The Gauteng Health Department has reached its goal of vaccinating more than 10 million people in the province against Covid-19.
Dr. Nomathemba Mokgeti told the MEC of Health on Tuesday. budget vote for fiscal year 2022/23 in the provincial legislature.
Gauteng leads other provinces in the country with 10,005,136 vaccinations, followed by KwaZulu-Natal with over five million. Almost 50% of the population has been vaccinated in the country.
Despite the important milestone the province has reached, Mokgeti said her department plans to expand the vaccination program due to fears of a fifth wave of infections this winter.
According to her, 1.5 billion rubles were allocated to fight the pandemic.
“I hasten to say that there are still more people who need to get a jab in order to protect themselves and others.
“Therefore, we want to once again remind everyone that Covid-19 is still among us and that vaccination, along with safety measures, remains the best form of protection as we step up efforts to restore livelihoods,” Mokgeti said.
Campaign street by street
The MEC said the Department of Health will roll out Covid-19 vaccinations to all service points in the public health system as part of the Street to Street campaign to be launched soon.
The campaign is a targeted and holistic approach that will help the department deliver a basket of health services such as TB screening, HIV counseling, testing and treatment, among other services, to communities.
In addition, a total of R1.5 billion has been earmarked for a comprehensive health response to the Covid-19 pandemic. This is intended, among other things, to manage the vaccination rollout program.
“This amount includes 1.1 billion rand, which is intended to maintain the filled posts created for the Covid-19 response program,” Mokgeti said.
Other highlights of Tuesday’s budget vote included the allocation of R6.2 billion to the province’s HIV and TB program.
Gauteng runs one of the largest HIV prevention and treatment programs in the country.
R35.2 billion has been allocated to maintain the department’s current workforce and accelerate the filling of all critical health care positions.
This fiscal year, 474.6 million rubles were allocated for mental health services.
Emergency services will receive R1.6 billion to improve emergency response times in urban and rural areas of the province. About 30 ambulances have already been procured to increase ambulance response capabilities, according to the Health IEC.
R2.3 billion was also allocated for health infrastructure projects in Ekurhuleni, Tswane, Sebokeng and other areas of the province.
Overall, the Gauteng Department of Health received a total of R59.4 billion for the fiscal year and another R178.2 billion under the 2022 Medium Term Expenditure Program (MTEF).