Faculty Further Immerses Itself In Community Healthcare

JUNE 3, 2015

WSU’s Faculty of Health Sciences (FHS) continues to give rise to fresh, noble ideas that extend its reach and maximise its efficiency in improving healthcare in the Eastern Cape. 

Through the establishment of academic delivery units across the faculty’s massive footprint throughout the province, WSU intends to improve healthcare through its pre-existing centres which provide excellence in postgraduate medical training and academic health information.

WSU operates in the Eastern (drainage area of Nelson Mandela Academic Hospital in Mthatha), Central (drainage area of Frere Hospital in East London) and Western Regions (drainage area of Livingstone Hospital in Port Elizabeth).

“These regions, with the exception of the Eastern Region, do not do a lot of undergraduate teaching and do not involve all levels of care in academic programmes to the degree done in the Eastern Region. The research and community engagement activities are not fully integrated into the university centre. “

“To ensure effective delivery of academic programmes, the faculty resolved to establish integrated academic delivery units with basic administrative support, teaching & learning support and research support. These units will involve all levels of care in a particular drainage area, managed by the associate dean together with the deanery management committee,” said WSU FHS Dean Dr Wezile Chitha.   

He said the units would be known as the have Western, Central and Eastern Deaneries, managed by associate deans together with an appropriately elected deanery management committee. 

WSU Deputy Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Research Prof Sandile Songca applauded the model implemented in establishment of the deaneries.

He said society needed to develop models that will provide excellence in service delivery of health programmes and an impact on society that will significantly increase the wellness and reduce the burden of disease.

“This model ameliorates particularly the shortage of scarce skills required in the regional and national economy in the various industries and provides for expansion of the scope of health care training in the context of constrained resources,” said Songca. 

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Members of the Central Deanery pledge their commitment to improving health in the Eastern Cape.