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The Eastern Cape Department of Health is located in the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa which is spread over an area of 168,966 km2 and constitutes 13.8% of the South Africa land area. The 2011 Census data showed that the province has a population of 6,562,053. The largest proportions of the population are concentrated at OR Tambo and Nelson Mandela Metro Districts with 20.8% and 17.6% of the total population respectively. Joe Gqabi District has the smallest population constituting 5.3%.Approximately 61.1% of the population is younger than 30 years and 11.7% of these are under the age of 5 years. About 88% (5 856 276) of the EC population is serviced by the public health sector, as medical aid coverage in this province is only 12%.


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The Honourable MEC for the Eastern Cape Department of Health (ECDoH), Dr. Pumza Dyantyi officially received the extended part of the Middledrift Community Health Centre at a ceremony held in the facility on the 22 April 2016. 

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Responses to questions asked about Cathcart Hospital

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Media Release by Mr. Siyanda Manana, Eastern Cape Department of Health

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Why is the hospital being decommissioned and changed into a public healthcare facility?

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Shortly after opening the Nkqubela Tuberculosis (TB) Hospital’s new XDR-TB Unit which accommodates 60 patients (30 males and 30 females), the Eastern Cape Government began a process of relocating patients from the nearby Fort Grey TB Hospital to Nkqubela TB Hospital.

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mec  MEC, Dr PP Dyantyi

Superintended General, Dr TB Mbengashe

pmaduna DDG Clinical Services, Dr. P Maduna
kcambell DDG Human Resources and Corporate Services, Mrs. K Campbell
skaye Chief Financial Officer, Mr. S Kaye


A quality health service to the people of the Eastern Cape Province promoting a better life for all.


To provide and ensure accessible comprehensive integrated services in the Eastern Cape, emphasizing the primary health care approach, optimally utilising all resources to enable all its present and future generations to enjoy health and quality of life.

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