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STATEMENT BY THE RT HON PRIME MINISTER

DR B. SIBUSISO DLAMINI

LAUNCHING THE PRIME MINISTER’S INTER-MINISTERIAL TASK FORCE TO REVIEW THE CAPACITY OF THE SWAZILAND MEDICAL AND DENTAL COUNCIL, THE WORKING ENVIRONMENT OF MEDICAL AND ALLIED SPECIALISTS, AND THE EFFICIENCY OF THE PHALALA FUND

AT THE CABINET OFFICES

THURSDAY 6 JULY 2017

Honourable Ministers

Honourable Attorney-General

Members of the Swaziland Medical and Dental Council

Members of the Swaziland Medical Association

Members of the Swaziland Higher Education Council

Medical Specialists in Swaziland

Other invited officials

Representatives of the Media

Ladies and gentlemen

It is my honour, on behalf of His Majesty’s Government, to welcome you here today.  I am pleased to inform you that, following our consultations on 26 June 2017, and the subsequent submission to Cabinet, the appointment of a thirteen person Inter-Ministerial Task Team has been approved by Cabinet to carry out the following assignment:

1.   To examine the legislative terms of reference defining the operations of the Swaziland Medical and Dental Council  and assess its present capacity, staffing, resources and effectiveness.

In making these assessments, the Task Team will need to examine the management structure of our medical and dental centres.  In this regard, consideration should be given to whether the tripartite system of management is still appropriate, and whether it might be appropriate for there to be a board for each major hospital.  We expect the Task Team to assess the training requirements for medical students and interns, as well as the medical and dental standards, such as continual professional development, established for medical and dental professionals. 

There will also be a need to review the Swaziland Medical and Dental Practitioners Act of 1970 to assess its relevance and comprehensiveness in relation to the demands and standards of the present day.  Since the Swaziland Medical Association is referred to in that Act, the link between the Association and the Council should be considered.

The existing regulations for the professions should also be examined.  An active interaction between the Swaziland Medical and Dental Council, and both the Swaziland Nursing Council and Swaziland Higher Education Council, is an important part of their respective responsibilities and we expect the Task Team to review this in the course of the assignment.

2.   To examine the issue of qualified Swazi medical specialists currently working outside the country, and obtain views on the incentives and working environment necessary to encourage their return to Swaziland. 

The proposed National Referral Hospital will, inter alia, provide further depth and additional specialist appeal to our professional medical environment.  We will, therefore, expect the Task Team to review the specifications for that proposed hospital. 

3.    To investigate the Phalala Fund, including the usage of its resources, and to identify an optimum focus to adopt regarding the types of illness for application of the Phalala Fund resources.

The Task Team is expected to start immediately, and make a presentation to Cabinet on Tuesday 1 August 2017 with a final report to be submitted to Cabinet by Thursday 10 August 2017.

The quorum for Task Team meetings will be nine persons which shall always include the representatives of the Ministries of Finance, Public Service, and Economic Planning and Development and the Task Team Secretary.

It remains for me to express Government’s appreciation, and give our best wishes, to the Task Team as it proceeds with the assignment, and urge all of its members to apply themselves with dedication, resourcefulness and thoroughness for an outcome that we expect to be of great benefit to the health services for the Nation.  Government and its generous development partners have invested a great deal of money in our health service.  We expect our doctors to be in the vanguard of the drive for greater efficiency and, for that reason, there is a strong medical contingent in the Task Team to apply its expertise and experience to assisting Government to create a more efficient health service delivery.

The composition of the Task Team will be read out to you now and then gazetted for public information.

Thank you.

Task Team:

1.    Dr Joseph Lucky Nxumalo    Retired general surgeon

(Chair)

2.    Dr Ntokozo Dube                   Maxillo-facial surgeon - Mbabane

(Deputy Chair)                       Government Hospital

3.    Dr Nimrod Matekere             ICU Specialist Anesthesiologist –

Raleigh Fitkin Memorial Hospital

4.    Dr Delisile Pearl Maseko       Neuro-surgeon - private practice

5.    Dr Penuel Gina                       General practitioner – private practice

6.    Dr Tyrone Lapidos                 Senior Health Systems Specialist –

PEPFAR

7.    Dr Abednego Mnisi               Cardiologist – private practice

8.    Dr Zibuse Dlamini                  General practitioner – private practice

9.    Dr Lomangisi Dlamini            ICU Specialist Anesthesiologist –

Mbabane Government Hospital ICU

10.  Sizakele Dlamini                   Director Corporate and Procurement,

Ministry of Finance

11.  Winile Dlamini                      Principal Planning Officer, Ministry of

Economic Planning and Development

12.  Bathandwa Hlatshwako       Deputy Director MSD, Ministry of

Public Service

13.  Dr Velephi Okello                 Deputy Director Clinical Services,

(Secretary)                            Ministry of Health

 

 

STATEMENT BY THE RT HON PRIME MINISTER

DR B. SIBUSISO DLAMINI

LAUNCHING THE PRIME MINISTER’S INTER-MINISTERIAL TASK FORCE TO REVIEW THE CAPACITY OF THE SWAZILAND MEDICAL AND DENTAL COUNCIL, THE WORKING ENVIRONMENT OF MEDICAL AND ALLIED SPECIALISTS, AND THE EFFICIENCY OF THE PHALALA FUND

AT THE CABINET OFFICES

THURSDAY 6 JULY 2017

Honourable Ministers

Honourable Attorney-General

Members of the Swaziland Medical and Dental Council

Members of the Swaziland Medical Association

Members of the Swaziland Higher Education Council

Medical Specialists in Swaziland

Other invited officials

Representatives of the Media

Ladies and gentlemen

It is my honour, on behalf of His Majesty’s Government, to welcome you here today.  I am pleased to inform you that, following our consultations on 26 June 2017, and the subsequent submission to Cabinet, the appointment of a thirteen person Inter-Ministerial Task Team has been approved by Cabinet to carry out the following assignment:

1.   To examine the legislative terms of reference defining the operations of the Swaziland Medical and Dental Council  and assess its present capacity, staffing, resources and effectiveness.

In making these assessments, the Task Team will need to examine the management structure of our medical and dental centres.  In this regard, consideration should be given to whether the tripartite system of management is still appropriate, and whether it might be appropriate for there to be a board for each major hospital.  We expect the Task Team to assess the training requirements for medical students and interns, as well as the medical and dental standards, such as continual professional development, established for medical and dental professionals. 

There will also be a need to review the Swaziland Medical and Dental Practitioners Act of 1970 to assess its relevance and comprehensiveness in relation to the demands and standards of the present day.  Since the Swaziland Medical Association is referred to in that Act, the link between the Association and the Council should be considered.

The existing regulations for the professions should also be examined.  An active interaction between the Swaziland Medical and Dental Council, and both the Swaziland Nursing Council and Swaziland Higher Education Council, is an important part of their respective responsibilities and we expect the Task Team to review this in the course of the assignment.

2.   To examine the issue of qualified Swazi medical specialists currently working outside the country, and obtain views on the incentives and working environment necessary to encourage their return to Swaziland. 

The proposed National Referral Hospital will, inter alia, provide further depth and additional specialist appeal to our professional medical environment.  We will, therefore, expect the Task Team to review the specifications for that proposed hospital. 

3.    To investigate the Phalala Fund, including the usage of its resources, and to identify an optimum focus to adopt regarding the types of illness for application of the Phalala Fund resources.

The Task Team is expected to start immediately, and make a presentation to Cabinet on Tuesday 1 August 2017 with a final report to be submitted to Cabinet by Thursday 10 August 2017.

The quorum for Task Team meetings will be nine persons which shall always include the representatives of the Ministries of Finance, Public Service, and Economic Planning and Development and the Task Team Secretary.

It remains for me to express Government’s appreciation, and give our best wishes, to the Task Team as it proceeds with the assignment, and urge all of its members to apply themselves with dedication, resourcefulness and thoroughness for an outcome that we expect to be of great benefit to the health services for the Nation.  Government and its generous development partners have invested a great deal of money in our health service.  We expect our doctors to be in the vanguard of the drive for greater efficiency and, for that reason, there is a strong medical contingent in the Task Team to apply its expertise and experience to assisting Government to create a more efficient health service delivery.

The composition of the Task Team will be read out to you now and then gazetted for public information.

Thank you.

Task Team:

1.    Dr Joseph Lucky Nxumalo    Retired general surgeon

(Chair)

2.    Dr Ntokozo Dube                   Maxillo-facial surgeon - Mbabane

(Deputy Chair)                       Government Hospital

3.    Dr Nimrod Matekere             ICU Specialist Anesthesiologist –

Raleigh Fitkin Memorial Hospital

4.    Dr Delisile Pearl Maseko       Neuro-surgeon - private practice

5.    Dr Penuel Gina                       General practitioner – private practice

6.    Dr Tyrone Lapidos                 Senior Health Systems Specialist –

PEPFAR

7.    Dr Abednego Mnisi               Cardiologist – private practice

8.    Dr Zibuse Dlamini                  General practitioner – private practice

9.    Dr Lomangisi Dlamini            ICU Specialist Anesthesiologist –

Mbabane Government Hospital ICU

10.  Sizakele Dlamini                   Director Corporate and Procurement,

Ministry of Finance

11.  Winile Dlamini                      Principal Planning Officer, Ministry of

Economic Planning and Development

12.  Bathandwa Hlatshwako       Deputy Director MSD, Ministry of

Public Service

13.  Dr Velephi Okello                 Deputy Director Clinical Services,

(Secretary)                            Ministry of Health

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