MEC budgets R36 million for medical bursaries

2011-03-28 00:00

NEW technologists will be based at the hospitals in KwaZulu-Natal from next year to fix medical equipment that breaks down.

KZN Health MEC Sibongiseni Dhlomo said in his budget speech on Friday that 93 students from all districts will be sent to the Tshwane University of Technology to study health technology engineering in the coming financial year.

More technology students will be sent the following year.

The MEC said this is one example of many job creation initiatives budgeted for in the coming year.

More than 600 nursing assistants and 600 staff nurses will also be trained.

Bursaries to the value of R36 million for the training of medical personnel will be made available.

Posts have been created for 263 mid-level workers, including occupational therapists, physiotherapists and pharmacy assistants.

Dhlomo disclosed that hospitals and clinics in certain districts are buying vegetables and eggs from co-operatives as well as sourcing hospital linen from these emerging businesses.

Another highlight of Dhlomo’s budget speech is that the department has saved R100 million in the past financial year due to tightening up in the supply chain management unit.

One hundred and twenty-five ambulances bought for the World Cup have been distributed to various districts to replace those that were written off or were beyond repair.

Twelve of these ambulances will be reconfigured into obstetric units.

An additional 274 new ambulances will replace the ageing fleet and more than 250 emergency medical personnel will be recruited to work in the expanded emergency service.

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