Ambassador Barbier attends the opening of a health centre specializing in the fight against tuberculosis and AIDS
In a ceremony attended by the Western Cape MEC for Health, Theuns Botha, the Ambassador of France to South Africa, Elisabeth Barbier and the Regional Director of AFD (French Development Agency) in South Africa, Jean-Michel Debrat, the new premises of Grabouw Hospital was officially inaugurated. The hospital is co-funded by the province and by AFD (€ 1.2m). The completion of this project signifies the fulfilment of a promise made by President Sarkozy during his state visit in 2008.
Located in a rural area where farms attract migrant labour, the centre is of particular importance for the fight against tuberculosis and AIDS.
The management and staff of the hospital have highlighted that the new premises replace prefabricated buildings, are modern and are perfectly suited for the reception of patients with these diseases and allow them to cope with their difficult task.
The MEC explained eloquently that the provision of adequate means of work went hand in hand with the modernization of hospital management as a whole. He also stressed the commitment and dedication of the staff, visible throughout the visit, which was organized during normal working hours at the hospital.
Initially viewed as a stand alone project, this operation has come to be seen as significantly supporting the provincial public health policy.