What a victory! The City of Tshwane's Municipal Health Services Division has won the Alfred Nzo Award for the category: Best Innovative Municipality in terms of Environmental Health Norms and Standards. The award was handed over at the World Environmental Health Day Conference held in Richards Bay, Empangeni District Municipality, on 26 and 27 September 2017.
As part of the event, the National Environmental Health Department gave awards to municipalities that performed the best in terms of the norms and standards audits.
The City of Tshwane won the award for the management information system (MIS) that the Municipal Health Services Division is using. The system, developed in 2006 by a service provider, enables the environmental health practitioners to capture data daily after completion of inspections.
MIS is a quick tool for capturing data, updating reports and generating statistics for monthly, quarterly and annual reports. Altogether 83 environmental health practitioners are using the system daily.
The system has a diary or home page, lists business premises and accommodates complaints, sampling, building plans and specialised investigations. It is also linked to the District Health Information System.
During its norms and standards audits, the National Department of Health found that most relevant information on environmental health norms and standards was obtained through the system. All standard operating procedures, legislative requirements, by-laws, application forms and certificates are in the system, which facilitates easy access to the user.
Municipal Health Services is also exploring the acquisition of a cell phone app to ensure that data is collected and captured on the MIS at the time of inspection.