Workers at the KwaMhlanga Forensic Pathology Services Centre in Mpumalanga are unhappy with their poor working conditions. Balise Mabona writes that the National Education, Health and Allied Workers Union (Nehawu) wants renovations to the pathology facility to be completed so it can re-open after it was closed down for failing to comply with infrastructural requirements.
HIV and AIDS
COSATU, the Anglican and Catholic churhes and the Treatment Campaign have joined forces, determined to pressurise Government into increasing its budget to allow for AIDS drugs. The groups also called on Government to declare a national emergency and to “get on with it”, steering clear of controversy
Policy and Legislation
Medical schools have welcomed a move by the health department to introduce community service for a further seven health professions, the majority by 2003.
South Africa’s Health minister Dr Manto Tshabalala-Msimang has made it clear that her budget does not allow for anti-retroviral treatment, but she has recommitted herself to treating opportunistic infections, boosting people’s immune systems and addressing nutrition as a matter or urgency. She also refuted reports that Government was de-emphasising spend on HIV/AIDS.
South African health minister Dr Manto Tshabalala-Msimang has recommitted herself to fighting TB and Malaria. She has ordered a forensic audit of the SA National TB Association and expanded the use of DDT to control Malaria in Mpumalanga and the Northern Province.
Several pieces of legislation are expected to come before Parliament before the end of the year. The health minister describes the Mental Health Care Bill as one of the most interesting pieces of legislation while the crucial National Health Bill will not be tabled this year following Constitutional hitches.
HIV and AIDS
The death of parents due to HIV/AIDS is leaving a growing number of children vulnerable and in need of care. The more fortunate are taken in by grandparents or other relatives, but this does not protect them from the a life of poverty where food and clothing is scarce and often they are turned away […]