Despite setting aside R10m to train community healthcare workers, the Eastern Cape Health Department allegedly pulled the programme after just a few days because it had “run out of funds”. The Daily Dispatch reports that a crowd of healthcare workers from districts around the Buffalo City Metro claimed they had been stranded without transport back home after another failed attempt at kick-starting their journey towards gaining a health promotion officer qualification.
Provincial health spokesperson Sizwe Kupelo said the training was a nationally driven programme which had started in some parts of the province. “The province had more numbers than anticipated, therefore we had to halt to sort out some logistics, one being that people must be trained closer to their homes. The halting or delay is not that there’s no money, but it is to sort these things out. Our target is to have everyone trained by the time they need to write national exams in June next year.”
The report says the aim of the course is to have uniform skills for a community healthcare worker across the country in line with the re-engineering of primary healthcare. This will have positive ripple effects on the National Health Insurance (NHI) scheme which places great emphasis on a well functioning primary healthcare system.Full Daily Dispatch report