President Cyril Ramaphosa has been awarded a Universal Health Care Award for the move towards universal health coverage for all citizens, by a New York-based non-governmental organisation, The Access-Challenge.
Parliament recently released communication for NHI Bill public hearings in October
The award recognises Ramaphosa’s leadership in moving South Africa forward and applauds the National Health Insurance Bill, which will be tabled soon as Parliament has scheduled public hearings for October.
“The recognition of South Africa’s plan to achieve universal health coverage enabled by National Health Insurance (NHI) coincided with the adoption by the United Nations of the UN Political Declaration on Universal Health Coverage, or UHC, which commits countries to advance towards full coverage for their citizens in four major areas around primary care.”
Ramaphosa notes that the recognition by The Access Challenge will serve as further motivation for the government to continue working effectively with every sector in society to achieve universal health coverage that aligns with the National Development Plan (NDP) vision.
Zweli Mkhize received the award as Ramaphosa was in SA occupied with Heritage Day festivities
The non-governmental organisation is led by the former Tanzanian President, Jakaya Kikwete, and The Access-Challenge works with national leaders to fight for equal access to health care and education for the world’s most under-served populations.
Ramaphosa was unable to physically go and accept the award, as he was dealing with more pertinent matters in the country, as he announced before Heritage Day; however, the Health Minister, Dr Zweli Mkhize, received the award on Ramaphosa’s behalf on Monday, 23 September, in New York.
Minister Mkhize also participated as part of South Africa’s delegation in the annual United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).
Ramaphosa has declared the NHI a “critical part of eradicating inequality”
“This award is both a personal and collective honour shared by the social partners in South Africa who are united in our effort to build a healthy nation in which all citizens have access to health care and services regardless of their ability to pay for such services. This is a critical part of eradicating inequality in our society and building the South Africa we want.”
President Cyril Ramaphosa recently opened doors to the first National Health Insurance (NHI) clinic in the Lusikisiki village, Eastern Cape. The Department of Health applauds the state-of-the-art facility and further declare that the clinic is ready to be used by the community.