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South Africa: Psychiatric Hospital to Improve North West Health Services
Source: www.SAnews.gov.za
Source Date: Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Focus: ICT for MDGs
Country: South Africa
Created: Nov 28, 2012

“This will increase access to mental health care services and also boost chances of psychiatric patients to respond to treatment as they will be treated and cared for next to home.

“In the not so distant future, the department will construct community based psychiatric health care facilities in the four districts of the province namely Ngaka Modiri Molema, Bojanala, Dr Ruth Segomotsi Mompati and Dr Kenneth Kaunda,” said North West health department spokesperson, Tebogo Lekgethwane.

A total of R478 million has been set aside for the construction of the psychiatric hospital and the project is expected to be completed in the next 24 months.

Lekgethwane said the department had initially planned to construct a 648-bed hospital, but following extensive consultation with mental health experts and recommendations by World Health Organization (WHO), Masike decided to downsize psychiatric hospital in favour of community based psychiatric health care facilities.

The hospital will have 384 beds. The department will instead meet its 648-bed target by building facilities throughout the province.

Lekgethwane said each community based facility will make provision for residential needs. These include a day care center, a workshop for occupational activities and industrial therapy.

“It is envisaged that each of these facilities will function independently in terms of staff structures and will be located near health facilities to promote easy outreach of health professionals,” he said
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