Sekhukhune district on rural health matters outreach drive “surgical backlogs must fall”

Africa: Limpopo Health MEC Dr Phophi Ramathuba will lead the team of medical and dental specialists who are rendering services at our rural hospitals in the Sekhukhune District from the 25th to 31st July 2022 under the theme: “surgical backlog must fall, rural health matters.”

The Rural Health Matters outreach programme stands to benefit people from disadvantaged communities. It is through this programme that rural hospitals increase local access and allow patients to focus on getting better rather than getting to appointments.

The team includes but is not limited to Paediatrics Surgeons, Ophthalmologists, Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeons, Radiologists, Gynecologist, Orthopaedics Surgeons, Urologists, ENT Surgeons, Obstetricians & Gynecologists, Maxillo Facial Surgeons, Anaesthesiologists, Physicians, Hand and Micro Surgery Specialists, and General Surgeons who spend the whole week clearing surgical and medical backlogs, transferring skills and expose specialists to the entire province.

The team of specialists will be stationed in the following hospitals :

* Mecklenburg Hospital

* St Ritas Hospital

* Groblersdal Hospital

* Dilokong Hospital

* Jane Furse Hospital

* Philadelphia Hospital

* Matlala Hospital

“It’s almost two years since we have come up with this great initiative meant for the poor and vulnerable, and more than 4000 patients from different specialities have benefited so far. We remain indebted to our specialists and all those healthcare workers who provide a huge support structure for their selflessness, dedication and commitment towards serving humanity. Today Limpopo surgical backlogs are almost history. We are currently dealing with newly diagnosed cases, and that it’s music in our ears,” said MEC Ramathuba.