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By unknown | Feb 20, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

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Kingdom Mabuza

Gauteng Premier Mbhazima Shilowa yesterday took politicians and members of the public on a tour of his "dreamscape" perfect public health system.

Speaking in the legislature Shilowa said: "Imagine a scenario where all patients with chronic diseases are in possession of a smart card containing all their medical history.

"When Mr Dlamini collapses at home and is rushed to hospital, the doctor simply swipes his card to know what illness he was treated for previously and the prescribed medication.

"When Dlamini returns to the hospital, administration clerks simply swipe his card to know that he has come to pick up his monthly supply of medicine.

"The dispensary is alerted and the pharmacists prepare his medical supplies before he arrives at their window."

Shilowa then asked his audience: "Improbable? No. If Gauteng is indeed a smart province it will be so."

He said nine clinics were under construction and Chris Hani-Baragwanath, Mamelodi, Katlehong and Zola hospitals were being upgraded.

Hours of services will be extended at 17 primary health care facilities: Refilwe, Zithobeni, ML Plessen, Krugersdorp Central, Dr Martinez Ramirez, Itumeleng, Ratanda, Nellmapius, Kwa-Thema, Mamelodi, Kempton Park Civic, Boksburg Civic, Reiger Park, Katlehong, Goba and two unidentified clinics in the City of Joburg.


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