Improved health for all
President Cyril Ramaphosa used the State of the Nation Address to outline government’s plans to improve South Africa’s health system in the following ways: • By scaling up the testing and treating campaign and initiating an additional two million people on antiretroviral treatment by December 2020.
• Confront lifestyles
diseases such as high blood pressure, diabetes, cancers and cardiovascular diseases.
• In the next three months the Department of Health will launch a huge cancer campaign similar to the HIV counselling and testing campaign. This will also involve the private sector as a way of mobilising all resources to fight this disease.
President Ramaphosa also said government would continue to work towards implementing universal health coverage through the National Health Insurance (NHI). He highlighted the following:
• The NHI Bill which is ready to be processed through government and will be submitted to Parliament in the next few weeks. • Certain NHI projects targeting the most vulnerable people in society will commence in April this year.