Call for mines to invest in African health systems

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Health Minister, Dr. Aaron Motsoaledi has called for mining houses to invest in centres for disease control to help fight tuberculosis and Ebola in African regions where mining takes place.

The Minister said this when participating in a panel discussion at the ‘Investing in Africa Mining’ Indaba at the Cape Town Convention Centre.

He said: ‘I propose that mining houses, because they have got the financial muscle, assist us in strengthening the health systems. We need an African centre for disease control and believe me if we had it, it would not have taken so long for us to detect that there is Ebola.’

The Minister said if mining houses can partner with government to set-up these centres, it would help with prevention instead of responding after the outbreak.

He said: ‘Unless we strengthen health systems in Africa, until such a time that Heads of State don’t go to Europe or the East when they are sick, until they are treated right here on the continent and die on the continent, we won’t improve health care systems’.

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