Care ‘will improve in KZN’

2009-08-05 00:00

THE Health Department’s newly-appointed head of department (HOD) Dr Sibongile Zungu has assured the public that the quality of health services in the province will improve under her leadership.

MEC for Health Sibongiseni Dhlomo introduced Zungu to the media at a briefing held at Albert Luthuli Hospital and said that he was confident she would take the Health Department to greater heights.

Zungu will be dealing with poor managerial skills within hospitals and the delayed response to improving health care. “She has had a good track record in Gauteng. We had to twist her arm to get her to KZN. We are confident about her heading the department,” he said.

Zungu was also the acting HOD in Mpumalanga’s Health and Social Services Department.

Dhlomo also revealed other new members of his senior management team, acting chief financial officer Ndoda Biyela and Lorraine Naidoo from the supply chain management and said they would improve the running of the department.

“We simply cannot afford to be distracted from our central purpose … We must pursue every possible opportunity to improve efficiency. We are learning as we keep moving on, with an appropriate sense of urgency,” he said.

Issues like poor supply chain management, lack of financial management in institutions and lack of managerial skills within health institutions would be addressed.

To improve services, 75 new ambulances have been added to the existing emergency medical rescue services, while a budget of R5 million has been set aside to train personnel.

“We are in a process of identifying 600 community health care workers who would be trained in first aid level three and basic health promotions to be deployed as first aiders and health promoters in all high-impact areas such as the airport and shopping malls,” he said.

More than 400 emergency care practitioners at basic life support (BLS) level will be appointed from May to June on a contractual basis.


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