Health: 76 cases of corruption

2011-09-02 00:00

THE provincial health department has uncovered about 76 fraud and corruption cases this financial year involving senior managers in the department’s supply chain management (SCM) unit at Natalia Health, MEC Dr Sibongiseni Dhlomo said yesterday.

In his mid-term address before the Legislature yesterday, Dhlomo said of those involved in the fraud and corruption six are general managers who report directly to head of department Dr Sbongile Zungu.

Four of the six have tendered their resignations and two have been dismissed after disciplinary hearings were held, he said.

Twelve level 13 managers were also disciplined for fraud and corruption of which five were dismissed, three were given final written warnings and two resigned, while hearings are in progress for the remaining two.

Dhlomo said these managers were based at Natalia, Infrastructure, eThekwini District Office, Ugu District, KwaMashu Clinic, and at Christ the King and Church of Scotland hospitals in Sisonke District.

Ten deputy managers were also disciplined for fraud and corruption. Two hearings are in progress, four have been dismissed, two were found not guilty or their cases were withdrawn, and the other two resigned before their cases were heard. Besides managers, Dhlomo said there are 48 officials within the department between level four and 10 who were also disciplined for fraud and corruption.

A total amount of R1,7 million was recovered as a result and 17 cases have been referred to the SAPS or the Hawks, while 29 other hearings are still in progress.

The MEC’s report also revealed that while about 500 000 HIV and Aids patients were receiving anti-retroviral treatments in KZN, HIV and Aids still accounts for 40% of all maternal deaths in the province.

Dhlomo said out of the province’s HIV testing target of three million, about 2 920 433 had been tested.

The department was commended in the Breastfeeding Summit for being the first and only province in the country that has stopped infant formula feeds since January 2011.

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