PhD programme to boost NHI

The programme is aimed at producing more medical graduates.

Minister of Health Aaron Motsoaledi speaking to the members of the media on the upcoming World AIDS day. Picture: GCIS.

CAPE TOWN - More medical researchers are needed to ensure the effective roll out of the National Health Insurance (NHI), Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi said on Thursday.

The NHI is a financing system that will make sure all South African citizens are provided with essential healthcare irrespective of their employment status.

Motsoaledi launched a new PhD Scholarship Programme in parliament which aims at producing 1000 graduates over 10 years. He announced the names of the first 13 recipients of the fully funded scholarship. Some of the recipients were present at the event.

He said the scholarship hopes to address the critical shortage of academic health care professionals in the country.

The recipients will be able to pursue their research in medical and related fields both here and abroad.

Government has made R5 million available for the programme, while a further R10 million comes from the private sector.