ISSUED BY GERHARD KOORNHOF, MP
UDM SPOKESPERSON FOR FINANCE
Minister of Health is yet again repeating a mistake. This is the inevitable
conclusion that one draws from an answer to a parliamentary question by the UDM.
Although there is an average annual budget for the national and provincial
malaria control programmes amounting to R80 million over the past 3 years, these
funds were mainly used in a reactionary manner. It is unacceptable that the
department is primarily involved in what it terms "malaria control
interventions." This begs the question of why the department has not placed
more emphasis on education and awareness campaigns. Surely the most effective
tool we have is that of prevention.
This also echoes the government's pathetic approach to HIV/AIDS. Without
education and awareness there can be no real progress. It is time that the ANC
government critically analyses its approach to health care. Without an effective
and integrated health care programme for the country there can be no real
economic or social progress.
Dr Gerhard Koornhof, MP
UDM Spokesperson on Finance
083 308 6864
02 October 2001