President Zuma visits Limpopo to assess progress in achieving health outputs

President Jacob Zuma will on Thursday, 07 July 2011, undertake an official visit to the Limpopo Province as part of the Presidential Performance Monitoring and Evaluation programme.


This is a hands-on monitoring of the implementation of the government programme against the twelve outcomes. The Limpopo visit will focus on the Health Outcome, which is intended to ensure that all South Africans live a long and healthy life.


It is a second visit following the Eastern Cape visit last month where the key focus was on education.


President Zuma will be accompanied by Performance Monitoring and Evaluation Minister Collins Chabane and Deputy Minister Dina Pule, Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan, Health Minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi and Deputy Minister Dr Gwen Ramakgopa, Public Works Minister Gwen Mahlangu-Nkabinde, Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini and Limpopo Premier Cassel Mathale as well as Limpopo Members of the Executive Council (MECs), who will interact with key role players in health sector including patients, medical and traditional practitioners and senior management.


During the Limpopo visit, the President and his delegation will assess the state of health facilities and later hold a meeting with the Provincial Executive Council.


The President will undertake visits to Siloam Hospital in the Vhembe District and Lebowakgomo Hospital in the Capricorn District, while Ministers and Deputy Ministers will cover 6 other hospitals and clinics in all five districts simultaneously. The President and Ministers will then meet for report backs with the EXCO.


The President and his delegation will monitor and evaluate progress made by government against the following health outputs to improve the state of our public health system: 


  • Output 1: Increasing life expectancy
  • Output 2: Decreasing maternal and child mortality rates
  • Output 3: Combating HIV and AIDS and decreasing the burden of diseases from tuberculosis
  • Output 4: Strengthening health system effectiveness

In line with national efforts to reinvigorate the public health system through the implementation of the new re-engineered Primary Health Care (PHC) model, all Limpopo health districts are providing school health services. Plans are also underway for the establishment of ward-based PHC Teams and district-based Medical Specialist Teams which places emphasis on the delivery of community-based health care.  Significant progress has also been made with improving the delivery of health facilities, focusing on all four components of infrastructure; health technology; organisational development and ensuring the quality of health services. The province has completed assessments and begun to implement quality improvement projects. 


Despite all these achievements, there are a number of challenges that still remain in the delivery of health care in the province which includes child and women mortality, severe shortages in the number of health professionals and specialists, with consequences for the delivery of quality health care to all.


Enquiries: Harold Maloka on 082 847 9799 or Zanele Mngadi on 082 330 1148.

 Issued by: The Presidency


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