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​2011-09-15: Joburg improving access to health care


THE City of Johannesburg Health Department is piloting the supply of chronic medication to old age homes, retirement villages and the elderly day care centre as a means of improving access to health care for the elderly people.

The chronic medicines are supplied and delivered to these homes by the City's pharmacists and health professionals. The medicines are provided only for stable and compliant chronic patients that usually attend the City of Johannesburg clinics.  In a few instances, the well-funded old age homes employ their own nurses and doctors and get government funded supplies.

"These approaches have improved access and availability to the elderly so that they don't get to queue in our already overloaded clinics and health centres. It also assists to reduce the workloads and overcrowding in the clinics" says Clr Nonceba Molwele, the Member of the Mayoral Committee for Health and Social Development in the City of Johannesburg.

The programme entails assessment of needs, registration of needy patients and the supply of all the needed and prescribed chronic medication including both primary and secondary Essential Drug List (EDL) medication. The City of Johannesburg Langlaagte pharmacy is being supported by the Helen Joseph Hospital for secondary EDL medications.

The City of Johannesburg Region A Health Services has an outreach services with Helen Joseph Hospital whereby the chronic patients from Diepsloot and surrounding areas collect their ready packed medication at the O.R. Tambo Clinic and they only travel to the hospital once in four months instead of monthly.

"The City of Johannesburg Health Department has identified several old age homes and retirement villages within the city which are being supplied with medicines and other health promotion support", said Molwele.

Region

Outreach to Old Age Homes / Villages

A

Cluny Farm Centre
Cresset House 
Highveld Gardens
Diepsloot South Day Care Centre

B

Japura Retirement Village
Horse Shoe Retirement Village
Jordan House 
Fredericks Place

D

Phiri Retirement Village

F

Annie Burger 
Elize Venter
Caric Place

Health promotion activities have been conducted to promote healthy living lifestyles and promote effective management of chronic diseases for those that already have chronic illness.

For more information contact:
Nkosinathi Nkabinde                                        
Communication Specialist                                      
City of Johannesburg Public Liaison Department                             
Tel: (011) 407-6477
Cell: 083 408 7787
E-mail: nkosinathin@joburg.org.za