Tough task for new health minister

Luzuko Pongoma

Luzuko Pongoma

Incoming Minister of Health Dr Aaron Motsoaledi may be unknown to many but he will soon be making headlines because of the huge and difficult job awaiting him.

Although he has served as an MEC for education in Limpopo, Motsoaledi is faced with one of the biggest challenges in the new Cabinet - restoring the public's faith in the public health system.

Motsoaledi has the unenviable task of fixing the dysfunctional department of health.

Treatment Action Campaign spokesperson Rebecca Hodes said that her organisation welcomed Motsoaledi's appointment.

"But Motsoaledi has to work hard to be able to deliver on the national strategic plan which aims to provide 80percent of people living by 2011 with HIV with treatment," Hodes said.

She said that Motsoaledi must also eradicate the ARV waiting list because people were dying of opportunistic infections because of low immune systems.