SADC Health Ministers to discuss issues

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Health Minister, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi, will this week host the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Health Ministers in Polokwane, in Limpopo, to discuss a range of issues affecting SADC Member States.

The Department of Health on Tuesday said the Minister is hosting his counterparts as a Chairperson of SADC Health Ministers, and this is part of annual meetings between the regional health leaders.

The health issues affecting the SADC Members States include the effects of recent Malaria outbreak, the status of HIV/AIDS and Tuberculosis, which continue to remain a public health challenge in the region.

The Ministers are also expected to approve a range of regional strategies and guidelines, as they also monitor and provide a collective oversight of the implementation of the regional health agenda guided by the SADC Protocol on Health and the Regional Indicative Development Plan.

They will also engage in activities such as simulation exercise for health emergencies and the launch of Malaria Report.

The SADC Health Ministers meeting will culminate with the commemoration of SADC Malaria Day on Friday at Thomo village in Giyani, where the Minister will conduct Malaria Rapid Diagnostic Tests at a local clinic,  household indoor residual spraying, interact share information and create awareness on malaria. -


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