So a lot more needs to be done in this regard Therefore we need to ensure that

So a lot more needs to be done in this regard

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So, a lot more needs to be done in this regard. Therefore we need to ensure that the department also continues to increase the efforts on a number of areas like the provision of information on the risks of early sexual debut and unprotected sex, improve information about condoms and access to pre- exposure prophylaxis as well as focusing on men and in this particular case older men who are infecting younger women. We also need to strengthen collaboration with various levels of government such as municipalities as well. We also have to focus on the issues of partnership with various sectors of communities. This for me is where this campaign has to go. Hon members and hon President, today we woke with media reports stating that according to the Democratic Nursing Organisation of SA, Denosa, about 400 nurses have not found employment in Limpopo. These and many such stories are the reason why the President spoke about this issue and I quote:
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UNREVISED HANSARD JOINT SITTING TUESDAY, 25 JUNE 2019 Page: 205 We must attend to the capacity of our hospitals and clinics. An 80-year-old grandmother cannot spend an entire day in a queue waiting for medication. All of these issues are issues that we need to be giving attention to. I have actually personally seen these concerns when we visited the Mamelodi and Pelonomi Hospitals, not only just about the issues of overworked health staff, but also the issues of the concerns around security. All of this is the work that we have to do to improve quality of the health systems. Therefore we are finalising the work that was done by the President on the Presidential Summit Compact so that we can then bring all the players to work together in dealing with the issues of health care services. The President implored us to drastically improve the quality of care in our facilities. To ensure that our public health facilities meet the certification standards as prescribed the Office of Health Standards Compliance which is a national monitoring health system that we have embarked upon. To this end the Minister of Health will be embarking on a number of other
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UNREVISED HANSARD JOINT SITTING TUESDAY, 25 JUNE 2019 Page: 206 steps such as analysis indicating that patients who come to our facilities, a number of them come just to collect chronic medication. We therefore want to reduce these long waiting times in the public health care sector. We are focusing on a programme which we are expanding called the Centralised Chronic Medicines Dispensing and Distribution, CCMDD. This is a programme where you would get medication out to the community without people needing to go themselves to the hospital. This work is actually being done. We also have a system to look at the stock visibility which means we not only look in the hospital, but we also look in the productive line within the manufacturers to see where the problem is arising which gives the shortage of medication.
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