Health Department unclear on when third wave will hit SA – Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize

Amid growing fears of a third wave of Covid-19 infections amongst South Africans, Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize on Friday said that his department did not know when the third wave could hit the country, but said maintained it remained a big risk. The Department of Health (DoH) also announced that South Africans would be […]

Health Minister Mkhize pleased with vaccination progress in Gauteng

Health Minister Zweli Mkhize on Thursday said he was happy about the progress with vaccinations in Gauteng. Mkhize is inspecting sites ahead of the phase two vaccination programme. Inspecting the vaccination centre at Charlotte Maxeke Hospital with the Premier and MEC. #IChooseVaccination — Dr Zweli Mkhize (@DrZweliMkhize) April 8, 2021 Mkhize began with a […]

Health Dept working on revised mass vaccination strategy – Minister Zweli Mkhize

The Department of Health is working on a revised strategy for its mass vaccination programme. Health Minister Zweli Mkhize says this is to improve efficiency. The department says 20 million doses of the Pfizer vaccine will land in South Africa in the next few weeks. It also announced that the last 200,000 Johnson and Johnson […]

WC health department plans to help tighten province’s liquor laws

The provincial department of health is working with community safety organizations and the department of the premier to tighten the Western Cape’s liquor licence laws. The move by the health department has partly been spurred by their findings that although Covid-19 hospitalizations have continued to decline, there has been an increase in trauma cases that […]

WC Health Dept concerned by rising trauma cases that come with lifting of booze ban

The Western Cape Health Department is concerned that trauma cases are climbing. The sale of alcohol for off-site consumption is prohibited for the Easter Long Weekend, while on-site sales at restaurants, shebeens, and bars will be allowed, according to licensing conditions, up until 11 pm. The health department said with each lifting of alcohol regulations, […]

SA COVID-19: Health Minister Mkhize cautions public to remain vigilant during Easter holidays

Health Minister Zweli Mkhize called on everyone in the country to be vigilant over the Easter holidays as many fear the period may usher in South Africa’s third COVID-19 wave. “We do not want to celebrate Easter with our friends and family only to bury them the following week,” he said. The minister said South […]

WC health authorities observe spike in alcohol-related trauma cases

With the second wave of COVID-19 behind the Western Cape now, there has been a significant decrease in new cases, hospitalisations and deaths. Health authorities have noted an increase in trauma cases, most of them alcohol-related. Every time there is a relaxation of alcohol restrictions, trauma cases increase – sometimes by more than 100 percent […]

Health workers in Limpopo not backing down as strike looms

About 50 health workers in Limpopo, including nurses and doctors, engaged in a picket during lunch time at Mankweng Hospital yesterday as the threat of a sector-wide strike continues to loom large. The workers are threatening to down tools after the Limpopo Department of Health imposed Circular 17 and 18 of 2021, which will force […]

Health Dept launches TB mobile clinics as Covid-19 disrupts testing and treatment

Parked on the roadside next to a graveyard in Cape Town’s Gugulethu township, a tuberculosis hotspot, a team of health workers set up a makeshift TB screening room next to their van. Gladys Rara, 45, provides a sputum sample and within 90 minutes results are ready. The rapid testing model, launched in South Africa, will […]

Unions urge health workers not to attend to emergencies during lunch

Seven trade unions in the health sector in Limpopo have resolved to resume strike action, accusing authorities of reneging on an agreement over the new duty roster system. The intention to strike was, at first, suspended early in March this year, to allow for talks with authorities. But, at a media briefing in Polokwane on […]