Quality health has been put in perspective in South Africa, as the government is working closely with other African countries, to prioritize excellent healthcare delivery to their citizens. This statement was made by Doctor Gwen Malegwale Ramokgopa.
The deputy health Minister stated that the government will today (Friday) launch an initiative whose aim is to improve the health conditions of pregnant women and children.
She said there has been a steep increase in in quality healthcare since the end of the white minority rule in 1994. She indicated that the number of clinics in the country have increased by 40 percent.
She said that the health issues such as malaria, severe malnutrition that led to Kwashiorkor and Marasmus had become a thing of the past in children.
She however acknowledged that South Africa’s greatest challenges are HIV and TB, which, she said negative affects maternal and child health.
She said “Over the past 18 months, we have been able to reduce the transmission of mother to child of HIV by 50 percent. We have also been able to increase the number of those that are on anti-retroviral drugs quite significantly, more than double the number”
The deputy health minister said the government was not only working on good healthcare delivery but also equitable access to it.
“An official discussion paper which has been publicized, has committed itself to ensure that we have a single integrated system. Meaning that the health workers community will serve the population regardless of whether they can afford it or not”
She said she had observed that the people are happier as economy gets more productive and death rates have declined. “Indeed the lives of South Africans are getting better” She said.
Ramokgopa was the keynote speaker at the just-end Council on Health Research and Development Group (COHRED) 2012 forum in Cape Town.