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DATE: 08 May 2013

ENQUIRIES: Lulu Mxekezo

TEL: (053) 830 2122 / 083 357 4441


The MEC for Health, Mr Mxolisi Sokatsha cordially invites you to the launch of Integrated School Health Programme in De Aar by the National Minister of Health, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi. This is one of the flagship projects of the National Health Insurance (NHI) programme which is piloted at Pixley ka Seme district. It is aimed at ensuring that learners receive health care services provided by qualified health personnel at schools. Details of the launch are as follows:


TIME: 14:00



Issued by the Northern Cape Department of Health



DATE: 19 March 2013

INQUIRIES: Lulu Mxekezo

TEL: (053) 830 2112 / 083 357 4441

RE: NGO and Community Health Care Workers Conference


The Northern Cape Department of Health cordially invites you to a media briefing on Wednesday, 20 March 2013 at the Tabernacle Church after the NGO and Community Health Care Workers Conference. The Conference will be held from the 19th to 20th March 2013. The theme of the conference is “Towards Re-engineering Primary Health Care – Redefining the Role of NGO’s”

The aim of the conference is to:

To re-define the roles of NGOs and Community Health workers in Community Health services, in the advent of key policy shifts and strategic focus (e.g Primary Health Care Re engineering, the National Health Insurance and the Provincial Strategic Plan (PSP) 2012-16).
To highlight the status of HIV, TB and Maternal Health in the past 4 years.
To provide information to NGOs regarding the legal requirements pertaining to reporting (financial and non-financial)

The details of the media briefing are as follows:

Date: Wednesday, 20th March

Venue: Tabernacle Church, Mark Okkert Street, Kimberley

Time: 10:00 am

The current Provincial Strategic Plan (PSP) (2012-16) presents a consensus roadmap for Northern Cape to achieve provincial goals towards HIV prevention, treatment and care and support by 2016. All this is an attempt to meet the set vision for South Africa which is:

Zero new HIV and TB infections;
Zero new HIV infections from mother to child transmission
Zero preventable deaths associated with HIV and TB
Zero discrimination associated with HIV and TB

In an attempt to achieve the above, the Provincial Strategic Plan (PSP) has been structured in a multi-sectoral framework approach so as to encourage a variety of role players (civil society, private sector, non-profit organizations and communities) to work together with the provincial government. The pronouncement made by the Honourable Minister of Health, Dr. Aaron Motsoaledi to strengthen the delivery of health services through the Re-engineering of Primary Health Care (PHC) is an example of how, through the involvement of Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and Community Health Workers (CHW), the current health system can be overhauled in the country. Primary Health Care (PHC) as the foundation of the national health system. The district health system (DHS) was adopted and a PHC package of services was accordingly designed thereafter.

It cannot be emphasized enough, that the role of civil society in this approach is of paramount importance. While the relationship between the department and contracted NGO’s has come a long way, it is critical to embrace the changing environment in which health services are being rendered in general, outside of the narrow focus of “Community Home based Care (CHBC)” as it had come to be widely known. While CHBC services will still be rendered, it must be understood that the paradigm shift brought about by the dawn of PHC Re-engineering, will reduce the scale of CHBC, while most preventative services will be in the service package to be delivered by the Ward-based Outreach Teams and the School Health Programme.

Your presence at the media briefing will be highly appreciated. ENDS

Issued by the Northern Cape Department of Health

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21 September 2010
Andrid F. Scholtz
(053) 830 2000 / 0824479696

Ministerial Health Campaign Successful

The MEC for Health in province, Mr Mxolisi Sokatsha, would like to express his joy and gratitude towards the successful Ministerial Health Campaign conducted across the province during August/September 2010. The campaign kicked off in the Pixley-Ka-Seme District in the towns of Petrusville and De Aar during the week of 23-26 August 2010. The campaign then moved to the Siyanda Region during the week of 30 August to 02 September 2010 where the communities of Louisvale-Weg, Paballelo, Marchand, Alheit, Askham, Groot-Mier, Topline and Wegdraai were visited. Lastly the campaign ended in Greater Nr 2,Galeshewe-Kimberley during the week of 06-09 September 2010.

The campaign was conducted under the umbrella of the HCT Campaign and it’s slogan: “ I am responsible- We are Responsible- South Africa is Taking Responsibility”. The Northern Cape Department of Health and the Ministry embarked on this integrated multi-disciplinary HCT campaign which were executed successfully in the sense that the campaign objectives were reached. The campaign is done in line with the Ten Point Plan developed for the Health sector and specifically addresses Point 7 : Accelerated implementation of the HIV & AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Infections National Strategic Plan 2007-11 and increased focus on TB and other communicable diseases and Point 8 –Mass mobilization for better health for the population. MEC Sokatsha would to express a special thank you to our strategic health partners and also the respective District and Local Municipalities for their support, commitment and participation towards the campaign.

Campaign activities included health walks, door-to-door activities, health education sessions, exhibitions, community dialogues and Candlelight Memorial services. Services rendered included HIV Counseling and Testing (HCT),Blood pressure assessment, Blood sugar assessment, Hemoglobin assessment, Five TB screening (symptomatic screening, through five verbal questions),Male and female condom distribution, Oral Health, Eye Health,H1N1 Vaccinations and Promotion of Healthy lifestyles

According to some statistics gathered in the districts, in Pixley-Ka-seme 310, Siyanda 150 and Frances Baard 378 people tested and received counseling for HIV. In the Pixley-Ka-Seme District 19 people, the Siyanda District 13 and in the Frances Baard District 18 people tested positive for HIV. Over 316 door-to-door visits were conducted in Pixley-Ka-Seme, 616 in Siyanda and 260 in Frances Baard. Dental patients consulted were Pixley-Ka-Seme 380, Siyanda 265 and Frances Baard 79. The number of ophthalmic examinations conducted was Pixley-Ka-Seme 200, Siyanda 337 and Frances Baard 172. The number of clients screened for chronic illnesses were Pixley-Ka-Seme 441, Siyanda 1238 and Frances Baard 737. Regarding the H1N1 Campaign, the number of adults and children receiving treatment were Pixley-Ka-Seme 272 and Frances Baard 277.The number of patients screened for TB was Pixley-Ka-Seme 441, Siyanda 270 and Frances Baard 323.

The overarching challenges faced by our communities in terms of health service delivery challenges are among others insufficient human resources on facility level, long waiting times, negative staff attitudes, limited medical supplies, ineffective emergency medical services (EMS),poor access to specialized health care (eye care, dental care).Socio-Economic conditions are also posing health risks in our communities like poverty and unemployment, alcohol dependency, poor infrastructure (dilapidated dwellings),bucket systems and poor access to social support services.

MEC Sokatsha would like to encourage communities to report any form of non compliance to District Health managers. The MEC acknowledges the challenges experienced by the department regarding the issues raised and indicated that all districts are in the process of addressing these challenges through clearly defined operational plans. MEC Sokatsha also requests all municipal councilors to assess the health needs in their areas and report it to the department as soon as possible.

The Ministerial Health Campaign will continue in the Namaqua and John Taolo Gaetsewe Districts during October/ November 2010.

We call upon all communities: Know your status, get tested!

Working together, we can do more!

Andrid F. Scholtz
Ministerial Spokesperson
Tel : 053 830 2000
Cell: 0824479696
Fax: 053 8331925
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Issued by: Ministry of Health
Northern Cape Province
21 September 2010

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The MEC for Health in province, Mr Mxolisi Sokatsha, would like to take this opportunity to invite all to the Opening of the Upgraded Hopetown Clinic and the continuation of the Ministerial Health Campaign in Hopetown in the Pixley-Ka-Seme District on 11 March 2011.
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19 August 2010

The MEC of Health in province, Mr Mxolisi Sokatsha, would like to take this opportunity to inform the people of the Northern Cape of a planned Ministerial Health Campaign across the province during August-September 2010. All five districts will be targeted with specific communities to be zoomed upon in terms of health service delivery challenges.
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