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Gauteng public health facilities obligated to provide free care to young children and pregnant women

VAAL TRIANGLE - Vaal Triangle and other Gauteng residents that are pregnant or below the age of six are entitled to free healthcare services at all public health facilities in the province. This includes foreign nationals. The Gauteng Department of Health and Wellness recently made the announcement, saying all Gauteng public health facilities are required to provide free healthcare services to all pregnant women, lactating women, and children below the age of six, regardless of their nationality or immigration status. This directive follows a circular issued by the national Department of Health. The South Gauteng High Court in Johannesburg ruled last month that foreign nationals in those three groups should not be required to pay fees for obtaining health services.

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