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EC Dept of Health improves payment & conditions of service for community health workers

Mar 7, 2019
EC Dept of Health improves payment & conditions of service for community health workers

Sicwetsha said that to date, the Eastern Cape Department of Health has paid R23 328 million to community health care workers back dated to June last year.

The Eastern Cape Department of Health on Thursday said that it spending millions of rands in improving payment and conditions of service for over five thousand community health workers in the province.

"The expenditure forms part of implementing the Public Health and Social Development Sectoral Bargaining Council (PHSDSBC) Resolution on standardization of remuneration for community health workers in the department,"said Department of Health spokesperson, Lwandile Sicwetsha.

"The agreement at the council entails that all community workers with matric or experience will receive a non-service remuneration of three thousand five hundred per month which will be paid via persal.

"This is an increase of R500 from what the department previously paid."

Sicwetsha said that to date, the provincial department has paid R23 328 million to community health care workers back dated to June last year.

He said that the agreement also seeks to provide adequate protection for the remuneration of community health workers through persal.

Over 5 000 community health care workers doing screening campaigns

The department has a total of 5 184 community health care workers doing screening campaigns, provision of primary healthcare and refer identified cases to relevant services.

“Community Health workers become the backbone of our healthcare system especially making sure that we trace those defaulting on AIDS and TB treatment.

"This is a giant leap towards making sure that these workers also have job security and their stipend is in line with the minimum wage,” said Eastern Cape MEC for Health, Helen Sauls-August.

The agreement is being translated into a new contract for the new financial year which will include the standardized remuneration amount(R3 500), leave benefits and working days increased from 3 - to 5 days for 8 hours.

The national department is conducting extensive training to capacitate and standardize their training.

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