North West Department of Health MEC Madoda Sambatha recently provided an update on the achievements of the Section 100(1)(b) intervention implemented in the department on April 25, 2018.
The placement of the department under administration in terms of the constitution of the Republic of South Africa is as a result of a series of challenges experienced which affect the efficient and adequate provision of health services for the people of the North West province.
Reflecting on the achievements of the intervention, MEC Sambatha indicated that key management vacancies have been filled and more than five thousand (5000) permanent frontline staff have been appointed to improve the delivery of quality healthcare to North West residents.
“Many departmental officials were promoted to higher-level positions, thereby contributing to staff satisfaction, stability and loyalty to the Department,” said MEC Sambatha.
“The workforce environment has also been stabilized and discipline is slowly returning to NWDoH both in the areas of financial misconduct and dereliction of duty,” added MEC Sambatha.
MEC Sambatha gave an example, the dismissal of the previous Head of the Department was a strategic action that conveyed a strong message that public service laws and regulations must be respected and obeyed.
Here’s how the intervention directly benefits the people of the province:
- The ratio of health workers per 100,000 population has increased, so health facilities are more responsive than in 2018.
- Operating rooms are repaired, equipment is purchased and specialists are appointed. This move resulted in a reduction in the surgical backlog in the hospital.
- More MRI scans are performed, increasing access to sophisticated diagnostic procedures.
- The kidney unit in Klerksdorp-Tshepong was upgraded to help the province have more people on kidney dialysis.
- Orthopedic surgeons are appointed to reduce operating costs and reduce waiting time for orthopedic surgery
- An ophthalmologist was appointed at Mahikeng Hospital. This specialist performed more than 200 cataract surgeries in less than two months after his appointment in 2019, bringing vision back to our older generation.
- Additional Internal Medicine Specialists were appointed, resulting in better clinical management processes and the elimination of people, in some major hospitals, sleeping on the floor while waiting for treatment. These specialists are leading the handling of COVID-19 at the seven major hospitals.
- Other important appointments made to achieve a positive impact on service delivery include obstetricians, dermatologists, pediatricians, general surgeons, psychologists, speech therapists and audiologists and family physicians.
- Managers were appointed for Quality Assurance at seven major hospitals and this added further impetus to the hospital’s quality improvement efforts.
- To support key clinical processes and to ensure that our facilities meet infection prevention and control principles, additional administrative staff, field officers and cleaning staff are also appointed.
- Space in primary health care facilities has been increased through infrastructure projects.
The Department has taken further steps to address the shortage of drug stocks in public health facilities.
“The availability of provincial drugs as a whole has reached 81% according to the national essential list in the third quarter of 2021/2022. Availability of antiretrovirals (ARVs) and vaccines for the Extended Program on Immunization is maintained above 92%, while Tuberculosis (TB) drugs are above 82%,” said MEC Sambatha.
Provinces will experience shortages of certain goods from time to time when there is a national problem with that particular drug. However, information on the department’s process for filing general complaints is available at various health facilities. Through this process, people experiencing drug shortages can increase their challenges if they believe they are not getting the cooperation of the health facilities they visit.
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