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Parliament Passes National Public Health Institute Bill

February 27, 2020

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Parliament has passed the National Public Health Institute of South Africa Bill and sent it to president Ramaphosa for assent.

The section 76 bill was tabled in May 2017.

The national assembly passed the bill in August 2018 and sent it to the national council of provinces for concurrence.

During its deliberations, the portfolio committee on health introduced new clauses to the bill including on composition of the board; appointment of members of the board; disqualification from membership of the board; appointment, performance agreement and removal of chief executive officer and annual report.

The select committee on social services passed the bill and returned it to the national assembly for concurrence in March 2019.

The bill lapsed in May 2019 but was revived by the national assembly in November 2019.

The bill aims to provide for the setting up of the National Public Health Institute.

The Institute would seek to conduct disease and injury surveillance and to provide specialised public health services, public health interventions, training and research directed towards the major health challenges affecting South Africa’s population.