National Public Health Institute Bill Sent to NCOP

Parliament

The national assembly has passed the National Public Health Institute of South Africa Bill and sent it to the national council of provinces for concurrence.

The bill was tabled in May 2017.

It aims to provide for the setting up of the Public Health Institute.

The Institute would seek to conduct disease and injury surveillance and to provide specialised public health services, public health interventions, training and research directed towards the major health challenges affecting South Africa’s population.

The select committee on social services will now process the bill.

During the bill’s second reading debate in parliament, the health minister, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi, declared that the bill “will be used as a vehicle to provide coordinated and integrated disease and injury surveillance data in the Republic and to enhance the effectiveness of health systems.”

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