n CME : Your SA Journal of CPD - Rural health care - how to do it : editor's comment

Volume 29, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0256-2170



Like many South African doctors my stint in rural health care was in Canada - in Labrador's frozen wastes - in a small community called Forteau. However, unlike rural care in South Africa, my facilities were, frankly, incredible. My patient population was about 2 500, spread along roughly 20 km of coastline, linked by a paved road that was sometimes impassable in the winter. I worked out of a dedicated, custom-built health centre, staffed by nurse practitioners, a lab/X-ray technician, a pharmacist and several administrative staff and a general handyman.

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