KZN health dept to promote primary health care

2015-08-17 20:13

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Durban – The KwaZulu-Natal Department of Health announced on Friday that it would be collaborating with the University of KwaZulu-Natal's Medical School to promote primary health care.

KwaZulu-Natal Health MEC Sibongiseni Dhlomo said government would also be accelerating the re-engineering of the community-based public health system into the overall public health care sector.

Speaking at Pholela Community Health Centre in Bulwer, Dhlomo said the centre was acknowledged internationally.

"In South Africa, you are respected if you're an orthopaedic doctor who can chop people's legs when they develop complications.

"But in Cuba, you’re respected because you can teach people how they can prevent diseases. We know the Community Oriented Primary Health [COPH] care approach works for other countries. We want to see it working in our country," said Dhlomo.

He said that by working through a provincial task team, the government would be using Pholela as a pilot site that would eventually demonstrate the effectiveness of the COPH care approach in addressing health challenges in the province.

"The department will collaborate with the University of KwaZulu-Natal Medical School in its efforts to promote primary health care. This will see the university sending students to Pholela as part of their training,” said Dhlomo.

The KwaZulu-Natal Department of Health is currently spending about R143.m to fund 783 medical students studying in Cuba.

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