Gauteng Health Department Requested To Reverse backlogs Of Pandemic

The Democratic Alliance (DA) is calling upon Gauteng Health Department to reverse disturbing backlogs arising from the Covid-19 lockdown.

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The Acting MEC Of Health In Gauteng, Jacob Mamanolo/ Photo File: Sowetan LIVE

The Democratic Alliance (DA) is calling upon Gauteng Health Department to reverse disturbing backlogs arising from the Covid-19 lockdown.

As revealed in the recently released First Quarterly Report which covers the April to June period.

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According to the report, the department only spent R12.262 billion (22%) of the total R55.727 billion annual budgets instead of R14.579 billion (25%), which is shortfall of R2.3 billion.

The most worrying under-achievements are the following:

  •   1 055 052 HIV/Aids patients are on anti-retroviral treatment as opposed to the 1 225 752 target.
  •  only 728 532 were tested for HIV/AIDS against the set target of 875 000.
  •  only 76.5% of children under one year old were immunized, a 10.6% decrease from the previous quarter and well below the 98% target.
  •  antenatal visits for pregnant women were 65.8% instead of the 70% target.

The DA said the large number TB patients have been lost for follow-up but the department blames non-reporting on a system upgrade error, and is disturbingly not able to provide figures on the TB treatment success rate either.

“There has been a sharp increase in the child under 5 years diarrhoea case fatality rate which was 7.9% against the 2% national norm,” said DA.

However, the cause for concern is the 8.6% case fatality rate for severe acute malnutrition, an increase of 2.5% from the previous quarter and higher than the 7.2% national norm.

In addition, no figures are given on the surgery backlogs for elective procedures, but DA estimate it is likely to be a lot more than 10 000 as backlogs already high previously.

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“Extra efforts are needed to cut the diagnosis and treatment backlogs caused by the lockdown and the diversion of resources to fight the Covid-19 pandemic,” said DA.

It added that persistent poor management and corruption cripples the ability of the public health system to provide quality treatment in the face of multiple health challenges.

 

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