n South African Medical Journal - Well-trained generalists can help improve surgical capacity at district hospitals : correspondence

Volume 104, Issue 5
  • ISSN : 0256-9574
  • E-ISSN: 2078-5135



The evaluation of the surgical outreach programme to district hospitals in Sisonke Health District (SHD), KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa (SA), recently published in the SAMJ demonstrates an admirable commitment to improving district health services. While the authors documented a large number of flying hours and kilometres travelled and 2 160 operations performed over a 6-month period in the four district hospitals, it is difficult to determine what the impact of the surgical outreach was on the number and range of operations performed.

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