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Title: COGTA's "Back-to-Basics" report - MHS Matters to be included
Authors: Agenbag, Michael. H.A 
Keywords: Environmental Health;Municipal Health;Local Government;Back-to-Basics
Issue Date: 2017
Publisher: South African Local Government Association (SALGA) and South African Institute of Environmental Health (SAIEH)
Source: Agenbag, M. 2017. Department of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA) "Back-to-Basics" Report - Municipal Health Service (MHS) Matters to be included. In. 2017 Summit on Municipal- and Environmental Health Services. SALGA/SAIEH. Port Elizabeth.
Abstract: Municipal Health Services (MHS) is a component of Environmental Health Services (EHS). MHS is preventive and multi-sectoral in nature, whilst it is rendered at local government level in South Africa. It is also classified, by national government, as a basic[municipal] services, however, it is never being included in the routine monitoring and evaluation instruments of the Department of Local Government and Traditional Affairs (COGTA), as the custodian of local government in SA. As a result the performance of the service is not known by government in general and it also do not get the requisite support in programmes, resources and so forth to ensure preventive health outcomes. "To measure is to know", and "What you don't measure you cannot manage". The continued community protests, due to a lack of basic[municipal] services, among others, and the preventable component of the quadruple burden of disease, signals warning to government to go back to basics to address the challenges. Although these basic[municipal] services are routinely monitored by Municipal Health Service practitioners (Environmental Health Practitioners) to identify environmental health risks, their inputs are ignored my local government management and leadership, as a preventive and early warning intervention. The South African Institute of Environmental Health (SAIEH) in collaboration with the South African Local Government Association (SALGA) initiated this intervention to suggest MHS issues to be included in the annual COGTA "Back-to-Basics" municipal service delivery performance reports to direct government interventions at a strategic level. A case study indicating the impact MHS on basic[municipal]services and the quadruple burden of disease, focusing on water quality control as a determinant of health, is included.
Description: 2017 Summit on Municipal- and Environmental Health Services Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan University, Port Elizabeth
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