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Zweli MkhizeTimesLIVE reports that as SA emerges from the shadow of the Covid-19 pandemic, Health Minister Zweli Mkhize has promised an aggressive “catch-up” drive to restore community health services and persuade people to seek health care.  

Speaking at a webinar on Wednesday, Mkhize noted:  “We are aware that, due to the combination of lockdown regulations and the fear of contracting Covid-19 in [health] facilities, our people shied away from seeking what may have been deemed to be non-urgent or non-essential health services.”  HIV testing dropped by 46%, while countrywide screening for TB fell 9% for adults and 14% for children as fearful people stayed away from hospitals and clinics.  The minister also confirmed that SA would move forward on the implementation of National Health Insurance (NHI).  The NHI bill was submitted to parliament in July 2019.  “Just as we were to begin the parliamentary hearings, a storm brewed in China with the winds blowing in our direction, forcing us to avert our gaze from those goals and attend to a global health disaster,” Mkhize pointed out.  He said most South Africans welcomed public health reform which would ensure that everyone had equal access to medical care and which would “eliminate the current unjust two-tiered system”.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Paul Ash at TimesLIVE

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