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How Gauteng’s Health Department plans to spend its $258mln

Southern Africa

by Aviwe Mtila 0

Mahlangu says she’s confident the Gauteng Dept of Health will get a clean audit report at the end of the financial year. Photo: Wikimedia.

The Gauteng health MEC, Qedani Mahlangu, vowed to improve hospital services and increase the number of doctors in clinics with the added $258 million that’s been allocated for primary healthcare.

Speaking to CNBC Africa, Mahlangu says she’s confident that the Gauteng Department of Health will get a clean audit report at the end of the financial year. Mahlangu has also committed to raising “at least one billion rand [$64 million].”

READ THE HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE CONVERSATION BELOW OR WATCH THE VIDEO:

“I want to congratulate MEC Barbra Creecy [Gauteng’s finance MEC] for balancing the very difficult environments that we find ourselves in and the fact that she’s been able, through her department, to find a bit of money to give to difficult departments like ourselves and that of education. I think it’s a very commendable and prudent management of our fiscus.”

-          Qedani Mahlangu, Gauteng Health MEC.

“We can only commit to South Africans that money allocated to health, we will do everything possible to our powers that we stretch the rand even further, we do things that matter and we eliminate any inefficiency in the system.”

-          Qedani Mahlangu, Gauteng Health MEC.

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“Despite the fiscal constraint that we find ourselves in, one of the things the MEC was able to say eloquently is that we are still allowed to hire nurses, we are still allowed to hire pharmacists, we are still allowed to hire doctors, and I think that must also give confidence to the citizens that we are able to still deliver services to the citizens of our province.”

-          Qedani Mahlangu, Gauteng Health MEC.

“The MEC spoke about the R4 billion that must be added to the primary healthcare services. Millions of our citizens enter public healthcare through the clinic, through the community healthcare centre, through district hospitals. Therefore if we capacitate all our primary healthcare facilities and have decent number of nurses, from the numbers that we have now, have availability of medication on time, and the basic essential equipment that are needed there, it will continue to build and make sure that the citizens believe in the system. Part of the money is going to make sure that we get more doctors to be residents in these clinics.”

-          Qedani Mahlangu, Gauteng Health MEC.

“We have this tag of being a department that’s under curatorship. We’ve put systems in place where every Friday we have a meeting with all our hospital managers, CEOs, as well as people who manage our finances including the procurement team as well as just our logistics in general. There we deal with the basic things that we have problems with including the issues of revenue. So the systems we are putting in place I am confident that at the end of this financial year, God willing, we will get clean audit reports. It will help the entire provincial government for [the Department of] Health to get an unqualified and clean audit report.”

-          Qedani Mahlangu, Gauteng Health MEC.

“We’ve sourced the services of the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants and those chartered accountants have been deployed in respective hospitals to help us as part of improving our financial management and putting systems in place and dealing with the basic things around managing the finances of our hospitals.”

-          Qedani Mahlangu, Gauteng Health MEC.

“Basically up until December we were doing exceptionally well in paying service providers on time. The fact that now we are managing a very tight ship, our cash flow is not what it used to be in the first nine months of the financial year. So we are paying service providers once a month and we’re hoping that at the beginning of the financial year we’ll go back to paying service providers within 30 days. Not only that, we need to have decent cash flows going forward so that next year this time we do not have a limited cash flow availability. That’s why we’re pulling all the stops to raise additional revenue and we’ve committed ourselves that we’ll raise at least one billion rand.”

Qedani Mahlangu, Gauteng Health MEC.

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