western cape department of health

Festive season health and safety measures

By Lee-Yandra Paulsen As the festive season approaches, trauma-related injuries increase, and questions arise regarding the measures in place to ensure public safety and health. Chief of Operations at the Western Cape Department of Health, Dr. Saadiq Karriem, shed light on the subject during an interview with VOC Breakfast. “This[…]

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Measles outbreak in Cape Metro district

The Western Cape Department of Health notes today’s alert by the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) to declare a measles outbreak in the Cape Metro district. Four laboratory-confirmed measles cases have been reported in the Cape Metro district from 24 January 2023 to 17 February 2023. In line with[…]

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Nine-year-old circumcised at school by ‘mistake’

A nine-year-old pupil in Eastwood, Pietermaritzburg was circumcised by “mistake” by a family health programme at his school. The family has reported the matter to the police. The Grade 3 pupil from Panorama Primary underwent a medical circumcision without his mother’s consent and it was not in accordance with Xhosa[…]

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Extra funding for joint replacement surgery

To deal with an ever increasing backlog of patients awaiting knee and hip replacement surgery, Western Cape Department of Health Minister, Theuns Botha, has announced an immediate intervention that will seek to shorten the massive waiting list. This includes the allocation of R23, 5 million over the next two years,[…]

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