TO ALL MEDIA/NEWS EDITORS
01 December 2019
ILEMBE DISTRICT MEC OSS CHAMPION NP NKONYENI CALLS FOR INTENSIFIED COMMUNITY MOBILISATION FOR NHI REGISTRATION
KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Human Settlements and Public Works Neliswa Peggy Nkonyeni has called on civil society structures and community organisations to be at the forefront in mobilising communities to register for the National Health Insurance (NHI).
Speaking during a World Aids Day Commemoration event in Ndwedwe outside Verulam, north of Durban, MEC Nkonyeni said it was important the political leaders including councillors mobilised members of the community to participate in the NHI Bill public hearings as well as urging communities to go and register at various health institutions.
“The NHI Bill is aimed at ensuring that every South African receives quality health care and the majority of our people do not have comprehensive medical insurance like medical aid schemes,” said MEC Nkonyeni.
Speaking in her capacity as MEC Operation Sukuma Sakhe (OSS) Ilembe District Champion, MEC Nkonyeni said great strides had been made in the fight against HIV and Aids since the era of former Presidents Nelson Mandela and Thabo Mbeki.
“We have come a long way from the era of the infamous AZT drug and other earlier cocktail of anti retroviral treatment to the new single pill that was recently unveiled by Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize this week” said MEC Nkonyeni.
She also urged health officials not to let their guard down on other diseases that appear to be killing more people now than HIV and Aids.
“Nowadays, more and more people are dying from diseases such as cancer as well as Tuberculosis. We have to be multi-pronged in our approach and make sure we screen people for all illnesses,” remarked MEC Nkonyeni.
The MEC Champion of Ilembe District also urged for the intensification and revitalisation of community structures such as Ward Aids Councils or Committees in all Wards if the adherence to this year’s World Aids Day theme of: “Communities make the Difference” was to be realised.
She also said a more detailed reporting template had to be developed for the local municipalities to truly reflect the good work that is being done at local level.
MEC Nkonyeni together with District Mayor Councillor Siduduzo Gumede, and KwaDukuza Speaker Councillor Phumlile Zulu and other councillors also visited the nearby Mavela Siyanekelela Care Hospice near eZindlovini area of Ward 14 where they interacted with the elderly citizens residing there. They also brought groceries for the elderly and interacted with them about their living conditions.
Thereafter the entourage left for a community engagement at the Johnny Makhathini Hall where a candle lighting ceremony was conducted in memory of all those who have died of HIV and Aids as well as in solidarity for the infected and affected.
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