Lesotho, SA to strengthen ties in health sector

Lesotho, SA to strengthen ties in health sector

Teboho Letshaba

HEALTH Minister Molotsi Monyamane says Lesotho and South Africa are inseparable when it comes to the provision of health care services.

Monyamane said there is a lot Lesotho need to learn from South Africa’s provision of health care services.

Lesotho relies on South Africa for tertiary health care. In particular, the tiny landlocked kingdom uses the Free State health infrastructure to achieve that goal.

Lesotho Health Minister Molotsi Monyamane says they will continue to have on-going interactions with their South African counterpart in a bid to improve service delivery.

Monyamane says they will study processes followed by South Africa on the much-awaited full implementation of the National Health Insurance.

Monyamane adds that the two countries are inseparable when it comes to the provision of health care services.

“We train our doctors and nurses in South Africa and we use the Free State public infrastructure for tertiary medicine.”

“In Lesotho primary health care is free, tertiary is highly subsidised but we are now very jittery with the introduction of private medicine into the system.”

He insists that health care services should be easily accessible to all regardless of social status.

“All health facilities people should be providing accessible, affordable, acceptable, equitable quality health care at all levels.”

“I have learnt a lot that we will continue the discussion with the honourable minister and honourable MEC because we are one people. We believe in a borderless health system.”

Meanwhile, Minister Aaron Motsoaledi is confident that his department is on the right track for the full implementation of the NHI.

Motsoaledi says they’ve commissioned an independent study to assess the progress and test various models for the NHI.

“NHI will be implemented over a period of 14 years, the period in which we are in preparation. We are preparing the clinics in terms of infrastructure, in terms of human resources and equipment.” –SABC

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