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newsThe Citizen reports that it has emerged from public hearings undertaken by the portfolio committee on health to get input on the National Health Insurance (NHI) Bill that traditional leaders believe that their role in healthcare has been ignored.  

They are of the view that they have been marginalised from the new dispensation, despite the fact that people are dying in hospitals.  The healers have pointed out that the Bill, which aims to achieve universal access to quality healthcare services, does not include their services.  Traditional healers in Mpumalanga expressed their concern to the committee during its visit to Thembisile Hani and Nkomazi local municipalities this past weekend.  Committee chairperson Dr Sibongiseni Dhlomo said the traditional healers suggested that for the Bill to be successful, it should be inclusive of all forms of treatment.  This should include indigenous medications as there were traditional communities that believed in using those.  The broader community warned against spending money on implementing the NHI at the expense of essential services like infrastructure, water and sanitation.  Dhlomo assured the people that all their views and questions would be thoroughly considered after the hearings, when the committee dealt with the Bill in Parliament.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Eric Naki at The Citizen

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