Minister Makgato ups quality of public hospitals

Entrance of Gantsi Primary School
Entrance of Gantsi Primary School

Health Minister Dorcas Makgatho says in an effort to improve quality of service at public facilities a total of 16 health facilities have been enrolled in the accreditation programme with the Council of Health Services Accreditation for Southern Africa (COHSASA) and are at various levels of achievement.

The Minister told Parliament last week that Mahalapye and Scottish Livingstone hospitals have been able to maintain a pre-accreditation recognition Entry Level while Airstrip, Xhosa, Phuthadikobo and Nkoyaphiri clinics have maintained a Progress Level. “We are looking forward to an external survey for full accreditation to be conducted at these six facilities in 2015/2016.’’

She said the remaining facilities namely Sekgoma Memorial, Letsholathebe II Memorial, Nyangabgwe, Princess Marina, S’brana Psychiatric, Athlone, Deborah Retief and Selibe Phikwe Hospitals, Julia Molefhe and Extension 2 clinics are being continuously assisted to move towards achievement of accreditation status.  Minister Makgatho says her Ministry has also launched, disseminated and commenced the implementation of five National Health Quality Standards for hospitals, clinics, mortuaries, environmental health and emergency medical services at both public and private health facilities to improve the quality and safety of health services.

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