11 July 2020

Etienne Engelbrecht (39) works at Kuyasa Clinic and is one of the more than 70 000 people in the Western Cape who contracted COVID-19.  Read More

Groote Schuur Hospital sees FIVE patients discharged from ICU on one day

9 July 2020

Successful high-flow nasal oxygen treatment at Groote Schuur Hospital sees FIVE patients discharged from ICU on one day Read More

Losing a loved one due to Covid-19

8 July 2020

Many families across our province have had to face the tragic loss of their loved ones due to Covid-19.  During the pandemic, the loss of a loved one is unfortunately complicated by the need to prevent coronavirus from spreading further. Read More

Victoria Hospital celebrates discharge of longest ventilated Covid-19 patient

7 July 2020

The story of Mr. Robson Shaby is one of hope and recovery in a time of overwhelming uncertainty. The 30-year-old Malawian gentleman overcame all odds to beat Covid-19 and became one of the first (and hopefully of many) critically ill recoveries in... Read More

"Hope and faith pulled me through" - Sr Joshua on her ICU COVID-19 experience

6 July 2020

Sr Brenda Joshua says hope and faith pulled her through her ICU COVID-19 experience.  She is a professional nurse at Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital, spent 3 days in the intensive care unit (ICU) and a total of 10 days in hospital... Read More

Groote Schuur Hospital is thankful for ICU equipment and PPE donations

4 July 2020

Groote Schuur Hospital is thankful to the South African Medical & Education (SAME) Foundation for the recent donation to the value of over R4 million worth of equipment to be used in the hospital’s Intensive Care Units. Read More

Spreading warmth this Mandela Day

3 July 2020

In the lead up to Mandela Day on 18th July, there is an opportunity to focus our efforts to ensure our most vulnerable citizens can feel some “Madiba warmth” this winter.  Read More