Achieve­ment ef­fected for sev­eral DHB goals

South Waikato News - - NEWS -

Taupo MP Louise Up­ston is pleased with the progress Waikato District Health Board has made over the past year.

The board has ex­ceeded the im­mu­ni­sa­tion tar­get of 85 per cent of all two year olds for the 2010/2011 first quar­ter.

‘‘In gain­ing the only out­stand­ing achieve­ment award from Min­is­ter Ryall for im­mu­ni­sa­tion health tar­gets Waikato District Health Board has shown its ded­i­ca­tion to the peo­ple.’’ Mrs Up­ston said.

In 2008 the im­mu­ni­sa­tion lev­els for the board were 73 per cent.

‘‘My sur­vey shows that peo­ple in the South Waikato are in­ter­ested in health­care is­sues and this an­nounce­ment will be well re­ceived,’’ she said. The district health board also re­ported large im­prove­ments in key ser­vices over the last year.

‘‘Waikato District Health Board has also achieved shorter wait for can­cer treat­ments, chang­ing from six weeks to four on De­cem­ber 1,’’ Mrs Up­ston said.

‘‘ This shows the com­mit­ment of the Govern­ment and the board to a healthy com­mu­nity.

‘‘I have been work­ing hard with com­mu­ni­ties and the board to im­prove ru­ral health­care out­side of the main cen­tres.

‘‘Health­care is an im­por­tant is­sue for this Govern­ment and it is great to see some of the re­sults in the com­mu­nity,’’ she said.

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