New Health Minister in South Africa Says Will Work Hard to Get Things Right

by Rajashri on October 3, 2008 at 2:43 PM
 New Health Minister in South Africa Says Will Work Hard to Get Things Right

In a welcome development South Africa's new health minister vowed Thursday to "get things right" in providing AIDS treatments.

"You do not need to be a health expert to understand the challenge this country is facing when it comes to AIDS pandemic," the new minister Barbara Hogan told reporters, becoming visibly emotional as she spoke.


"It is critically important that those who need treatment are able to get it," said Hogan. "I am passionate about getting things right."

Hogan was sworn in a week ago to replace the controversial former health minister Manto Tshabalala-Msimang, who drew global criticism for championing garlic and beetroot to combat AIDS.

She was removed in a cabinet reshuffle last week following the axing of former president Thabo Mbeki, in a move hailed by AIDS activists.

Hogan, a political activist who served time in prison during apartheid, said she hoped to make a considerable contribution to South African health care before elections expected in about six months.

"The public expects our health services to be caring, compassionate and passionate," she said.

"We will as a matter of urgency, examine all the gaps in delivery, ranging from co-ordination between the different levels of government to improving management systems," she said.

South Africa has the world's highest rate of HIV with some 5.5 million of the 47 million population infected by the virus.

Source: AFP
Font : A-A+



Recommended Readings

Latest General Health News

Antibiotic Misuse Can Cause Kidney Stones & Infection
Seeking internet help for an incomplete antibiotic course resulted in kidney stone formation and urinary tract infection in a young woman.
Brain Care Score Tracks Dementia & Stroke Risks
The Brain Care Score is a tool to evaluate brain health and reduce the risk of brain disorders including dementia and stroke.
First Human Case of Rare Swine Flu Strain H1N2 Found in UK
Swine influenza A viruses, including subtypes H1N1, H1N2, and H3N2, are prominent among pigs and sporadically transmit to humans.
Unraveling the Mystery Respiratory Illness in US Dogs
The microorganism "is a newly identified potential disease-causing agent, possibly originating from or evolving within the dog's microbiome."
Why Red Wine Cause Headache?
Flavanol naturally present in red wine can compromise the proper metabolism of alcohol and lead to a headache.
View All
This site uses cookies to deliver our services.By using our site, you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Cookie Policy, Privacy Policy, and our Terms of Use  Ok, Got it. Close

New Health Minister in South Africa Says Will Work Hard to Get Things Right Personalised Printable Document (PDF)

Please complete this form and we'll send you a personalised information that is requested

You may use this for your own reference or forward it to your friends.

Please use the information prudently. If you are not a medical doctor please remember to consult your healthcare provider as this information is not a substitute for professional advice.

Name *

Email Address *

Country *

Areas of Interests