Lekgotla in Environmental Health

The South African Institute of Environmental Health (SAIH) in partnership with the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA – Environmental Health) and the National Department of Health hosted a two day Lekgotla in Environmental Health at Kempton Park Civic Centre on 6 and 7 February 2012 to deal with very critical environmental health matters.

The delegates to this Lekgotla were from District and Metropolitan Municipalities, Provincial Health Departments, the National Department of Health, the Professional Board for Environmental Health Practitioners of the HPCSA, NGO’s dealing with environmental health matters and training institutions. Over 90 delegate attended.

The Lekgotla was opened by the Member of the Mayoral Committee of Health and Social Development of Ekhurulani Municipality, CLLr Maluleke. Also present at this Lekgotla was the Director General of Health Ms M. P. Matsoso, the Deputy Director General Dr Yogan Pillay, Chief Director Mr R. Morewane, Mr Sabelo Gwala from the South African Local Government Association (SALGA), Mr M. Moloto from the National Treasury, Dr. B. Starchan and Dr. A. Thulare from the Department of Health, Chairperson of the Professional Board for Environmental Health Practitioners of the HPCSA and the President of the SAIEH.

Many very pertinent topics were discussed and debated by the delegates:

  • National Health Insurance
  • Primary Health Care Re-engineering
  • Primary Health Care Package
  • Human Resources for Health South Africa
  • Financing of Environmental Health Services
  • Delivery of Municipal Health Services
  • Community Services for EHP’s addressing backlogs
  • Environmental Health Research, Education and Training

The main purpose of this Lekgotla was to come up with a collaborative action plan which will be submitted to the Minister of Health so as to inform the future planning of environmental health services in the country.

The Lekgotla was declared a tremendous success and there was commitment by all role-players that this Lekgotla becomes an annual event in the calendar of environmental health. National Environmental Health Day was declared for the 26 September 2012.

The issues we have to address going forward is to improve our communication and to lobby for funding and resources for environmental health so as to improve our service delivery and make a difference in our communities

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