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					SPEECH BY THE MEC FOR HEALTH AND SOCIAL WORK, MME
MIRIAM SEGABUTLA, AT THE 75 YEARS CELEBRATION OF THE
DONALD FRASER HOSPITAL, VHEMBE DISTRICT, ON THE 03RD
DECEMBER 2009.



PROGRAMME DIRECTOR

EXECUTIVE MAYOR OF VHEMBE, NTATE PHILLEMON MDAKA

THE LOCAL MAYOR AND OTHER MAYORS OF DIFFERENT
MUNICIPALITIES

MANAGEMENT AND STAFF OF THE DONALD FRASER HOSPITAL

HONOURABLE GUESTS

COMRADES

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN



NDI MATSHELONI!



Today’s celebration is very important since it marks the milestones
travelled since the inception of this hospital. This hospital is one of the
oldest in the country and that is something worth commendable.
Anything that is old is a blessing, because the fact that it still exists gives
us an opportunity to learn from it. Honourable guests, ladies and
gentlemen, it is a great pleasure to share this beautiful day with you. We


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could not afford to miss this prestige day, of celebrating 75 years of the
existence of our own hospital. Indeed, it is an honour to be here.



The Donald Fraser hospital, like other older hospitals, has been standing
for as long as we are celebrating today. The history of this hospital tells
us that this hospital was officially opened on the 18th August 1934. It is
quite amazing that at that time it only had 12 beds, an operating theatre,
surgery, dispensary, an office and a kitchen. Today, it has seriously
expanded and the population it serves is very big. In addition, just like
many of our existing hospitals, it has challenges. However, it is very
reassuring to know that amidst those challenges, it is still able to house
as many patients as possible and give them the necessary care.



Our hospitals in general need improvement. Though it is not something
that will be concluded tomorrow, it is something that we need to work on.
We hosted doctors for an Imbizo and had an Indaba with nurses in
Mokopane these past weeks, and most of the issues that were raised
were very similar. Amongst the issues raised are infrastructure
limitations and lack of adequate medical equipments. It was very
concerning that although doctors and nurses come determined to do
their jobs, they end up being defocused and demoralised by lack of
basic needs for treatment of patients. This was not good to hear at all.
When we speak of better medical care for our people, we mean in all
aspects including the treatment they receive. Part of the growing trends
amongst our medical care givers is the alarming treatment they give to
our patients. This is a huge challenge that can never be tolerated. The

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Minister of Health has spoken in volume about nurses and doctors that
have an attitude problem towards patients and he emphasised that they
will be brought to book.



We acknowledge that our general medical system needs improvement.
The introduction and ultimate implementation of the NHI will assist us to
overcome some of these challenges since all those who need help will
receive proper and equal care regardless of whether they are rich or
poor. From our side as well, we still need to improve the general
infrastructure of our hospitals, appoint proper management as soon as
yesterday for hospitals that still lacks in this area, ensure that all
hospitals give proper medical attention to patients, ensure that doctors’
residents are proper, ensure that proper medical equipments are in
place and many other things.



Yesterday we celebrated the International day of Persons with Disability.
Our people living with disabilities also need some of their services to be
improved. Part of those are user friendly facilities, be it at the hospitals,
airports, government departments and so on. Above all, they need you
and I to help where we can.



The World Aids Day commemoration on the 01st December was also big
event in the province, nationally and all over the world. The president of
South Africa, Ntate Jacob Zuma, also made very profound and
wonderful promises to our living with HIV/Aids. He reached out to all
patients with both Tuberculosis (TB) and HIV and promised them that
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they will get treatment with anti-retroviral if their CD4 count is 350 or
less. This is a serious move from the usual CD4 count of 200 or less. In
addition to this, all HIV positive pregnant women with a CD4 count of
350 or with symptoms regardless of CD4 count will have access to
treatment. This serious change in policy will help us to detect HIV and
Aids earlier and will help address early reported deaths arising from late
detection. The President touched on many issues and it is upon us to
heed the call. The promises that were made will definitely be
implemented and all our hospitals must be ready to serve as he outlined.
He further emphasised the need to take our lives seriously by taking
responsibility for our actions. That young people are the future leaders of
our country and must therefore take charge of their lives.



We also celebrated our Malaria day in this region on the 24th November
and it was a success. We as a province have covered some serious
strides in reducing infection. We have seriously moved from a high
number of about 7000 infections to less than 3000 cases. This is a big
step and it shows that our methods of prevention are working and other
countries can learn from us.



In October we had a number of Social Development Programs and it’s
good to reflect on the fact that we have been very much in touch with our
people, working together to bring about better services.



Ladies and Gentlemen,

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As we celebrate 75 years of the existence of Donald Fraser Hospital, let
us remember that we as South Africans, have a huge task of simplifying
the medical health care system to make it work better for us. When we
work together, we can never be defeated. As the 16 days of activism
against women and children proceeds, it is shocking to hear of the
reported cases of child molestation and women abuse in general. One
would labour our the impression that this 16 days speaks to every Tom,
Linda and Jonny. Why do we have this reported cases of abuse on the
rise in this 16 days? This is wrong. Men and women who abuses women
and children are inhumans. They are monsters and do not belong in our
society. We need to stand together, hold each other’s hands and fight
these molesters. Let us stop abuse together, not only in this 16 days, but
also in all other days. Working together, we can face anything head on.



Indeed we say “hip hip hooraay” to Donald Fraser hospital for standing
against the test of time.



In addition, we would would like to wish you the best of the festive
season. Take responsibility and prioritise your health. Enjoy!



Thank you.




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