Nothing short of a systemic overhaul is required to pull the country’s ailing health system out of its current status quo, South African Deputy President David Mabuza has said. Speaking to delegates at the inaugural Presidential Health Summit in Ekurhuleni Municipality in Gauteng Province on Friday, Mabuza said: “We all agree that our health system is in crisis and needs urgent attention.”
He therefore urged the delegates ranging from government officials and academics to labour and social activists who end their two-day gathering on Saturday to thrash out pressing matters beleaguering the country’s strained health system.
Before any steps can be taken, Deputy President Mabuza said, the country must collectively get to the root cause of the health crises in the country.
“According to the UN World Health Organisation (WHO), one of the six building blocks of a healthy and resilient healthcare system is the health workforce or human resources for health.
“Over the past few months, there has been a serious outcry from all corners of our country about the shortages of the workforce in the public sector.