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South Africa: Gauteng Health Making Strides in Improving Lives
Source: www.sanews.gov.za
Source Date: Thursday, April 24, 2014
Focus: Journals, Internet Governance
Country: South Africa
Created: Apr 24, 2014

“Posts in all medical orthotics and prosthetics centres are now filled and podiatry staff has increased from five to 13 since 2007,” the department said.
The department added that it is also implementing bold interventions to attract more people with disabilities into the organisation. The total number of people with disabilities recruited in the department increased from 405 in 2011 to 545 by March 2012.

The department is also continuing with the support of the elderly -- this is done through initiatives such as provision of community based care.
“With the programme, the community health workers ensure that senior citizen are being visited at their old age homes and are being provided with screening and treatment for chronic conditions services.

“Some of the services offered include cataract surgeries to eliminate preventable blindness, dentures to improve digestion and oxygen therapy at home. Through the programme medication is also delivered to the homes of our elderly communities.”

In addition, the department has also established fast queues for the elderly in 14 community health centres, thus exceeding the national target of 10. Elderly people can now access 280 functional support groups for the four major chronic conditions (hypertension, diabetes, asthma and epilepsy).
Furthermore, there are 68 support groups which promote healthy lifestyles for older people at community level throughout the province.
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