South Africa gears up for National Health

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South Africa gears up for National Health

first_img22 February 2012 South Africa has moved one step closer to a National Health Insurance scheme, with Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan announcing a R121-billion health budget for 2012/13, aimed at improving hospitals and strengthening public health ahead of the scheme’s introduction. The National Health Insurance scheme (NHI), which will be phased in over a period of 14 years, starting this year, aims to provide equitable health protection for all South Africans. Delivering his Budget speech to Parliament in Cape Town on Wednesday, Gordhan allocated R1-billion to the scheme’s pilot projects in 2012/13.Nursing college, hospital upgrades Gordhan also announced that R450-million had been put aside to upgrade about 30 nursing colleges, with a further R426-million allocated for initial work on rebuilding five major tertiary hospitals. These are the Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital in Johannesburg, Durban’s King Edward VII Hospital, the Dr George Mukhari hospital in North West province, the Limpopo Academic Hosptial, and the Nelson Mandela Academic Hospital in Mthatha in the Eastern Cape. Gordhan’s Budget also makes R968-million available over the next three years for the provision of HIV drugs. The move is expected to bring up the number of recipients of free antiretroviral treatment up from 1.5-million in 2011 to about 3-million by 2015.Paving the way for the NHI The Department of Health will this year complete an audit of all health facilities in the country, and is working with the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research and the Development Bank of Southern Africa to develop a targeted response to the infrastructure needs of the sector. Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi acknowledged on Wednesday that it would take some work to finally get the NHI to where the government wants it to be. “That is why we are giving ourselves a period of 14 years, but we do acknowledge that we have to start somewhere, and I must emphasise that by piloting we are putting down the bricks and we getting everything ready,” Motsoaledi told journalists in Cape Town. There were two “preconditions” for making the NHI work in South Africa, namely an overhaul to create a quality health care system, and strict regulation of the sector to make it more affordable to all South Africans. “When we say we want to regulate pricing, it does not mean we are unfair to the private sector,” Motsoaledi said. “What we saying is that you can’t discriminate against people based on price just because the public health system is so poor.” In the interim, general taxes will remain the primary financing of NHI projects, while new funding resources will be explored over the long term depending on the progress of institutional reforms and health delivery capacity. Preliminary modelling suggests that full implementation of the system may be realised by 2025, but this will require financing to rise from 4% to 6% of gross domestic product (GDP). A discussion paper on revenue options and associated transitional issues, including the role of medical schemes, will be released later this year. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

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Geocachers Care – “One Ring to Rule Them All”

first_img SharePrint RelatedAnnouncing the Geocacher of the Month: November 2014December 31, 2014In “Community”Interviews With Geocaching Filmmakers – Part 2February 18, 2015In “GIFF”Geocacher of the Month Nominees – Add Your CommentsAugust 12, 2011In “Community” AgTitan receives his alumni ring, againErik Hulse, AgTitan, gets straight to the point, “This is a story I will be telling for the rest of my life, a story I will never forget.”The story he’s talking about – and will talk about for decades to come – begins on the soft, muddy bank of a Texas river.  AgTitan and Kenny Wade, GeoGeex, hiked through a park on an early April geocaching adventure.Their first obstacle would be little more than a slithering side note. AgTitan says, “The hike was several miles and the snakes were out in force.  GeoGeex spotted the first snake of the twelve we saw that day.  We both had several close calls, almost stepping on several snakes during the day, but thankfully we averted disaster with the snakes.”But an attempt to cross a river set the stage for a good deed that AgTitan could little imagine. He fell hard into the water. He says, “According to GeoGeex, the high pitched wail and spastic water dance was a sight to behold.  We learned several things during the encounter… like… when your hand hits the muddy, clay-like material on bottom of a creek, Aggie rings easily slip off the finger!” AgTitan lost his beloved “Aggie ring.” It’s a Texas A&M University alumni ring.  He says, “It sobered the mood the rest of the day.”But AgTitan put a call out for help. He posted the coordinates of his fall into the river on a local geocaching Facebook page, jokingly calling the location, “One Ring to Rule Them All.”Ground zero (GZ) where the ring was lostJeff Cruser, Z_Malloc, saw the post and reacted, “I knew that I could not let a fellow Aggie (Texas A&M Alumni) lose his ring without at least hunting for it! So I packed up my metal detector from work and loaded up the cachepack for a water trip.”But Z_Malloc wasn’t prepared for the jumble of fallen trees when he reached the location where the ring was lost. He says “As I approached GZ (the coordinates) I saw that it was not just a simple narrow stream with a single log to search around, but it was to be a whole blockade of logs and other submerged debris with small rapids flowing by.”Z_Malloc says that time was crucial. Rains were expected later in the day which could wash the ring downriver. He says, “I made some logical guesses about where the mighty AgTitan may have fallen in and focused on the partially submerged log in the middle of the stream. I was really glad I was alone because I bet it was quite funny to see me bent over at the waist in thigh deep water running a metal detector in one hand and feeling the bottom with the other. But after about ten minutes, and on my third hit on the metal detector, my hand brushed something in the moderately packed clay on the bottom.”Z_Malloc recovers the ringZ_Malloc pulled a silt covered ring from the water and kept his sense of humor intact. “I had the ring in my hand. So as I dragged the cache (ring) to the surface. I knew I was going to be FTF…..but NOOOOO the log (inscription) read Erik J. Hulse. All that work and to not get the FTF! So feeling all depressed, I tossed the ring back in the water for the next person to find and walked away.  Just kidding.”Z_Malloc says he got a great story out of the adventure and helped a former Texas A&M alumni and geocacher.AgTitan says that he only found out the ring was recovered when GeoGeex called hours later, “Kenny (geogeex) called me when I was at work because Jeff (Z_Malloc) posted on Facebook that he found my ring.  I didn’t believe Kenny at first, and kept asking him if he was joking with me.  When I realized it was for real, I found Jeff’s number and called thanking him.”AgTitan says he didn’t just receive his ring back – he also earned a new respect for the geocaching community, “It is amazing what geocachers (and Aggies!) will do for one another, even when you hardly know someone.  TFTR (Thanks for the ring!) Jeff!!”GeoGeex, Z_Malloc and AgTitanShare with your Friends:Morelast_img read more

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Orissa: Maoists free kidnapped Malkagiri collector

first_imgJunior engineer Pabitra Majhi after his release The hostage crisis in Orissa ended on Thursday evening with the Maoists freeing Malkangiri collector R.V. Krishna, one of the mediators, Dandapani Mohanty, has said. Krishna, who had been abducted on February 16 along with junior engineer Pabitra Majhi, was released after nine days of captivity. Majhi, 22, was freed on Wednesday.Chitrakonda Tahsildar D. Gopalakrishna said Krishna was released by Maoists on Thursday evening and was on his way to his home in Malkangiri, which is about 90 km from the spot where the official was freed.The 30-year-old IIT graduate-turned IAS officer was released before a “people’s court” by his abductors in a forested area in Jantapai close to the area where he was abducted along with Majhi, eyewitnesses said.TV footage showed Krishna in a check shirt and a blue pant sitting on a boulder with folded hands appearing to be in good health listening as an unidentified man spoke about the problems faced by villagers. Malkangiri is about 650 km from the state capital. Krishna, who sported an occasional smile, was also seen eating out with his hand from a plate. Inspector in-charge of Chitrakonda Rajesh Chhatria said Krishna was released at Jantapai area.Meanwhile, social activist Swami Agnivesh, whose participation in the process was sought by the Maoists, said the collector had been handed over to the media before 6 PM. Meanwhile, Krishna’s father Rambabu said, “We have seen Krishna’s visuals.”Though Majhi was set free on Wednesday, the abductors had put forward new demands for the release of the 2005 batch IAS officer. They had demanded immediate release of five senior Maoist leaders apart from Ganti Prasadam, who has been granted bail by Orissa High Court.advertisementPrasadam was taken to Koraput on Thursday morning for his release on bail by the sub-divisional judicial magistrate there, but the process is likely to take more time.last_img read more

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Germany lose Khedira, Gnabry

first_imgWC Qualification Europe Germany lose Khedira, Gnabry to injuries Joe Wright Last updated 2 years ago 00:33 8/31/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) sami khedira - cropped Bongarts WC Qualification Europe Germany Czech Republic v Germany Germany v Norway Czech Republic Norway Juventus Hoffenheim The duo will miss Friday’s World Cup qualifier against the Czech Republic due to injury Germany will be without midfielder Sami Khedira for Friday’s World Cup qualifier against Czech Republic.The Juventus man is believed to have suffered a knee injury and will not be risked for the meeting in Prague.Germany -1 23/20 with dabblebet Article continues below Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Germany hope to have the 30-year-old available for Monday’s game against Norway, so he will remain with the squad.The news comes after winger Serge Gnabry was forced to withdraw from Joachim Low’s plans as a result of an ankle ligament problem.The 22-year-old, on loan at Hoffenheim from Bayern Munich, will not be fit for either match and returned home from the team hotel in Stuttgart on Tuesday.Germany sit top of Group C with four games left to play, having won each of their six encounters so far.last_img read more

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