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Department of Health and Social Development (Limpopo)

The Department of Health and Social Development Head Office is situated at 18 College Street Polokwane. In its intention to build a better life for all the people of Limpopo, the Department shall ensure access to Health and Social Development services. Department is committed through its various developmental programmes to ensure sufficient education of health and social issues to the people of Limpopo so as to attain set objectives.

The department comprises of sub offices in all five district; namely:

    * Capricorn; Waterburg; Mopani; Vhembe and Sekhukhune
    * with approximately 27 000 employees
    * 3914 Mobile Clinics
    * 24 Health Centers
    * 391 Clinics
    * 40 Hospitals
    * 27 ambulance stations
    * 6 Satelite Ambulance Stations

Many of our clinics have complied with the National Adolescent Friendly Clinic Initiative (NAFCI) standards and have therefore been declared adolescent-friendly. It is our intention to ensure that all our clinics are ultimately also declared youth friendly. The department has adopted the emergency medical services expansion and optimization plan. A total number of 84 new vehicles have been bought and are beings converted into fully equipped ambulance.

The Department is amongst the few in the country that realize the improvement in the management of TB. The cure rate has improved from 53, 6% in 2003 to 66, 4% in 2004. The Multi Drug Resistance (MDR) TB hospital in Modimolle: H.F Odendal is now fully functional and was officially opened on 16 February 2006. The first patients were admitted at this unit on 12 January 2006.

A total of 31 hospitals in the province have been declared baby-friendly. The Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative is sponsored by the World Health Organization and UNICEF and is a world-wide effort to improve breastfeeding rates.

Six Social Development One Stop centers. Have been completed in the current financial year and 12 others will be completed during this year under review. These centers provide integrated social development service like social work services, community development services and social security services.

We are encouraged by the selfless efforts of many of our partners. We have to double our efforts of being a Province in which all can experience an improving quality of life, enjoy equal human rights, with access to opportunities that freedom has brought us and continue to commit ourselves to do everything that is necessary and possible to attain these objectives.