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Title: Municipal health services role clarification
Authors: Agenbag, Michael. H.A 
Keywords: Environmental health;Municipal health;Basic municipal service;Preventive health;Social determinant of health;Municipal health mandate
Issue Date: 2017
Publisher: South African Local Government Assocation (SALGA)
Source: Agenbag M, 2017. Municipal Health Services Role Clarification. In: South African Local Government 2017 Municipal Health Service Summit. Somerset West, Western Cape Province, South Africa
Abstract: Municipal health services is a component of environmental health services and consequently ‘health services’, which is firmly founded in the Constitution of South Africa and an array of supporting legislation. Environmental health is multi-sectoral in nature and are dependent on the performance of others e.g. sector departments, institutions and individuals, who causes the environmental health risks to also remedy it. The sectoral relationships together with multi-level governance of structures involved render the control of social and environmental determinants of health, among others, very complex. Various sector legislation and regulating authorities are also impacting on MHS, and when not appropriately aligned causing overlaps, confusion, authority clashes and resultant ineffective service delivery with negative environmental health impacts which contribute to the burden of disease. The mandate for MHS provides for the prevention of ill health at source (local government level) through identifying, quantifying and mitigating environmental health risks which originates from among others, social and environmental determinants of health. MHS mandate is not appropriately aligned in sector legislation and programs to ensure the prevention of social and environmental determinants of health.
Description: Municipal health’s mandate is to prevent ill health at source within a crosscutting legislation and programmes in a multisectoral and multi-level governance environment.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/11189/5422
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