Post SOPA Media Briefing Statement by MEC Bandile Masuku
Under the Growing Gauteng Together (GGT2030) plan the decade we are in, will witness the accelerated transformation of the Gauteng healthcare system through investment in infrastructure, recruitment of skilled and talented professionals, improvement of patients’ experience of care, deployment of ICT to enhance efficiencies, tackling fraud and corruption and rolling out the Employee Value Proposition programme across all our facilities.
As a result of in-migration and the burden of disease which puts pressure on the limited resources available to the Gauteng Department of Health (GDoH), we are in a process of building six hospitals and five clinics. Nine hospitals, (Bheki Mlangeni; Jubilee; Mamelodi; Tambo Memorial; Tembisa; Edenvale; Dr George Mukhari; Kopanong; Sebokeng and Thelle Mogoerane) will be prioritised for the Occupational Health & Safety and refurbishment programme. This project will be funded through MTEF allocations. The refurbishment in these facilities will be in the critical service points which are Emergency & Trauma Units, Maternity Wards, Supporting Theatre Facilities, Laundry, Radiology, and Oncology Units.
The new hospital facilities to be built are Daveyton, Jubilee, Soshanguve, and there will be a replacement of Khayalami and Tambo Memorial Hospitals. These will be capitalized through accessing private funding.
In this MTEF period we will be completing twelve Primary Health Care facilities. These are mainly under construction at various progress levels. The projects include - Boikhutsong, Mandisa Shiceka, Boitumelo, Finetown, Greenspark, Khutsong South, Kekanastad, and Sebokeng Zone 17 which are Community Day Clinics. In addition to other PHC facilities, Randfontein Community Health Centre is currently under construction. The other three CHC to be constructed are Lehae, Kagiso, and Kokosi.
2. 90-90-90 goal (current 90-66-84)
To reach the 90-90-90 goal (90% of the population know their HIV status, 90% of those who are infected are on treatment and 90% of those receiving treatment improve to the point where the virus can no longer be detected) we have introduced number of interventions which includes:
● Identifying high risk and hard to reach areas through mapping.
● Conducting HTS and TB screening campaigns targeting hostels, correctional services and institutions of higher learning.
● Implementation of Operation PHUTHUMA strategy.
● Conduct Welcome Back Campaign also known as Buya Uzo Cheka Impilo which focuses on accelerating screening and testing for chronic diseases, finding HIV positive and TB clients who were never initiated on treatment.
● Establish Men‘s clinic to increase the uptake of ART and TB treatment initiation at facilities.
● Strengthen Youth Friendly services at health facilities to increase the uptake of ART by Youth.
3. Mother-to-Child Transmission of HIV
We are on course to achieve 0% Mother-to-Child Transmission of HIV by 2025 ahead of the 2030 target. We are sitting at 0.7% in 2019. To achieve our goal we have strengthened and integrated testing and TB screening at IMCI services to increase uptake in children. Campaigns and community dialogues to encourage early Antenatal Care bookings will be heightened including tracing exposed babies through Ward Based Outreach Team programme and conducting audit for all HIV positive babies.
4. Human resource
A total number of 19708 critical positions were filled by January 2020 and those posts consist of clinicians, allied and nursing staff. As part of strengthening leadership and governance 11 posts for CEOs have been filled in this financial year and three remaining hospitals: Jubilee, Bertha Gxowa and Heidelberg will have CEOs by May this year. As the 6th Administration, we made a commitment to fill all vacant critical posts hence the declaration of war on vacant posts.
5. COVID -19
The Gauteng Department of Health continues to work very closely with the office of Health Minister Dr. Zweli Mkhize in dealing with matters relating to the COVID-19 virus.
We have established a multi-sectoral coordination team which is tasked with coordinating a heightened response to the situation, providing leadership and coordination of stakeholder resources to minimise morbidity and mortality, preserve health system effectiveness and promote early reporting of suspected cases and the roll out of the applicable protocols.
We want to acknowledge the work of all health workers and staff of GDoH who have been in the frontline thus far in responding to the fight against the COVID-19 virus. The designated hospitals for isolation in Gauteng are Charlotte Maxexe Academic Hospital, the Steve Biko Academic Hospital as well as the Tembisa Tertiary Hospital.
We are currently drawing from members of the Provincial and District Outbreak Response Teams for contact tracing.
Currently, all the COVID-19 cases appear to be imported linked to those who travelled to certain countries. GDoH is working on strengthening community awareness, prevention and screening.
To ensure effective communication, we will be enhancing the capacity of Mpilo, our patient engagement App to include COVID-19 self-screening/reporting icon, which will enable the community to screen themselves and provide critical information to the department. Based on the responses provided, the system will trigger an alert for users based on applicable criteria.
We hope that this will assist with establishing trends in certain areas we need to look out for. We encourage everyone to download this platform, currently available on IOS and Android. The feature will be ready by end of the week.
As part of their contribution to the fight against COVID-19, Cell C has agreed to have Mpilo App zero rated on its network. This is a commendable step.
We call on other network providers to do the same as this will ensure greater access to critical information and public announcements.
We once again wish to reiterate that any confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the country will be communicated by the Minister of Health. We are appeal to everyone to stop with the spreading and sharing of fake news, this is greatly undermining the work of Health workers.
For more information contact
Kwara Kekana, Spokesperson: MEC for Health
074 054 3826 or Kwara.Kekana@gauteng.gov.za
Philani Mhlungu, Media Liaison Officer: MEC for Health
060 961 2627 or Philani.Mhlungu@gauteng.gov.za
For media releases, speeches and news visit the Gauteng Department of Health’s portal at www.gauteng.gov.za