President Jacob Zuma will take almost half his cabinet to Limpopo this week to monitor and evaluate the provincial government’s progress in delivering health services.
National health spokeswoman Zanele Mngadi yesterday confirmed that Zuma would visit Siloam Hospital in Thohoyandou and Lebowakgomo Hospital in Lebowakgomo outside Polokwane on Thursday.
“The president and his delegation are expected to interact with key roleplayers in the health sector, including patients, medical and traditional practitioners, and senior management, to see how the province has strengthened health system effectiveness,” Mngadi said.
Mngadi said Zuma would be accompanied by performance monitoring and evaluation minister Collins Chabane and his deputy, Dina Pule.
Other delegates include finance minister Pravin Gordhan, health minister Aaron Motsoaledi and his deputy Gwen Ramokgopa, Public works minister Gwen Mahlangu-Nkabinde and social development minister Bathabile Dlamini.
“Among others, they are expected to look at maternal and child mortality rates, combating HIV/Aids and decreasing the burden of diseases like tuberculosis,” said Mngadi.
She said this visit was in line with national efforts to revamp the public health system through the implementation of the re-engineered Primary Health Care model.
Mngadi said six other hospitals and clinics in the province would also be evaluated. – AENS
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The next Wits Clinical Skills Course will be held on Friday 19th March 2010.
Participants have the chance to do 5 skills stations of 80 minutes each during the day.As always, the focus will be on practical skills relevant to rural hospital and primary care practice.
Details of the course are as follows:
Date: Friday 19th March 2010
Time: 7H45 to 17H15.
Venue: Clinical Skills Unit, Centre for Health Sciences Education, 3rd floor, Wits Medical School, Parktown
Who will benefit: Community service doctors, rural doctors and general practitioners wishing to improve their clinical skills postgraduate family medicine students.
Cost: R750 per participant (includes refreshments, lunch, handouts and certificate). Concession for current Wits postgraduate students: R500
CPD points: 7 points will be awarded for full participation
Skills to be covered: Topics for this course may include endotracheal intubation, CPR, the IMCI approach, obstetric emergencies, eye examination, respiratory problems, approach to chest x-rays, developmental assessment, interpreting FBC's, fracture management, etc. (All topics are subject to confirmation a final list will be available in late February.)