- President Cyril Ramaphosa has bagged the Universal Health Care Award for moving towards universal health coverage in South Africa
- The award was handed out by The Access-Challenge, a US-based non-governmental organisation
- This comes as Parliament released communication for the NHI Bill to undergo public hearings
President Cyril Ramaphosa has received an award for moving to implement the NHI Bill in South Africa.
The Access Challenge, a non-governmental organisation based in New York, applauded the move:
“The recognition of South Africa’s plan to achieve universal health coverage enabled by National Health Insurance (NHI) coincided with the adoption by the United Nations of the UN Political Declaration on Universal Health Coverage, or UHC, which commits countries to advance towards full coverage for their citizens in four major areas around primary care.”
In response to the award, Ramaphosa noted the recognition, hopeful that it will motivate the government to make strides in every sector:
“This award is both a personal and collective honour shared by the social partners in South Africa who are united in our effort to build a healthy nation in which all citizens have access to health care and services regardless of their ability to pay for such services. This is a critical part of eradicating inequality in our society and building the South Africa we want.”
Briefly.co.za gathered that the president was unable to accept the award in person with Zweli Mkhize receiving it in his stead. Public hearings will commence in October, allowing for input on the new endeavour.
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