The last time it was checked in December 2015, 97.95% Of SA inmates are on antiretroviral therapy (ART).
Also, the percentage of SA inmates tested for HIV was at 91.20%, and that of TB cure rate (new pulmonary) stood at 85.80%.
Those stats were revealed by Zach Modise, the National Commissioner of Correctional Services. Modise was speaking today at the department’s Health Partners Conference in Vanderbijlpark, Gauteng, when he disclosed the figures.
The conference, hosted by Right to Care, a non-profit organisation that supports and delivers prevention, care and treatment services for HIV and associated diseases, was attended by many delegates and other stakeholders.
Based on what Correctional Services department related, the essence of the conference is to create a platform that will foster the dissemination of feedback on the good practices, supports provided and lessons learned in respect to SA inmate healthcare.
Modise related that the department’s care program is prioritized on health care services, nutritional and hygiene services. And was mission-ed to improve SA inmates’ access to healthcare services, promote healthy lifestyles, provide basic healthcare services and ultimately, prevent diseases.
He stressed that the strategic objectives are to improve life expectancy, appropriate nutritional services and appropriate hygiene services during the period of incarceration. And also to provide inmates with HIV/AIDS and TB healthcare services.
“To achieve this, the department has been receiving tremendous support and guidance, from different clusters in the Department of Health at national, provincial, district and sub-district levels.
The National Department of Health has secured funding from Global fund for strengthening, and improving services for TB, HIV and sexually transmitted infections (STIs),” Modise disclosed.
He added that South Africa’s Auditor-General will be auditing the department’s performance information. And as such, charged officials “to ensure high-quality healthcare to inmate patients/clients and to keep records as legislated.”