Tag Archives | Department of Health

14 000 children treated for preventable severe malnutrition each year

The DA can reveal that the Department of Health spends close to R500 million to treat more than 14 000 children with Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM) each year. This is according to a reply to a DA parliamentary question. This is a sad reality, especially as malnutrition is a preventable condition. If government prioritises resources…

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Eastern Cape hospitals show country’s failing health system

On a recent oversight visit to three Primary Health Care (PHC) clinics in the Eastern Cape, I witnessed first-hand how our country falls desperately short of having an efficient, functioning, service-oriented and patient-centered preventive health care system. (See pics here) I will accordingly be requesting a meeting with the Eastern Cape Health MEC, Ms Pumza Dyantyi,…

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Missing R109 million has worsened hazardous waste mismanagement

Today I wrote to the Auditor-General (A-G) to investigate why it is that the Department of Health (DoH) declared that, in the 2013/2014 financial year, provinces, excluding the Northern Cape and Mpumalanga, spent R437 million on the removal of medical waste and yet, it was recently learnt from medical waste removal business insiders, that they…

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Multi-departmental effort needed to fight diabetes

I have written to Health Minister, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi, to ask him to explain why the introduction of the National Health Commission (NHC) has been delayed since 2012 and to urge him to fast track its development. The commission was designed to deal with the social determinants of health such as obesity and diabetes, the…

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Rural communities can no longer suffer due to a lack of access to ambulances

A report published last week by the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) highlighted the critical shortcomings in the delivery of emergency services in the Eastern Cape. The former Transkei region of the province, for example, has only 28 ambulances assigned to 1.3 million people. This means that residents often have a minimal chance of receiving an ambulance…

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Miners and inmates to wait up to 3 years for TB meds

In a reply to DA parliamentary questions, the Minister of Health, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi, revealed that there is a significant need for the Linezolid drug to help in the treatment of Multi-drug resistant Tuberculosis (MDR-TB) and that the roll out of the medication to mines and prisons will only take place within the next two to three…

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New Medical Scheme regulations will raise patient contributions

The Democratic Alliance rejects draft regulations under the Medical Scheme Act published for comment by Health Minister, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi last week, which, if adopted, will allow medical aid scheme companies to only cover a portion of medical treatment costs, leaving consumers to pay the rest out of pocket. Previously, Regulation 8 required medical aid…

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