NHI plan to help deal with abuse at schools
HEALTH Minister Aaron Motsoaledi said the planned National Health Insurance (NHI) scheme will also help the country fight teenage pregnancy, alcohol and drug abuse in schools.
He said this yesterday after meeting stakeholders in Makhado as part of the NHI implementation plan. The area is among 10 districts in the country selected for trial before the scheme is rolled out in other areas.
"We have a problem of teenage pregnancy and drug abuse. We need to look at what can be done at school to resolve the problem."
As a result, he said, his department will be launching the School Health Programme in partnership with the department of basic education.
He said the school programme will also ensure that pupils have their health monitored, immunised and have oral hygiene checked.
Motsoaledi said NHI was being introduced because the health care system has failed to deliver.
According to Motsoaledi, only 16% of the working population is covered by medical schemes.
Limpopo Junior Doctors Association chairman Nyadzani Kwinda said they are happy the scheme offers a guarantee that communities will have access to improved health care.