Committee To Be Launched In Eastern Cape Department of Health and Walter Sisulu University Partnership

MARCH 31, 2015

On-going efforts to improve healthcare in the province will see the Eastern Cape Department of Health (ECDoH) and Walter Sisulu University (WSU) launching a committee aimed at regulating activities between the two parties.

Five months after entering into a five-year agreement that gave rise to the Academic Health Platform (AHP), the body will be announcing its Academic Governance Committee (AGC), charged with policy making, as well as governing and regulating financial, social and academic relationship between WSU and the department.  

“The AGC shall constitute subcommittees on areas of its mandate, including Registrar Training, Undergraduate Training, research and Health Resource Centre maintenance, development and utilization,” says WSU health faculty dean Dr Wezile Chitha.

Chitha says last year’s signing of a Memorandum of Agreement with the health department was to acknowledge the interdependency between academic services and health services, and also committing to an on-going relationship that benefits both academic and health services.

“This was also to affirm our collective responsibility for the progressive development of quality health services in the Eastern Cape,” he adds.

Through the Academic Health Platform, the parties hope to:

  • Provide for greater cooperation between the WSU and ECDoH;
  • Ensure the development of sustainable, equitable and affordable primary, secondary, tertiary and quaternary health services in the Eastern Cape;
  • Strive for the inclusion of all levels of health care facilities in the teaching platform;
  • Promote the provision of high quality academic health programmes, health services and research;
  • Ensure that service platform meets the requirements of teaching, training, development and research;
  • Ensure that there is efficient cost-effective and appropriate use and development of resources; and
  • Provide for the ideals of social compact between communities, ECDoH and WSU.

The launch of the AGC is scheduled to take place on the 31 March 2015 at 3pm at the Nelson Mandela Drive Site in Mthatha.