NATIONAL NEWS - In December, the department issued a statement saying that 9 797 health professionals were allocated for community service and internship positions, of which 1 465 were community service medical practitioners.
According to the department of health spokesperson Popo Maja, the majority of the 1 465 community service doctor’s posts are funded by the department of health.
The remainder would be compensated by a non-governmental organisation, the United States government’s Presidential Emergency Plan For Aids Relief (Pepfar).
“In our country’s efforts to achieve their target of 90:90:90 and hence epidemiological control of HIV, Pepfar will be funding 69 of these posts but they will be appointed by the department of health,” said Maja.
Pepfar is an initiative to address the global HIV/Aids epidemic and help save the lives of those suffering from the disease, primarily in Africa.
Maja said that the starting dates for the young graduates would be between January 2 and 15, but this may vary based on the date when the current incumbents exit the posts.