Ramaphosa launches SA’s 5 year strat Health plan in BFN

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Ramaphosa speaking at NSP. Credit: Moeketsi Mogotsi

Deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa was in Bloemfontein to launch a five-year strategic plan combatting the most prevalent diseases in the land, despite rumors that he would not be able to attend due to the reshuffling of the cabinet by President Jacob Zuma on Thursday night.

Ramaphosa was supported by Health Minister Dr. Aaron Motsoaledi, UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibe and other Members of the Executive Council. The event consisted of three parts, with the first being the launch of a multi-drug resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) 9-month regimen at Pelonomi Hospital. After which, was followed by a formal launch of the national strategic plan by various players in the sector, including Free State Health MEC Butana Kompela at Clive Solomon Hall.

The event wrapped up with engagements between the stated speakers as above and members of the Bloemfontein community at Hoffman Square.

Those identified in the strategic plan as vulnerable groups which ought to be prioritized in order to reduce new HIV, TB and STI infections were listed as sex workers, men who have sex with men, adolescent girls and young women, health care workers in addition to many others that were identified as key populations vulnerable to these mentioned illnesses.

The strategic plan, which will run from 2017 to 2022, aims to reduce illness by death and provide care and treatment for all infected in each province, address social and structural drivers of these diseases and mobilize resources to support the achievement of these goals.

The launch of the NSP is one of the highlights of the TB month which is commemorated annually across the globe in the month of March, to raise awareness about TB).

The NSP is the strategic guide for the national response to HIV, TB, and STIs in South Africa. One of the objectives of the Plan is to intensify focus on geographic areas and populations most severely affected by the epidemics. In the Free State, high burden districts for HIV and TB are the Thabo Mofutsanyane, Lejweleputswa and Mangaung Metro municipalities.

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