KZN Health: new Provincial Council to advise MEC on policies

2011-08-18 00:00

KWAZULU-Natal Health Department established a provincial health council (PHC) in Durban last week.

The council was established in line with chapter four, section 26, of the National Health Act (No. 61 of 2003).

The act stipulates the establishment of advisory boards to the health MECs.

Health MEC Dr Sibongiseni Dhlomo said the PHC is a major step in bringing together two levels of government and other stakeholders in a common goal to achieve a healthy life for all citizens.

Dhlomo said, “The PHC will impact on policy and programmes in an environment where much of the ill health, disease, premature death, and suffering on a large scale are needless, when interventions are available for prevention and treatment.

“This will look into the available arsenal of interventions and technologies in order to address the quadruple burden of diseases and prolong life.

“The power of existing interventions needs to be matched by the power of the health system to deliver them to those in greatest need, in a comprehensive way, and on an adequate scale.”

The council is appointed by the MEC and consists of the head of the Health Department, one councillor each from the district municipalities, and other representatives from the health sector with Dhlomo as chairperson.

The council will advise the MEC on a range of issues, including policy matters that will protect, promote, improve and maintain the health of the KZN population and a number of other matters.

Dhlomo called on the council to recognise that there is no guarantee that the poor will benefit from any health interventions unless there is careful design with this end in mind.

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