New clinics part of NHI plan
The ANC reiterates its commitment to putting in place a quality national health care plan where all South Africans are able to access quality health care based on need. We therefore welcome the official opening of the two state-of-the-art clinics in Mthatha and Qumbu, which is a huge achievement and contribution towards in the realisation of the health plan. These two clinics represent the first of the eight “ideal National Health Insurance clinics” built by the national health department in the OR Tambo district, which had been chosen as part of the 10 pilot sites for the rollout of the NHI.
The ANC believes that the NHI clinics will ensure that the problems of long queues for patient treatment, especially for the elderly, the shortage of medicine in clinics as well as the poor infrastructure in health facilities in the province, will be addressed and improved.
We are fully aware that the journey towards universal health care will not have its challenges, but we remain committed and resolute in our promise to our people that the ANC cares, the ANC lives and the ANC leads.
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