By: YOLA KEKEZWA
The Amathole District Municipality hosted its 3rd Annual Health Summit at the King David Hotel in East London November 19 – 21, 2014.
The Summit included an awards ceremony in the last day of proceedings to honour employees for their hard work in the health sector.
The ADM’s Health Summit was launched in 2012 with the theme; “Taking Nursing back to basics”. In 2013 the theme was “We commit our promise to provide quality care”, and this years; “Making Quality Improvement a culture at facility level”.
According to the Amathole’s 2014 presentation, “The purpose of the summit is to; promote healthy work ethic, high standards of professionalism, encourage ongoing transformation of the culture of the provincial public service, create a shared vision, effective management of change, diversity and improving the working environment.”
Provincial Health SG Dr. Thobile Mbengashe shared his views; “What we are demonstrating today is what professionalism is all about and in some respect we have to figure out what values we carry in our system… how we grow and learn in our professions”.
The three day summit’s topical discussions included; reducing maternal & child mortality, combating the spread of HIV/AIDS & TB, strengthening health systems such HR, Finance, Supply Chain & General Administration
Health Facilities (Hospitals, CHC’s & Clinics) as well as rewarding clinics and hospitals from sub-districts and districts that performed well in the 2013/14 financial year.
Some of the presentations touched on the successes of the facilities such as: electricity challenges being sorted within a day, facilities sharing resources like material & human, clinics being renovated, improving client satisfaction and boosting staff morale.
Mam’uNaki from eBisho said; “le summit ndiyibone imandi and it is going to boost the managers and nurses morale, In some places nurses are overworked, coming to this summit and gathering information will boost us”.
Liberty life sponsored the certificates and trophies won by the different clinics and hospitals on the day, the purpose of the awards is to recognise performance, to produce healthy, dedicated & motivated employees.
Amahlathi and Nkonkobe sub-districts won certificates and awards on the day. While Stutterheim, Nompumelelo and Victoria Hospitals were honoured with the National Core Standards Award.