MEC es­tab­lishes health coun­cil

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THE NORTH­ERN Cape MEC for Health, Mase Manopole, yes­ter­day es­tab­lished a Pro­vin­cial Health Coun­cil that will be re­spon­si­ble for pro­vid­ing pol­icy con­cern­ing any mat­ter that will pro­tect, pro­mote, im­prove and main­tain the health of the Prov­ince’s cit­i­zens.

The in­au­gu­ral meet­ing of the coun­cil took place at Plat­fontein Lodge and among those who at­tended were rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the South African Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment As­so­ci­a­tion (Salga).

Manopole had an­nounced the es­tab­lish­ment of the coun­cil dur­ing her 2019/20 Bud­get Speech.

It is ex­pected to play a strate­gic role as part of the de­ci­sion-mak­ing land­scape in the de­liv­ery of health ser­vices in the Prov­ince.

The MEC elab­o­rated that the es­tab­lish­ment of the Pro­vin­cial Health Coun­cil is in ac­cor­dance with sec­tion 27(2) and (3), sec­tion 28 (1)(c) and sec­tion 24 (a) of the Con­sti­tu­tion, and in line with the Na­tional Health Act, No. 61 of 2003.

“The act pro­vides for the es­tab­lish­ment of pro­vin­cial health coun­cils in each of the prov­inces as struc­tures that must feed into the Na­tional Health Coun­cil,” Manopole said.

“As per the act, one of the key man­dates of the Pro­vin­cial Health Coun­cil is to en­sure ef­fi­cient co-or­di­na­tion of health ser­vices, pro­mote and fos­ter a spirit of co-op­er­a­tion, col­lab­o­ra­tion and shared re­spon­si­bil­ity among med­i­cal pro­fes­sion­als, health providers and other rel­e­vant sec­tors within the con­text of na­tional, pro­vin­cial and dis­trict health ser­vices.”

Manopole pledged her un­wa­ver­ing sup­port for all mem­bers en­trusted with serv­ing on the coun­cil and fur­ther en­cour­aged them to build a sys­tem of co-op­er­a­tive gov­er­nance and man­age­ment of health ser­vices within the na­tional guide­lines, norms and stan­dards.”

She ex­plained that one of the de­part­ment’s rea­sons for im­ple­ment­ing the Pro­vin­cial Health Coun­cil was to es­tab­lish ward­based out­reach teams sup­ported by com­mu­nity health work­ers.

“We must recog­nise that this work can­not suc­ceed with­out the in­volve­ment of lo­cal gov­ern­ment and other pro­vin­cial depart­ments.

“Many of the fac­tors that in­flu­ence the health of our com­mu­ni­ties and pa­tients de­pend on in­ter­ven­tions and sup­port from the mu­nic­i­pal struc­tures and on com­ple­men­tary pro­grammes from other depart­ments”, Manopole said.

The MEC also aims to es­tab­lish dis­trict health coun­cils, which are also man­dated by the act, to com­ple­ment the work done by the pro­vin­cial De­part­ment of Health.

HEALTH COUN­CIL:

The North­ern Cape MEC for Health, Mase Manopole, yes­ter­day es­tab­lished the Pro­vin­cial Health Coun­cil.

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