South Africa to host Annual Municipal Health Services National Summit

Health Minister, Aaron Motsoaledi. Photo: African Media.

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA (ADV) – The South African Local Government Association (SALGA) in partnership with the South African Institute of Environmental Health (SAIEH), Department of Health, the International Federation of Environmental Health (IFEH) and the City of Ekurhuleni will tomorrow host the Annual Municipal Health Services National Summit as part of local government’s mandate of promoting a safe and healthy environment.

The Summit aims to strengthen the delivery of Municipal Health Services towards a Safe and Healthy environment

Running under the theme “Strengthening the Delivery of Municipal Health Services by Municipalities”, the Summit will be held at the Southern Sun Hotel, OR Tambo International Airport in Gauteng Province.

On the day, Minister of Health, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi, will deliver a special address on the second day of the summit and over 200 delegates from Metropolitan, Districts and Local Municipalities, National and Provincial Government, Academic Institutions, Private sector, Regulatory Bodies, NGO’s working on Environmental Health and research institutions are expected to attend.

He is expected to touch on issues like the role of South African municipalities and its capacity to combat Listeriosis, fake and unsafe food incidences in the country has been a point of debate in the past year.

Also to be discussed are topics relating to strengthening the capacity of municipalities for effective and efficient service delivery on municipal health services has never been this critical, given the number of incidents, preventable loss of life, conflict and confusion among some South African communities.

Health and Emergency Services Working Group at SALGA, Chairperson, Councillor Stan Ramaila said the past year has been the most eventful year in the sector given the Listeriosis outbreak, fake and unsafe food incidences.

“These and other incidences demand that government and other role players urgently examine the situation without delay in the spirit of bringing sustainable solutions.”

The Summit presents another opportunity for municipalities together with relevant stakeholders to discuss challenges, opportunities and strategies which impact on the delivery of health services by local government.

It will also tackle key issues such as ensuring appropriate and sustainable delivery of municipal health services delivery by municipalities, placing Municipal Health Services at the centre of the public health system and appropriate indicators for reporting and evaluation of Municipal Health Services report.

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