More confident about Gauteng health

2013-09-07 07:23

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Johannesburg - More people are showing confidence in Gauteng's primary healthcare facilities, the department said on Friday.

Patient visits to primary healthcare facilities increased from 22 711 585 in 2011/12 to 23 063 294 in 2012/13, spokesperson Simon Zwane said in statement.

He attributed the increase to ward-based outreach teams, which encouraged community members to seek healthcare where necessary.

"The department provides comprehensive primary healthcare services in all its CHCs [community health centres]. It offers 24-hour services at 26 of the 32 CHCs," Zwane said.

The department would continue to work with the infrastructure development department to ensure health facilities were maintained and that new projects were completed within time frames, Health MEC Hope Papo said at the Gauteng legislature on Friday.

"To this end, no new project will be scoped and planned without the involvement of our Infrastructure Management officials.

"As a client we have a right to input into planning and scoping of projects," Papo said.

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