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A first of its kind Meeting between Health MEC and Mahikeng Mayor to tackle health challenges in the Municipality

Mahikeng – The MEC for Health in the North West Province, Dr Magome Masike has toady 16 February met with the Mahikeng Local Municipality Mayor Gosiame Seatlholo in what is a first of its kind meeting between the Department and the Municipality. The meeting which is the initiative of the Municipality brought to the fore issues of health service delivery which the communities of villages and locations around Mahikeng have raised with the Mayor during the various community meetings and the Integrated Development Plan consultations forums.

"We need the MEC and the Department to work with us as the Municipality so that together we can tackle health related community challenges. Some of the issues I bring to your attention and action emanates from meetings we had with our community while others were extracted from our IDP", said Mayor Seatlholo

Among issues raised are concerns around late arrival of mobile clinics in some of the villages particularly those in deep rural areas and travelling long distances to access health services like it is the case with the communities of Kabe, Dibono, Moshawane and Mmanawane villages. These villages which are within the Ratlou Local Municipality do not have permanent structure clinics and the communities are as a result expected to travel as far as Disaneng and Mmasutlhe villages to access clinics. They are serviced by mobile clinics but the municipality has received complains about mobiles not pitching up in some cases or arriving late.

The MEC for Health Dr Magome Masike promised to convene his managers to look at all health service delivery challenges raised and provide the response and a proposal on how to tackle them. He however highlighted that the Department is aware of the issues some of which are as a result of challenges like shortage of health professionals. "We are currently struggling to build clinics in every village because of shortage of health professionals to adequately stuff those facilities. We also need to improve on roads in our rural areas so that it can be safe to transport patients to health facilities".

MEC Masike has also hailed the meeting as a historical occurance which will pave way to a joint and integrated approach to health service delivery to the community of Mahikeng. "I am grateful of the initiative by Mayor Seatlholo.  It is for the first time that we have this kind of a meeting where a municipality assess health services in their jurisdiction and approach the Department for intervention. This initiative will go a long way in ensuring that the Department and the Municipality work together all the time to tackle health service delivery challenges in our communities", responded MEC Dr Magome Masike

Mayor Seatlholo and the Mahikeng Municipality will invite the Department of Health in the next meeting with the community to give feedback on plans to address health service delivery challenges raised with the Department.



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