A government task team led by the Gauteng Director-General in the Office of the Premier, Phindile Baleni together with the National Health Department DG, Precious Matsoso, has commenced work in preparation for the relocation of the mental health patients currently being cared for in various NGOs.
The team visited the NGOs to establish the correct number of mental health patients currently being cared for at the NGOs.
The representatives of the families were also part of the task team to ensure that families are part of the relocation process.
In addition, the team will identify public health institutions that are well-equipped to care for the mental health patients.
All this information will be critical in determining the correct steps as part of relocating the mental health patients.
This is in line with the Health Ombudsman, Professor Malegapuru Makgoba recommendations to Premier David Makhura following the investigation into the circumstances surrounding the death of mentally ill patients in Gauteng.
Premier Makhura has assured the families and people of Gauteng that he will urgently implement the Health Ombudsman’s recommendations without any reservation or delay.